September 2013

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30.9.13

RSPCA STILL UNDER CHARITY COMMISSION INVESTIGATION
Telegraph 30.9.13 RSPCA: Charity Commission still has ‘case open’ - The charity watchdog last night insisted that it is still scrutinising the RSPCA, amid allegations of bullying tactics, despite the group’s announcement that it has been given a “clean bill of health”. By John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor - The Charity Commission said that there is still a “case open” involving the embattled charity, which has come under pressure in recent months over claims that it has become too “political” and been overzealous in bringing prosecutions. It made clear that, although it has had reassurances from the RSPCA that it does not support intimidating farmers involved in the badger cull, there are still “ongoing issues” which it is pursuing with its trustees….(story)
Western Daily Press 30.9.13 RSPCA denies it is under investigation by watchdog By TRISTAN CORK - Bosses at the RSPCA have denied they are "being investigated" by the Charity Commission, amid claims the watchdog has written to the charity's detractors asking for evidence to back up on-going criticism…. (story)
Mail 28.9.13 Charity watchdog turns the spotlight on RSPCA over claims it bullies opposing lawyers and whistleblowers By VALERIE ELLIOTT and LYNNE WALLIS - The RSPCA is being scrutinised by the Charity Commission over claims that it uses intimidatory and bullying tactics, particularly when bringing prosecutions for animal cruelty. The Mail on Sunday has learned that the watchdog has written to various organisations and voluntary groups asking for specific examples of such behaviour by the RSPCA….. (story)
Express 21.9.13 Forget Ukip, RSPCA is the new power in politics - IS Britain’s biggest animal welfare charity becoming a political animal? Environment Editor Stuart Winter takes a look at the simmering row between the RSPCA and its detractors…. (story)

Huffington Post 30.9.13 The Pheasant Shooting Season Begins On October 1st... Sue Cross - The guns will be out. In lines of 8 - 10 they will wait. The firing will begin as the birds are 'beaten' out of their covert into the line of fire. The pheasant shooting seasons begins on October 1st. How many of those who will take part - or those who give the sport even a cursory thought - assume that these birds have a free and natural life until a shotgun brings them down? The reality could not be more different… (story)

WATER VOLE RESEARCH
Cambridge News 30.9.13 Why Ratty is at serious risk Written by LIAM CREEDON - As new research reveals the water vole is disappearing from UK riverbanks, LIAM CREEDON asks if the creature – better known to millions as Ratty from The Wind In The Willows – can survive the twin threats of an unstoppable predator and our increasingly erratic climate…. Tansley explains: “Mink have a devastating effect on water voles and our wildlife…. (story)
Western Morning News 27.9.13 Ratty's last stand – as predator from America threatens English favourite - He is better known to millions as 'Ratty' from The Wind In The Willows. And if he can survive the twin threats of an unstoppable predator and our increasingly erratic climate, then he has a brighter future, especially in the Westcountry… When animal rights activists released American mink from fur farms across the UK, they inadvertently unleashed an unstoppable super-predator into our waterways – a predator much of our riverside wildlife simply hadn't evolved to cope with…. (story)
Independent 6.9.13 Save our voles: Water vole numbers down a fifth in just three years - Experts say more must be done to secure the future of the 'charismatic species' ADAM WITHNALL - Water vole numbers across the UK have dropped by more than 20 per cent in just a few years, crushing the hopes of a comeback that followed positive numbers in 2010, according to experts…. Information from the water vole database shows that in the face of habitat loss, weather extremes and the deadly and invasive American mink, smaller colonies in hundreds of areas have been unable to cope… (story)
Telegraph 6.9.13 Droughts and mink killing Ratty - The water vole population in Britain is down by a fifth, the Environment Agency has warned, due to 'extreme weather events' and predation by mink. By Louise Gray and agencies - The mammal immortalised as Ratty in Wind In The Willows is still thriving in strongholds from the uplands of Snowdonia to the wetland habitats of the eastern England fens and the Somerset Levels. But elsewhere, populations are disappearing in the face of habitat loss, being eaten by invasive American mink and suffering weather extremes like the drought last spring… (story)

BBC News Online 30.9.13 An evening in the cull zone with the wounded badger patrollers By David Bailey - As the badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire enter the final weeks, a diverse group of people come together to carry out nightly patrols for wounded badgers…. One regular patrol member, student Alex Blundell and his partner feel so strongly about it they normally get a babysitter to look after their young child so they can attend… At a sett on the Wounded Badger Patrol's rounds, we meet Lesley Martin, a member of the Cheshire Hunt Monitors - a group affiliated to the League Against Cruel Sports - who has driven from Chester to be there… (story)

Western Daily Press 30.9.13 Owen Person thanks farmers for cull in face of intimidation - The Government will push on with the badger culls, Farming Secretary Owen Paterson has insisted, in the face of growing rumours that the pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire are failing. Addressing the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today, he said: “I would like to pay tribute to the local farmers and landowners who are undertaking the cull, often in difficult terrain and weather, and often in the face of intimidation by a small minority who are determined to stop this disease control policy… (story)

Western Morning News 30.9.13 Tories underestimate strength of feeling on badgers at their peril - Labour is right to oppose the badger cull policy after waking up to the new power of the wildlife protection vote, argues Dominic Dyer…. (story)

Western Morning News 30.9.13 Badgers are as much of a pest as foxes - The rampant and destructive spread of bovine TB among cattle has led to a huge debate as to whether badgers, considered the main source of its spread, should be dealt with by culling or vaccination…. Given the badger’s strong links with bovine TB, and ever increasing numbers, surely a culling policy is important regardless of vaccination, to maintain a balanced population which will be healthy for the badger as well as the rest of the wildlife environment. by Robert Tubb, Truro (letter)

Western Morning News 30.9.13 Farmers not the only ones who understand - I refer to the letter from Mr John Sheaves (Sept 19) responding to my letter (Sept 17) in which he makes a number of somewhat pompous observations… it is interesting to see that Krebs now states these were not successful and culling is not the way forward, so where do we go from here? by Janet Feasey, Stratton (letter)

Western Morning News 30.9.13 Intervention needed - thanks to intervention - In a letter on Thursday, September 12, one of your writers stated that man’s interference with nature ends in failure. I believe the lady was referring to the badger cull. This cull is necessary because of a previous government’s failed intervention in nature, when it made badgers a protected species…. by Alan Hiscox, Exeter (letter)

Wigan Observer/Evening Post 30.9.13 Red meat warning - PROCESSED red meat products – such as bacon, sausages and ham – have now been scientifically proven to increase the risk of developing bowel cancer, the second most lethal form of the disease in the UK after lung cancer…. Ben Martin Animal Aid (letter)

29.9.13

Events on the Wight 29.10.13 Annual League Against Cruel Sports Wildlife Day - Now in its eighth year, Saturday’s free event has the pleasure of introducing a thrilling line up of speakers including: Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports; Jordi Casamitjana, Campaigns and Enforcement Officer for IFAW; Alan Knight, CEO of International Animal Rescue;… (story)

28.9.13

Western Morning News 28.9.13 Badger cull is leaving 'botched' kills by roadside, councillor claims By WMN_PGoodwin - Fresh doubt has been cast on the humaneness of the pilot badger cull after a Somerset councillor claimed a “steady trickle of botched kills” has been found outside the zone. Mike Rigby, an independent county councillor representing Bishops Lydeard on the edge of the cull area, fears injured badgers are not being killed instantly, as the Government claims, but are escaping and dying elsewhere. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, at East Huntspill, said more badgers than usual had been brought in since the killing began, but only one so far which appears to have been shot…. (story)

Western Morning News 28.9.13 Management of wild creatures part of maintaining countryside - Culling badgers is, for the majority in the wildlife movement, unacceptable. Philip Bowern asks why many take a different attitude to species that don’t have the appeal of Old Brock. They may sometimes be uncomfortable admitting it, but supporters of various wildlife charities – and the charities the mselves – almost all accept that in a managed countryside some species can be legitimately controlled – or killed… Of course mink and grey squirrels are not indigenous to these islands. The badger most definitely is. But then so is the rat, the fox, roe and red deer, woodpigeons, and many other species that the majority – including wildlife charities – accept need to be "managed" and are routinely culled…. (story)

BBC News Online 28.9.13 West Cornwall badger TB vaccine trial to start - A new trial of TB badger vaccines in West Cornwall will start in the next few days, a professor in animal disease has confirmed. Professor Rosie Woodroffe is working with local conservationists on vaccinations, using trained volunteers… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 28.9.13 'Rising threat to humans from bovine TB' warns doctor - More than 20 young British men and women have been infected with potentially fatal bovine tuberculosis as a specialist warned that unless TB is brought under control in wildlife, many more people could be at risk… (story)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 28.9.13 Talking Point: Should medicines be tested on animals? - Hilarie Stelfox looks at the issues around whether animal testing is the only way for medicines… (story)

27.9.13

Western Morning News 27.9.13 Just four seconds decides who tops class at Port Eliot one-day event By Athwenna Irons - Lizzie Luxton was on flying form at the East Cornwall Hunt's one-day event, which took place last Saturday in the stunning grounds of the Port Eliot Estate… The East Cornwall Hunt Supporters Club also made a presentation of £700 to the Cornwall Air Ambulance, raised from various charity functions, in gratitude for their invaluable support at many of their events. (story)

Whitehaven News 27.9.13 All set for Eskdale Show - THIS Saturday’s Eskdale Show is set to feature a premier selection of Herdwick sheep and traditional classes and stalls. There will be the usual classes on show including foxhounds, vintage motor displays and handicrafts…. (story)

Western Daily Press 27.9.13 Labour U-turn disarms rural opponents By Tristan Cork - Labour leaders have pledged that the future of shooting and fishing would be assured if they formed a future government – a major culture shift from the days of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Two shadow ministers have backed the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the Angling Trust, and said they would not pursue new laws to clamp down on or even ban shooting and fishing if elected in 2015… (story)

Scotsman 27.9.13 Cruelty of snares - Nicolle Hamilton of the ¬British Association for Shooting and Conservation (Letters, 26 September) claims snares are “an ¬important tool in conservation and wildlife management” and that “a properly set snare is a ¬humane restraining device”. One of the main reasons snares and other traps are used is to reduce the numbers of native wild animals which might predate on captive-bred non-native ¬species, such as pheasants, which are farmed to be released and shot… John F Robins Animal Concern Advice Line Dumbarton (letter)
Scotsman 26.9.13 Catch the snarers - The introduction of mandatory training and accreditation for all who use snares in Scotland has improved awareness and practice in the deployment of snares. They remain an important tool in conservation and wildlife management. A properly set snare is a humane restraining device…. Nicolle Hamilton The British Association for Shooting and Conservation Trochry Dunkeld (letter)

Independent 27.9.13 Badger cull protester claims she was assaulted - Gloucestershire police have arrested a man after a late-night incident in which one badger cull protester is alleged to have been assaulted and another’s car wing mirrors were ripped off. Meg Jones, 34, an anti-badger cull protester, told The Independent she was with a group of two other activists who were monitoring a badger sett when they heard shooting in the area. The group split up to look for the marksmen, with the aim of disrupting the shooting…. Roger Warner, master of the Ledbury Hunt, who is alleged to have been present at the altercation, has declined to comment…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 27.9.13 Man held over badger cull assault claim - Philip Case - Police are quizzing a man on suspicion of assault following an argument between two groups during the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire…. (story)
BBC News Online 27.9.13 Gloucester man arrested over badger cull 'assault' - A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault by officers policing the badger cull in Gloucestershire…. (story)

Western Daily Press 27.9.13 Shooting was legal, say police - No further action is to be taken by police after an investigation into claims that badger cull protesters were shot at in Somerset… (story)
Western Morning News 27.9.13 Badger cull protesters 'were not shot at' - No further action is to be taken by police after an investigation into claims that badger cull protesters were shot at in Somerset… "Enquiries identified the landowner who voluntarily attended a police station to answer questions about the incident. Having spoken to him, we are satisfied that he was lawfully on his land with a shotgun to shoot rabbits. The shots were fired in the opposite direction to members of the public and there is no evidence to suggest any were directed towards the copse where people were present. No offences were committed and no further action will be taken."… (story)

Western Daily Press 27.9.13 My night with Gloucestershire Wounded Badger Patrol - Caroline Allen - Two nights ago Caroline Allen joined the Gloucestershire Wounded Badger Patrol in Newent. As a Green Party Animal Spokesperson and as a 'vet against the cull', she wanted to show her support for the work that they are doing. This is what she wrote about her experience:… (story)

Western Morning News 27.9.13 Cameron: We'll see badger cull through - David Cameron has promised to stick with the "tough decision" of culling badgers to halt the spread of tuberculosis in cows in the South West, amid fears the controversial plan is failing. Ahead of the Conservative Party conference this weekend, the Prime Minister made a passionate defence of the policy – arguing culling would also ultimately lead to a healthier badger population…. (story)

Western Morning News 27.9.13 Cameron: We'll see badger cull through - David Cameron has promised to stick with the "tough decision" of culling badgers to halt the spread of tuberculosis in cows in the South West, amid fears the controversial plan is failing. Ahead of the Conservative Party conference this weekend, the Prime Minister made a passionate defence of the policy – arguing culling would also ultimately lead to a healthier badger population… (story)

26.9.13

Telegraph 26.9.13 Foxy calendar from the Jed Forest Hunt - The ladies pep their nerves with some Dutch courage before the shoot. The nine women from the Jedforest Hunt decided to do a naked calendar after they were inspired by the famous poster of a female tennis player lifting her skirt. (story)

Western Morning News 26.9.13 Lawyer's argument proves need for Act - In my opinion the Article by Jamie Foster, the lawyer who defended David Parker, Huntsman of the Seavington, contained several errors and/or omissions… It is beyond my comprehension that today we still have people in England and Wales who do not regard chasing animals to exhaustion and killing them for fun to be a serious criminal offence…. by John Phelps, Exeter (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARDS 2013 (September coverage)
Lancashire Telegraph 26.9.13 Pendle MP asks residents to ‘nominate your local business’ - PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson is calling on residents to nominate local businesses in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards…. (story)
Berwick Advertiser 24.9.13 Customers urged to nominate Northumberland businesses - Residents in Northumberland are being urged to nominate their favourite local business in The Countryside Alliance Rural Awards which is now accepting entries…. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick, joined Simon Hamlyn of the Countryside Alliance to open the awards after noticing that few businesses from Northumberland had been nominated in previous years… (story)
Biggleswade Chronicle 18.9.13 Businesses set to be recognised - Outstanding countryside businesses will be recognised in a forthcoming awards ceremony. Nominations can be made for the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
About My Area 17.9.13 Get Behind Local Businesses for 'Rural Oscars' - Jake Berry MP is urging Rossendale to support local businesses and get nominating for the ‘Rural Oscars'. .. (story)
About My Area 17.9.13 Local MP Urges Nominations for Your Local Rural Businesses - The ninth annual Countryside Alliance Awards are now open to public nomination, and Alistair Burt MP is urging the local community to get nominating…. (story)
Southern Reporter 13.9.13 ‘Rural Oscar’ award nominations open - Nominations are now open for the ninth annual CountrysideAlliance Awards. The awards, nicknamed the Rural Oscars, were created to celebrate people going the extra mile to ensure that rural Britain’s food industry, farming industry and small businesses flourish… (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 10.9.13 Wiltshire’s chance to nominate rural business winner 0 NOMINATIONS for the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards are now open, with people encouraged to put the name of their favourite rural businesses forward for the annual celebration…. (story)
HU12 Online 10.9.13 “CAN East Yorkshire bring home a Rural Oscar?” asks local MP, Graham Stuart. The Countryside Alliance has opened nominations for its annual awards for local businesses… (story)
AboutMyArea 9.9.13 Can East Yorkshire Bring Home a Rural Oscar Asks MP? The Countryside Alliance has opened nominations for its annual awards for local businesses, often referred to as the ‘Rural Oscars'. Awards come in four categories: Local Food, Village Shop/Postoffice, Butcher and Start-up and anyone can make a nomination. Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart said, "There are so many fantastic, innovative local businesses which could be nominated. We are lucky to have an endless list of businesses across my constituency that are worthy of recognition by these awards…. (story)
Barry & District News 8.9.13 The Countryside Alliance Awards celebrating rural life - VALE MP Alun Cairns is urging local community to get nominating the Vale's food and farming businesses as the ninth annual Countryside Alliance Awards are now open to public nominations. Nicknamed the Rural Oscars, the awards were created to support and promote rural communities…. (story)
ITV 3.9.13 Dumfriesshire MSP encourages votes for 'Rural Oscars' - Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray is urging the local community to start nominating people for the Countryside Alliance Awards… (story)
Biggleswade Chronicle 1.9.13 Who will win? Rural business awards opened - The 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards are now open… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 26.9.13 Broadband delays 'are hurting countryside' - RURAL communities and businesses will suffer if Government broadband policies are not changed, says the Countryside Alliance…. (story)

Western Daily Press 26.9.13 Liz Hurley enrages animal lovers with fox-kill TV boast - Elizabeth Hurley angered animal lovers yesterday as she spoke on national TV of how her beloved dogs kill foxes on her Herefordshire estate… The National Fox Welfare Society said: "It's despicable."… (story)

BADGER CULL POLICE ACCUSED OF BIAS
Gloucestershire Echo 26.9.13 Badger cull protesters call police operation 'biased' - PROTESTERS against a badger cull in Gloucestershire have called for the police to bring an end to their operation because of “bias”. The police have been accused by protesters of passing on their contacts to the National Farmers Union (NFU), while carrying out Operation Themis, the force’s response to the cull…. (story)
Gloucestershire Citizen 26.9.13 Calls to suspend Gloucestershire Police's response to badger cull By MICHAEL YONG - PROTESTERS against a badger cull in Gloucestershire have called for the police to bring an end to their operation because of "bias"…. (story)
Western Daily Press 26.9.13 Badger cull protesters claim police are 'biased' and should stop operation - People protesting against a badger cull in Gloucestershire have called for the police to bring an end to their operation because of “bias”…. (story)
Guardian 24.9.13 Police accused of bias over culling of badgers - Officer 'threatened to pass protester data to farmers' while civil rights lawyers call tactic 'highly questionable' - Officers policing the controversial badger culls in England have been accused of "highly questionable" actions by civil liberties lawyers, after they told protesters their personal details would be passed to the National Farmers' Union and handed out NFU-produced leaflets about the union's civil injunction… (story)

BADGER CULL ARRESTS 19.9.13
Western Morning News 26.9.13 'No further action' over cull protesters' shooting claims - No further action is to be taken by police after an investigation into claims that badger cull protesters were shot at in Somerset… (story)
Western Daily Press 24.9.13 US citizen flies to UK to protest against cull - Americans are "wide-eyed" at the efforts being made by badger cull campaigners in Gloucestershire, according to one transatlantic activist. Rebecca Reid, 52, from Pittsburgh, flew more than 3,500 miles to the county last week after hearing of the pilot cull, that is now under way in the county, such is her passion for our nation's wildlife… (story)
BBC News Online 23.9.13 Badger cull: Three protesters released without charge - Three people believed to be badger cull protesters who were arrested in Gloucestershire have been released without charge. A woman, aged 52, from the United States, was detained by officers along with a 20-year-old man from Walsall and another woman, 26, from Croydon. They were arrested on 19 September on suspicion of aggravated trespass… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 23.9.13 Three protestors will not face further action after arrests in Newent badger cull zone By Michael_Yong - THREE people arrested last week in the badger cull zones will face no further action from police officers… (story)
Western Daily Press 23.9.13 US badger activist praises cull protesters - Americans are "wide-eyed" at the efforts being made by badger cull campaigners in Gloucestershire, according to one transatlantic activist. Rebecca Reid, 52, from Pittsburgh, flew more than 3,500 miles to the county last week after hearing of the pilot cull, that is now under way in the county, such is her passion for our nation's wildlife… (story)
Croydon Advertiser 23.9.13 Badger cull protester bailed after Gloucestershire arrest By Gareth_Davies - A WOMAN from South Croydon arrested while taking part in a badger cull protest has been bailed. The 26-year-old was arrested alongside a US national, 52, from Pittsburg and a 20-year-old man from Walsall at 1.45am last Thursday (September 19)… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 21.9.13 'I flew 3,500 miles to protect your badgers' By MICHAEL YONG - FLYING more than 3,500 miles to Gloucestershire to be arrested for defending badgers was all worth it for a campaigner from the United States. Rebecca Reid, 52, from Pittsburgh, was arrested by Gloucestershire police in the Kent's Green area of Newent at about 1.45am on Thursday on suspicion of aggravated trespass…. Growing up in Liverpool, she moved to Pittsburgh with her husband and children more than 15 years ago…. (story)
Western Daily Press 21.9.13 US animal lover arrested at cull demo By MICHAEL YONG - Flying more than 3,500 miles to Gloucestershire to be arrested defending badgers was all worth it for a campaigner from the United States. Rebecca Reid, 52, from Pittsburgh, was arrested by Gloucestershire Police in the Kent's Green area of Newent at around 1.45am on Thursday on suspicion of aggravated trespass…. (story)
Western Daily Press 19.9.13 Badger cull: More arrests in Gloucestershire - Three people believed to be badger cull protestors, including an American national, have been arrested in Gloucestershire. A woman, 52, from Pittsburg was detained along with a 20-year-old man from Walsall and a woman, 26, from South Croydon in London, in the early hours of today…. (story)
Worcester News 19.9.13 Badger cull: Three more arrests By Freya Leng - THREE people have been arrested in Newent on suspicion of aggravated trespass, as part of the police response to the badger cull…. A 20-year-old man from Walsall, a 52-year-old woman from Pittsburg in the United States of America, and a 26-year-old woman from South Croyden, in Surrey, were all arrested at about 1.45am today…. (story)
Croydon Advertiser 19.9.13 'Badger cull protester' arrested in Gloucestershire By Gareth_Davies - A WOMAN from South Croydon is among three suspected badger cull protesters to be arrested in Gloucestershire. The 26-year-old was arrested alongside a US national, 52, from Pittsburg and a 20-year-old man from Walsall at 1.45 am this morning (Thursday)… (story)
BBC News Online 19.9.13 Badger cull: Further Gloucestershire arrests include US national - Three people believed to be badger cull protestors, including a US national, have been arrested in Gloucestershire. A woman, 52, from Pittsburg, was detained along with a 20-year-old man from Walsall and another woman, 26, from Croydon, at 01:45 BST… (story)

Bath Chronicle 26.9.13 Don't blame the badgers for TB - Poor old brock, gassed, trapped, shot and baited by dogs/scapegoated and persecuted by evil men who revel in their cruel strife… Andrew Williams West Country Badger Patrol Group Dicketts Road Corsham (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 26.9.13 Badger cull is misguided - Graham Forsyth Fairway Rise, Chard (letter)
Western Morning News 19.9.13 What's next? Even more destruction? - If a circus came to town with a reputation of cruelty and having poor hygiene conditions for its performing animals then very few people would turn up at the Big Top…. The farming industry is no different and if farmers seek to demonise badgers as the source of their bTB problem that now has flooded into the countryside, then the desire to spend any money on their goods and services is very much reduced….. Each day this cull continues more and more people will switch away from British farm products as the only way to register their protest. by Graham Forsyth, Chard (letter)

Somerset Guardian 26.9.13 Badger cull to halt spread of TB cruel and senseless - It's an outrage that this Government is going ahead with this senseless and cruel badger cull in Somerset and south Gloucestershire supported by our Bath and North East Somerset MPs Don Foster and Jacob Rees-Mogg… Delyth Morris Westbury View Peasedown St John (letter)

25.9.13

Farming Life 25.9.13 Mid Antrim preparing for a busy hunt season ahead - The Mid Antrim Hunt is busy preparing for their autumn point-to-point at the usual venue of the Higgins Estate at Moneyglass near Toomebridge on Saturday 28th September…. (story)

Mail 25.9.13 Campaigners hit out at Prince Edward's TIE because it features pictures of bullfighting By ELLIE BUCHDAHL - Prince Harry did it with his 'bad taste' Nazi costume, Princess Beatrice did it with her 'Pretzel hat' at William and Catherine's wedding. Now Prince Edward has become the latest royal to cause controversy with his choice of clothing after wearing a tie that 'symbolises the barbaric sport' of bullfighting - according to animal rights campaigners. The League Against Cruel Sports, which campaigns against violent sports such as bullfighting, shooting and fox hunting, said it was 'disappointed' to see the Earl of Wessex wearing the tie patterned with matadors when he opened Liverpool's new Central Library earlier this year…. (story)

Western Morning News 25.9.13 WMN opinion: A shameful failure to deal with this rural catastrophe - Irresponsible is almost too kind a word to use to describe the Labour Party's policy towards badgers and bovine TB. Politically motivated point-scoring of the very worst kind sums it up rather better…. (story)

Western Morning News 25.9.13 'Political' RSPCA will lose funding streams - I was highly delighted to read about the leaked internal memo which warned the RSPCA might not be around much longer, unless it stopped trying to act like a political organisation. Because I feel exactly the same way and I know hundreds of farmers do so as well… Derek Mead is an entrepreneur dairy farmer from Weston-super-Mare (story)

BBC News Online 25.9.13 Night vigils for badgers in the cull zone - As the pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire enter the final weeks, Helen Briggs joins a group of campaigners who carry out night patrols to rescue any wounded badgers…. Eventually, we pass a vehicle parked at the side of the road. It belongs to a pair of young hunt saboteurs who have come down from the north-west. The movement against the badger cull has drawn people from all walks of life… (story)

Click Manchester 25.9.13 Anti-badger cull protesters to march through Manchester by Gabriella Lewis - A march protesting against the controversial badger culls currently happening in Somerset and Gloucestershire is to take place in Manchester. The march will also form part of a mass TUC march taking place at the same time…. (story)

Canterbury Times 25.9.13 Julie Wassmer: Live animal exports - RECENTLY, while driving through Dover on a cold and wet night, I saw scores of animated protesters trying to raise awareness of the continuing export trade of live animals… I ask myself what sort of man is chairman of Dover's Harbour Board, George Jenkins, to preside over what is described as 'a world class port' and yet deny RSPCA inspectors the right to go about their lawful business?... (story)

Kidderminster Shuttle 25.9.13 Kidderminster shoppers boost Animal Aid - WYRE Forest Vegans & Veggies raised over £140 from Kidderminster shoppers during a collection in the town centre. The collection, last Saturday, in the town centre, was for national animal protection group Animal Aid. The vegan group’s communications officer, Ronald Lee, who was one of the collectors, said: "We are delighted with the very generous response of people in Kidderminster, who donated a total of £140.96. .. (story)

24.9.13

Blackmore Vale Magazine 24.9.13 Foxy festivities in Cattistock - THE first ever Fox Festival is being held in Cattistock next week. Cattistock village has its own hunt, but since this no longer sets out to chase foxes, the village’s poets, artists and musicians will preserve the legendary guile of Old Reynard. Audiences will hear true stories of the foxes that gather to accompany funerals in Ireland, and the hunters who have come back from death as foxes… The Fox Festival runs from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October. For more information, visit www.cattistockfestival.org (story)

Central Somerset Gazette 24.9.13 Badger cull monitoring under fire - A FRACTION of the badgers culled in Somerset will be examined to see if they were killed humanely… Vet Mark Jones, executive director of Humane Society International has called the cull “a shambles from the outset”… (story)

Blackmore Vale Magazine 24.9.13 Queen guitarist Brian May planting trees at Bere Regis - QUEEN guitarist Brian May and founder of Save Me will plant the first tree and mark the start of a new Save Me project to establish a new native woodland on a 157-acre site in Bere Regis on Saturday 28th September at 2.30pm during a community planting day… (story)
Western Daily Press 24.9.13 Queen star's woods vision closer to reality - Queen guitarist Dr Brian May will plant the first tree and mark the start of his new Save Me project to establish a new native woodland in Dorset during a community planting day on Saturday… (story)

Western Morning News 24.9.13 Why our farming minister should hang his head in shame - When Somerset's own David Heath was appointed farming minister a year ago, one might have thought it a breakthrough… All I was expecting from Mr Heath was to look at the science and observe that bovine TB rates have actually been falling since January, 2013, when better bio-security measures were enforced… . Shame on you Mr Heath and shame on what you have inflected on the country of Somerset and Gloucestershire. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 24.9.13 Environment Secretary: Why the badger cull in Gloucestershire is needed - THE Government has come under intense scrutiny since the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire were announced. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson explains why the cull is vital…. (story)

Western Morning News 24.9.13 Redruth farmer hits out at anonymous threat to blacklist his products - A Redruth beef farmer has hit out at an anonymous group that threatened to blacklist his products if he failed to declare his views on the controversial badger cull. Ashley Wood, who is chairman of Lanner Parish Council and runs Penhalveor Farm, said the email warned him that if he failed to respond it would assume he was supporting the cull…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 24.9.13 Government badger cull policy in disarray - THE Government should immediately address the issue of badger cull humaneness assessments as conflicting statements call into question their scientific credibility… WENDY HIGGINGS, Humane Society International. (letter)

Cambridge News 24.9.13 Animal rights activists to face trial over alleged clashes at Huntingdon Life Sciences - A group of animal rights activists denied plotting to cause disruption to Huntingdon Life Sciences when they appeared in court today. Emma Phipps, 26, Emily Hepburn, 24, Stephen Parker, 41, Lorna Potter, 25, Debbie Vincent, 51, Alexis Bathory, 25, and Anton Gijsen, 22, were allegedly involved in 18 clashes at HLS in Cambridgeshire. They are said to have targeted suppliers and contracted partners of the controversial animal testing laboratory in a bid to cause maximum disruption between October 25, 2011, and May 19 last year… (story)

23.9.13

Western Morning News 23.9.13 MORNING NEWS COUNTRY: Do costly prosecutions show hunt ban has run its course? By Jamie Foster - On September 12 I attended court to represent David Parker, the Huntsman of the Seavington, who had the unenviable task of pleading guilty to a Hunting Act offence. David joins a very exclusive band of huntsmen from registered hunts to be convicted under a piece of legislation that Tony Blair later described – having introduced it – as a mistake… The one thing IFAW’s covert surveillance operation proved beyond doubt is that almost no-one is breaching the Hunting Act, which is maybe one more reason for repealing it and saving the criminal justice system the burden of these rather unusual cases (story)

Western Morning News 23.9.13 We'll stop badger cull, Labour tells conference By Graeme Demianyk, London Editor in Brighton - Labour has pledged to halt the expansion of badger culling if the party wins the general election. The party, which refused to sanction killing of badgers to curb the spread of bovine tuberculosis when in power, has made its most explicit statement to date on the controversial measure during Labour conference in Brighton yesterday… (story)

22.9.13

Metro 22.9.13 Anti-fur protesters accuse designer chain of ‘breaking promises’ - A designer clothing chain has been accused of breaking a promise not to sell real fur. Flannels – which has six stores across Britain – has faced criticism from a group of animal rights campaigners, who staged a protest outside their Liverpool One branch on Saturday…. Fur Free Liverpool claims that some of the clothes that Flannels stocks are made from real fur, and that they have gone back on their pledge. One protester, Katie Brown, told Metro: ‘The store told us they had no autonomy and it was a head office decision…. (story)

21.9.13

Telegraph 21.9.13 Fishing for Schools: how to get kids hooked on learning - Thanks to the charity Fishing for Schools, youngsters are discovering that skills and values learnt at the riverside can translate into the classroom, says David Profumo. It happened 50 years ago this month – just after my father resigned from Macmillan’s government, and before the assassination of JFK – and, though it never made the headlines, it transformed my world for ever. From a small Highland burn, on crude worm tackle, I hoicked my first troutling into the heather… Fishing For Schools (F4S) is a charitable trust run by the enterprising Countryside Alliance (CA), and is effectively the brainchild of Charles Jardine (once known as ''the David Beckham of the fishing world”…. (story)

BADGER CULL PROTESTERS FRIGHTENED BY FIREWORKS
Western Daily Press 21.9.13 'No intention to scare activists' - Farmers backing the badger cull have defended their position after Gloucestershire's police chief criticised the marksmen and people managing the operation… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 21.9.13 Use of crow scarers blasted by Surl - FARMERS supporting the badger cull have defended their position after Gloucestershire's police commissioner criticised cull operators. Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said yesterday their behaviour "fell short" of what "reasonable people" had expected… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 20.9.13 PCC Martin Surl criticises crow scarers used by badger cull operators By Michael_Yong - POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Martin Surl has criticised the behaviour of badger cull operators in the county. He said their behaviour “fell short” of what people expected, after crow scarers were used in Monday’s events when protestors reported to police they were being ‘shot at’…. (story)
Western Daily Press 20.9.13 Fireworks 'aimed' at badger cull protesters By MICHAEL YONG - Protesters against the shooting of badgers in Gloucestershire are to make a formal complaint to police after "fireworks" were apparently set off by cull operators…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 19.9.13 Loud bangs in Gloucestershire badger cull zones because of crow scarers, not fireworks - POLICE officers have assured badger cull protestors in Gloucestershire that bangs heard by them were not gunshots. Members of from the wounded badger patrols in Tibebrton reported to the police on Tuesday, around 12.30am, that they were being ‘shot at’ by marksmen. Police initially said they were fireworks, but it has now been established as crow scarers. A spokeswoman for the police said they have examined the causes “thoroughly”. She added that the crow scarers do not use projectiles and no criminal offences have been committed….. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 19.9.13 Gloucestershire badger cull protestors 'shot' at By MICHAEL YONG - PROTESTERS against the shooting of badgers in Gloucestershire are to make a formal complaint to police after "fireworks" were apparently set off by cull operators…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 19.9.13 'Fireworks set off by cull operators' - PROTESTERS against the shooting of badgers are to make a formal complaint to police after "fireworks" were set off by cull operators". Officers were called to Tibberton at about 12.30am on Tuesday after reports by campaigners that they were being shot at by badger cull operators. After an investigation, they said fireworks had been set off by the marksmen….. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 18.9.13 Gloucestershire badger cull protestors to complain after claims of being 'shot' at By Michael_Yong - PROTESTORS against a badger cull in Gloucestershire were left shocked after they said marksmen fired on them… Terry Howard, from We are Change Gloucestershire, has been out every night and witnessed the situation. He said: “I was out that night at Tiberton and saw the fire works which was very strange….. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 17.9.13 Police: No shots fired at badger cull protesters, it was fireworks - Police in Gloucestershire have responded to claims that "gun shots" were fired at anti-badger cull campaigners… "Over the course of today (Setember 17) Gloucestershire Police has established that fireworks were set off by the cull operators. There was no firearms operation taking place in that area at that time." (story)
Stroud News & Journal 18.9.13 Police say no gun shots were fired at badger cull protesters - POLICE have released a statement responding to claims that gun shots were fired at protesters in the badger cull zone…. "We have established that fireworks were set off by the cull operators. There was no firearms operation taking place in that area at that time" (story)

Portsmouth News 21.9.13 Hampshire County Council rejects proposal for badger cull by Kimberley Barber - COUNTY councillors have voted against a controversial badger cull in Hampshire. Councillors overwhelmingly agreed not to let the cull, which is being trialled in Somerset and Gloucester, be introduced to the county… (story)

Shoreham Herald 21.9.13 Cull is wrong - I disagree with the badger cull as the authorities have known about this bovine TB epidemic for many years now. They have BCG to treat us mere mortals and our offspring and I cannot understand why the chemists have not produced a BCG for both the cows and the badgers… Peter Jones Elizabeth Road Shoreham (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 21.9.13 Focus is put on abuse of animals - VOLUNTEERS in Cheltenham are planning to spread fliers around town to raise awareness about the "abuse" of animals in China. Matthew Tovey, 33, from Bishop's Cleeve, wants more people to sign an online petition to send to the Chinese Government about the issue…. (story)

20.9.13

Hackney Citizen 20.9.13 Hackney activists fighting badger killing speak out from inside cull zone - Saboteurs from London Against the Cull take action as Defra defends ‘necessary’ shooting - Josh Loeb and Maya Oppenheim - Badger cull ‘sabs’ from Hackney have travelled to the heart of the countryside where government marksmen are engaged in shooting the animals…. Lisa Brown, 32, from Clapton, said: “The shooters aim to kill 80 badgers a night for it to be successful. This cull can best be described as a badger genocide.”… Steve Oosthuizen, 32, a freelance picture editor from Stoke Newington, is spending as much time as he can helping to disrupt the cull…. Homerton resident Lee Moon, of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: “Badgers are one of the most loved animals in this country….. (story)

Western Morning News 20.9.13 Government worker sacked for backing badger cull protesters on Twitter posts By WMNPBowern - A worker at the Rural Payments Agency has been sacked for posting anti-badger cull comments on the social network website Twitter. According to Farmers Weekly, the worker voiced her disapproval of the cull and urged people to take part in protests. She also encouraged people to film culling and retweeted pictures of badgers which campaigners claimed had been shot by marksmen working for DEFRA…. (story)

Western Daily Press 20.9.13 Badgers scapegoated for all that's wrong - Anyone who says they like to see healthy badgers but agrees with seeing healthy ones shot is a hypocrite. Badgers are now being scapegoated for everything that's going wrong in the countryside by a badger-hating ignorant element of farmers… Andrew Williams West Country Badger Patrol Group (letter)

19.9.13

Argus 19.9.13 Sussex man admits illegal fox hunting By Anna Roberts, Crime reporter - A Sussex man has admitted illegally hunting a fox – after being filmed by a wildlife campaigner. Huntsman Nicholas Bycroft, a member of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, was filmed by at Angmering Park, near Arundel, on February 19 this year… (story)
West Sussex County Times 18.9.13 Hunt member sentenced for illegal foxhunting - A member of Crawley and Horsham Hunt was sentenced this week for illegally hunting a fox near Arundel. Nick Bycroft, 48, of Kennel Lane, West Grinstead, pleaded guilty to one count of hunting a wild mammal with dogs…. (story)

Daily Post 19.9.13 Country folk unite over access fears on Welsh land - ANGLERS and landowners have joined forces to avoid a “free-for-all” by the public if moves to open up the countryside come to fruition. The Countryside Alliance, supported by the Angling Trust, rallied 130 landowners and anglers at the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd last weekend to discuss the Welsh Government’s review on increasing access to land and water… (story)

Brechin Advertiser 19.9.13 Campaign launched to tackle hare coursing - Police Scotland have announced the launch of a new campaign aimed to target people involved in hare coursing. The campaign, which uses the code name Operation Lepus, is a national operation to counter hare coursing activity and this year Police Scotland will be undertaking targeted patrols in known hare coursing areas in an effort to apprehend the coursers…. (story)

West Briton 19.9.13 Badger vaccination trial is good news for us - IF BADGERS knew how much acrimony they were causing I'm sure they'd cash in ... ... or offer an apology. Whether they're offered a cull or cure there's one certainty: the arguments will rage. I'm just delighted that west Cornwall will soon be on the map for good reasons. It will be the first place in the country where extensive community-led (ie, using volunteers) badger vaccination will be trialled…. I'm fortunate to be working in partnership with the Zoological Society of London and the excellent Professor Rosie Woodroffe… (story)

Western Daily Press 19.9.13 Heath calms fears over cull - There is "no reason" to think the Somerset badger cull is not killing sufficient animals, David Heath, the Farming Minister said yesterday…. (story)
Western Daily Press 19.9.13 Badger cull clouded in uncertainty - David Heath, Farming Minister, is adamant that the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire will reach its target. The minister was speaking in the wake of reports that nearly halfway through the cull the numbers of badgers so far accounted for is falling far short of the 50 to 60 a night that must be removed to meet the stated aim of taking out at least 70 per cent of the population… (story)
Western Morning News 19.9.13 Cull figures still uncertain as the shooting progresses - David Heath, Minister of State at Defra, is adamant, in an interview with the Western Morning News today, that the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire will reach its target…. (story)
Western Morning News 19.9.13 Farming Minister 'pleased with badger cull progress' By Graeme Demianyk, London Editor - There is "no reason" to think the Somerset badger cull is not killing sufficient animals but the workload is taking its "toll" on marksmen, the Farming Minister told the Western Morning News…. (story)

Western Morning News 19.9.13 Mood ‘gets ugly’ in badger cull zone as tensions mount By WMNPBowern - A prominent member of the anti-badger cull movement, monitoring activity in the Somerset cull zone, says he fears there could be an accident as anger mounts on both sides. Retired RAF officer and former British Airways Captain Ian Mortimer, of Bridport, Dorset, is making almost daily visits to the culling area…. (story)

Western Morning News 19.9.13 TB figures that don't suit are not published - It is ironic that one of your letter writers begins by saying he doesn’t know much about the badger cull but is aware that the incidence of bTB is rising… If I was one of the 18% I would expect the NFU, that was supposed to be representing me, to use the most effective methods for controlling this disease, and that is vaccinating badgers, better bio-security of cattle and using the money wasted on this badger cull to expediate the vaccination of cattle. by Jenny Pike, Plymouth (letter)

Western Morning News 19.9.13 Badger a scapegoat in this cull con - The badger cull is a con! I’m sure everybody agrees that bovine TB is a massive problem for farmers, but the current badger cull will do little or nothing to alleviate the situation… Mike Grigg, Wadebridge (letter)

Hull Daily Mail 19.9.13 Badgers killed for nothing - Referring to C Hudson's letter of September 16, we would like to point out that, although dairy cattle as well as beef cattle are slaughtered for bovine TB, out of approximately 350,000 cattle annually slaughtered prematurely, only 1 in 14 is due to bovine TB. Infertility, mastitis and lameness account for far, far more deaths… Thousands of perfectly healthy animals will be shot or injured to die in agony for worse than nothing. East Yorkshire Badger Protection Group (letter)

Yorkshire Evening Post 19.9.13 Helping animals - ANIMAL AID would like to thank the people of Leeds for their generosity in raising £130 at a street collection on August 24… Angela Courtney, Animal Aid collection co-ordinator (letter)

18.9.13

Whitehaven News 18.9.13 Countryman Keith (68) loses battle with cancer - HE was a true countryman who loved spending time on the fells of his native Tynedale. But Keith Dodd also carried out major projects on the district’s roads during a distinguished career as a civil engineer working for Northumberland County Council… Keith’s eldest son, Jonathan, said: “He was a true countryman. He loved being outdoors and he would follow the Haydon Hunt. This was the first year in 55 years that he didn’t manage to go out on to the fell.”… (story)

Northampton Chronicle & Echo 18.9.13 Hunter suffers head injury after falling from horse in Towcester - A 47-year old woman has been airlifted to hospital with head injuries after falling from her horse while hunting in Towcester…. (story)

Chard & Ilminster News 18.9.13 RSPCA spends £4,200 on taking Seavington hunstman to court - THE solicitor for a huntsman who admitted illegally hunting a fox has criticised the RSPCA for “troubling the courts” with the case. David Parker, 39, of Seavington St Mary, pleaded guilty to hunting a wild mammal with dogs under the Hunting Act at Yeovil Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (September 12)…. solicitor Jamie Foster, who represented Parker in court, condemned the RSPCA’s decision to prosecute. He said: “The hounds got on the scent of the fox, but were never in sight of it – they were always about a minute behind it… In the moral pantheon of criminal law it falls somewhere between littering and not paying for your TV licence….” (story)

SEAVINGTON HUNTSMAN FINED FOR HUNTING FOXES
Cheddar Valley Gazette 16.9.13 Hunstman fined over £1,000 for fox hunting By cfayfineran - A huntsman has been found guilty of hunting a fox with dogs and fined over £1,000. The Huntsman of the Seavington Hunt admitted an offence of hunting a fox with dogs, when he appeared at Yeovil Magistrates’ Court on Thursday…. (story)
Western Daily Press 14.9.13 Hunt member fined £500 for breaking ban By Tristan Cork - A West huntsman has become the latest to admit he broke the ban on foxhunting, after the RSPCA brought a private prosecution against him. David Parker, the huntsman with the Seavington Hunt, which rides in south Somerset and Dorset, pleaded guilty on Thursday to breaking the Hunting Act in fields near Winsham, Somerset in January this year… (story)
Western Daily Press 14.9.13 'You're in our sights' warning By tristan cork t.cork@bepp.co.uk - Foxhunters who are 'thinking of breaking the law' and chasing foxes have been warned they could be being filmed from more than a mile away, thanks to new methods employed by anti-hunt monitors…. Robbie Marsland, the chief executive of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said that with high tech equipment and evidence gathering techniques learned from the police, they were now providing strong enough cases for prosecutions… (story)
Western Morning News 14.9.13 Man, 39, handed £500 fine after admitting hunting fox with dogs - A huntsman has been handed a fine after admitting hunting a fox with dogs. David Parker, of the Seavington Hunt, admitted the offence of hunting a fox with dogs, when he appeared at Yeovil Magistrates' Court on Thursday… (story)
Western Morning News 13.9.13 VIDEO: Huntsman fined after admitting hunting a fox with dogs By WMNlynbarton - A Huntsman has been handed a hefty fine after admitting hunting a fox with dogs. David Parker, of the Seavington Hunt, admitted the offence of hunting a fox with dogs, when he appeared at Yeovil Magistrates’ Court yesterday. The 39-year-old, of Seavington St Mary, Ilminster , was fined £500, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50 and £500 costs for the offence which took place in the area around Causeway Lane, Winsham in Dorset in January… (story)
Western Gazette 13.9.13 VIDEO: Huntsman pleads guilty to encouraging illegal pursuit of fox By RichBirch - A MAN has been prosecuted under the Hunting Act after leading members of the Seavington Hunt into chasing a fox as they rode round fields near Chard. Huntsman David Parker blew his hunting horn encouraging a pack of hounds to pick up the scent of the fox while animal rights campaigners monitoring the hunt captured the scene on video…. (story)
BBC News Online 13.9.13 Somerset man pleads guilty to hunting fox with dogs - A huntsman has been fined £500 after he admitted illegally hunting a fox with dogs, a crime that was caught on camera by an animal welfare group. David Parker, 39, from Seavington St Mary, Ilminster, Somerset, pleaded guilty at Yeovil Magistrates' Court. Hounds from the Seavington Hunt were filmed in January 2013 pursuing a fox in the area around Causeway Lane, Winsham in Dorset… (story)
Bridport News 13.9.13 Seavington huntsman fined for illegal West Dorset foxhunt - THE HUNTSMAN of the Seavington Hunt has admitted an offence of hunting a fox with dogs. Huntsman David Parker, 39, of Seavington St Mary, Ilminster, pleaded guilty before Yeovil Magistrates yesterday to the offence under the Hunting Act… (story)

Coleraine Times 18.9.13 League Against Cruel Sports - The next meeting of the Coleraine and District League Against Cruel Sports will be held this Thursday, September 19 at 7.30pm. The meeting will be held in the West Bann Develoment Centre… (story)

Mail 18.9.13 Gamekeeper turns photographer: Amazing pictures by 'Dr Dolittle' who's so at one with nature he can snap Britain's wildlife from just a few feet away By AMANDA WILLIAMS - A gamekeeper has become so at one with his charges that he has become the real life Dr Doolittle, and can even photograph some of Britain's most endearing animals from just a few feet. Adam Tatlow's affinity with nature has allowed him to get so close to the creatures, that many of the resulting charming images, taken in the Cotswold countryside, look as if they have been taken with a zoom lens - but were actually taken right next to their trusting subjects…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 18.9.13 NFU Chairman: Why the Gloucestershire badger cull must continue - The scourge of bovine tuberculosis is the dominant debate in West Country farming, and the remedy – a badger cull – has inflamed tensions between people who make a living from the countryside and those who want to protect wildlife. Here, Gloucestershire NFU chairman Charles Mann argues the case for the cull to continue:… (story)

Western Daily Press 18.9.13 However 'distasteful' badger cull seems 'it's been shown to work' - Agricultural Minister David Heath - The badger cull being piloted in the South West is a vital part of the plan to combat bovine TB “however distasteful” it appears to critics, Agriculture Minister David Heath has said…. (story)
Western Morning News 18.9.13 Badger cull will continue 'however distasteful' – Heath By Scott Harrison - The badger cull is a vital part of the plan to combat bovine TB “however distasteful” it appears to critics, Agriculture Minister David Heath has said… (story)

Western Daily Press 18.9.13 Humane? They're making it up as they go, says charity By Peter Hall - Campaigners against the badger culls say that the method of assessment for the humaneness of the badger cull lacks credence and "is being made us they go along"…. Mark Jones, director of Humane Society International, described the lack of a definitive criteria as "extremely worrying" and suggestive that ministers would decide on the future of the culls on a "highly subjective and completely secret assessment, that appears to lack any scientific credibility or independent scrutiny," he said… (story)

Western Morning News 18.9.13 Defra quizzed on 'humane' nature of badger cull By Peter Hall - The decision about the humaneness of the controversial pilot badger culls in the South West will be decided by Ministers, not scientists. As the Government-backed pilot culls continue in bovine TB hotspot areas, protesters against the cull say the system on assessing humaneness lacks credence… (story)

Western Morning News 18.9.13 Councillor clarifies comments over backing the killings - A Somerset county councillor lauded by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) after writing a blog on the badger cull has clarified his position saying he would support killing the animals if it could be proved that it worked. Mike Rigby, an independent councillor representing Bishops Lydeard on the edge of the cull area, told the Western Morning News he was aware that LACS had picked up on his blog which questions the scientific credibility of the cull – but he says he would "probably go along with it" if concrete evidence was produced by the Government…. (story)
Western Morning News 17.9.13 Councillor's blog questions scientific credibility of badger cull By Martin Hesp - A Somerset county councillor who was lauded by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) today after writing a blog on the badger cull has been clarifying his position by saying he would support killing the animals if it could be proved that it worked. Mike Rigby, an independent councillor representing Bishops Lydeard on the edge of the cull area, told the Western Morning News that he was aware that LACS had picked up on his blog which questions the scientific credibility of the cull - but he says he would “probably go along with it” if concrete evidence was produced by the Government…. (story)

Western Morning News 18.9.13 Badgers have important place – in a well-balanced countryside - I was very glad to see Minette Batters' article (WMN September 7) which questioned the strategies of wildlife organisations and their dithering over ecological imbalance and the obvious effects of a growing badger population. As someone who has both dairy farmed and worked in animal health, I have suffered and experienced the effects and growth of bovine tuberculosis (bTB), and like many others have no wish to see the demise of 'Brock' the badger…. (story)
Western Daily Press 18.9.13 'Sad' cull is about harmony - Wildlife groups need to keep a sense of perspective on badgers, says Richard Kapff , a Dartmoor farmer and former Defra employee working in animal health. I was very glad to see Minette Batters' article in the Western Daily Press which questioned the strategies of wildlife organisations and their dithering over ecological imbalance and the obvious effects of a growing badger population…. (story)

Carmarthen Journal 18.9.13 Lack of honesty over TB figures - SO the problem of TB in cattle and badgers is once again in the public domain. If there ever was a reason to protest and lobby the Government I feel this surely must be one good cause. The question of badger culling, the cost of cattle slaughter and farm closures are certainly emotive subjects — whichever side you support…. For the sake of the badgers, the farmers and the financial cost to us all. Carmel (letter)

Western Morning News 18.9.13 Farmers don't really care about animals - According to Michael Ashton (WMN August 30) Brian May knows little about those who look after the countryside and the wildlife. Farmers want healthy wildlife and healthy cattle. If that is so then they will have to cease their non-scientific badger cull and stop the intensive feeding and breeding regimes that they inflict on dairy cows which weakens their immune systems and induces bovine TB in many of them… We can easily feed the world’s population but beef, poultry and dairy animals consume most of it, so please don’t sneer at vegetarians and vegans because they are the ones with real compassion! by Len Short for ‘Animal Voices’, Torquay (letter)

Western Daily Press 18.9.13 Managing species is our duty to wildlife - Whenever anyone suggests that badgers eat hedgehogs, we get the same mantra from Andrew Williams. It's motor cars, loss of habitat and slug pellets to blame and "I'm a vegetarian". Well here is some food for thought. When did you last see a dead hedgehog on the road? When did you last see a dead badger on the road? I see a lot more badgers than hedgehogs so either hedgehogs have learnt the "Green Cross code" or there are more badgers than hedgehogs… T Gardiner Paulton, Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 18.9.13 My own manifesto to make Britain better - Mrs A Essex of Henleaze for Prime Minister! (Western Daily Press, September 17). She seems to have her finger on the national pulse, unlike our head-in-the-sand Government… Why do we need so much energy? Partly, at least, because of the explosion in population caused by unwanted immigration…. Now we have the atrocity of the badger cull to pacify the dairy farmers, which will not easily be forgotten or forgiven…. Ann Richardson Warminster, Wiltshire (letter)

Cambridge News 18.9.13 Police prepare for Cambridge demonstration over animal testing by Save the Harlan Beagles Written by RAYMOND BROWN - Officers are gearing up to police a demonstration in Cambridge by Save the Harlan Beagles (STHB) which could cause disruption. Demonstrators are to meet at Parker’s Piece from noon followed by a procession through the city at around 1.30pm, on Saturday stopping halfway at Senate House for speeches… (story)

Carmarthen Journal 18.9.13 Eco warrior's new home - SWAMPY, who hit the headlines as a tunnel-dwelling eco-warrior in the 1990s is living a quiet life in Tipi Valley, it has been reported. Now going by his real name Daniel Hooper, the former protestor, aged 40, lives on the commune near Talley. He was once at the forefront of every major environmental protest in Britain and gained notoriety by tunnelling under a bypass to try to stop construction of a road. The former eco-warrior now spends his days as a tree surgeon for the Forestry Commission and tries to make time to tend to his vegetable patch, national newspapers have reported… (story)
Daily Mail 13.9.13 Swampy's new life: Former eco-warrior, 40, lives in a yurt with his four children and he even has a job! By ARTHUR MARTIN - He was once at the forefront of every major environmental protest in Britain. Known as Swampy, he gained notoriety by tunnelling under a bypass to try to stop construction of a road. But the once dreadlocked eco-warrior has turned his back on protesting and is living in a remote hippy commune in Wales. He no longer wants to be called Swampy and instead goes by his real name, Daniel Hooper… (story)

17.9.13

Telegraph 17.9.13 How the abolition of fox hunting could lead to tragedy By Peter Oborne - The most powerful law of politics is the Law of Unintended Consequences…. The Iraq invasion – embarked upon maybe for the best of motives but leading to years of horror and civil war – is one case in point. The abolition of fox hunting was another…. But foxes are pests. They are now a regular presence on urban streets, spreading filth, litter and disease. From time to time they attack small children, and it has become dangerous to leave babies out in the back garden in prams… Sooner or later a tragedy will occur. But the animal rights activists who brought about the hunting ban don't seem to mind about this. They will not tolerate the killing of urban foxes either…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 17.9.13 Alresford hosts country sports day - THE annual celebration of field sports returned to a rain-lashed Alresford. Hampshire Country Sports Day, sponsored by the Countryside Alliance, gave the chance for the public to see and take part in the action… (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 9.9.13 Celebration of field sports returns to Alresford this Sunday - THE annual celebration of field sports returns to Alresford this Sunday. Hampshire Country Sports Day, sponsored by the Countryside Alliance, has been held in the Alresford area for more than ten years and gives a chance for the public to see and take part in the action. Among the attractions will be gundog demonstrations, a parade of hounds, an inter-hunt jumping competition, a terrier and lurcher show, a fun dog show, fishing, falconry, clay pigeon shooting and many trade stands…. (story)

Pet Business World 17.9.13 Doggy fun in Warwickshire this weekend by Karen Pickwick - Warwickshire Countryside Day is going to the dogs…with hounds, gun dog competitions, a terrier and lurcher show, dog agility and a fun dog show. The event , organised by the Countryside Alliance, takes place at Hatton Country World, near Warwick, this Sunday, September 22… (story)

Independent 17.9.13 Wooster’s honour - Trevor Walshaw’s description of modern politicians as “flash political Woosters” is an unforgivable slur… He strongly disapproves of bandying a woman’s name, and he “has never hunted”…. Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (letter)

Western Daily Press 17.9.13 Where are the bright young Liberals? It was about a year ago almost to the day at the Liberal Party conference in Brighton that Sarah Teather MP did her party piece for the conference audience… I was a member of the Liberal Democrats for several years but left soon after Nick Clegg became leader… I did write recently to my MP Mr Laws to express my concerns regarding the Countryside Alliance's educational programme to encourage more children to partake in countryside pursuits, but his reply was in the same vein as you would expect from countryside Tory Ian Liddell-Granger… Perhaps a new party is needed, The Social Democratic and Liberal Party perhaps – or has that already been tried? Graham Forsyth Chard, South Somerset (letter)

PACEC REPORT
Western Daily Press 17.9.13 New report on shooting will target politicians By Philip Bowern - One of the biggest pieces of research likely to be carried out this decade on the value of country sports to the rural economy and the environment is about to be commissioned. An alliance of rural organisations involved with shooting sports, led by the British Association of Shooting and Conservation and the Countryside Alliance, are committed to updating and widening the 2006 'PACEC report' well before the 2015 general election, to show all political parties the value and importance of shooting in the countryside…. (story)
Western Morning News 16.9.13 New report aims to update wider benefits of shooting By Philip Bowern - One of the biggest pieces of research likely to be carried out this decade on the value of country sports to the rural economy and the environment is about to be commissioned. An alliance of rural organisations involved with shooting sports, led by the British Association of Shooting and Conservation and the Countryside Alliance, are committed to updating and widening the 2006 'PACEC report' well before the 2015 General Election, to show all political parties of the value and importance of shooting in the countryside… (story)

Western Morning News 17.9.13 Shooters beware! It might be Treacle - I have been fortunate to have had several letters printed in your newspaper on the subject of pheasant shooting as a pastime I find deeply abhorrent… During the summer at our stables we have enjoyed the privilege of feeding a tame male pheasant which we have given the name “Treacle”… So when this seasons shooters go out into the countryside and point their guns to the sky hoping to kill these beautiful birds, just think for a moment – it could be Treacle. by Elizabeth Gabriel (Mrs), Avonwick (letter)

Western Morning News 17.9.13 Countryside 'let down' by poor broadband signal – minister - Broadband in rural areas is so poor a "man with a stick" could deliver messages quicker, a Government minister has said. Westcountry MP David Heath, a Liberal Democrat minister in the environment department, also described the Government's expansion of super-fast internet speeds as "exasperating" that risks "failing" the countryside…."It is a fact we have a serious problem if we blithely talk about 90% coverage – that sounds great, except actually we live in the 10% in the rural parts of this country," he said at the event hosted by the Countryside Alliance… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 17.9.13 'Tell us how humane badger cull shoot is' - MORE details about the humaneness of the shooting during the badger cull could be revealed by the Government. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) failed to provide an uncensored copy of its badger cull 'humaneness assessment document'. This was requested by the Humane Society UK under the Freedom of Information Act…. (story)

Western Morning News 17.9.13 Badger vaccination pilot project to start next month - A pilot project proposing vaccination as an alternative to the badger cull as a means for halting the spread of bovine TB is set to begin next month. If successful the pilot project which is being spearheaded by Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George on five farms in West Cornwall could be rolled out across the entire 200 sq km Penwith peninsula in a five-to-six year programme…. (story)

Independent 17.9.13 Scant evidence on badger TB - Your report “Badger cull in focus after shooting” (16 September) is not the first to state that “badgers can pass bovine TB to cattle”, when the real question is not, “Can they?”, but “Do they?” The only evidence ever produced by government scientists clearly shows how the probability of cross-infection from badgers to cattle is extremely low… John Bryant, Wildlife consultant for Protect Our Wild Animals, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Western Morning News 17.9.13 Celebrities easily led or publicity seeking? - Bravo! Dave Butcher of St Ives. I totally agree with his comments regarding the fracking protesters which he makes with far more eloquence than I could. I also think that a high percentage of the points in his letter could also describe the anti-badger cull brigade… Mel Ellis & J M Ellis, Devon (letter)

Western Morning News 17.9.13 We do not wish to be associated with this - I read with interest the excellent leading article contained in the edition of the paper dated August 29 last. This related to Chris Packham, a presenter of the BBC Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes… some six weeks ago the cliff railway allowed the BBC Countryfile producers to send a camera crew to the cliff railways to do a feature for the edition of that programme which went out on the August bank holiday…. We do not wish to be linked, even indirectly, to a BBC programme one of the presenters of which uses the emotive language of the worst factions of the animal rights movement. That the BBC should disown Mr Packham’s remarks is nonsense, if he had vilified the Archbishop of Canterbury in the same way, the BBC would sack him. by John Ireland, Chairman, Lynton &ynmouth Cliff Railway (letter)

Lancashire Telegraph 17.9.13 Great view of badger issue - Protesters are wonderful idealistic folk (I've been one) but we often struggle to get our heads around the whole issue… , those who are concerned one way or another about wildlife and are aware (and who more so than vets?) of the terrible suffering visited on man and beast by TB, can find a clear authoritative and unprejudiced analysis on the website of the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management…. John Challoner (story)

Telegraph 17.9.13 Bull run campaign forces Thomas Cook to stop marketing the Pamplona festival - Holiday giant Thomas Cook has stopped advertising the world famous Pamplona "Running of the Bulls" festival on its website after pressure from animal welfare campaigners. By Steve Hawkes, Consumer Affairs Editor - PETA declared victory last night after the package holiday group and Britanny Ferries both agreed to stop promoting the event online…. (story)

Kent & Sussex Courier 17.9.13 DEMO: Anger growing in Tunbridge Wells at cruelty to dogs By Roger Kasper - ANGER is growing among dog lovers in Tunbridge Wells at cruelty to the animals in Romania. Former borough mayoress Rebecca Smith and Anneka Tanaka, from Penshurst - who formed the group K-9 Angels - are leading the protest locally. They are joining a demo in London this Saturday aimed at stopping canine killings in Romania… (story)

16.9.13

Horse & Hound 16.9.13 Riders lose their shirts in masters’ gate jumping challenge at Blenheim - Alice Dunsdon and Mike Jackson (above) shared 1st prize in the masters’ gate-jumping competition at the Fidelity Blenheim International Horse Trials, both clearing 5ft 8in…. Alice, who is a joint-master of the Surrey Union, only lost one “life” and therefore jumped in her shirt-sleeves (below). But Mike, who field masters for the Heythrop, was stripped to the waist by the final round, much to the amusement of the huge crowd…. (story)

Bath Chronicle 16.9.13 Countryside comes to town for Bath Racecourse festival - Racegoers and countryside lovers spent the weekend enjoying some unusual events at Bath Racecourse… The Countryside Festival Weekend was a first for organisers at the venue and proved popular with families… Alongside the ducks and Shetland ponies there were falconry displays, indoor activities from farming superhero Tractor Ted for younger children, a visit from the Beaufort Hunt and a full programme of traditional horse racing…. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 16.9.13 Hitting hare coursers - By Andy Ham, Lincolnshire Police Inspector - AS THE crops in the fields are harvested Lincolnshire Police starts to receive reports of illegal hare coursing. Following last year's successes from having a dedicated team, Lincolnshire Police is once again launching Operation Galileo to tackle and reduce the incidents of hare coursing… (story)

RSPCA CRITICISED IN INTERNAL MEMO
Telegraph 16.9.13 RSPCA fears exodus of 'disillusioned staff', says deputy chairman - The RSPCA is facing turmoil with senior figures fearing that an exodus of disillusioned staff could leave it with just a “rump” of people “who cannot get a job elsewhere”, a leaked memo suggests. By John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor - A blistering assessment of the charity’s internal problems, written by its deputy chairman Paul Draycott, also speaks of a “scary and dangerous” lack of planning, major concerns about management and difficulties attracting new trustees. He also attacks an alleged “campaign” of vilification against the charity, suggesting it had been orchestrated in conjunction with the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Third Sector 16.9.13 RSPCA is 'too political' and risks losing its best staff, deputy chairman says in leaked memo By Ian Griggs - A lack of strategy is leading the animal welfare charity into a 'charge of the light brigade', according to Paul Draycott - The RSPCA could be seen as being "too political" and risks losing its best staff, according to a leaked memo from its deputy chair. Paul Draycott wrote a six-page memo for his fellow trustees in August in which he set out the biggest challenges faced by the charity. The memo has been posted onto the internet by James Barrington, an animal welfare blogger and former executive director of the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)
Civil Society 16.9.13 Leaked RSPCA document reveals trustee's fears for future - Vibeka Mair - The RSPCA has played down reports that its deputy chairman has warned that the charity could be gone in ten years because of a lack of strategy around its campaigning, saying Paul Draycott was imagining a “worst-case scenario” as part of a trustee meeting…. a statement the RSPCA said the report was merely a “confidential, worst-case scenario document intended to prompt discussion at a trustees meeting… (story)
Western Morning News 16.9.13 RSPCA 'is scaring away' cash donors - Britain's oldest animal charity could evaporate within a decade, a confidential assessment of its future has warned. The RSPCA has recently been rocked by a Charity Commission investigation following complaints about its "threatening" stance to farmers involved in the badger cull. However, now a leaked document penned by deputy chairman Paul Draycott warns it is scaring away commercial partners and driving traditional supporters to write it out of their wills…. (story)
Telegraph 14.9.13 RSPCA deputy leader warns 'too political' campaigns threaten charity's future - One of the RSPCA’s most senior figures has warned that the charity faces serious doubts over its existence as a result of the controversy generated by recent political campaigns By Patrick Sawer - Paul Draycott, the RSPCA’s deputy chairman, says he fears aggressive campaigns over contentious issues, such as prosecutions for hunting and against the current badger cull, could alienate wealthy donors. He also fears that millions of pounds worth of sponsorship from companies such as pet food suppliers could be placed in jeopardy. In a leaked discussion paper written by Mr Draycott as part of the long-term preparations for the charity’s 200th anniversary in 2024, he said: “There is a potential risk, which does not seem to have been identified or addressed, that if the society is seen to become too ‘political’, that potential [for commercial sponsorship] will become restricted, as new and existing partners may become concerned that their own brand could be affected negatively by being associated with us.”… (story)
Independent 14.9.13 RSPCA ‘too political’, says leaked report - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) was embroiled in a row yesterday after the leak of a confidential internal report by a senior figure which said the charity’s future was in jeopardy because it had become “too political”. The remarks were made in an internal document by the RSPCA’s deputy chairman, Paul Draycott, The Times reported…. (story)

Mail 16.9.13 Corporate lawyer mum's horror as she catches fearless fox on bed licking six-year-old daughter's FACE in £1.5million Clapham home By ALEX WARD - A corporate lawyer today revealed the moment she felt ‘pure terror’ when she discovered a fox licking her sleeping six-year-old daughter’s face after it sneaked into their London home. Jo Williams said she did a double take when she saw the urban scavenger on top of her daughter Ava’s bed on the fourth floor of the family’s £1.5 million house in Clapham, south London. Luckily, little Ava was not harmed after Ms Williams chased the fox around the house for 90 minutes before it escaped out a roof window… (story)

Western Morning News 16.9.13 On the front line of the badger cull 'warzone' - As the badger cull continues creating a plethora of news stories for and against, Martin Hesp’s aunt has written to ask him what life is really like in the middle of the West Somerset killing zone. Here’s his reply... (story)

DEAD BADGER DUMPED ON MP’S DOORSTEP
Western Morning News 16.9.13 Anti-badger cull protester hits back at attack from Westcountry MP - By WMNPBowern - Last week Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger hit back at the anti-badger cull demonstrators he blamed for dumping a dead badger on his doorstep. His outspoken comments attracted significant response. Below retired RAF officer Ian Mortimer, who is opposed to the cull, writes back to Mr Liddell-Grainger…. (story)
Western Daily Press 12.9.13 TALKING POINT: Farming practices hold key to bTB problem - Wildlife and ecology campaigner SV Owen says it is up to the farmers to control TB in the British cattle herd - Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgwater, is quoted in an article in the Western Daily Press (September 7) as saying that the dead badger dumped on his doorstep was, he assumed, delivered by people protesting the cull. An assumption is not proof and carries absolutely no authority. This could just as easily have been done by an ‘agent provocateur’ attempting to blacken the reputation of the anti-cull movement and its law-abiding members… (story)
Somerset Mercury/County Gazette 12.9.13 Ian Liddell-Grainger defends "scrounger" attack on badger supporters By Matthew Colledge - BRIDGWATER’S MP Ian Liddell-Grainger says many of his constituents have backed his controversial comments describing opponents of the badger cull as “malingerers and scroungers”… (story)
Huffington Post 10.9.13 Ian Liddell-Grainger, Tory MP, Finds Dead Badger On Doorstep, Blames 'Scroungers' By Tom Moseley A Conservative MP has blamed jobless "scroungers" after finding a dead badger dumped on his doorstep. Ian Liddell-Grainger, who has supported the badger cull, said the animal appeared to have been beaten to death…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 10.9.13 MP hits out at 'scrounging, malingering, benefit cheque waiting' badger cull protesters - An outspoken South West MP woke up to find a dead badger on his doorstep just days after the controversial badger cull began… (story)
Western Morning News 10.9.13 MP responds to anti-cull protesters over dumped badger - Bridgwater MP Ian Lidell-Grainger found a dead badger on his doorstep at the weekend. Here is his response to those who dumped it there…. (story)
Telegraph 10.9.13 Dead badger dumped on my doorstep by anti-cull "scroungers" – Tory MP - An MP has described those against the badger cull as "scroungers" after a dead badger was found on his doorstep. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - Ian Liddell-Grainger, the MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, has openly supported the culling of badgers as part of the Government policy to reduce the spread of cattle disease…. (story)
Western Daily Press 6.9.13 Dead badger dumped on doorstep of pro-cull MP Ian Liddell-Grainger By Tina Rowe - An outspoken West MP woke up to find a dead badger on his doorstep as the controversial cull continues to divide opinions in the region. Ian Liddell-Grainger revealed the disturbing incident yesterday, as it emerged that the long-awaited field trials of a cattle vaccine to help wipe out bovine TB will begin next year…. The incident happened last weekend and he telephoned a veterinary surgeon for advice The duty vet, who was based in Cornwall, advised taking the carcass to Secret World wildlife rescue charity at East Huntspill for examination, but Mr Liddell-Grainger did not think that was appropriate and buried the creature… (story)

Western Morning News 16.9.13 I'm not a work shy layabout and I'm anti-badger cull By Janet Feasey - It has certainly been a week or more of badger and supporter "bashing" in the Letters Page. One contributor describes all supporters as anarchists, anti-farmer extremists and all purpose work shy layabouts. Phew! If that is not autocratic extremism I do not know what is…. I am country born and bred and with my husband, have kept bullocks, sheep and goats on our small holding not I may add depending on them as a living, but I would have been devastated if any dire disease had affected them… (story)

Western Morning News 16.9.13 Celebrities show that they know nothing - Whilst they are entitled to their views, one wonders why these so-called celebrities need to be so objectionable when talking about badgers and TB… We had the insult from one Labour agricultural minister who came to meet some of us suffering from the TB problem and he openly admitted to us that he realised that a cull was essential but he would lose too many votes… by Michael Ashton, Torrington (letter)

Western Morning News 16.9.13 I admire our farmers and their dedication - Graham Forsyth is well known for expressing his vegetarian opinions in these pages and of course we respect his right to do so. However, it is only fair that he also respects the right of those (the majority) who chose to eat meat… It is a pity that cattle cannot be vaccinated against TB but according to the BBC’s Countryfile last night this is due to an EU directive. So if a cull is absolutely necessary, so be it.. by Paul Mercer, Tavistock (letter)

Western Morning News 16.9.13 Do we ways need to scapegoat badgers? -Although I have not written to the WMN for some time, I have been following with interest the coverage of the badger cull. However, as I am strongly against the policy, I was outraged by the scurrilous remarks made by the MP for Bridgwater who had a dead badger placed on his doorstep… by Joan Jones, Chudleigh Knighton (letter)

Western Morning News 16.9.13 Any wild animal may be to blame - Professor Ian Boyd warns that bovine TB could “rampage through the countryside” affecting other species of wildlife and domestic pets as well as badgers… If the cull of badgers proves unsuccessful, will we find all wildlife eradicated in turn until we find the right one? by Mike Baker, St Austell (letter)

Pet Business World 16.9.13 Pet shop targeted for selling puppies by Sandra Pearce - A Chelmsford pet shop has been singled out by animal rights protestors for selling livestock, while a Pets at Home store less than two miles away has been ignored. Michele Pawsey, 48, who has owned Aquapets since she was 18, said Essex Animal Defenders began picketing her store in May, and have been almost every week, protesting outside and handing out leaflets. At times they have worn animal masks to hide their identities, and on at least one occasion hurled insults at an 83-year-old customer… (story)

Western Morning News 16.9.13 Who could treat kittens in this way? - How can anyone throw kittens out of a car on to a busy main road – as reported in last Saturday’s WMN?... by Christine Richardson, Launceston (letter)

York Press 16.9.13 Humans at fault - WITH regard to the letter from Christine Watmough of September 7, I can sympathise as it can be distressing seeing rats (dead or alive). But are rats truly at fault here? The problem is entirely human…. Miss S Pearce, Hunterswood Way, Dunnington, York (letter)

15.9.13

Sunday Express 15.9.13 EXCLUSIVE: Government Chief Vet admits he can't define what's a 'humane' kill of badgers - ANIMAL welfare campaigners tonight called for an immediate end to the controversial badger cull after the Government's Chief Veterinary Officer admitted there is “no definitive criteria” for measuring how humane the current pilot operations area. By: Owen Bennett in Brighton - Express Online has obtained a copy of a letter written from chief vet Nigel Gibbens in which he has admitted that ministers will have no hard and fast rules on what constitutes a humane kill when they come to decide whether the pilot badger cull has been a success… (story)

BRIAN MAY JOINS BADGER CULL PATROL
Gloucestershire Gazette 15.9.13 Brian May joins Wounded Badger Patrol in Gloucestershire - ROCK star Brian May joined dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a walk through one of the pilot areas on Friday night. The Queen guitarist got a warm round of applause when he met with around 50 people taking part in one of the nightly Wounded Badger Patrols in Eldersfield, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire… (story)
Hereford Times 14.9.13 Rock star May joins badger cull protesters - ROCK star Brian May took a tour around Newent before joining dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a walk through one of the pilot areas. The Queen guitarist was applauded when he met about 50 people taking part in one of the nightly Wounded Badger Patrols in Eldersfield, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire… (story)
Stroud News & Journal 9.9.13 Brian May joins Wounded Badger Patrol in Gloucestershire By Hayley Mortimer, Reporter - ROCK star Brian May joined dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a walk through one of the pilot areas on Friday night…."This is a political thing. It is being done because the Government, the NFU and the Countryside Alliance are all in bed together and what they want is for wild animals to be devalued. They want to be able to regard a wild animal as nothing and kill it….” (story)
Hereford Times 8.9.13 Queen star Brian May visits Newent and Eldersfield to support anti-badger cull protest - Rock star Brian May joined dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a walk through one of the pilot areas. The Queen guitarist got a warm round of applause when he met around 50 people taking part in one of the nightly Wounded Badger Patrols in Eldersfield, near Malvern… (story)
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 7.9.13 Queen's Brian May joins badger cull protesters on night patrol - Ben_Falconer - “GENOCIDE in the countryside” has to stop now, is Queen guitarist Brian May’s cry to stop the badger cull. As he and protesters prepare to take to the fields around north west Gloucestershire tonight in anticipation of more badger culling, the figure head for the anti-cull movement said opposition is growing by the day…. (story)
BBC News Online 6.9.13 Brian May joins wounded badger patrol in Gloucestershire - Rock legend Brian May has revisited Gloucestershire to "give moral support" to anti-badger cull supporters. The Queen guitarist was applauded when he and 50 others took part in a wounded badger patrol walk near Tewkesbury on Friday night… (story)
Western Morning News 6.9.13 PICTURES: Hundreds attend badger cull protest march - WMNAGreenwood - Hundreds of people marched through Taunton today in a peaceful protest against the badger cull currently taking place in Somerset. An estimated 400-500 people took part in the march, despite heavy downpours, which was organised by the Somerset Badger Patrol group and the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
ITN 6.9.13 Brian May joins anti-badger cull night walkers - Queen guitarist Brian May has joined dozens of anti-badger cull protesters on a night walk through one of the pilot areas… (story)
Western Daily Press 6.9.13 Badger cull is 'genocide in the countryside' says Brian May By Eva Jones - It wasn't quite We Will Rock You, but Queen guitarist Brian May had a new song to whip up some positivity among anti-cull protesters gathering in Gloucestershire yesterday, as he chanted about "genocide in the countryside"…. (story)

14.9.13

Southern Daily Echo 14.9.13 Farming is celebrated at annual countryside extravaganza - THOUSANDS have descended on a Hampshire town today for one of the biggest country shows on the county’s calendar. Broadlands Estate was transformed into a stunning showground as The Romsey Show swung into action. .. (story)

South West Farmer 14.9.13 Minister visits moors - Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP has visited the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project this week to learn about moorland management and its relationship to rural socio-economic activity, and the conservation of both habitat and moorland bird numbers… (story)

Shropshire Star 14.9.13 Cases of bovine TB?in Shropshire are up by 4,000 per cent - Cases of bovine TB have increased in Shropshire by more than 4,000 per cent since the mid-1990s, figures revealed today. Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski said the figures back the case for a badger cull to be introduced in the county as soon as possible… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 14.9.13 Meet the peaceful professionals behind the badger cull protests - PEACEFUL professionals have revealed themselves to be at the beating heart of the county’s Wounded Badger Patrol… Retired local government officer Nick Berry and his wife Jeanne, a retired human resources manager, along with firefighter Steve Price and his wife Vanessa, a parish councillor, spoke of their passion for protecting badgers during the cull in the west of Gloucestershire… (story)

Western Daily Press 14.9.13 Farmers say that cull must run its course By Jeff Wells - West Country farmers are keeping faith in the Government's controversial badger cull despite major concerns that the trials are faltering… (story)
Western Daily Press 14.9.13 Cull trials 'are at risk of failure' - The badger culling trial – a ray of hope for West Country farmers in the fight against the ravages of bovine tuberculosis – could already be in danger of failing. Some unofficial reports have suggested that only a handful of badgers are being shot daily in the Exmoor culling area. After almost two weeks of shooting, the total toll was said to be "well below 100"… (story)

Western Morning News 14.9.13 Martin Hesp: A strange thing happens whenever I get out ... That oft-used phrase about someone not getting out enough didn't exist years ago and I can't really understand why, because it's a useful term that really does apply to certain people. Suddenly and awfully, I count myself in their number… Actually, I reckon a large number of rural people who read this newspaper will suffer from a bit of doesn't-get-out-often-enough-itis. Farming, for example, tends to be a solitary existence for much of the time…. I do get out and about to other places, and I don't act in such a curious way. Or maybe I do, because down the pub last night the locals told me I was an idiot when I started talking about the dreaded badger-cull…. (story)

Derby Telegraph 14.9.13 Experiments on animals increase despite pledge - DESPITE a post-election pledge by the Government, its July announcement showed a sharp increase in the number of animal experiments conducted in 2012, the figure rising from 3.7 million a year earlier to 4.1 million… Miss D Spencer Dovedale Crescent Belper (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 14.9.13 Have Your Say: Left shocked by fox cruelty - I WAS shocked by the cruelty inflicted on an innocent animal (Post, Aug 30). Those responsible of such cruelty on a fox or any animal are scum…. D Meskill Port Talbot (letter)

13.9.13

Telegraph 13.9.13 Shooting can help boost children's education, head says - Schoolchildren should be given the chance to shoot at an early age because handling guns can promote trust, concentration and self-discipline, a head teacher has said. By Graeme Paton, Education Editor - Pupils as young as eight can pick up vital life skills by taking part in activities such as clay pigeon shooting, it is claimed. West Rise Junior School in Eastbourne is believed to be the first state-funded institution in the country to take primary-age pupils on a shooting trip… Mr Fairclough insisted it was carried out under the supervision of experts from the British Association of Shooting and Conservation, with pupils handling shotguns in special cages. The disclosure was criticised by Gill Marshall-Andrews, from UK Gun Control Network…. (story)
Mail 13.9.13 State school took children as young as EIGHT on shooting trip to teach them about the countryside By SARAH HARRIS - A state school sparked a furious row today after admitting it took pupils as young as eight on a day's shooting trip. Thirty children from West Rise Junior School in Eastbourne aged eight to 11 were handed shotguns and taught how to shoot at clay pigeons with live ammunition. It was part of an event organised run by instructors from the British Association for Shooting and Conservation to help educate the youngsters about the countryside. But the move has been condemned by anti-guns campaigners, who argue that a young child is not mature enough to handle a weapon…. (story)

Telegraph 13.9.13 Germaine Greer: something fishy about minks - I'm not usually one to carp, but a trail of dead koi points to a surprising pond predator: the mink. By Germaine Greer - The dogs and I were giving the koi breakfast in their pond in the orchard when I caught sight of a big fish lying outside the pond, in the grass. Near it was a smaller one… I rang a man, who rang another man, and they agreed. The creature that was catching my fish for fun was almost certainly a mink. It is in fact quite wrong of me to accuse the mink of killing my fish for fun. Killing fish for fun is a human speciality, otherwise known as a sport… It’s not an evil killer; it is simply an animal in the wrong place. My place…. (story)

Independent 13.9.13 'We heard four shots, a high-pitched scream, then grunting, then silence...': On patrol with badger cull protesters - In the dead of the Exmoor night, Claire Colley joins the saboteurs on a nocturnal mission to save badgers from the cull - Claire Colley - They gather on Exmoor after dark, their maps illuminated by moonlight. Dozens of ordinary people – teachers, office workers, labourers – with one common aim: stopping the badger cull… Michelle Gunn, 31, a vet nurse, co-ordinates the Somerset Badger Patrol: “When I got involved, I researched a lot…. Sean is a labourer from Sheffield, and has “sabbed” for 4 nights this week before returning to work, and Lee, a soft-spoken web consultant from London felt compelled to come to Somerset:… (story)

BRIAN MAY CRITICISED FOR GENOCIDE REMARKS
Jewish Chronicle 13.9.13 Queen's Brian May hits back in badger genocide row By Anna Sheinman - Former Queen guitarist Brian May has claimed that the Jewish community’s outrage over his description of the culling of badgers as a ‘genocide’ was a ‘manufactured’ smear by the ‘pro-cull lobby’…. (story)
Western Morning News 13.9.13 May apologises to Jewish community after genocide comments - Queen musician Brian May has apologised for any offence caused by a remark he apparently made about the badger cull being like "genocide"…. (story)
Western Morning News 12.9.13 Queen musician's rambling apology for likening badger cull to genocide By Rod Minchin - Queen musician Brian May has apologised for any offence caused by a remark he reportedly made about the badger cull being like “genocide”. The guitarist, who is a leading opponent of the cull, said even though he did not recall making the remark during a visit to Gloucestershire last week, he apologised for any offence he may have caused…. (story)
Telegraph 12.9.13 Brian May apologises for Genocide Row - Queen musician Brian May has apologised for any offence caused by a remark he may have made about the badger cull being like ''genocide''. The guitarist, who is a leading opponent of the cull, said even though he did not recall making the remark during a visit to Gloucestershire last week, he apologised for any offence he may have caused…. (story)
Western Daily Press 12.9.13 Brian May apologises over use of 'genocide' - Queen guitarist Brian May has apologised for offending some members of the Jewish community for using the term 'genocide' in reference to the badger cull. "Mt sincere apologies, of course, to anyone who felt upset by this. It would never be my intention in any way to slight the Jewish community," Dr May said… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 12.9.13 Brian May apologises for offence caused by badger genocide remark - Queen legend Brian May has apologised for any offence caused by a remark he apparently made about the badger cull being like 'genocide'. Writing on his blog: Bri's Soapbox the guitarist said even though he did not recall making the remark during a visit to Gloucestershire, he apologised for any offence… (story)
Jewish Chronicle 12.9.13 Queen guitarist in badger row By Anna Sheinman - Former Queen guitarist Brian May has been criticised for describing the government’s culling of badgers as “genocide”. Mr May made the comment during a visit to Gloucestershire, where 5,000 badgers are being killed in order to halt the spread of tuberculosis in cows. He called the cull “genocide in the countryside”…. (story)
Huffington Post 11.9.13 Brian May Comes Under Fire For Badger Cull Is 'Genocide' Comment - Brian May has come under fire for describing the controversial badger cull as 'genocide in the countryside'. The Former Queen guitarist's comment was branded "dreadful" and "inflammatory", the Telegraph said…. (story)
Mail 11.9.13 Queen guitarist Brian May angers Jews by describing cull of 5,000 badgers as 'genocide in the countryside' By STEVE NOLAN - Queen guitarist Brian May has been criticised by Jewish leaders after describing the cull of around 5,000 badgers in south west England as 'genocide in the countryside'… (story)
Western Morning News 11.9.13 Queen star angers Jewish community by likening badger cull to genocide By WMNSteveGrant - Former Queen guitarist Brian May has been criticised for describing the badger cull as “genocide in the countryside”…. (story)
Western Daily Press 11.9.13 Anger at Brian May's 'genocide' badger cull comments By JEFF WELLS - Queen guitarist and leading anti badger cull campaigner Brian May is facing an angry backlash from the Jewish community for describing the badger cull in Gloucestershire as "genocide in the countryside"… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 10.9.13 Badger campaigner Brian May in storm over "genocide" remark - QUEEN guitarist Brian May is facing an angry backlash for describing the badger cull in Gloucestershire as "genocide in the countryside"…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 10.9.13 Queen's Brian May dragged into storm over badger "genocide" remark in Gloucestershire By JOE LANE - QUEEN guitarist Brian May is facing an angry backlash for describing the badger cull in Gloucestershire as "genocide in the countryside… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 9.9.13 Brian May faces backlash over badger cull 'genocide' comment - QUEEN guitarist Brian May is facing an angry backlash for describing the badger cull in Gloucestershire as “genocide in the countryside”…. Anna Gerrard, rabbi at the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community, said apart from being potentially offensive, using the term was incorrect. “The use of the word ‘genocide’ in this context is simply wrong,” she said. “From an etymological point of view genocide means ‘killing of people’…. Jenny Silverstone, chairwoman of the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation, said although she was a “huge fan” of Queen, May’s choice of words was ill-advised…. Brian May was unavailable for comment (story)

Guardian 13.9.13 Badger cull: government could be forced to take direct control of pilot - Concern over low number of animals shot so far has led government to seek legal advice on taking direct control from farmers - Damian Carrington - The government is on the verge of being forced to take over the controversial badger culls in England from farmers because the low number of animals shot so far risks the policy seriously failing…. (story)

Bury Times 13.9.13 Bovine TB survivor defends controversial badger cull By Andrew Bardsley, Reporter - A Ramsbottom woman who contracted bovine TB and was confined to a hospital bed for nearly two years has spoken out in favour of the controversial badger cull. Brenda Barnes, now aged 81, contracted the illness at the age of 22 after drinking infected, unpasteurised milk… : “I love animals, don’t get me wrong. I have had dogs, cats, rabbits, you name it, but I would rather they cull the badgers than people suffer what I went through.”… (story)

BBC News Online 13.9.13 Somerset badger cull numbers quizzed in Commons - The government is being asked to investigate reports the badger cull in Somerset is falling short of proposed targets…. (story)

Western Morning News 13.9.13 Farmers keep faith in faltering badger cull as Government are urged to abandon killings By Andy Greenwood - Westcountry farmers were last night keeping the faith in the Government's controversial badger cull despite major concerns that the trials were faltering. Sources have told the Western Morning News that marksmen on the six-week cull on Exmoor had only managed to shoot a handful of badgers on some nights – significantly fewer than the average target of 50… (story)

Western Morning News 13.9.13 League videos 'to win hearts and minds' By Adam Walmesley - Campaigners against the controversial killing of thousands of badgers have released new footage from the cull zone, in an effort to win the "hearts and minds" of the public. Leaders of the League Against Cruel Sports joined members of the Somerset Badger Group in the Westcountry at the weekend in a show of solidarity against the badger cull. Footage was released by the animal welfare charity from its visit to the camp in Somerset where badger cull protesters are living…. (story)

Western Daily Press 13.9.13 No alternative - And so the badger cull continues. And so too the protests, the marches, the debates, the letters to the editor and indeed the opinion columns. The airwaves, the internet and newspaper columns remain full of debate – and at the weekend anti-cull activists were elated to hear the country's leading disease researchers report that the cull might slow the spread of bovine tuberculosis but will probably never be able to control it… Everybody knows it will take years to eradicate a disease that is causing misery to farmers and their families, and great suffering among cattle and wildlife. It will not be eradicated without tackling it in the wild…. the cull is an unpleasant necessity in restricting the spread of a terrible disease. There is no better way, regrettably. (story)

Derby Telegraph 13.9.13 MP joins calls to end badger culls - BADGER culls which have started in the south of England have been met with anger by a Derby MP. Derby North MP Chris Williamson has condemned the Government for going ahead with the pilot badger culls to tackle TB in cattle… (story)

The Sentinel 13.9.13 Badger cull is not the answer - I AM disgusted at the coalition's decision over the badger cull… There is a protest being held outside the Conservative Conference in Manchester on Sunday, September 29. Buses from London and kill zones. If you'd like a lift, please get in touch. PAULINE HODSON Brown Edge (story)

Stroud News & Journal 13.9.13 TB not fault of Britain's badger - The Governments Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) backed by its masters in the National Farmers' Union (NFU) is leading a campaign of brainwashing the public into believing a cull of badgers is essential… If the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats don't change course they will be tarred as badger killers and will have to face the consequences. Dr Clive Mowforth Dursley (letter)

Wells Journal 13.9.13 Badgers in shock attack on walker and his dog - ONE man and his dog had a nasty surprise when badgers attacked them during an evening walk. John Harvey, of North Wootton, was walking Dolly near his home when he was charged by one badger while another bit Dolly’s tail…. (story)

Midhurst & Petworth Observer 13.9.13 Gulls are icons that should be protected - I have ALWAYS had respect for and enjoyed Duncan Barkes’ column but last week he spoke with the IQ of a packet of cheese and onion crisps (that are out of date). Seagull cull... does he mean the gulls that are on the red list and have seen their numbers drop approximately 52 per cent in 20 years?... Being against the culling of badgers is, according to him, ‘daftness’... A culling that science (he will probably disagree with that next) has proved will only cause suffering and not solve the problem of TB…. Danny Dawes Southover Road Bognor Regis (letter)

Western Daily Press 13.9.13 Police alive to threat from 'domestic extremists' - Police are set to crackdown on rioters and extremists in Bristol and are monitoring several potentially dangerous groups. They are understood to have launched a series of operations to gather intelligence about subversive organisations… They include non-peaceful animal rights and environmental protesters or extreme right or left-wing groups (story)

Leatherhead Advertiser 13.9.13 Pleatherhead? Name change suggested in protest against leather By AlexRobertson - AN international animal charity has written to the town manager of Leatherhead asking for its name to be changed to “Pleatherhead” during London Fashion Week, which starts today. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said it wants to promote the town’s “historic animal-friendly ties” by protesting against the use of leather in fashion… (story)

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Horse & Hound 12.9.13 Cattistock joint-master to run a marathon in memory of Fiona Vigar and Ella Pallister - Hunting Cattistock joint-master and huntsman William Bryer is running the Purbeck marathon this Sunday (15 September) in memory of “two very special and competitive Dorset girls” — Fiona Vigar and Ella Pallister… (story)

Daily Post 12.9.13 Rural Wales resists countryside access free-for-all - Warning over the impact on farms and pathways - Landowners and anglers are on a potential collision course with recreational users over a move towards wider access in the Welsh countryside. This weekend the Countryside Alliance (CA) is hosting a summit meeting to prepare a “plan of protection” for farmland and rivers in Wales. It fears land managers will face myriad problems if footpaths, bridleways, woodlands and waterways are to be opened up to recreational users such as walkers, canoeists and cyclists… (story)

Western Morning News 12.9.13 Failure cannot be an option in battle against bovine TB - Doubts about the effectiveness of the badger cull have been swirling around the farming communities of the Westcountry for months. Now we know the true scale of the calamity. Almost half way through the six-week cull and only a tiny fraction of the overall culling target has been met… When Labour failed to take any action against bovine TB in wild animals like badgers during its 13 years in office it was political manoeuvring of the very worst kind… We are satisfied that Owen Paterson, Secretary of State at Defra and one of the most pro-countryside and pro-farmer ministers to have served that department for decades, genuinely wants to bring bovine TB under control. We are convinced too, that cannot happen without tackling disease in the wild. But if the pilot cull is failing it must be replaced with something that will work (story)
Western Morning News 12.9.13 Badger cull in tatters as sources say trial 'risks failure' - The badger culling trial – a ray of hope for Westcountry farmers in the fight against the ravages of bovine tuberculosis – is already at risk of failing… (story)
Independent 12.9.13 Badger cull 'way behind target' in pilot area - Dairy farmer claims that fewer than 100 badgers have been killed in West Somerset in first 10 days of cull - when 500 should already have been destroyed - Tom Bawden - The highly-controversial badger cull is in danger of failing after it emerged that a pilot scheme in West Somerset is killing less than a fifth of the animals it needs to…. “I understand the West Somerset badger cull may be failing to meet its own target, despite [Secretary of State] Owen Paterson’s assurances that the operation is proceeding according to plan,” Derek Mead, an entrepreneur dairy farmer from Weston-super-Mare, told The Western Morning News in Somerset….. (story)

Western Morning News 12.9.13 Defra's TB risk map shows West is at centre of storm - A map has been released showing the bovine TB hotspots where cattle are most likely to get infected. The Defra graphic confirms that the Westcountry is in the "high risk" area of the UK in which infection from badgers is defined as "endemic"… (story)

PROFESSOR IAN BOYD ON BADGER CULL
Gloucestershire Echo 12.9.13 Vaccination for badgers still on agenda By MICHAEL YONG - VACCINATING badgers is still very much in the works, according to the chief scientist of Defra. Professor Ian Boyd, chief scientific advisor for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) insisted that although vaccinations were much weaker at dealing with bovine tuberculosis (bTB), coming up with an effective vaccine was still on the agenda… Western Daily Press 11.9.13 Badger cull going 'to plan' despite latest arrests By Tristan Cork - The Government's chief scientific adviser maintained yesterday that the badger cull was "going to plan" in Somerset and Gloucestershire, but would not reveal how many badgers had been shot or whether nightly protests were having an impact. Prof Ian Boyd also defended a decision to test only 120 of the badgers killed to see how 'humanely' they were shot, and repeated the Government line that the pilot badger cull was necessary to investigate the impact on TB in cattle… (story)
Western Daily Press 11.9.13 Chief advisor answers your cull questions - Why are we having a test cull? IB: Partly we want to test the humaneness and the safety and the impact of culling badger for controlling bTB in cattle… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 11.9.13 We can eat cattle with TB without risks: Defra chief By MICHAEL YONG - CATTLE infected by tuberculosis (TB) are safe for human consumption, the chief scientist of Defra has reassured people. In a wide-ranging interview with the Echo, Professor Ian Boyd, chief scientific advisor at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said there was "no reasonable chance of cross infection" from people eating beef from infected cows…. (story)
Western Morning News 11.9.13 'Act or watch TB rampage through the countryside' - Failing to take new steps to tackle the increase in bovine TB would be "unwise", Defra's chief scientific adviser said yesterday. As pilot culls continue in Somerset and Gloucestershire in the face of a vociferous and well-organised protest, Professor Ian Boyd has told the Western Morning News there is a compelling need for action… (story)
Western Morning News 11.9.13 Anger must not mask real scientific efforts to halt bTB - Read the comments from Defra's chief scientific adviser Professor Ian Boyd on the badger cull in today's Western Morning News and it is clear the real gap between the two schools of thought on tackling the scourge of bovine TB in the countryside are not so very far apart. Prof Boyd acknowledges that culling badgers is only one part of the solution…. (story)

Western Daily Press 12.9.13 Vet speaks out against badger cull - A leading member of the anti-cull lobby has responded to unofficial reports in the Western Daily Press that the trial cull of badgers in Somerset is failing to meet required numbers. Vet Mark Jones, executive director of Humane Society International said the cull marksmen were “failing in their efforts to devastate badger populations in the pilot areas."… (story)

Worcester News 12.9.13 County woman arrested as part of police response to badger cull - A WORCESTERSHIRE woman has been arrested on suspicion of theft and aggravated trespass, as part of the police response to the current badger cull… (story)
Nottingham Post 11.9.13 Mansfield man, 23, arrested in connection with badger cull By JayneGarfitt - A 23-YEAR-OLD man believed to have been taking part in a badger cull protest has been arrested. He was among four people to behttp://www.nottinghampost.com/Mansfield-man-23-arrested-connection-badger-cull/story-19780801-detail/story.html detained by Gloucestershire Police in the early hours of Tuesday morning…. (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 11.9.13 Four arrested in Gloucestershire badger cull protest - FOUR people were arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning in connection with the Gloucestershire pilot badger cull… (story)
Western Morning News 11.9.13 Protesters arrested for trespassing - Four people have been arrested by police inside the Gloucestershire badger cull zone. They were held on suspicion of theft and aggravated trespass during the early hours of yesterday… (story)
Western Daily Press 10.9.13 Four badger cull protesters arrested in early hours of this morning - Four people have been arrested by police inside the Gloucestershire badger cull zone. They were held on suspicion of theft and aggravated trespass during the early hours of today. Police said those held were women aged 46, 46 and 34 and a 23-year-old man and they were detained in the Redmarley area of the county…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 10.9.13 Four arrested today as badger cull protests continue in Gloucestershire By Michael_Yong - FOUR people were arrested early this morning as part of Gloucestershire Police’s response to the badger cull. Police have carrying out Operation Themis in parts of the county since last Tuesday, when the badger cull in Gloucestershire was expected to start… (story)
10.9.13 Further arrests during badger cull protests By Daniel Chipperfield - A FURTHER four people have been arrested for trespassing during the badger cull in north Gloucestershire, bringing the total to eight. In the early hours of this morning (September 10), as part of Gloucestershire Police’s Operation Themis, a 34-year-old woman from Gloucester was arrested for suspicion of theft, aggravated trespass and on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon… (story)

Hereford Times 10.9.13 Badger cull: Evesham woman arrested By Freya Leng - AN Evesham woman was among four people arrested as part of the police response to the controversial badger cull pilot… (story)

Rye & Battle Observer 12.9.13 Call to kill the cull - I am horrified that thousands of badgers are now being killed in two areas on England in a terminally misguided attempt to control TB in cattle… Jane Quarrington Perrymans Lane, Burwash. (letter)

Western Morning News 12.9.13 When we interfere in nature we often fail - am not sure if M Wright’s letter is meant to be something amusing in the midst of a serious and painful subject. I really do not want to eat badger, I am fortunate that I don’t have to… So let’s wipe out badgers along with the rhino for mankind’s pleasure… I really hope it does but usually when “we” interfere in nature we see some shocking failures and an increase in the pests they keep down. I really do not want to be involved in any come back on this. I just felt I must speak up. by Sheila Moston, Woolacombe (letter)

Western Morning News 12.9.13 Island TB only in imported cattle - Having just returned from a visit to the Royal Manx Agricultural Show on the Isle of Man, a discussion about my concern of TB in cattle, with Chris Kneale, an agricultural advisor from the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture on the island, commented that the only cases of TB found were from imported cattle…. by Peter Sobey, Liskeard (letter)

Worcester News 12.9.13 We’re gun happy - 5,000 badgers will be shot (and hopefully killed, not wounded) in Herefordshire/ Worcestershire. Surely it would be more humane to inject the badgers with anti-TB vaccine?... GEORGE COWLEY Worcester (letter)

Bath Chronicle 12.9.13 Voting is the way to stop cull - Jeanne Berry Kenwood Cottage Elcombe Stroud (letter)
Derby Telegraph 12.9.13 Vaccination vote would be my choice in NT poll - I AM writing to alert your readers to how they can, in one small way, help to save British badgers without leaving their armchairs. The National Trust is currently being asked by some of its members to vaccinate badgers on its land. This will be considered at the National Trust AGM on October 26 in Cardiff and all National Trust members will receive voting papers…. Jeanne Berry Stroud Gloucs (letter)

Derby Telegraph 12.9.13 We should do everything we can to save badgers - AS a Christian and keen animal and nature lover, I am dismayed that our Government is sanctioning two large-scale badger culls…. Margaret J Smith Lawrence Avenue (letter)

Wells Journal 12.9.13 Taking issue with badger cull - IT is good that James Stephen has taken the trouble to explain the reasons for the current slaughter of badgers taking place in this county but I would like to take issue with a couple of things he mentioned…. I would like to know why there is no vaccine available for cattle by now?... Catherine Caveney Wick near Glastonbury (letter)

Wells Journal 12.9.13 Shooting themselves in the foot - JAMES Stephen claims that the policy of trying to control TB in cattle is not working, yet last month on BBC Somerset, James Small, a local farmer and the Somerset chairman of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) claimed that "they had it under control in cattle". One of them is wrong…. Adrian Coward West Horrington (letter)

North Devon Journal 12.9.13 Redressing the balance - MR Milton's letter ("There has to be a balance", Journal, September 5) presented a worrying array of misguided arguments surrounding the bovine TB-badger debate that I felt must be addressed. If it's balance he is after, he's probably best not opening with a crusade against that highly relevant demographic to the badger cull – vegans and vegetarians…. LOWELL MILLS, Bideford (letter)

Bath Chronicle 12.9.13 Humans are the destructive ones - In response to Kate Alsford, (Letters, September 6) badgers were given protected species status because of persecution by cruel and sadistic badger baiters.So they do warrant their protected species status… Andrew Williams West Country Badger Patrol Group Dicketts Road Corsham (letter)
Bath Chronicle 12.9.13 Let's get this in some proportion - In reply to Kate Alsford's histrionics on how Daniel Street residents' lives are being destroyed by badgers, I feel a bit of proportion is needed… Adrian Walton Hansford Square Bath (letter)

Rye & Battle Observer 12.9.13 Call to kill the cull - I am horrified that thousands of badgers are now being killed in two areas on England in a terminally misguided attempt to control TB in cattle…. Jane Quarrington Perrymans Lane, Burwash (letter)

Darlington & Stockton Times 12.9.13 Animal Farm - IF highly intelligent laboratory animals (beagles, cats and monkeys) could speak, what would they say? They would undoubtedly say: “We are terrified and scared, please, please help us; each one of us has the ability to suffer in the same way that human beings do.”… Aled Jones, Bridlington (letter)

BBC News Online 12.9.13 Kent sheep deaths anniversary marked - Animal rights campaigners have laid a wreath outside the Port of Ramsgate to mark a year since the deaths of nearly 50 sheep destined for export…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 12.9.13 RSPCA left with bill for cat case - A JUDGE has left the RSPCA with a legal bill of almost £10,000 after criticising its decision to prosecute a loving pet owner who failed to take her sick cat to the vet. Judge Jeremy Griggs said the charity had broken an undertaking it gave to Parliament not to use stronger powers under new legislation against pet owners without giving them a chance to have their animals treated…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 6.9.13 RSPCA left with £10K bill after judge slams charity in Exmouth cat's eye case - A Judge has left the RSPCA with a legal bill of almost £10,000 after criticising its decision to prosecute a loving pet owner who failed to take her sick cat to the vet. Judge Jeremy Griggs said the charity had broken an undertaking it gave to Parliament not to use stronger powers under new legislation against pet owners without giving them a chance to have their animals treated. He refused to make an order for costs estimated at £9,945 despite throwing out the appeal of cat owner Dilys Hadley. He ruled she had broken section nine of the 2006 Animal Welfare Act which created a new offence of failing to take reasonable steps to provide for an animal’s needs… The Judge imposed a conditional discharge and made no new order for costs. No restriction was imposed on Miss Hadley keeping animals in the future…. (story)
Western Morning News 6.9.13 RSPCA left with £10K bill after 'surprising' case against OAP By Ted Davenport - A Judge has left the RSPCA with a legal bill of almost £10,000 after criticising its decision to prosecute a loving pet owner who failed to take her sick cat to the vet… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 5.9.13 Owner says bulging eye cat was 'happy as Larry' - A cat owner has told a court that her 16-year-old pet was ‘happy as Larry’ despite having one eye protruding out of her head. Dilys Hadley says her cat Janet was in no pain and could have survived if the animal had not been seized by an RSPCA inspector and later destroyed by a vet. She claimed she had been bullied into handing over the pet and that her explanations to two RSPCA inspectors had been twisted to show her in the worst possible light…. (story)

Plymouth Herald 12.9.13 Birds forced to kill to survive because of us - IN RESPONSE to Sally Toull's letter (August 27 ) about birds killing other birds. I would like to add that in Plymstock a group of blackbirds killed a young magpie… We all should regard ourselves as visitors to this world and share it and nurture it. Imbalance within human society or bird society can cause havoc. MARIA BOJANITZ Via email (letter)

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Isle of Thanet Gazette 11.9.13 Officers on the beat in Thanet against hare coursing and poaching - OFFICERS from the Kent Police Rural Partnership Team are on the look-out for illegal hare coursers and poachers in Thanet. Police constable Darren Reed and acting sergeant Gary Hastings were on foot patrol in Birchington on September 6 when they received reports about three men suspected of hunting with dogs… (story)
Kent Online 11.9.13 Kent Police urge look-out for hare coursing - Police officers are on the look-out for illegal hare coursers and poachers after stopping and searching three men suspected of hunting with dogs at Birchington…. A spokesperson for the League Against Cruel Sports said: “Hare Coursing is a crime that affects wildlife, farmers and communities in rural areas…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 11.9.13 Queen guitarist Brian May 'faced death' at Gloucestershire badger cull - Queen guitarist Brian May has written about how he came 'close to death' while supporting badger cull protesters in Gloucestershire. Writing on his Save Me Facebook page Dr May describes the trial badger cull as 'insane.'… Beginning my day in Gloucestershire, there is a grim undercurrent of violence in the air. We came very close to death just now when a white 4 by 4 came careering towards us on the wrong side of the road. He was overtaking at about 90 mph, and had no way back into his lane. If we hadn't braked hard, we and he would have instantaneously been mincemeat… (story)

Independent 11.9.13 Why are the supermarkets keeping so schtum about the badger cull? - The truth is that the badger is being used as a scapegoat by both the dairy industry and the Government that's using flawed science as a justification for the cull - As the howls of protest against the badger cull grow ever louder, there's one voice that's strikingly silent in the vociferous debate over the shooting of badgers: that of our big supermarkets…. Katy Brown is an animal rights, environmental and social justice campaigner and co-edits Ethical Consumer magazine (story)

Carmarthen Journal 11.9.13 Badger cull latest: 'We need to look at evidence to tackle bovine TB' - THERE is a greater need for Wales and the UK to look at evidence from other countries if bovine TB is to be tackled successfully. John Owen, chairman of the TB Eradication Board for South West Wales — which covers Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion — said TB was a difficult and delicate issue…. (story)

Western Morning News 11.9.13 Campaign calls for a cull-free Cornwall - A campaign has been launched to make Cornwall a cull-free zone in the event the Government rolls out a programme allowing the killing of badgers to tackle the growing threat of bovine TB…. St Austell-based voluntary group Badger Rescue And Vaccination Everywhere (Brave), which has launched the petition on the council's website, also wants the authority to invest in local badger vaccination projects. Brave co-founder Norma Kearton said: "Culling of badgers is inhumane, unscientific and inefficient…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 11.9.13 Cull petition is record-breaker - A PETITION against the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset has become the biggest in the history of the Government's e-petition website…. (story)

Carmarthen Journal 11.9.13 Have Your Say: Let's look at evidence on badger culling - IN last week's Carmarthen Journal (September 4) you carried three articles on the Bovine TB debate. One from Mike Sharratt who believes that the cull is "unscientific" and one each from the FUW and the NFU, who think that the Welsh Government should reconsider their TB eradication strategy. So in the light of fairness — and to promote an unbiased debate — may I draw the attention of your readers to several facts that seem to have been overlooked…. David Petersen St Clears (letter)

Western Morning News 11.9.13 Every available tool to eradicate disease - The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is not, as some have suggested, pouring all its efforts exclusively into promoting and trying to justify a badger cull to help tackle bovine TB. But we have always said that every available tool must be used to eradicate this terrible disease… by Martin Haworth, NFU Director of Policy (letter)

Oxford Mail 11.9.13 Boycott animal produce over the badger cull - IF like me your readers are disgusted by the killing of badgers and other wildlife by shooting or any other means, then it is recommended that we boycott all animal produce including milk, cream, eggs and cheese…. VIC MANNING, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford (letter)

Oxford Mail 10.9.13 Unanswered questions about the badger cull - MANY words have been written and spoken concerning the badger cull, both for and against, but in comparison very little about research into the causes and problems of badgers carrying and passing on bovine TB to cattle… KEITH BROOKS, Gateley, Horspath (letter)

Yorkshire Post 11.9.13 Shame over cost in lives of badger cull - I FIND it ironic that the British people, who are known in the main to be animal lovers, are spending their Friday evenings watching the secret lives of badgers and other burrowing wildlife in a superb BBC2 three- part production. Meanwhile this Government is hell-bent on destroying 70 per cent of an unknown number of badgers in bTB hotspot areas… From: Mrs Jayne Payne, Bickley, Langdale End, Scarborough. (letter)

Western Morning News 11.9.13 What happened to animal regulations? - Re charity condemns 18 hours live sheep export (WMN Aug 27). I was horrified to read that live sheep were exported from somewhere in the north of England to the Deux-Sevres region of France by Dutch hauliers taking 18 hours, as reported by CIWF… by M I Chapple, Plymouth (letter)

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Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 10.9.13 International rider Emily Richards dazzles with a horse acrobatic show at Frampton Country Fair By Chris Warne - LARGE bustling crowds descended on Frampton for the village’s traditional country fair on Sunday… Among the many attractions was a falconry display, dog agility demonstrations, lurcher and terrier racing, an inter-hunt relay, tent pegging, ferret racing and a hound parade…. (story)

Croydon Guardian 10.9.13 Wounded fox waits on sofa in Purley for ambulance to arrive By Sophia Sleigh, Reporter - This picture shows a poorly fox waiting for her ambulance to arrive on the comfort of someone’s sofa. The young vixen was rescued by the Riverside Animal Centre, Beddington, on Friday, September 6, in Purley, after suffering a bite wound most likely caused by a dog… (story)

Western Morning News 10.9.13 Badger cull protesters were not shot at, say police - Claims that badger cull protesters were shot at have been dismissed by police. Rumours surfaced on social media website Twitter over the weekend that campaigners had been fired upon at a remote location in West Somerset in what was labelled a clear act of "intimidation". Avon and Somerset Police confirmed they had responded to a call from protesters at Rook's Nest, near Wiveliscombe, on Saturday night but said "no shots had been fired at anyone"…. (story)

Western Daily Press 10.9.13 TB vaccine trials to start on cattle next year - Field trials on a vaccine for tuberculosis in cattle are expected to start from next year in the UK. The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) is advertising for researchers to conduct trials of the vaccine it has developed along with a “diva” test to differentiate between vaccinated cattle and those with the disease… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 10.9.13 Defra chief scientist: We are not trying to wipe out badgers By Michael_Yong - QUESTIONS about the scientific reasons for a badger cull in Gloucestershire and north Somerset have been raised, with campaigners insisting on a lack of evidence. In a wide-ranging interview, reporter Michael Yong spoke to Professor Ian Boyd, chief scientific advisor at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the badger cull now happening in the county…(story)

Oxford Mail 10.9.13 The Church does have a duty to animals - I REALISE that the Archbishop of Canterbury is a busy man, but I am sorry he has stepped down as patron of the RSPCA. He would be an excellent advocate for animal welfare… PAM TREADWELL, Dodgson Road, Cowl (letter)

Oxford Mail 10.9.13 Royals are not fit to grace work of RSPCA - I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Mark Pritchard (August 28) that the RSPCA would acquire further integrity if it renounced its royal patronage. The fact is that the Queen’s devotion to animals does not seem to extend beyond her beloved corgis and racehorses. Members of the monarchy appear to derive their maximum relaxation on vacations from shooting birds… GRAHAM BUTLER, Banbury Road, Bicester (letter)

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New Statesman 9.9.13 The British countryside has always been an extended theme park for the rich - My Glaswegian father won't be celebrating the Glorious Twelfth, but the Scottish economy depends on moneyed tourists shooting grouse in a stylised countryside idyll. BY RACHEL MCCORMACK … (story)

Western Daily Press 9.9.13 Heath accused of misleading MP on 'humane' badger cull By Tina Rowe - Farming Minister David Heath has been accused of misleading a fellow MP about the transparency of badger cull humaneness assessments. The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs strongly refutes the claim made by Humane Society International/UK which opposes the cull. The charity says Mr Heath misled Adrian Sanders MP in a written response on September 2 after Mr Sanders asked Mr Heath why Defra had heavily redacted a document about assessing badger cull suffering before releasing it to charity for public distribution… (story)

Western Daily Press 9.9.13 Stop dumping carcasses, pleads volunteer - Conservationist Pauline Kidner has called for an end to the disturbing dumping of badger carcasses after two more incidents in Somerset. A female badger, dead for around four days, was found apparently dumped in Peter Street, Taunton, yesterday. Last weekend, Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger found a carcass at his door. Mrs Kidner, founder of the Secret World wildlife rescue charity, said yesterday that a volunteer had also had a carcass dumped at her door…. (story)

TAUNTON BADGER CULL MARCH
Western Morning News 9.9.13 PICTURES: Hundreds of protesters join in march to stop pilot cull - Hundreds of people marched through Taunton in a peaceful protest against the badger cull currently taking place in Somerset. Despite heavy downpours on Saturday, an estimated 400-500 people took part in the march, which was organised by the Somerset Badger Patrol group and the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
Yeovil Express 9.9.13 Over 300 protesters march through Taunton to oppose the badger cull - MORE than 300 opponents of the controversial badger cull in parts of Somerset marched through Taunton on Saturday (September 7) to protest against the policy… (story)
Somerset County Gazette 6.9.13 West Somerset badger cull opponents plan Taunton town centre march By Hannah Green - OPPONENTS of the controversial badger cull in parts of Somerset will march through Taunton town centre this weekend to show their opposition. The march, which will begin at Goodland Gardens some time after 11am on Saturday (September 7) and finish in Vivary Park, comes following a week of rising tensions in the countryside and allegations of clashes involving the anti-cull lobby…. (story)

Western Morning News 6.9.13 Badger cull protesters plan peaceful mass march -Hundreds of people are expected at a march in Somerset at the weekend in a show of strength against the badger cull. Thirteen days after the cull started in West Somerset, groups opposed to the pilot scheme – including Somerset Badger Patrol and the League Against Cruel Sports – have called a peaceful protest in Taunton on Saturday. It follows a visit by Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, to the camp site in Somerset where badger cull protesters are living… (story)

Western Morning News 9.9.13 Badger cull 'won't halt spread of bovine TB' - Culling badgers is unlikely to eradicate the scourge of bovine TB, leading disease researchers have said…. Christl Donnelly, professor of statistical epidemiology at Imperial College London, said the spread of the disease meant a cull was unlikely to succeed…. (story)

Western Morning News 9.9.13 WMN opinion: Badger cull is wretched necessity until a real alternative is found - And so the badger cull continues. And so too the protests, the marches, the debates, the letters to the editor and indeed the opinion columns… The cull is a wretched business for any involved, and none will be taking any pleasure in it. Continued political procrastination over tackling this blight in our countryside has left us with a problem that is going to take at least 25 years to conquer. Until there are viable and effective alternatives, the cull is an unpleasant necessity in restricting the spread of a terrible disease. (story)

Bedfordshire on Sunday 9.9.13 Peaceful protest against badger cull to be held in Bedford tonight Written byKATHRYN CAIN - TONIGHT campaigners against the government’s badger cull will be holding a peaceful candlelight vigil in Bedford… A demonstration will meet at the Butterfly Bridge at 8pm and walk towards Town Bridge and over the river, ending at the monument where Liam Burke is going to do a song . The guest speaker is Dominic Dyer… (story)

8.9.13

BBC News Online 8.9.13 Is a badger cull the only answer to bovine TB? By Trystan Jones - Two trial badger culls have started in Somerset and Gloucestershire, provoking strong opinions… (story)

Isle of Wight County Press 8.9.13 B&B welcomes favourite guests By Emily Pearce - AS THE controversial badger cull started in parts of England last week, Islanders have spoken up in defence of the animals…. Maggie Hilton, who runs the Enchanted Manor bed and breakfast, in Niton, said her guests loved watching the family of badgers who have been visiting the garden for generations… (story)

Sussex Express 8.9.13 Hope to avoid badger cull in East Sussex - Animal groups in Sussex are appealing for new members and donations to help vaccinate badgers against Bovine TB. The South Downs Badger Protection Group is working with East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) with additional funding from International Animal Rescue to capture and protect the animals. They fear that the Government might widen the controversial cull currently taking place in the West Country…. (story)

7.9.13

Blackmore Vale Magazine 7.9.13 Bumper opening day at Dorset County Show By Dee Adcock - DORSET County Show got off to a flying start as crowds flocked to the opening day at Dorchester showground for a mix of thrilling entertainment and the best of Dorset farming…. The show packed in non-stop action with showjumping, cookery demonstrations, sheep-shearing, falconry and ferret racing plus displays by Adam’s Axemen, Shaun Ellis the Wolf Man, a parade of hounds from local packs and more throughout the day… (story)

Bournemouth Echo 7.9.13 Living in fear of fox after Chihuahua attacked By Jenny Awford - A DOG-lover has said she lives in fear of her pets being mauled after her chihuahua was attacked by a fox in her garden. Louise Kayim, 31, of Charminster, chased after the fox when she saw her one-and-a-half-year-old miniature dog Stimpy being carried away in the animal’s jaws…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 7.9.13 Dog tracks are not for cultured - J Taylor would like to see greyhound racing in Leicester ("Bring back a city greyhound track", Mailbox, September 3) and said: "I am hoping that before 2014, when we could be named City of Culture, we will once again share this sport with our Midlands rivals." What does this "sport" have to do with culture?... Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)

Western Morning News 6.9.13 In search of the badger cull... with very few protesters and a lot of false claims - Photographer Andrew Hobbs has been in the front-line of Exmoor’s badger cull, meeting both those in favour and against the controversial killings to prevent the spread of bovine TB. Here is his blog about what he has witnessed – all in the pursuit of a picture… Over the next few days and nights, I joined the other press photographers and journalists on badger patrols, our numbers now swelled by staffers from the Daily Mail, the Sun and the Telegraph…. , after about half an hour they seem to have stopped talking and I go closer again to get some general shots. It's then that Mr Tiernan decides I am "taking the p***" and suggests that I "f*** off'. The same night that Camp Badger is evicted, the Bristol hunt sabs (saboteurs) post on Facebook that they have had to cancel their minibus to Somerset because of a lack of numbers. One of the most vocal people at Camp Badger said, when asked where she was heading as she drove out, "I'm going home. ." When asked on a previous night about the numbers involved, she said "It's been really hard to get people interested."… in the two hours that I was there, I saw only that one girl arriving at the camp and I think this is the protesters' real problem – they lack the numbers on the ground to enable them to make a real difference to the cull… (story)

Cambridge News 7.9.13 Animal rights campaigner Joan Court, 94, goes on 'hunger strike' over badger cull Written by CHRIS HAVERGAL - Veteran animal rights activist Joan Court has announced a temporary ‘hunger strike’ in protest at the badger cull – at the age of 94. The tireless campaigner, of Sturton Street, Petersfield, will travel on Monday to Gloucestershire, where a trial of the cull is getting under way. On Tuesday morning, she will start a 24-hour sponsored fast in Tewkesbury market square and is hoping to raise funds for the battle against the shootings… (story)

Western Daily Press 7.9.13 The badgers and the bees: not a love story - Call me paranoid, but I'm beginning to think farmers are becoming, more than ever it seems, political pawns – Aunt Sallies for all and sundry to have a shy at. So I want to make a plea for one or two other organisations, not least in the conservation arena, to speak up for what's right rather than politically expedient… Uncomfortably perhaps, for the trusts, which use brock for their logo, he has been upstaged in the nation's affections by the hedgehog… Even a Wildlife Trust website says: "Badgers will prey on hedgehogs and also compete with them for prey such as slugs and worms."… the Bumble Bee Trust revealed that badgers are, along with the wax moth, at the top of the predatory tree in terms of their destruction of bumble bees and that "in some areas of the UK where the badger population has exploded we (the trust) are concerned about what effect this will have on bumble bee populations"…. (story)

Western Daily Press 6.9.13 Will cull provide desired result? When the badgers are all dead From the guns all filled with the lead What then what will farmers say Sorry we got it wrong this day David Pilton-Slade Fonthill-Bishop, Salisbury, Wiltshire (“poem”)

6.9.13

Farming UK 6.9.13 Television chef calls on people to stop donating to the RSPCA - Television chef Clarissa Dickson Wright has called on people to stop donating to the RSPCA because she believes the animal charity has become politically motivated…. (story)

Index on Censorship 6.9.13 The “nasty little bill” that could kill the Big Society - Chilling effect', 'seriously flawed', 'bureaucratic nightmare': behind the scenes of the UK's gagging bill By Alex Stevenson - The stakes are incredibly high as the British government considers buckling in the face of intense pressure over its controversial and divisive lobbying bill. If it does not, there is a real danger that the voice of David Cameron’s “Big Society” is about to be snuffed out for good…. “It’s very widely drawn and is totally unclear as to what is and isn’t included,” James Legg of the Countryside Alliance worries (points out?). “You could find ordinary day-to-day campaigning activity, whatever it might be, could be seen to be for electoral purposes. In other words, we’re losing any sort of objectivity to it. It’s becoming very much a subjective test.”… (story)

BBC News Online 6.9.13 Badger cull: Animal groups call for Defra 'transparency' - Animal rights groups have joined the RSPCA's call for greater transparency over the pilot badger cull in England…. Four people were arrested by police inside the Gloucestershire badger cull zone in the early hours of Friday. They were held on suspicion of aggravated trespass after police responded to reports of horns being blown and individuals straying from a public footpath…. Joe Duckworth, chief executive at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "To the anger of many, Defra is still to answer vital questions concerning the methodology of the culls… (story)

Gloucestershire Gazette 6.9.13 Protestors arrested in badger cull operation By Daniel Chipperfield - FOUR protesters have been arrested for aggravated trespass in the Forhampton area as the badger cull continues… A spokesman for the force said that police had responded to reports of horns being blown and individuals straying from a public footpath in the Forthampton area at around 2am on Friday, September 6…. (story)
Independent 6.9.13 Four arrested as Brian May heads to front line of badger cull protests - Gloucestershire remains a hotspot for clashes between protesters against the cull and the farmers and landowners who support it - Police have arrested four people on suspicion of tres passing in a badger cull area ahead of a visit from Queen guitarist and anti-cull activist Brian May. Officers were called following reports a group had strayed from a public footpath and were blowing horns, in the countryside around the Forthampton area in Gloucestershire. A police spokesman said that the four were arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after they refused to give officers their names and addresses, but were released shortly afterwards… (story)

Gloucestershire Citizen 6.9.13 Four people arrested in Gloucestershire badger cull zone early today By Michael_Yong - FOUR people were arrested early this morning, believed to be in relation to trespassing during a badger cull protest. Police officers were called to Forthampton around 2am today, after reports of horns being blown and people “straying” from a public foot path…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 6.9.13 Eight stopped by police officers as part of Operation Themis in Gloucestershire By Michael_Yong - EIGHT people were stopped by police officers last night and early this morning during badger cull protests in Gloucestershire… (story)

Telegraph 6.9.13 Fur to fly at National Trust AGM over badger cull - The National Trust is split over the badger cull after the board refused to rule out shooting the animals on their land. By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent - The National Trust is split over the badger cull after the board refused to rule out shooting the animals on their land… More than fifty members of the National Trust have backed a resolution due to be heard at the AGM next month calling for the Trust to initiate a badger vaccination programme “immediately”. The resolution states that this will stop the animals spreading the cattle disease bovine tuberculosis and “prevent the National Trust being part of any cull”…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 6.9.13 Shooting 'likely' to have begun in cull - GUNMEN may have already started shooting badgers in Gloucestershire, campaigners have said. Activist groups are adamant badgers will have been killed during the first two nights of the cull, although they are sure they have prevented some bloodshed…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 6.9.13 Queen's Brian May calls for public support against badger cull By Ben_Falconer - “GENOCIDE in the countryside” has to stop now, is Queen guitarist Brian May’s cry to stop the badger cull. As he and protesters prepare to take to the fields around north west Gloucestershire tonight in anticipation of more badger culling, the figure head for the anti-cull movement said opposition is growing by the day…(story)
Western Daily Press 6.9.13 Brian May to visit Gloucestershire badger cull zone - Queen guitarist Brian May is to visit the badger cull zone in Gloucestershire, it has been announced. May, a leading opponent of the cull, will be in the Tewkesbury area to meet residents and discuss their views on the pilot taking place on their doorstep. May, who is a member of the Team Badger campaign, will also join a peaceful night walk being staged by anti-cull activists…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 5.9.13 Queen guitarist to visit badger cull zone - QUEEN guitarist Brian May is visiting the Gloucestershire badger cull zone on Friday to lend his support to campaigners… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 5.9.13 Brian May to join anti badger cull protesters in Gloucestershire - Brian May will visit the Gloucestershire badger cull zone on Friday. May, the Queen guitarist, will visit the Gloucestershire cull site to meet with locals to discuss their views of the trials taking place and to align with peaceful protests being staged by anti-cull activists…. (story)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 5.9.13 Brian May to visit badger cull zone - Queen guitarist Brian May is to visit the badger cull zone in Gloucestershire, it has been announced. May, a leading opponent of the cull, will be in the Tewkesbury area to meet residents and discuss their views on the pilot taking place on their doorstep… (story)

Western Daily Press 6.9.13 Badger cull petition passes 300,000 hours before closure - An online petition against the badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset reached 300,000 signatures today, just hours before its deadline… (story)

Western Morning News 6.9.13 Trials of cattle TB vaccine to start next year By Peter Hall - With the shooting of badgers continuing at two South West locations as part of the Government's campaign to wipe out bovine TB, field trials of a cattle vaccine have been announced for next year. The long-awaited vaccine has been developed by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), together with a vital diagnostic test to differentiate between infected and vaccinated animals…. (story)

Western Morning News 6.9.13 Urban population has little knowledge of country matters By Ian Liddell-Grainger - I must admit there is a tangible sense of relief in the air around here that the badger culling has finally got underway – though not, of course, without more puerile posturing by those who believe badgers are innocent. You may have caught the footage of that utterly nonsensical "candlelit vigil" in Minehead the other night. Did you ever witness anything quite so ridiculous? Most of them would have run a mile if a badger with TB suddenly turned up and started coughing in the middle of them all… (story)

5.9.13

James Barrington 5.9.13 Hunting for badgers with dogs – Giles Bradshaw - The issues surrounding the badger cull in an attempt to curb bovine TB are undoubtedly complex. Scientific opinion is split, though perhaps not as starkly as some would have the public believe… It also begs the question, ” If shooting was regarded by the RSPCA and IFAW as the humane alternative to hunting in the campaign to pass the Hunting Act, why is it now inhumane for badgers?” No ‘wounded fox’ patrol was ever set up by the same groups. Here Giles Bradshaw raises some pertinent points… We know dogs are present at the cull because some of the protesters have posted pictures of them… These dogs are on leashes and accompany people who are hunting for wounded badgers in order to retrieve them and relieve their suffering…. This all looks very like the form of exempt hunting outlined in Defra’s best practice guidance, however there is one glaring problem. This is that the Hunting Act’s exemption for the rescue of a wild mammal requires permission from the landowner. All the land on which the protesters are operating is likely to be owned by someone, even if by the local authority, and it is unlikely in my view that the protesters will have sought or obtained permission to use their dogs to hunt for badgers. This means that it is illegal under the Hunting Act for the protesters to engage in any activity that constitutes hunting with a dog – even such activities aimed solely at relieving the wounded badgers suffering… (story)

Bourne Local 5.9.13 Morcott author launches A Short History of Foxhunting at Burghley - Having first mounted a pony at the age of eight, riding and hunting have always been a part of Michael Clayton’s life. Now the 78-year-old author and journalist, whose career included editing Horse and Hound magazine, has written “A Short History of Foxhunting” with artist and former Master of Foxhounds Alastair Jackson…. The book will be launched at the Countryside Alliance stand at the horse trials today (Thursday). Mr Clayton said: “There is a strong link between hunting and Burghley Horse Trials. Cross-country riding, and steeplechasing, grew out of fox hunting.” A Short History of Foxhunting is published by Merlin Unwin Books and costs £14.99 (story)

Dorset Echo 5.9.13 Battle bus rolls in to West Dorset to combat badger cull - CAMPAIGNERS against the government’s badger cull have been out in force in West Dorset to drum up support. Members of the Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare and their Badger Battle Bus were in Beaminster at the weekend spreading their message and looking for volunteers to help them…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 5.9.13 Mums, teens and office workers make up wounded badger campaigners patrolling our woodlands tonight - CAMPAIGNERS are determined to continue protests and bring the badger cull to a halt in Gloucestershire before it is too far under way. Badger patrols, secret spotters and searchlights, combined with a strong police presence, made for an electric first night of the cull as they raced to stop marksmen in their tracks… Drew Pratten, from Stop the Cull, had men working around the clock looking for shooters in the cull zone…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 5.9.13 Badger cull: Latest - THERE was little to report from the front line of the Gloucestershire badger cull zone on Thursday night. With anti-cull campaigners expecting marksman to be out around culling zones from 9am, wounded badger patrols had also hit the countryside to check on any injured animals. Liz Gaffer from the Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting said: “Patrols are out but it is too early to say if there has been any activity… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 5.9.13 Spotters in secret locations around Gloucestershire look out badger shooters By MICHAEL YONG - IF they send marksmen out to shoot badgers, we will spot them. This is the vow from campaigners against the badger cull who have vowed to stop the shooters for the next six weeks. 'Spotters' have been camped out in secret locations throughout the county to help protect badger setts and their inhabitants… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 5.9.13 Campaigners to keep up their vigilance as Gloucestershire badger cull gets underway - CAMPAIGNERS against the cull in Gloucestershire have vowed to keep up their efforts to prevent the shooting of badgers. Reinforcements arrived in the county last night as wounded badger patrols, secret spotters and search vehicles, combined with a strong police presence, made for another tense evening… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 5.9.13 Gun shots heard during West Gloucestershire badger cull By Impeyecho - Shots "unconnected" to the badger cull were heard last night by marksmen believed to be shooting other types of wildlife and taking advantage of the culling period… (story)

North Devon Journal 5.9.13 There has to be a balance - I was amused at Green campaigner Ricky Knight's out-burst against Owen Paterson's comments at the North Devon Show regarding the progress about bovine TB. Surely this can't be the same vegetarian Green campaigner who endorsed Viva's "eat green" campaign, so he wouldn't mind if there were no cows (or any farm animals) anywhere?... PHILIP J MILTON, Trimstone (story)

Plymouth Herald 5.9.13 Only one reason for the badger cull - THERE is only one reason that badgers are being killed. If we were not breeding cows for dairy and beef, then we would not be killing badgers… Why are most people happy for cows, pigs, chickens and sheep to be slaughtered, hidden from view, just for their palate pleasure, but will protest against the killing of an animal. VALERIE FRY Plympton (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 5.9.13 Badgers will suffer for sake of policy - THE RSPCA said it was "appalled" as the badger cull spread to Gloucestershire. (story)

Somerset County Gazette 5.9.13 Tensions rise in West Somerset badger cull zone By Hannah Green - OPPONENTS of the controversial badger cull underway in parts of West Somerset say tensions are rising amid claims of clashes in the countryside… Adrian Coward, chairman of Somerset Badger Group, said: “There are a whole range of people fighting the cull…. (story)

West Briton/Cornishman 5.9.13 Badgers vaccinated against bovine TB - VOLUNTEERS keen to stop a controversial badger cull are carrying out TB vaccinations around west Cornwall… Trained, qualified and licensed "lay vaccinators" have been offering cut-price badger vaccination to landowners to reduce the impact on farmers and protect the creatures… (story)

Bristol Post 5.9.13 Many of us don't want badger cull - I DO not believe in the badger cull. Neither do many people in this country, including Sir David Attenborough, Queen's Brian May and lots of the media… Karen Theyer Yate (letter)

Western Morning News 5.9.13 Theories need to be balanced with reality - I rarely write to Letters columns but am an avid reader, normally with the attitude “here goes another rant.” One of your contributors, Graham Forsyth, regularly seems to throw his toys out of the pram on things like vegetarianism, fox hunting or indeed anything that takes his fancy and tends to loose all sense of rationality. In his latest, concerning the badger cull (In My Opinion, WMN Aug 30) he seems to have completely lost the plot. He says he has the qualifications of science to back his theories but has failed to balance them with the qualifications received from the “University of Life” or maybe he opted out of that course…. Ken Rowe, Paignton (letter)
Western Morning News 5.9.13 Objectors need to look at wider picture - How churlish is Mr Forsyth in his letter of August 30? As a farmer living with all the devastation and stress this disease causes, I think both Mr Forsyth and Mr May need to look at the wider picture, not just berate farmers… M Stephens, Par (letter)

Western Morning News 5.9.13 Delay will only add to the misery - I feel I must congratulate David Stocker of Lancaster on a truly excellent letter regarding the culls (WMN, Aug 31)… by Dave Grylls, Kingsteignton (letter)
Bristol Post/Western Morning News 31.8.13 Vaccination is more humane and cheaper - THE humble badger could become an even rarer sight in our British countryside thanks to the cull.This could make things worse… D F Courtney Weston-super-Mare
WITH reference to the letter from Clive Heath (Bristol Post, August 26), it seems that the government will not be testing badgers to see if they are infected with bovine TB, before they, are shot or after they are shot and setts will not be checked to see if any of their occupants even have bovine TB. The implication is that the government doesn't want any evidence which might suggest that the culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset are mainly about the government seeking to curry favour with farmers… Robert Craig
HAVING exhausted the legal process and lost, attempts by extreme badger activists to sabotage the cull by direct action amount to nothing less than mob rule… David Stocker (letters)

South Wales Evening Post 5.9.13 Stop badger persecution - THE barbaric torture of a fox, found in the Blackpill area of the city, (Post, August 30) is, as stated, an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The people responsible for this obscene cruelty will quite rightly face prosecution and a maximum penalty of £20,000 and/or a six-month prison sentence… Yet just across Swansea Bay, in Somerset and Gloucestershire, wildlife legislation is being ripped up, turned upside down and inside out by the UK Government's badger cull… J Russell Sketty Swansea (letter)

Wells Journal 5.9.13 Kill badgers and kill tourism - THE culling of badgers is not the answer to the bovine tuberculosis problem in cattle. What can we do to register our protests at this inhumane cull?... Jo Daley Cheddar Road Wedmore (letter)

Bath Chronicle 5.9.13 Badgers – a menace - Badgers are destroying gardens in the centre of Bath in the Daniel Street area. Five badgers can often be seen in the evenings digging and hissing at you if you try and shoo them away. People's lives are being destroyed as they see their gardens being consistently uprooted night after night…. Kate Alsford Henrietta Gardens, Bath (story)

Wells Journal 5.9.13 Farmers block supermarket depot in milk protest - Pressure group Farmers for Action have blockaded the Morrisons Distribution Centre at Bridgwater. The group reports more than 60 tractors and 200 farmers have blocked access to the centre in a protest about low milk prices at supermarkets forcing their earnings down… (story)

4.9.13

BBC News Online 4.9.13 Badger cull: RSPCA calls for 'greater transparency' from Defra - The RSPCA is calling for greater transparency from Defra as the second stage of a pilot scheme to cull badgers began in west Gloucestershire…. (story)

ITV 4.9.13 Anti badger cull protesters wait for signs of activity - I am sitting on a hill in Gloucestershire with anti badger cull campaigners. It has been all quiet so far, but there are occasional moments of activity when cars come and go below…. (story)

Worcester News 4.9.13 Badger is scapegoat for farming’s failings - I am horrified that thousands of badgers are now being killed in two areas of England in a misguided attempt to control TB in cattle. It is a needless massacre driven by farmers and politicans. In protest I am boycotting English dairy products and would like to encourage others to do likewise… DIANE WYNNE Worcester (letter)

Oxford Mail 4.9.13 Surely vaccinations are better than present way - LIKE the majority of people, I do not want badgers killed. A few years ago I read about the National Trust who were running a badger tuberculosis vaccination programme in an area which is a hotspot for the disease in cattle… SHEILA DANDRIDGE, Church Road, Horspath (letter)

Bromsgrove Advertiser (archive) 4.9.13 Key questions that I would like answered - Regarding the furore about the badger cull, it seems several questions remain unanswered. Although millions were spent in the 1990s on a culling programme, this resulted in only a 16 per cent reduction in bovine TB. Why, therefore, was this money not spent on producing a vaccine for the cattle, particularly as one already is available for badger vaccination… T HUGHES Malvern (letter)

Worcester News 4.9.13 I can’t believe they’ve started badger culling - Badger culling is a disgrace. Do people know there will be hundreds of young and baby badgers left to starve?... C ROBERTS Ronkswood (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 4.9.13 Update: Campaigners out on second night of badger cull in Gloucestershire By Michael_Yong - Anti-badger cull protesters are out in Gloucestershire again this evening. Reporter Steven Impey is out with them as they travel to Newent. His updates will appear below…. Range Rover seen stopping in Brand Green near Newent. Campaigners sure he was 'checking bait' at #badger cull site… (story)

Western Morning News 4.9.13 RSPCA will pay the price for its stance on badger cull By Chris Rundle - The sound of six rifle shots in the night is a sign, according to one of the pro-badgerites, that it has taken a marksman six attempts to kill a badger. This is yet another example of the circumstances being distorted into their worst-possible interpretation without the slightest knowledge of the facts. Such is the art of the black propagandist. I am merely an optimist, and would thus assume that six rifle shots equals six badgers dispatched. And I'll drink a toast to every single one, because this represents six small steps on the way to eradicating a terrible disease… If the RSPCA wants to align itself with the anarchists, anti-farmer extremists, and all-purpose work-shy layabouts, who turn out to protest about anything from a gas pipeline to fracking, to GM crops to the killing of diseased and highly infectious badgers, well, fine. Its traditional supporters, however, may start preferring to keep their purses firmly closed the next time a collecting box is shoved under their noses (story)

Western Morning News 4.9.13 Mary Creagh displays a total lack of reality - It is impossible not to draw your attention to the remarks made by shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh who has suggested a Labour Government would abandon the current badger cull policy if elected in 2015. If that isn't a signal for everyone to start canvassing furiously to keep the present lot in business – despite their faults and shortcomings – I don't know what is… Derek Mead is an entrepreneur dairy farmer from Weston-super-Mare (story)

Swindon Advertiser 4.9.13 Charity is cracking down on puppy trade - AN INTERNATIONAL animal welfare charity is cracking down on the illegal puppy trade by launching a new online platform to ecourage people to report it to local authorities… Birgitt Thiesmann, companion animal expert at Four Paws, said: “Our main goal is to reduce the demand for cheap pedigree puppies from dubious sources and to stop the activity of illegal traders…. (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 4.9.13 Letter: Apes not for amusement - ANIMAL lovers in East Lancashire may be aware that this week saw International Primate Day, established by Animal Defenders International to highlight the threats to and abuses of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom – apes and monkeys… This year, International Primate Day highlighted the suffering of primates in entertainment. Chimpanzees and monkeys suffer as they are turned into figures of derision dressed in clothes and forced to entertain people…. Jan Creamer, Animal Defenders International. (letter)

Bradford & Telegraph & Argus 4.9.13 Journey is abhorrent - Unbelievably, the National Farmers Union said nothing illegal had happened when an investigation into animal exports found that sheep were transported in hot, cramped conditions for 18 hours from the Sheffield area to Deux-Sevres in France… D Rhodes, Croscombe Walk, Bradford (story)

3.9.13

Mid Devon Gazette 3.9.13 Anti-hunt activist hails verdict - A SOMERSET anti-hunt monitor has said that his work to successfully prosecute a hunt for breaking the ban on hunting with dogs shows that the controversial law is working. Paul Tillsley has spent years monitoring and filming hunts in the West – mainly the stag and fox hunts on Exmoor – with little success in the way of convictions. But when he travelled to Yorkshire to help monitors there to film a foxhunt, he captured 25 minutes of footage that proved they were openly breaking the law. Now the footage and the subsequent conviction of four members of the Middleton Foxhounds has reignited the debate about whether the Hunting with Dogs Act is still working… (story)

Bath Chronicle 3.9.13 MPs: Policies penalise rural communities - Countryside communities are paying a “rural penalty” for Government policies which focus resources on towns and cities, a powerful group of MPs warn. Residents living in rural areas are being failed by ministers on a raft of key areas, including health, education, transport, housing and the economy, according to a recently-published select committee report…. The Countryside Alliance has called on Eric Pickles and his Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to “urgently rethink” plans to hand urban councils 50 per cent more than their rural counterparts up until 2020…. (story)

Guardian 3.9.13 Badgers: animal lovers to patrol hunting zone as second cull begins - Hunt saboteurs prepare for night vigils to remove snares and bait put out by marksmen in Gloucestershire farm and parkland - John Vidal - Groups of animal lovers and hunt saboteurs are preparing to stop marksmen killing about 2,500 badgers in Gloucestershire over the next six weeks…. (story)

Western Morning News 3.9.13 Simon King: Badger cull science is skewed to appease farmers - Ministers have been accused of selectively picking facts to justify the badger cull as Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announced two "pilot" projects in the South West are "proceeding to plan"… (story)

BBC News Online 3.9.13 Second badger cull in Gloucestershire expected to begin - A trial cull of thousands of badgers in Gloucestershire is expected to begin later - a week after the first pilot cull began in Somerset…. (story)

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 3.9.13 Badger cull will start tonight in Gloucestershire - POLICE have confirmed that the government's badger cull will begin tonight in the Gloucestershire cull zone, a week after shooting began in Somerset… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 3.9.13 Gloucestershire badger cull latest news By Ben_Falconer - Badger cull latest, updates here tonight. Reporter Michael Yong is out with a wounded badger patrol and has been tweeting this evening…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 3.9.13 Dead badgers found in Gloucestershire before cull - DEAD badgers have been discovered by campaigners patrolling woodland in Gloucestershire. It is believed a pilot cull will start in Gloucestershire this week, with the first shots having already been fired over in Somerset….. (story)

Independent 3.9.13 'Wiping out badgers is murder!': Blue singer Lee Ryan in expletive-filled Twitter rant against badger cull - DAISY WYATT - Brian May has been joined by an unlikely fellow musician in his opposition to the Government’s badger cull. Lee Ryan, from boy band Blue, launched into a lengthy Twitter tirade against the cull, despairing at the future of the human race and telling his followers he would "punch" anyone who pulled a trigger at a badger. He began his rant by tweeting: “I f***ing hate the human race!! Karma is a b**** and us wiping out badgers is just murder! I hate everyone who thinks it’s right! F*** you…. (story)

Western Morning News 3.9.13 Senseless killing is wicked and cruel - I am so angry and sad over the terrible killing of badgers… by Helen Weeks, West Coker, Somerset (letter)

Plymouth Herald 3.9.13 It won't end with the killing of 5,000 badgers - AS THE badger cull continues, the Government's agenda for our wildlife becomes clear. The 'Summer of Wildlife' is going to be the 'Summer of Killing Wildlife' as the cull won't stop with these unfortunate 5,000 badgers…. JENNY PIKE Via email (story)

Express 3.9.13 EXCLUSIVE: Outrage as major UK charity uses donations to fund vivisection tests on dogs - DONATIONS to one of Britain’s biggest health charities are being used to fund experiments on dogs in vivisection laboratories.By: Ted Jeory, Sunday Express - And in the past five years, more than 1,000 cats have been used in the UK for experiments by tax-funded universities… The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has discovered four scientific papers in the past three years that have had funding from the British Heart Foundation…. (story)

Evesham Journal 3.9.13 Foie gras off the menu at city eaterie By Tarik Al Rasheed - A RESTAURANT has bowed to pressure from animal rights campaigners and removed foie gras from its menu. Brown’s Wine Bar in Quay Street, Worcester, caused a stir with members of the Worcestershire Vegans and Veggies group when it started advertising Christmas menus offering the controversial dish – described by critics as “torture in a tin”. The group lobbied the riverside venue with letters and e-mails, as well as calling in the support of global animal rights campaigner PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which contacted the restaurant directly asking it to consider removing the dish…. (story)

Mail 3.9.13 Pregnant women who eat chicken wings have sons 'with small genitals', claim pressure group PETA By DANIEL MILLER - Women who eat chicken while pregnant give birth to boys with smaller penises, according to 'shock-tactic' animal rights group Peta. In an attempt to ruffle feathers at last weekend's National Buffalo Wings Festival, in Buffalo, New York, Peta wrote to organisers to warn of the effects of the chemical phthalate which is found in chicken flesh…. According to Woman's Health magazine, the research was for the Study for Future Families did not actually look at chicken consumption at all. While it did identify a link with prenatal phthalate exposure and penis size, chicken was not found to be a food with particularly high levels of the chemical, with spices and fast food packaging being the worst culprits…. (story)

South Wales Evening Post 3.9.13 Put a stop to the cruelty - I WAS upset and horrified to see the photograph of the young fox so cruelly bound up and left abandoned in an illegal cage with copper piping pushed into its mouth… Helen James, Bryncoch, Neath (letter)

Bristol Post 3.9.13 Specialist in a flap about gull-control methods By Louis Emanuel - - AS the city's gull population reaches new heights, a self-styled expert on the nuisance birds has criticised council attempts to control them. Peter Rock, an urban gull specialist who has been studying the birds in Bristol for the last 30 years, said egg-replacement schemes caused the birds only a "minor inconvenience"…. (story)

2.9.13

Surrey Advertiser 2.9.13 Men seen with weapons were on 'shooting hunt on private land' - Police officers and the helicopter were sent to Cobham on Friday afternoon after 999 calls from concerned members of the public - Reports of two men carrying suspected firearms in Cobham on Friday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm…. A Surrey Police spokesman said: "Officers quickly attended the scene and carried out extensive local enquiries. The individuals were located in a field off the High Street. "It was quickly established that both men had been carrying out a legitimate shooting hunt on private land. Both individuals were given words of advice and the matter has now been closed."… (story)

Western Daily Press 2.9.13 Tensions across Somerset and Exmoor as cull continues By JEFF WELLS - A sinister shadow has descended over Somerset – as both sides of the badger cull debate become increasingly furtive under the cover of darkness in the county. Welcome to a county where police helicopters hover at midnight; where roadblocks are set up without notice; where once-nocturnal lanes are suddenly busy; where strangely clean Land Rovers lurk in gateways; where the gateways themselves are now chained and locked; where torchlight flickers in woods at two in the morning; and where – just occasionally – the sound of gunfire reverberates through the coombes….. (story)
Western Morning News 2.9.13 When the sun sets, the dark reality of badger culling emerges - We’re a week in to the badger-cull that is said to be taking place in West Somerset…. Welcome to Badger-Cull-UK – land of anonymity and rumour… where unknown people move about the byways at night because they're either trying to stop the cull, or because they are guarding those who've signed up to kill badgers. Or, perhaps, they're just making their way home from the pub... like one hapless West Somerset local the other night who inadvertently terrorised a dozen or more people out on anti-cull patrol."I was riding my bicycle over the hill from Monksilver and I passed this cottage where two dogs often come out and have a go at me if their owner has forgotten to lock them up," he told the Western Morning News. "I was swearing and shouting at the dogs as they chased me in the dark lane – and when I went around the corner there were more than a dozen people huddled in the hedgerow, and some of them were screaming in fear…. (story)

Western Daily Press 2.9.13 Militant protesters should leave well alone - Clearly things have descended to the level of farce if farmers have to go to court to ensure that an entirely legal operation to benefit the health of the national cattle herd – and to save the taxpayer further unnecessary millions of pounds' expense – is allowed to go ahead. I am delighted, personally speaking, that the High Court has seen fit to rule as it has, granting an injunction that allows the badger cull to proceed. In theory at least…. Richard Haddock is a Devon livestock farmer, farm shop owner and chairman of the Conservative Rural Affairs Group. (story)

BBC News Online 2.9.13 Badger cull: Environment secretary reports pleasure at progress - A pilot badger cull is "proceeding to plan" and organisers are "pleased with progress to date", Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has claimed…. (story)

Carmarthen Journal 2.9.13 Carmarthenshire Badger campaigner speaks out over cull By Rebecca Jones - A CARMARTHENSHIRE badger campaigner has spoken out about the pilot cull this week. Mike Sharratt, from Whitland, the secretary of Badger Watch who has been studying bovine TB for the last 30 years said research surrounding badger cull is outdated…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 2.9.13 Battle lines are drawn in badger cull in Gloucestershire - CLASHES between landowners and protesters are predicted when the controversial badger cull begins in the west of Gloucestershire…. Tony Dean from the Gloucestershire Badger Group said the cruelty was colossal…. (story)

Shropshire Star 2.9.13 Letter: Slaughter of badgers in bid to stamp out TB is step too far - The recent report about Mervin Mullard losing most of his herd to bovine TB (bTB) served as a sad and poignant reminder of the devastation it is causing for farmers up and down the country. It is an emotive and complex issue, which makes the government’s bungling approach to it all the more difficult to understand…. Rosemary Newton, Oswestry (letter)

Wales Online (Western Mail) 2.9.13 Animal rights activists get nude in the middle of Cardiff - Animal rights activists have bared all by bathing in Cardiff city centre to persuade shoppers to turn vegan The stunt was organised by PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – to show how cutting out meat and dairy products can save water…. “It’s impossible to go green without going vegan,” the organisation’s campaigns co-ordinator Kirsty Henderson said… Models Chloe-Jasmine Whichello and Ken Price posed for the cameras holding signs saying: “50 Baths = One Steak: Go Vegan.”… (story)

1.9.13

Horse & Hound 1.9.13 Judge says Hunting Act “difficult to apply” - A judge has said that the Hunting Act is “difficult to interpret and apply” after ruling that three members of the Holderness had no case to answer against charges of illegal hunting… (story)

Mail on Sunday 1.9.13 On the mend... Prince Philip joins Royal shooting party at Balmoral By ELIZABETH SANDERSON - It’s a particularly regal form of recuperation. Since arriving at Balmoral three weeks ago, Prince Philip has been joining the shooting parties at the Scottish estate in a bid to regain his strength after undergoing major surgery. The Duke of Edinburgh had an exploratory abdominal operation in June, spending 11 days in hospital followed by a two-month period of convalescence at Sandringham… (story)

Guardian/Observer 1.9.13 24 hours following the badger cull in Somerset - The cull was conducted by a company of farmers over 100 square miles and they planned to kill nearly 70% of the badgers, though the NFU admits it does not know how many there were - John Vidal… 10.30pm Raleghs Cross Inn on Exmoor. Five hunt saboteurs, from Bristol and elsewhere, dressed in black, emerge from a wood. "We know where all the setts are. We've done the surveys. Now we are looking for observation points …. (story)

Sunday Telegraph 1.9.13 Badger cull: 'This has split communities down the middle' - Scouring the lanes and footpaths of the Brendon Hills for signs of the marksmen hired to kill thousands of the area’s badgers, Helen Brumby, a student radiographer opposed to the cull, is convinced she has the public on her side. By Patrick Sawer, in Stogumber, Somerset - “We’re a very broad based campaign, made up of all sorts of people who think this cull is not only cruel, but unscientific and counterproductive and I’m sure most people would agree with us,” she said…. On one side are those, like Miss Brumby and her fellow members of the Somerset Badger Patrol, determined to do what they can to disrupt the cull. On the other are hundreds of farmers, labourers and rural residents, convinced the only way to tackle the disease threatening to cripple Britain’s dairy and cattle herd is by killing the animal they believe is spreading it unhindered…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 1.9.13 Chilling badger cull video released by campaigners - BATTLE lines are being drawn in Gloucestershire as the badger cull is expected to begin this week. The pilot project is already under way in Somerset, but has not yet begun here…. This weekend, a chilling video produced in Gloucestershire in which campaigners vow to stop the killing of the creatures has been released online…. (story)

Sunday Express 1.9.13 5,000 badgers die yet TB evidence goes up in flames - THOUSANDS of culled badgers will be thrown into incinerators without any checks to see whether they were killed humanely or were suffering from disease. By: Stuart Winter - The lack of forensic checks on the 5,000 animals being shot was last night highlighted as the most serious flaw in the Government’s controversial operation to tackle tuberculosis…. Opponents of the cull say the carnage means any scientific evidence that could help unravel how the ¬disease is being spread in the countryside will be destroyed… (story)

Observer 1.9.13 Badger culling and the problem of bovine TB - Melissa Kite says that some people who argue against the badger cull are anthropomorphic, hypocritical, confused and naive (They're killable and they're cute, 29 August). Possibly, although Animal Aid's experience is that they are motivated by compassion… Richard Mountford Development manager, Animal Aid
Between 1998 and 2005, 11,000 badgers were cage-trapped and killed in a series of scientific trials…. Westminster's policy is inhumane and ineffective. Sabby Sagall London
Whether Melissa Kite is right or wrong about the need to kill badgers, she has got organic farming completely wrong. Organic farming does not mean no antibiotics for animals that are sick… Peter Melchett Policy director, Soil Associatio
I am an 84-year-old retired veterinary surgeon who worked in an agricultural practice covering Somerset and Gloucestershire. The first five years of my professional life was spent helping to eradicate TB in cattle; hard, slogging work six days a week. The result was that by the late 1960s the disease had pretty well disappeared. But then two other factors came into play: first, the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food decided to increase the intervals between tests and, second, in 1973 badgers became protected… Something has to be done; but first we have to persuade the Badger Trust and its allies that a cow's life is at least as important as a badger's, and that on the balance of probabilities badgers are a significant reservoir of infection and their numbers have to be greatly reduced if we are to control the disease in cattle… DB Edwards Wrexham (letters)

Mail on Sunday “This Is Money” 1.9.13 Lush boss Mark Constantine: Why we're using bumper profits to help fund the anti-fracking campaigners By VICKI OWEN, FINANCIAL MAIL ON SUNDAY - Millionaire cosmetics boss Mark Constantine, co-founder of the sweet-smelling Lush chain, is not afraid to kick up a stink. Lush is the main financial backer of the controversial Frack Off campaign in Balcombe and is helping to bankroll the battle against badger culling. Constantine relishes the financial success of the company and the clout it brings…. (story)

Mirror 1.9.13 Semi-paralysed and slumped in their own waste yet these pigs live on a Freedom Food farm - Footage was filmed at a unit supplying meat to McDonald’s and supermarkets through the scheme, which guarantees animals are well-treated These sickening scenes show semi-paralysed pigs left to suffer in their own filth – at an RSPCA-backed farm. They were secretly filmed at a unit supplying meat to McDonald’s and supermarkets through the charity’s Freedom Food scheme, which guarantees animals are well-treated…. The film was shot by investigators from Hillside Animal Sanctuary based at Frettenham, Norfolk. Founder Wendy Valentine said: “The animals suffer horrendously. You can see the distress they’re in…. (story)