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30.9.14

Worcester News 30.9.14 Fox hunting ban was "bad legislation", says Worcester's MP - WORCESTER'S MP has revealed his opposition to the fox hunting ban - saying he would back scrapping the legislation. Robin Walker has courted controversy by saying he agrees with Environment Secretary Liz Truss that the infamous Hunting Act had been a “mistake"…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 30.9.14 Future of Ilkley Moor grouse shoot in doubt by Lindsay Pantry - For some, it is vital conservation work that helps wildlife to thrive, but for campaigners fighting to ban grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor, it’s cruel, unsafe and turning away tourists. Bradford councillors will today consider banning grouse shooting, after campaign group Ban Bloodsports of Ilkley Moor (BBIM) submitted a petition with more than 1,000 signatures objecting to the shooting agreement the authority, owners of the Moor, currently has with the Bingley Moor Partnership (BMP)… BBIM spokesman Luke Steele, who has protested on shoot days this summer, welcomed the “serious consideration” being given by the Council to stopping grouse shooting… (story)

Cable 30.9.14 Providers respond to minister’s rural mobile challenge BY ELLEN BRANAGH - The UK’s main mobile providers have defended their efforts to improve coverage in rural areas, as the Culture Secretary vowed to “make sure” they do more. Sajid Javid told the Conservative Party Conference that it was “simply not good enough” that some areas of the countryside still lacked a decent mobile signal… The Countryside Alliance said both the Government and mobile companies seemed to be working to find a solution and it hoped they continued to. (story)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE SUPPORTS VODAFONE RURAL ACCESS SCHEME
Eastern Daily Press 30.9.14 Boost for notorious not-spot - A notorious “not-spot” which has plagued the residents of a north Norfolk village is set to get a much-needed boost as part of a £1bn investment to improve mobile phone signal. Blakeney is the only community in Norfolk, and just one of 12 in the country, to be put on the Rural Open Sure Signal programme And now Vodafone UK, the company behind the scheme, is urging more people to sign up for the community-led initiative…. The programme is part of £1bn being spent on Vodafone UK’s network and services this year and the company has teamed up with the National Association of Local Councils and Countryside Alliance, the national representative body for 9,000 parish and town councils in England, to encourage more communities to apply…. (story)
UKAuthority.com 26.9.14 Vodafone expands work with rural local councils - Vodafone UK has received the support of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), the national representative body for 9,000 parish and town councils in England, and Countryside Alliance, the major British campaigning organisation on rural issues, for the company's Rural Open Sure Signal Programme…. (story)
CBR 26.9.14 VODAFONE’S RURAL 3G PLAN RECEIVES BOOST by Amy-jo Crowley - Vodafone has received backing from the National Association of Local Councils and the Countryside Alliance to give 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to boost their 3G mobile signal…. (story)
Digital by Default 25.9.14 Vodafone wants rural communities to sign up to mobile coverage programme - Vodafone UK has teamed up with the National Association of Local Councils and the Countryside Alliance to encourage more communities to apply to its Rural Open Sure Signal programme which will give 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to have 3G mobile coverage for the first time. … (story)
Computer Weekly 25.9.14 Councils and Countryside Alliance back Vodafone rural 3G plan - Alex Scroxton - Vodafone’s Rural Open Sure Signal programme – launched in July – has received the support of the National Association of Local Councils (Nalc) and the Countryside Alliance, as the operator’s search for rural communities to receive mobile signal upgrades reaches its final stages… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 30.9.14 We need the facts on horse racing - There has been an outraged response from the racing industry over recent national news coverage about the death of race horse Wigmore Hall. It was a piece that featured Animal Aid’s photographs of the horse being shot in the head. In supplying the images to the press, our key motivation was to trigger a debate about the routine nature of equine deaths on British racecourses and the lengths to which the racing authorities go to conceal the reality… Andrew Tyler, Director, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)

Western Daily Press 30.9.14 Even farmers were surprised to see the badger culls continue, say Stop the Cull - Stop the Cull group spokesman Jay Tiernan reflects on the growth of the anti-badger cull movement and its preparations for future culls… (story)

Kent & Sussex Courier 30.9.14 Sexy photo shoot launches vegan boots for Penshurst animal-lover’s K-9 Angels dog rescue charity - A CHARITY launched by a Penshurst animal-lover has created a pair of vegan boots which will go on sale this autumn. TV presenter Anneka Tanaka-Svenska established K-9 Angels two years ago to rescue stray dogs from the streets of Romania and re-home them in Kent… (story)

29.9.14

Western Morning News 29.9.14 Hunting situation 'is as good as it will get' - UKIP’s rural affairs spokesman thinks “greedy” foxes should be hunted with dogs – but suggested the ban on hunting should not be repealed as long as the hunting community does not “enjoy it”. Stuart Agnew, MEP for the East of England, said the ban was “probably as good as we are going to get”, signalling protestors had been “bought off”. His comments came at a fringe event at the UKIP party conference in Doncaster hosted by the Countryside Alliance, which warned the countryside vote is “up for grabs”. But the campaign group, holding its first ever event at Nigel Farage’s party’s convention, warned UKIP’s policy of county-wide votes to decide whether to repeal the Hunting Act was “absolute nonsense”… (story)

Express 29.9.14 Beware invasion of the 50,000,000 pheasants as shooting season starts By: Stuart Winter - Up to 50 million pheasants and partridges are being introduced, sparking calls for an inquiry into the impact it is having on native wildlife. The game industry maintains that shooting is vital for protecting the landscape as well as pouring £1.6billion into the economy. However, conservation groups fear there are so many game birds flying free that they are competing with birds and other wildlife for food… (story)

Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 29.9.14 Badgers collect funds in Malvern to battle the cull by Chris Plant - SHOPPERS did their bit to combat the culling of badgers by donating money to the cause. Members of Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies dressed as badgers, and hit the town to drum up funds for the cause, raising £257, to be donated to Animal Aid…. (story)

29.9.14 Belfast Telegraph We can all live in harmony with spiders - THIS is the time of year when the misunderstood and unappreciated spider is out and about weaving intricate webs and wooing mates… For more tips on living in harmony with wildlife, visit www.peta.org.uk. BEN WILLIAMSON People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (letter)

28.9.14

Mail 28.9.14 Monarch of the hills gets round-the-clock royal protection to protect it from hunters By Thomas Burrows for MailOnline - A threatened stag will be given round-the-clock protection by former soldiers to protect it from hunters. Red, an eight-year-old red deer, is one of just nine stags left on the Quantock hills in Somerset. The League Against Cruel Sports will fund the cost of protecting the animal, the Sunday Times reports… (story)
Mirror 28.9.14 Threatened stag guarded round-the-clock by team of ex-soldiers to protect it from hunters By Sam Adams - A threatened stag will reportedly be guarded round-the-clock by a team of former soldiers to protect it from hunters. Red, an eight -year-old red deer, is one of just nine stags of its kind left in the Quantock Hills area of Somerset. The cost of protecting the animal is due to be met by the League Against Cruel Sports, the Sunday Times reports… (story)

Sunday Herald 28.9.14 Outrage over mountain hare 'massacre' - Wildlife groups call for stricter regulation of grouse estates carrying out culls of endangered species Exclusive by Rob Edwards - Landowners have been condemned for shooting more than 1500 mountain hares this year in the Lammermuir Hills, southeast of Edinburgh… "Most people will be unable to see any justification for killing an iconic species, known to be in decline, on such an industrial scale," said Libby Anderson, policy director at OneKind… Thousands are shot and trapped on uplands because land managers say ticks they carry spread a viral disease - louping ill - which can be fatal to grouse…. Jonny Hughes, chief executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, described the "slaughter in the Lammermuirs" as another blow to Scotland's poor record on wildlife protection…. Duncan Orr-Ewing, head of species and land management at RSPB Scotland, argued mountain hare culls were unsustainable… (story)

27.9.14

Horse & Hound 27.9.14 Kate Hoey to stand down from the Countryside Alliance - Amy Mathieson - Countryside Alliance (CA) chairman Kate Hoey is to stand down after nine years. The Labour MP for Vauxhall said she was “sad” to be resigning…. (story)
Western Daily Press 20.9.14 Countryside stalwart is to stand down - Countryside Alliance chairman, Kate Hoey MP, is to stand down after the party conferences. She said: "I am sad to be resigning after more than nine years as chairman of the Countryside Alliance. The organisation has achieved much in that time, but I will always be most proud that having joined when hunting faced such uncertainty, I leave with new generations queuing up to join the hunting field…. (story)

26.9.14

Western Daily Press 26.9.14 Hunt's final ride at Ladock as Cornwall cross-country course closes - By EVA JONES - One of Cornwall's most loved and respected cross country courses has fallen silent for the final time, after the Four Burrow Hunt held their last hunter trial event at the famous Ladock course last Saturday. More than 260 competitors across six classes turned out in force to Trendeal Vean Farm to ride around the highly acclaimed course for one last time, as the organisers prepare to move to a new venue to stage next year's event…. (story)

Worcester News 26.9.14 Dreadful live export trade - Jon Burgess (Worcester News, September 18) is a bit naive if he thinks that sheep going as live exports through Ramsgate Port have all come from Kent. They travel from Kent ports and are sometimes lodged in Kent but they come from all over the country… PAULINE BURGESS MALVERN (letter)

Yorkshire Evening Post 26.9.14 Animal circuses: Cruel entertainment or a dying art? by Jonathan Brown - Changing times: With a legal ban on the use of wild animal acts in UK circuses impending, Jonathan Brown goes behind the scenes at one of only two left in the UK to get to the heart of the debate. Behind the big top at Circus Mondao – one of only two licensed animal circuses in the UK – zebras, camels and reindeer are roaming to the disgust of animal rights campaigners…. (story)

Sentinel 26.9.14 Marching to end hunters' cruelty - WE all know how Africa's elephants and rhinos are suffering, and the black rhino has been listed 'extinct'!... There is a global march on October 4 in Liverpool, London, Bristol and Edinburgh. The world is marching to demand they stop. PAULINE HODSON Woodcraft (story)

Mail 26.9.14 Parakeet cull that costs £1,000 per bird: Total of £259,000 spent eradicating just 62 wild monk parakeets and removing 212 eggs from nests over past five years - A government scheme to get rid of a rare species of wild parrot has cost taxpayers almost £1,000 per bird… Kate Fowler, the spokesman for campaign group, Animal Aid said: 'The government seems hellbent on killing a handful of parakeets at significant cost to the taxpayer, and yet its arguments for killing them just don’t add up… (story)

25.9.14

Northern Echo 25.9.14 Hunts search for new racecourse by Joe Willis - TWO Yorkshire hunts are seeking a new venue to stage their point-to-point races following the closure of Whitcliffe Grange racecourse near Ripon. The West of Yore and Badsworth & Bramham Moor hunts have been told the racecourse is no longer available after the Zetland Estate chose to take it back for farming…. (story)

BBC News Online 25.9.14 Ballycrune farm cleared of cruelty to stag - A County Down farm has been cleared of animal cruelty involving a stag. The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recorded the stag being brought from Ballycrune farm to a location near Katesbridge last year. It was held in a trailer and shed for several days in March 2013, before being released into the path of a hunt. A judge said he had "deep suspicions" about why the stag had been brought to the hunt, but was not satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, the animal suffered…. (story)

Western Morning News 25.9.14 Hunting ensures survival of the fittest - It is right that theWMN prints both sides of the foxhunting argument, but sometimes facts are overlooked in the debate. Fox-cubs may look cuddly, but an adult fox is a very effective predator, and anyone taking part in the debate should note the following:- Firstly, see a hen-run ravished by a fox – all birds killed but only one taken or eaten…. by John Peake Dorchester (letter)

DEATH OF WIGMORE HALL
Daily Record 25.9.14 Garry Owen: There are animal rights but our sister paper the Daily Mirror was WRONG to show dying Wigmore Hall's final moments - GARRY argues that the decision to publish the shocking pictures of the champion racehorse with a gun held to his head was wrong and hypocritical…. (story)
Guardian/Observer 21.9.14 Animal Aid smear story causes hurt and anger but keeps them in business - Greg Wood - ‘For as long as newspaper editors are sufficiently gullible, foolish or unprincipled to accept Animal Aid’s bait without question, they are not going to go away’ - The Daily Mirror’s decision to lead its front page on Saturday with a picture of Wigmore Hall at the moment when a vet put a gun to his head at Doncaster last weekend caused widespread anger and distress within racing… A trawl through Twitter, though, suggests that the number of racing fans who have decided to row in with Animal Aid and turn their back on the sport is negligible when set against the number of racing fans who have decided to turn their backs on the Daily Mirror…. If he gets really lucky, Tyler will get a nibble from a journalist who is credulous, or sloppy, enough to guarantee some donations to the cause by describing Animal Aid as either a welfare organisation or, better still, an animal charity… Smear stories like Saturday’s help to keep Animal Aid in business. Racing gets them noticed, and for as long as there are newspaper editors who are sufficiently gullible, foolish or unprincipled to accept their bait without question, they are not going to go away. But don’t imagine for a moment that they are ever going to win either. (story)
Observer 21.9.14 RSPCA step into row over Mirror photographs of Wigmore Hall death - Chris Cook - The sport of racing received support from the RSPCA after the Daily Mirror chose to lead its front page on Saturday with a picture of a vet pointing a gun at the forehead of an injured racehorse. The story continued on pages four and five with what the newspaper described as “the great horse racing debate” but David Muir, the RSPCA’s equine consultant, suggested there was no case for the sport to answer… (story)
Mirror 20.9.14 Shocking picture shows racehorse champion Wigmore Hall destroyed at packed course By Nick Sommerlad - One of Britain’s top racehorses is shot dead at a packed course after shattering his leg – sparking a fresh debate about the sport….Our exclusive pictures show for the first time the ritual that happens around the country when these elite animals are badly injured. Campaign group Animal Aid took the disturbing images… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 25.9.14 Badger cull protesters claim they are being intimidated by marksmen - Badger cull protesters claim they are being subjected to intimidation by marksmen…. the protesters claim they had dead rabbits left on their vehicles and have been driven at by marksmen… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 25.9.14 Badger cull protesters in Gloucestershire had "tyres slashed" and "dead rabbits left on cars" By Michael_Yong - Protesters against the badger cull claim they have found their tyres slashed, had dead rabbits left on their cars, and have been chased by marksmen… Tina Martin, head of the GABS police and legal liaison team, said cullers were failing to hit their targets and was “waging a campaign of violence and intimidation”…. They now want the NFU to condemn the alleged attacks. An NFU spokesman said: “It is absolutely wrong and untrue to say that contractors carrying out the cull are carrying out a campaign of violence and intimidation against protesters. "The people carrying out the cull are themselves experiencing an intense and sustained campaign of intimidation and harassment from a coordinated group of individuals who want to disrupt the cull…. (story)

Thanet Gazette 25.9.14 Protester arrested at latest live export demonstration By TomBarnes - A PROTESTER has been handed a caution following another demonstration against live animal exports at the Port of Ramsgate. Reg Bell, 66, was arrested during a protest yesterday (Wednesday)…. Two animal rights protesters are will appear in court next month charged with obstructing a public highway at the port on September 12. Christine Lancaster, 40, of Austen Gardens, Dartford and Robert Bridger ,59, of Watchester Avenue, Margate, will go before Thanet Magistrates Court on October 9(story)
Kent Online 25.9.14 Protester Reg Bell held after protest against animal exports in Ramsgate by Julia Collins - A man has been released from custody 12 hours after police arrested him for obstructing the highway during a protest at Ramsgate port. Thanet businessman Reg Bell was held after protesting against animal exports from the port yesterday morning…. (story)

St Albans & Harpenden Review 25.9.14 Sopwell House removes foie gras from menu after online protest from animal rights activists - A hotel in St Albans has removed a controversial dish from its menu after an online protest from animal rights activists….Hertfordshire Animal Rights Spokesperson, Tod Bradbury, said: "We sent an email to the management of The Brasserie at Sopwell House last week, to which they did not respond. "As a result we asked people to leave polite comments on their Facebook page asking the restaurant to remove foie gras from their menu…. (story)

24.9.14

Western Daily Press 24.9.14 Internet broadband: South Gloucestershire car dealer bemoans life in slow lane By Tristan cork - Furious residents and businesses in South Gloucestershire are joining the revolt against the "scandalous" taxpayer-funded roll-out of internet broadband to rural areas – with some firms saying they lose business because of the poor speeds. Business leaders and local campaigners are holding a public meeting tomorrow to thrash out the issue, amid claims BT is prioritising suburban areas and leaving rural homes and businesses in the lurch… The meeting, at 7.30pm will be attended by representatives of BT, South Gloucestershire Council, the FSB and the Countryside Alliance… (story)

Littlehampton Gazette 24.9.14 Animal rights activist to hold Littlehampton book signing - A LITTLEHAMPTON author and animal rights activist will soon be paying a special visit to the town’s library to talk about her latest book. Ruth Hawe, of Pebble Walk, will be stopping by at the library, in Maltravers Road, on Wednesday, October 8, at 7pm… (story)

23.9.14

Western Daily Press 23.9.14 Bristol man arrested by officers policing badger cull in Gloucestershire - A man from the Bristol area has been arrested on suspicion of common assault by officers policing the badger cull.. (story)
BBC News Online 23.9.14 Bristol man charged over Ledbury badger incident - A man from the Bristol area has been charged with common assault and aggravated trespass by officers policing the badger cull… (story)

BBC News Online 23.9.14 Anger at badger's 'cruel' death in cull zone - A badger found shot in the abdomen inside the west Somerset cull zone suffered a "cruel and unacceptable" death, anti-cull campaigners have said. The female badger was taken to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre where vets confirmed it was shot in the abdomen not the target area of the chest... (story)
Western Morning News 22.9.14 Cull questioned after claims a shot badger died a slow death - Further doubt was cast on the humaneness of the badger cull after a wildlife charity claimed to have found an animal which did not die immediately. Secret World Wildlife Rescue, in Somerset, has examined so-called badger 41 after it was brought to them from the nearby cull zone last week. The charity said X-rays and a post mortem revealed that the animal, which was found at 2.30am by protesters near Sampford Brett on September 15, was thought to have been shot by contractors in the area… An NFU spokesman said: “We have seen no evidence that a badger has been found. "If one has been found there is no evidence to suggest it is associated with the cull. All badgers shot as part of the cull have been collected and accounted for.”(story)

Guardian 23.9.14 Protesters succeeding in disrupting badger cull, company tells farmers - Anti-cull campaigners’ night vigil giving ‘headache’ to marskmen as they fall short of achieving kill targets in Gloucestershire - Steven Morris - The badger cull has got off to a slow start because of successful disruption by protesters, a leaked note seen by the Guardian has revealed. According to the letter sent to farmers in Gloucestershire, one of the two cull areas, the activists have caused the cull to fall behind schedule…. (story)

Farmers Guardian 23.9.14 Fractious badger cull debate yields few answers By Alistair Driver - CHESHIRE farmer Phil Latham and Shropshire vet Den Leonard metaphorically entered the lions den as they tried to explain why badgers should be culled to control bovine TB (bTB) in front of a hostile audience at the Labour Party Conference. They were frequently heckled and shouted down with cries of ‘shame’ as they refused to take a backward step in explaining why a cull should be part of a wider strategy to control the disease… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 23.9.14 Animal rights campaigners hope magistrate's will reject Forest puppy farm's appeal for a new breeding licence - ANIMAL rights campaigners hope the courts will back the council which refused to renew a breeding licence for a controversial puppy farm in the Forest of Dean… David Grimsell, a member of The Campaign to End Puppy Farming, said: “The licensing committee unanimously rejected the application because the evidence they had indicated the accommodation for dogs was woefully inadequate to meet their needs. The applicant submitted an appeal…. (story)

22.9.14

Farmers Weekly 22.9.14 Farmer's wife speaks out on 'horrific' cull intimidation - Philip Case - A farmer’s wife has broken her silence and spoken out about the intimidation tactics used by some protesters during the badger cull in 2013… She said her family received up to 25 silent telephone calls a night and was sent abusive letters on a daily basis, in an interview given to the NFU…. “My daughters didn’t feel safe in their own village, their own home. If they did go out at night they were followed by protesters in their cars,”… (story)

Western Daily Press 22.9.14 RSPCA to 'rebuild bridges' with farmers - but still reject badger cull By TristanCork - The RSPCA has admitted it has to ‘rebuild bridges’ with the West’s farming community after ‘the damage done’ by former chief executive Gavin Grant – but maintained that farmers involved in the badger cull would not be given its food welfare status… (story)

Western Daily Press 22.9.14 Expert warns badger cull in South West is ‘waste of money’ By GDemianyk - An expert who advised the Government on the controversial badger cull to tackle bovine TB has warned the ongoing pilots in the South West will be a “waste of money”. Speaking at a Labour conference fringe event in Manchester, Professor Tim Coulson, a member of the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) which advised the Government on pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire, said ministers had adopted a method to count the numbers of badgers killed that had been rejected by the experts… (story)

21.9.14

Horse & Hound 21.9.14 LACS offer of a reward condemned by CA - Polly Portwin - The Countryside Alliance (CA) has condemned the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) after the anti-hunting group appealed to members of the public to help catch individuals involved in illegal hunting… (story)

SQUIRREL SHOOTING ROW
Gloucestershire Echo 21.9.14 Animal rights campaigners hit out against Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as son shoots and eats squirrel By EchoLauraC - Animal rights campaigners have branded celebrity chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall irresponsible after he reveals his teenage son shoots squirrels to eat…. (story)
Western Morning News 21.9.14 TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall angers animal rights campaigners by admitting his son shoots squirrels to eat By WMNSteveGrant - Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has angered animal rights activists by admitting his son shoots squirrels to eat… (story)
Plymouth Herald 21.9.14 Plymouth restaurant owner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall under attack from animal rights groups - A PLYMOUTH restaurant owner has come under attack from animal rights campaigners after revealing his son shoots squirrels in the garden for the family to eat. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who owns Plymouth's Royal William Yard's River Cottage restaurant, told ITV panel show Loose Women that his 15-year-old son Oscar often wanders around the garden with an air rifle, shooting grey squirrels for the family's dinner table… (story)
Mail 20.9.14 TV chef Hugh sparks animal rights outrage as he reveals: My son shoots squirrels to eat! By SAM CREIGHTON FOR DAILY MAIL - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall made his name encouraging viewers of River Cottage to eat naturally and live off the land. It’s an approach he seems to have handed on to his eldest son who, he revealed, often wanders around the garden with an air rifle, shooting grey squirrels for the family table. But the celebrity chef’s comments have got some animal rights campaigners rather hot under the collar. They branded him irresponsible and his son’s actions ‘dangerous’ and ‘archaic’…. Michael Stephenson, of the League Against Cruel Sports, said that parents ‘have a responsibility to teach kids to respect wildlife rather than be shooting it’…." (story)

20.9.14

Spectator 20.9.14 If the RSPCA can prosecute you, why shouldn't it take Freedom of Information requests? - After a rush of blood to the head, I decided it might be a good idea to ask some awkward questions of the RSPCA… I found out that the charity is pretty much closed to any kind of scrutiny. Unlike other powerful organisations, the police or government bodies, the RSPCA is immune to Freedom of Information requests. This would be fine if it were just handing out free veterinary care, but, as we know, it isn’t…. I asked around and found that the only way I can even vaguely hold them to account is to put in a Subject Access Request, which requires them to give me any information they might be holding on me. So I did. But once I put in my SAR things really went OTT. Their chief legal officer called me to say he couldn’t comply unless I gave him my home address. I was not sure I wanted to, I told him. And anyway, why was that necessary?... (story)

19.9.14

Horse & Hound 19.9.14 Two hunts have legal proceedings dropped - Three hunts have been facing legal proceedings in the past month, although two cases have been dropped and the other has been adjourned…Tom Holt, joint-master of the Middleton Hunt, appeared before Scarborough Magistrates on 3 September, charged with an offence under the Hunting Act 2004…Mr Holt pleaded not guilty and the case has been adjourned until 25 September. Meanwhile, charges under the Protection of Badgers Act against three men connected to the York & Ainsty South Hunt were dropped on 8 September.... The CPS has also confirmed that all charges relating to members of the Melbreak Hunt — including their huntsman Edward Liddle — have also been dropped following an offence that allegedly took place under the Hunting Act and Dangerous Dog Act in Buttermere, Cumbria on 9 March.... (story)

Western Morning News 19.9.14 Hunt is vital to the local economy - In responding to Mrs Brown’s letter on foxhunting (WMN September 9) Mr Courtnell calls for a “ civilised” debate, however labelling participants an army of shrieking banshee toffs is hardly conducive to achieving his objective! He criticised the contributor for failing to explain how or what hunting helps. I feel able to assist in this, herewith some areas where hunting is positively pro-active in varying degrees – proven effective control of fox numbers, dealing with fallen livestock and sad goodbyes, rural employment... by Roger Mason South Molton (letter)

Worcester News 19.9.14 In support of animal exports - From her remarks Roberta Balfour (Worcester News 10/9/14)) is confused regarding the live export of sheep... Many people with the same views of Ms Balfour have failed to understand that 'gold plated' EU regulations have virtually wiped the small family run abattoirs across the UK. This has naturally led to animals travelling greater distances than is desirable... Jon Burgess Malvern (letter)

18.9.14

Harrogate Advertiser 18.9.14 Excitement building for Nidderdale Show by Ruby Kitchen - Excitement is building ahead of the biggest event of the Nidderdale year - the Pateley Show… Main ring events this year are to include a mountain bike show from stunt man Jez Avery, as well as the horse judging, parade of hounds and the grand parade…. (story)

Gloucestershire Gazette 18.9.14 Broadband campaigners urge people to attend crunch meeting in Horton by Alexandra Womack - CAMPAIGNERS for better broadband in rural villages around Chipping Sodbury are meeting en masse next week. Representatives of a wide variety of home run companies and businesses based in Horton, Hawkesbury Upton and on Sodbury Common will meet on Thursday, September 25 (7pm) in a united call for an improvement to connection speeds.... David Perry, deputy chief executive of the council, is expected to attend the meeting along with Me Webb and representatives from the Federation of Small Businesses and the Countryside Alliance. .. (story)

Folkestone Herald 18.9.14 'Stop foxes from ripping my beautiful garden apart' By Antony Thrower - A CARER whose garden is being "ripped to shreds" has called for the fox family responsible to be removed. Niamh Gamfee has lived at her home in Avenay Court for about two years but saw her first fox in June this year.... (story)

Yorkshire Post 18.9.14 Would we be culling horses? From: David T Craggs, Goldthorpe, Rotherham. SO the badger cull has again commenced. There is no doubt in my mind that if bovine TB had also infected the horse, an effective vaccine would have been developed…. (letter)

Dorset Echo 18.9.14 Dorchester model joins in animal rights fashion protest - A MODEL from Dorchester took to the streets of London to take part in an unusual protest about the use of animal fur in fashion. Lora Leigh joined forces with animal rights campaigners PETA to protest outside Somerset House in London this week, where London Fashion Week was being held… (story)
Evening Standard 11.9.14 PETA campaigners strip off to protest against use of rabbit fur at London Fashion Week - Models wearing just lingerie and giant bunny heads protested against the use of rabbit fur in the fashion industry at the opening of London Fashion Week today. The trio were pictured with placards outside Somerset House as they demonstrated on behalf of animal rights campaigners PETA…. (story)

Shropshire Star 18.9.14 Wild animal circus - and protesters - heading to Shropshire - A circus which still uses wild animals will roll into the region this week - with Europe's youngest lion tamer in tow. Thomas Chipperfield, 24, will perform as part of Peter Jolly's Circus in both Chirk and Oswestry - one of the few remaining circuses with live animals… (story)

Southern Daily Echo 18.9.14 Don’t turn a blind eye to slaughter - SURELY workers in slaughterhouses must develop a hard skin towards the creatures that pass through their hands, resulting in possible callousness and illtreatment despite the 2013 EU regulations…. SHEILA CLAYTON, Southampton (letter)

Argus 18.9.14 Brighton animal rights activist arrested in Faroe Islands by Rachel Millard, Crime reporter - An animal rights activist from Brighton has been arrested while trying to protect dolphins. Jessie Traverton, 47, was arrested yesterday off the Faroe Islands, according to animal rights group Sea Shepherd… (story)

Basingstoke Gazette 18.9.14 Kempshott teenager to compete at Miss Earth Pageant in Birmingham by Emily Roberts - A GREEN-thinking teenager from Basingstoke will represent her county in the final of a pageant which raises awareness of environmental issues. Isabelle Heath will compete in the Miss Earth Pageant in Birmingham on September 21… She said: “My environmental message is all about looking after our planet’s animals, whether they be domestic or wild. Animals suffer at our hands every day and it needs to stop…. (story)

17.9.14

Tavistock Times Gazette 17.9.14 Local hunt riders happy to dance in the Moonlight - SPOONERS and West Dartmoor Hunt held its first Moonlight Steeplechase event at Collytown, Bere Alston, on Saturday, September 6. The event proved a huge success with a crowd of all ages lining the race circuit cheering on their favourite runners… (story)

HAMPSHIRE COUNTRY SPORTS DAY
Hampshire Chronicle 17.9.14 Thousands flock to Hampshire Country Sports Day near Alresford by Lauren Howard, Reporter - THOUSANDS gathered for the annual Hampshire Country Sports Day at Tichborne to revel in hunting, horses and hounds…. (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 12.9.14 Ten things to do around Winchester this weekend - September 13/14 - Hampshire Country Sports Day, Tichborne Park – Sunday - Get your flat caps on for a celebration of rural pursuits including hunting, shooting and fishing from the Countryside Alliance... (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 17.8.14 Hampshire Country Sports Day returns on September 14 - HAMPSHIRE Country Sports Day returns on Sunday September 14 to celebrate rural pursuits. Organised by the Countryside Alliance, it will again be held at Tichborne Park near Alresford and features displays and competitions throughout the day…. (story)
Basingstoke Gazette 9.8.14 Hampshire Country Sports Day returns to Tichborne Park near Alresford in September - THE annual celebration of country pursuits, the Hampshire Country Sports Day, returns to Tichborne Park near Alresford in September. Highlights of the main arena include the Inter Hunt show jumping competition, demonstrations from hunter gatherer Chris Green the Cornishman and from Jonathan Marshall Falconry…. (story)

BRIAN MAY VISITS CULL ZONE
Western Daily Press 17.9.14 Queen star Brian May rocks in to Camp Badger - Queen guitarist and leading badger cull opponent Brian May has spoken of his anger that a car belonging to a woman member of the Wounded Badger Patrol was vandalised while she was on patrol in west Somerset. Dr May and others ended up changing a wheel on the car when he arrived to meet patrol members on Monday night… (story)
Western Morning News 16.9.14 PICTURES: Brian May visits badger cull zone in Somerset By Scott Harrison - Brian May has paid an overnight visit to the controversial badger cull zone in Somerset. The Queen guitarist and vocal badger cull opponent was flanked by members of the Somerset Badger Patrol during his appearance last night and this morning at the opponents’ adopted home, dubbed Camp Badger…. (story)
Western Daily Press 16.9.14 Photos: Brian May shows support to Somerset Badger Patrol - Brian May has shown his support to the Badger Patrols as the controversial badger cull continues in the West Country…. (story)
North Devon Journal 16.9.14 Queen guitarist Brian May visits controversial badger cull zone - QUEEN guitarist and badger cull opposer Brian May has visited a controversial cull zone. Mr May was flanked by members of the Somerset Badger Patrol during his appearance last night and this morning at the opponents’ adopted home, dubbed Camp Badger…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 16.9.14 Queen guitarist Brian May joins badger patrols in Newent as cull debate hots up By Maryam_Qaiser - BADGER cull protesters in the Forest of Dean were given a boost this week when Queen guitarist Brian May visited a group preparing to go out on patrol…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 14.9.14 Queen guitarist Brian May to head to the Forest of Dean to join badger cull patrol - Queen guitarist Brian May will visit Newent on Monday to protest against the second pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire. The rock star and the Save Me Trust will visit the Gloucester cull zone on Monday arriving in Newent mid afternoon, and then be in Somerset on Tuesday to visit Camp Badger… (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 17.9.14 Camels graze near Leeds as controversial animal circus rolls into town - A controversial animal circus has rolled into a village on the Leeds-Bradford boundary. Circus Mondao, which has pitched up at Carr Farm, in Calverley, is one of only two UK circuses licensed to feature wild animal acts…. (story)

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Stroud Life 16.9.14 Thousands turn out to Frampton Country Fair By Ben_Falconer - THOUSANDS of people came out for an extravaganza of the living working countryside today…. hunts including Ledbury, Berkeley and Beaufort competed fiercely in the inter hunt relay races,…. (story)

South Wales Evening Post 16.9.14 CRUELTY SHOULD NOT BE SHOWN - REGARDING the article in your paper dated (September 11) which contained criticism of Facebook for showing the horrific torture of a kitten, I work with rescue dogs and see what humans are capable of doing to animals, treating them in the most cruel unbelievable way… Pamela Purnell address supplied (letter)

15.9.14

Western Morning News 15.9.14 Pro-shooting groups urge strict observance of laws on lead shot to see off any ban - With the wildfowling and partridge shooting season under way and pheasant joining the quarry list on October 1, shooting organisations are urging members to observe the law on lead shot. Philip Bowern reports… (story)

York Press 15.9.14 Badger cull - RIME Minister David Cameron has sentenced hundreds of badgers to a painful death, with more to be slaughtered soon…. Mr D Fillingham, The Crossway, York. (letter)

Halesowen News 15.9.14 Anti badger cull protesters to send petition to environment secretary by Dan Sharp - A WYRE Forest group which is against the culling of badgers has collected hundreds of signatures towards a petition from the Kidderminster public. Wyre Forest Vegans and Veggies (WFVV) set up its latest street stall outside the town hall to gain support for its cause… Ronald Lee, WFVV’s communications officer, said: “Last year about 1,500 badgers were shot in Gloucestershire and Somerset, with many of them reported to have undergone considerable suffering before dying…. (story)

Portsmouth News 15.9.14 by Ben Fishwick - ANIMAL rights protesters held a march to campaign against a laboratory. Around 60 people took part in the demonstration against Wickham Laboratories on Saturday in protest at its animal testing. It was organised by Stop Wickham Animal Testing… Steve Morgan said: ‘Very successful day in Gosport… (story)

Kidderminster Shuttle 15.9.14 Animal rights group thanks Kidderminster shoppers - AN ANIMAL rights group has thanked Kidderminster shoppers for their support after they raised more than £160 for a national protection charity. Wyre Forest Vegans and Veggies took to the streets of the town centre on Saturday (September 13) raising cash for Animal Aid, which protects animals from cruelty. The group’s communications officer and street collector, Ronald Lee, said the amount raised, a total of £161.02, proved the public were against animal cruelty… (story)

b>BRICKLAYERS ARMS FOIE GRAS PROTEST
Hemel Hempstead Gazette 15.9.14 Foie gras off the menu: Country pub stops serving controversial dish after animal rights campaign by David O’Neill - A country pub will stop serving foie gras after a lengthy campaign by animal rights protesters. The controversial dish will be served at The Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden for a few more weeks until its winter menu comes out. Owner Alvin Michaels had previously argued that the cruelty involved in producing the delicacy was debatable… after six of the group’s members staged a protest outside of his pub restaurant on Saturday, September 6, he relented… Bricklayers Arms owner Alvin Michaels said he stopped serving the dish ‘because of all the press they are getting that they do not deserve’. He said: “They are not very nice people to deal with.” He said that a lot of hatred has been directed at the pub via social media, email and phone calls. False bookings have been made online with fake phone numbers by people who then didn’t turn up, hitting the pub’s profits, he added…. (story)
Watford Observer 10.9.14 A peaceful protest outside The Bricklayers Arms, in Flaunden, that sells foie gras was held at the weekend - Animal rights activists descended on a pub in Flaunden on Saturday to protest against the sale of a controversial dish. Campaigners from Hertfordshire Animal Rights organised a peaceful protest against the sale of foie gras at The Bricklayers Arms, Hogpits Bottom on Saturday evening… (story)
Hemel Hempstead Gazette 9.9.14 ‘Enjoy your meal – it was produced by forcing a pipe down a duck’s throat’: Animal rights protesters greet diners at ‘foie gras’ pub by David O’Neill - Animal rights campaigners with placards greeted diners on their way to a pub that refuses to give in to their demands to stop serving controversial delicacy foie gras… Hertfordshire Animal Rights protestors have pursued a lengthy campaign against the Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden by phoning the country pub and posting on its social media pages… Speaking before the protest, Hertfordshire Animal Rights spokesperson Tod Bradbury said: “Our concerns have been ignored by the staff and owners of The Bricklayers Arms…. (story)
Morning Advertiser 4.9.14 Licensee slams planned protest by ‘aggressive’ animal rights activists outside his pub - A pub owner has accused animal rights campaigners of "blackmail" after they announced plans for a protest against his use of foie gras. Alvin Michaels, of the Bricklayers Arms, said members of Hertfordshire Animal Rights’ campaign had been “threatening” and said he was puzzled as to why his pub had been targeted… (story)
Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette 3.9.14 Animal rights campaigners challenge pub owner: ‘We think foie gras is cruel, you don’t – let’s have a debate’ by David O’Neill - The animal rights campaigners who will protest outside of a country pub that sells foie gras on Saturday have challenged its owner to a debate about the controversial delicacy…. Spokesman Tod Bradbury said: “The evidence for force-feeding causing unnecessary suffering to the birds involved in this industry is very clear…. Ben Williamson, from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), also today spoke out against the Bricklayer’s Arms… (story)
Hemel Hempstead Gazette 2.9.14 ‘It’s supply and demand – and the cruelty is debatable’: Pub director refuses to take foie gras off the menu by David O’Neill - A restaurateur has hit back at the animal rights campaigners who are planning to protest outside of his country pub on Saturday because he sells foie gras. Alvin Michaels, one of the directors of the Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden, accused them of ‘blackmail’ in a statement issued to this website this morning. Mr Michaels decided it was time to get across his side of the story after Hertfordshire Animal Rights issued a press release about its protest plans yesterday… “if one bows to the pressure of blackmail, (and there are many cases of convictions of animal rights activists for similar offences), what will the next campaign be about? Chicken? Beef? Lamb? Seafood?..." (story)
Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette 1.9.14 Animal rights campaigners to stage peaceful protest outside country pub that sells foie gras by David O’Neill - Campaigners from Hertfordshire Animal Rights will be holding a peaceful protest outside of a country pub because it continues to sell foie gras…. Protesters will assemble outside of The Bricklayers Arms on Saturday at 6.15pm in order to greet diners before dinner service…. Hertfordshire Animal Rights spokesperson Tod Bradbury said: “Our concerns have been ignored by the staff and owners of The Bricklayers Arms…. (story)
Hemel Hempstead Gazette 22.8.14 Village pub slammed for selling ‘cruel’ dish - Animal rights campaigners have slammed a village pub restaurant for its refusal to stop selling the controversial foie gras delicacy. The Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden currently serves the dish… Hertfordshire Animal Rights has now launched a campaign to have it taken off the menu at the pub restaurant. Spokesman Tod Bradbury said: “We politely emailed Bricklayers Arms numerous times… (story)

Star 15.9.14 Peta to roll out controversial vegan adverts on London busses By Jamie Lewis - Peta, the people for the ethical treatment of animals, will be covering the back of London busses with this image from October. The edgy campaign shows a particularly overweight man sat on one side of a bus… (story)

Littlehampton Gazette 15.9.14 Save dolphins - I am writing this letter to inform you of major issues happening across the pond. The disturbing message of the dangers of orcas and dolphins being kept in captivity is rising higher each day with brilliant responses… Every year, 23,000 dolphins are slaughtered for fun or mercury riddled meat. The ones spared are sold to marine parks globally. Babies slaughtered in front of their parents, fins cut off then the body thrown back in the sea, inhumane killings. Megan Griffiths Foxglove Walk Worthing (letter)

14.9.14

Essex Chronicle 14.9.14 “Suspicious” car spotted off-road by police helicopter was legal rabbit hunt By WillWatkinson - Essex police arrived at the scene of a legal rabbit hunt after spotting a car acting suspiciously from the skies. The NPAS police helicopter spotted a car lights go off on a vehicle last night (September 13) in an off road location as they travelled overhead at roughly 8.40pm. NPAS later notified Essex Police who arrived at the field to find that the rabbit hunt was taking place legally on the property with the owners consent…. (story)

Western Morning News 14.9.14 Anti-badger-cull lobby have a right to protest - Some interesting suggestions with regard to bTB and the badger cull. Over the past week or so, perhaps most controversial, is the idea that farmers take over the cull as they were so successful in the 1950s and almost eradicated bTB. Was it following this that the badger almost became an endangered species, and received their protected statue?... A third suggestion caught my eye that protesters be banned from the cull area and prosecuted if they break the ban. Surely this cannot be a serious suggestion? Peaceful protest is allowed by law, and if on a public footpath or right of way how can they be banned and for how long – the duration of the cull?... Janet Feasey, Stratton (letter)

Southern Echo 14.9.14 End to animal tests? - A WELCOME report in the national press that scientists are creating “artificial humans” for laboratory testing, potentially saving up to 90 million animals a year from experiments, many of them cruel. SHEILA CLAYTON, Southampton. (letter)

Spalding Guardian/Lincolnshire Free Press 14.9.14 Puppy farming: Why was my MP not at debate? I am sad but also angry at the apparent lack of interest from our MP Mr Hayes and his absence at last week’s parliamentary debate on the cruel, abhorrent practice of puppy farming... Loraine Walker via email (letter)

Canterbury Times 15.9.14 Shoppers boost live export petition By LCrudgington - CAMPAIGNERS collected almost 800 signatures against live animal exports at a stall in Canterbury High Street. Volunteers from Kent Action Against Live Exports spent Saturday outside Lush in the city centre and found themselves with a queue of supporters wanting to sign… (story)

Derby Telegraph 14.9.14 Food: Derby vegan shop Sound Bites was ahead of the organic game By Joey Severn - FROM the outside, Sound Bites does not look a big-enough shop in which to swing a cat…. Founded in 2005, Sound Bites is a vegan wholefood shop that sells everything you would expect in a normal shop – except no animals were harmed in the making of the products… Tim Almy, co-director of the shop, said: "There is no particular customer that comes into Sound Bites and I think that is a great thing… Eight friends – Patrick Brown, Ruth Kelly, Ruth Strange, Graham Patient, Rosalind Pounder, Charlotte Flindall, Soesen Edan and Emma Warden – were behind the creation of the business… (story)

13.9.14

CA CAMPAIGN AGAINST FLY GRAZING
Newcastle Journal 13.9.14 Moves afoot to tackle the scourge of fly-grazing in the region By Robert Gibson - Charities and countryside organisations discuss the problems caused by a growing practice and call for a change in the law to tackle it... (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 11.9.14 Dumping of horses a growing problem, report says by Duncan Geddes - THOUSANDS of abandoned horses are causing misery for animals and landowners across Britain and Hampshire, according to a new report… (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 5.9.14 UK Call for action on fly-grazing - Sarah Chambers - Farmers and landowners’ leaders are calling for Government action on fly-grazing after revealing the scale of the problem in a new report. Stop the scourge - time to address unlawful fly-grazing in England is published jointly with a number of major charities and rural organisations including World Horse Welfare, Country Land and Business Association (CLA) National Farmers’ Union (NFU), Countryside Alliance and the RSPCA… (story)
Spectator 3.9.14 The equine squatters that landowners have no power to evict - Fly-grazing will be discussed for two hours in Parliament this afternoon… It’s a nationwide problem as well – in a survey earlier this summer, only 23 per cent of local authorities reported having no fly-grazing problems at all. And the fact that the RSPCA, the Countryside Alliance, the National Farmers Union, the CLA and World Horse Welfare have joined forces to write a report on the topic shows that a huge proportion of landowners and horse owners would support changes to the law…. (story)
Northampton Chronicle 3.9.14 Report highlights increasing problem of fly-grazing as RSPCA reveals it received 316 horse welfare calls in Northamptonshire last year - Thousands of horses are being fly-grazed including 316 reports in Northamptonshire, according to the RSPCA…. ‘Stop the scourge - time to address unlawful fly-grazing in England’, published jointly with a number of charities and rural organisations including World Horse Welfare, NFU, Countryside Alliance and the RSPCA, reveals over 3,000 horses are being fly-grazed nationally…. (story)
Grimsby Telegraph 2.9.14 Report reveals extent of fly-grazing horses - Calls for action have been made after a new report highlighted the shocking extent of fly-grazing… The report was published by the CLA along with a number of major charities and the country’s largest rural organisations including World Horse Welfare, NFU, Countryside Alliance and the RSPCA… (story)
Newcastle Journal 3.9.14 North East rural and agricultural groups call for crackdown on 'fly-grazing' horses By Robert Gibson - A new report highlights the growing problem of irresponsible horse owners 'fly-grazing' their horses in the North East… The CLA, the NFU, The Countryside Alliance and six animal welfare charities have launched a report to highlight the problem, thought to be exacerbated by the horse meat scandal, the economic downturn, over-breeding and the high costs involved with keeping horses…. (story)
Farmers Guardian 1.9.14 Rural bodies and charities call for action on fly grazing - FARMING, rural and animal welfare organisations have joined forces to demand action to address the growing problem of fly grazing in England…. Some of the country’s biggest rural and farming bodies - the Countryside Alliance, the Country Land and Business Association and the NFU - have come together with six major charities - RSPCA, World Horse Welfare, the British Horse Society, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Blue Cross and HorseWorld - to release a report on the problem…. (story)

Western Morning News 13.9.14 Badger culls are a waste of money - Well here we go again with another waste of public money on badger culls. Not only is there the enormous cost of killing each badger, but also the £millions spent on policing the protestors who want to disrupt the proceedings…. Simply by repealing this act to allow farmers to control badgers on their land would stop all costs to the Government, solve the problem for those with infected cattle, and also help the police whose resources are considerably stretched by having to in control the protestors. Tony Kennedy, Launceston (letter)

12.9.14

Guardian 12.9.14 Why I am sabotaging the Somerset badger cull - Killing badgers to ‘save’ dairy cows is perverse. The government must stop treating animals as commodities and end this futile massacre... People's reasons for fighting the badger cull in Somerset vary, but for me it is simple: as a vegan I believe all animals should be wild.... (story)

Gloucester Citizen 12.9.14 Anti-badger cull activists head out on patrol with vet - ANTI-badger cull activists took a leading vet on one of the first of their patrols near Newent on Wednesday evening - farmers said there is no point in them being there. Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting’s Wounded Badger Patrols started this week and Humane Society International executive director and vet Mark Jones said volunteer patrollers do an effective job.... (story)

Thanet Gazette 12.9.14 VIDEO: Chaos at Ramsgate port on anniversary of sheep deaths By TomBarnes - TWO animal rights protesters were arrested and a further charged following a demonstration on the anniversary of the death of 46 sheep at the Port of Ramsgate... Two activists, a 40-year-old woman from Dartford and a 59-year-old man from Ramsgate, were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway and remain in custody this afternoon. A 48-year-old woman from Minster, suspecting of wilful obstruction of a public highway, was summons to court... (story)

11.9.14

Guardian 11.9.14 Badger cull: tranquil nights, uneasy vigil and a change of police tactics - There is little activity, no gunfire or marksmen in sight, but is the silence of the countryside misleading? - Patrick Barkham - As an orange moon rose over the copse, Paul Smith stiffened and raised his thermal imaging scope to his eyes. “There are three people on the hill,” he whispered. He stepped out of the shadow of the trees and warily approached. A safety jacket glinted in the moonlight ahead – it was only other anti-cull campaigners…. “Everything’s failed – the politics, the democracy, the science, and this is what we’re left with – a farce,” said Jude Walker of Gloucestershire Against the Badger Shooting… (story)

Hastings Observer 11.9.14 Author pens book as voice against cruelty - Hastings author Kim Stallwood, of Swan Avenue, penned The book describes his journey from a meat-eating slaughterhouse worker to a vegan and activist…. Since 1976, Mr Stallwood has held leadership positions with animal welfare organisations, such as Compassion In World Farming, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, RSPCA, and Vegan Society in the UK, as well as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Animals and Society Institute, and Minding Animal International in the USA, where he worked for 20 years… (story)

ANIMAL AID SLAUGHTERHOUSE LETTER
Belfast Telegraph 11.9.14 Slaughterhouse CCTV campaign - KATE FOWLER Animal Aid (letter)
Argus 11.9.14 Install cameras - More than 30,000 people have now signed a petition on the government’s website calling for mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses, with independent monitoring of the footage. This is in response to Animal Aid’s investigations that found evidence of widespread cruelty inside UK slaughterhouses, including animals being kicked, punched, beaten and burned with cigarettes…. Kate Fowler Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

10.9.14

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald 10.9.14 Charges dropped against Melbreak huntsman - THE Countryside Alliance has welcomed confirmation from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that all charges relating to members of Cumbria’s Melbreak Hunt have been dropped. Huntsman Edward Liddle had been charged under the Hunting Act and Dangerous Dogs Act after witnesses alleged that illegal hunting took place in Buttermere on 9th March…. (story)

Western Morning News 10.9.14 RSPCA policy is harming wildlife - I am not surprised that I disagree with Graham Forsyth’s views about the RSPCA as we very rarely agree! Many years ago, we used to support the RSPCA until we discovered that they were spending vast amounts of money on carpets for their offices at Slinfold. I did not make donations to be spent on carpets!... by Michael Ashton Torrington (letter)
Western Morning News 10.9.14 Concentrate on helping abused pets - In his reply to my letter concerning high-profile prosecutions of hunts by the RSPCA, Graham Forsyth and Helen Weeks have avoided addressing the issue in question. The issue is not complicated. Should the charity spend donors’ money on the welfare of abused pets or on horrendously expensive anti-hunt litigation’ and destroy the animals in their care?... by Roger Mason South Molton (letter)

BBC News Online 10.9.14 Badger cull appeal allowed in High Court ruling - Campaigners have won the right to appeal over a ruling on the legality of the latest badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire, which began on Monday. Last month the Badger Trust lost a High Court bid after arguing "controlled shooting" should only take place with independent observers overseeing it. Lord Justice Maurice Kay said the trust had some arguable points and the appeal may have a real prospect of success…. (story)

Bristol Post 10.9.14 How many culled badgers had TB? - ONCE again we are faced with a badger cull to (hopefully) curb TB in cattle. I ask the question of the Farmers' Union and/or the Environment Department how many badges actually had TB after the last failed cull?... Fred Fry (letter)

Western Daily Press 10.9.14 I feel passionately that if you are going to kill (often wrongly) so many badgers, they ought all to be examined so that we know what proportion actually were carrying TB… Diana Sherrington Lyme Regis, Dorset (letter)

Western Morning News 10.9.14 Impossible to figure out badger cull sums - The absurdity of the Government’s plans to start killing badgers again is revealed by the revised targets announced last week… Perhaps landowners in West Somerset who are so keen on slaughtering badgers, particularly the large pheasant shoots and the farms which have not adopted even the simplest of measures to minimise contact between cattle and wildlife as recommended on Defra’s website, can explain the logic behind these numbers. Even with a science degree I can’t. by Andy Hamilton Yeovil (letter)

Hull Daily Mail 10.9.14 Little Miss Meat Free Katy Beskow wins Great Vegan Bake-Off 2014 By Faye Preston - A Hull foodie has been crowned the best vegan baker in the UK. Katy Beskow, 26, won The Great Vegan Bake-Off 2014, run by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), to find the best vegan baker in the country…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 2.9.14 Southampton resident bidding for glory in vegan bake-off finals by Emma Streatfield - Southampton resident Hannah Pinchin has become a finalist in the Great Vegan Bake-Off contest to find the best vegan baker in the UK…. Contest organiser PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) chooses ten finalists, whose recipes are put on their website for people to vote on…. (story)

Derby Telegraph 10.9.14 Derby freerunner Tim Shieff on top of the world after switch to vegan diet By Martin Naylor - A WORLD champion freerunner from Derby has been filmed balancing on a rooftop high above London for an anti-animal-cruelty charity video. Tim Shieff is the latest athlete to team up with People's Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, to promote the benefits of veganism… (story)

9.9.14

Western Daily Press 9.9.14 There seem to be some people in authority who make laws but think they do not apply to them. First of all are the fox hunters, according to hunt saboteurs nothing has changed…. The Rev H W Jones Swindon, Wiltshire (letter)

Western Morning News 9.9.14 Nothing praiseworthy about the hunt - Mrs JC Brown (August 30) refutes arrogance on the vexed question of fox hunting. It doesn’t sound much that way from her letter, as both the header and the text quote “Fox hunting serves a useful purpose”, but nowhere does she explain how or what it helps… by Derek Courtnell Plymouth (letter)
Western Morning News 2.9.14 Fox hunting serves a useful purpose - In answer to your question – should the Hunting Act be repealed, in my opinion, yes. However, I would like to mention two of your correspondents – Penny Little from Great Haseley – I was born and grew up in Great Haseley – and Pamela Brinkman. I am also an ex air radio mechanic!... According to Ms Little, I was part of an arrogant group of animal abusers! It is because of such totally wrong beliefs that I now prefer animals to so called human beings! Fox-hunting serves a useful purpose and is not a sport…. J C Brown (Mrs), Axminster (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 9.9.14 Second badger cull has begun – Defra By Impeyecho - The first badgers of the 2014 cull were shot last night in Somerset and Gloucestershire as the six-week programme to reduce numbers in an effort to bring bovine TB under control got under way…. Queen guitarist Dr Brian May said the second badger cull in Gloucestershire is a “disgrace” that will rebound on the Government at election time … Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports said: “It is devastating to think that after hundreds of badgers were needlessly shot in the first year of pilot culls … (story)

Gloucester Citizen 9.9.14 Animal rights groups search Gloucestershire for wounded badgers as second phase of pilot badger cull begins - ANIMAL rights groups have started their search for wounded badgers across Gloucestershire as the second round of the pilot cull has begun….Scott Passmore, from A Wildlife with Animals which is based in the Forest of Dean, said: “We started at Newent and at one point we were near Deerhurst and I have mammal handling equipment in the car and many badger setts can be seen from the roadside…" Anti-cull campaigner Drew Pratten, from the Forest of Dean, said: “We had a phenomenal amount of support last night including people from Manchester and Derbyshire saying ‘we are here for one night, what can we do’?... (story)

Western Morning News 9.9.14 Ministers reject claims Somerset and Gloucestershire badger cull lacks scientific rigour By GDemianyk - The Government has brushed aside criticism it is pressing ahead with an “ill-conceived” badger cull as ministers claimed that “doing nothing” will fail to stop the spread of tuberculosis in cattle…. (story)
Western Morning News 9.9.14 First shots are fired as badger cull gets under way in Somerset and Gloucestershire - The first badgers of the 2014 cull were shot last night in Somerset and Gloucestershire as the six week programme to reduce numbers in an effort to bring bovine TB under control got under way…. (story)

Western Morning News 9.9.14 New camp to stop the badger cull - Campaigners who have set up a fresh Camp Badger to fight the cull say they are prepared to push legal boundaries if it will stop animals being killed. Numbers were growing at the camp near Bishop Lydeard in West Somerset yesterday ahead of shooting commencing last night. Jay Tiernan, spokesman for Stop the Cull, said they were there to protect the badgers…. (story)
Western Daily Press 9.9.14 Activists plan a campaign of disruption - Campaigners who have set up a new Camp Badger from which to oppose the cull say they are prepared to push legal boundaries if it will stop animals being killed…. (story)

Western Daily Press 9.9.14 Badger cull: Marksmen insist they are "fundamentally doing right thing" - while protester Dr Brian May labels it a "disgrace" - This year’s controversial badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire is underway, the Government has announced…. Speaking on Radio 4 this morning, one of the men tasked with shooting the badgers in Gloucestershire said that they feel intimidated by protesters as they are out in the middle of the countryside, outnumbered and disliked. When questioned why they don't just pack up and go home he answered: "Because we are fundamentally doing the right thing - trying to eradicate a diseased population - we cull cows so surely we should be doing the same thing to wildlife…. (story)

Western Daily Press 9.9.14 No apologies on cull reporting - The media – and that includes the Western Daily Press – has a responsibility to report on conflict. If two parties disagree about something, whether as inconsequential as a minor sporting event or as serious as a war, there is something to write about. Like it not, the badger cull generates huge conflict in the rural community between those who see it as a desperately important part of the battle against bovine TB and those who vehemently oppose it. So we make no apology today for reporting on the start of culling or for the newsprint we have used in the past covering this highly vexed issue… We know, however, that many farmers and countryfolk would prefer it if the cull was simply part of countryside management and a weapon in the TB battle, not the big "story" it has become. We have a duty to report the conflict, but we sympathise with that view.(story)

Western Morning News 9.9.14 WMN opinion: If only culling badgers was not such a big rural 'story' - The media – and that includes the Western Morning News – has a responsibility to report on conflict… Like it not, the badger cull generates huge conflict in the rural community between those who see it as a desperately important part of the battle against bovine TB and those who vehemently oppose it. So we make no apology today for reporting on the start of culling or for the newsprint we have used in the past covering this highly vexed issue… (story)

Mirror 9.9.14 Badger cull restarts despite previous failure - animal rights campaigners furious By Jason Beattie - Environment Secretary Liz Truss said the slaughter was the 'only way' to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) which which saw more than 26,000 cattle killed in England last year Animal rights campaigners have voiced their fury today after ministers restarted the botched badger cull… Joe Duckworth, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “It is devastating to think that after hundreds of badgers were needlessly shot in the first year of pilot culls, up to 1,876 more badgers will be killed this year, despite the policy being deemed inhumane… (story)

Guardian 9.9.14 Badger cull protesters save trapped animal as second phase starts - Activists claim victory as renewed government bid to fight bovine TB sparks anger with critics blasting it as cruel and ineffective - Steven Morris - Protesters against the badger cull have claimed an early victory after activists convinced police to free a trapped animal as the second phase of the hugely controversial operation got under way… In the early hours of Tuesday two saboteurs in Gloucestershire found a badger trapped in a cage with cullers nearby. The police were called and the saboteurs pointed out that under government guidelines trapped badgers should be released if there was a risk of interference from a third party. Stop the Cull said police "did the right thing" and freed the badger… (story)

Telegraph 9.9.14 Badger cull 'must be extended to 10 counties' - A businessman in charge of hundreds of marksmen said protesters "significantly" disrupted last year's campaign By Bill Gardner - The government must extend the badger cull to 10 counties to prevent interference from protesters, a leading figure in the campaign has claimed. The businessman, who employs hundreds of marksmen to shoot the animals, said activists needed to be more “thinly spread” across the country if the latest trial was to be effective… (story)

Dorset Echo 9.9.14 Queen star Brian May backs song to save badgers from cull by Rachel Stretton - A DORSET musician is turning to song to promote alternative methods of curbing TB in farm animals - and she's supported by rock star Brian May. Linda Lamon penned the track, the Badger and the Wren, while walking in woods near her home in Bere Regis and hopes the song will help spread the word about badger vaccination… (story)

Mail 9.9.14 Protesters' fury as controversial badger cull starts again in attempt to stop spread of bovine TB in cattle By STEPHANIE LINNING - A controversial badger cull has started again in Somerset and Gloucestershire in an attempt to stop the spread of bovine TB in cattle…. (story)

Blackmore Vale Magazine 9.9.14 Badger cull: What we can learn from the Welsh - I share Mr Trowbridge’s distaste for the shameful disregard of animal welfare associated with the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire… In 2008, the Welsh Government adopted a new science-based eradication programme, which has achieved an impressive 48% reduction in the incidence of bTB in 5 years… Joanna Guske, Hindon (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 9.9.14 Ban the keeping of wild animals for any reason - While I understand Karl Dallas being disenchanted after working for a circus, he claims that man can choose to perform tricks while animals can’t (Letters, September 5). But is it not unnatural for horses to race one another? Or to dance and walk sideways and backwards (dressage)? Should zoos and safari parks be closed down?... No, Mr Dallas, man keeps animals in an unnatural setting for many reasons, so don’t just pick on the one that you don’t agree with. Campaign to have the keeping of all animals for whatever reason banned entirely. Keith Rayner, Laburnum Drive, Baildon (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 9.9.14 No need for animals - humans perform best - I read with interest the letter from Karl Dallas (T&A, September 5), concluding that acrobats and clowns make their own choices but animals can’t…. Wild animals are born free… Suzanne Kirk, Ashmount, Bradford (letter)

8.9.14

Stroud News & Journal 8.9.14 Charity offers £1,000 reward for hunting evidence by Elliot Cass, Reporter - REWARDS of up to £1,000 are being offered for information leading directly to convictions for illegal hunting. The League Against Cruel Sports is offering these rewards following evidence they provided leading to criminal proceedings against members of two hunt groups… (story)

HUNT SABOTEUR INJURED AT BSV
Horse & Hound 8.9.14 Hunt member arrested following collision - Polly Portwin - A member of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt has been released on bail after an incident in which a hunt saboteur was hospitalised following a collision with a horse. He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, but was later released pending further police enquiries… (story)
Western Morning News 3.9.14 Huntsman arrested after protester 'seriously injured by horse' at hunt in Somerset - A huntsman has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a female hunt protester was seriously injured when she was allegedly hit by a horse at a meeting of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale hunt in Somerset…. (story)
Mail 3.9.14 Hunt member arrested after he 'deliberately trampled female protester with his horse leaving her with seven broken ribs and suspected punctured lung' By EMMA GLANFIELD - A hunt member has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a protester was left with seven broken ribs and a punctured lung when 'his horse trampled her' at a hunt…. (story)
Western Daily Press 3.9.14 Huntsman arrested after Blackmore and Sparkford Vale monitor breaks seven ribs By TRISTAN CORK - A huntsman has been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH after a woman hunt protester was hit by a horse and seriously injured at a meeting of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale hunt in Somerset…. (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 3.9.14 Woman seriously injured at hunt protest - A 42-year-old woman suffered seven broken ribs and a suspected punctured lung during an incident at a hunt protest on Thursday… (story)
Blackmore Vale Magazine 2.9.14 Man arrested after hunt saboteur "significantly" injured at Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt meet - Dee Adcock - A hunt saboteur was seriously injured when she was struck by a horse at a meet at Charlton Horethorne. A man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and has been released on bail pending further inquiries… The incident happened on Thursday afternoon as the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt was preparing to disperse… Shika Rose of the Hunt Saboteurs Association said the woman suffered broken ribs and was believed to have a collapsed lung…. (story)

Blackmore Vale Magazine 8.9.14 Dorset County Show 2014: record crowd at second day By Dee Adcock - Record-breaking crowds made a beeline for Dorchester Showground to enjoy every moment of the final day of Dorset County Show… Today’s highlights included hunter horse classes and a class for retrained racehorses as well as a six bar showjumping competition and parades of hounds and vintage tractors… (story)

Western Morning News 8.9.14 Close up loopholes in the Hunting Act - I agree with Colin Richey (Letters, August 27) that there are many loopholes in the Hunting Act, 2004. However, it should not be too difficult to rectify this matter and he will be pleased to know that the website of Protect Our Wild Animals (powa.org.uk) includes an excellent article explaining how this may be achieved… by John Phelps Exeter (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 8.9.14 Two men fined after Lincolnshire hare coursing trial By SMorris - Two men have been fined £800 after being found guilty of hare coursing. William Gaskin, 37, and Mark Gaskin, 40, both of Rose View, Holbeach, were convicted after a trial at Boston Magistrates' Court on September 1…. The men maintained throughout that they were simply walking their dog. However, after a trial, they were found guilty of hunting a wild mammal with a dog and trespassing in pursuit of game…. (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 8.9.14 Cost to public of gun licences must be curbed - IT is not difficult to understand why Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe is concerned about the cost to taxpayers of processing gun licences…. It does seem strange, at a time when the police are being criticised for failure to attend all crimes, that those who apply for gun licences are being so heavily subsidised…. With police forces struggling to investigate every crime reported, what is effectively a subsidy for firearm users is simply not acceptable. (editorial)

Yorkshire Evening Post 8.9.14 Labour ‘toffs’ don’t have a clue - Once again we have a Labour ‘toff’ talking about a subject and people when she hasn’t got a clue as to what they are like or their way of life. I am referring to the article about gun-related injuries dealt with in Leeds over the past year (YEP, August 22). Yvette Cooper talks about a gun licence as though the people who use firearms in relation to crime, drugs and so on bother about such niceties… Bernard Duffy, Leeds (letter)

BADGER CULL START
Stroud News & Journal 8.9.14 Police response to the badger cull has already started by Kate Wilson - AS the second year of the badger cull approaches Gloucestershire Police has promised a more community focused method in their response to the cull. Operation Themis, the police response to the cull, has been up and running for the past few weeks in anticipation that the cull will restart at any point…. Slad resident Jeanne Berry, who is a spokesman for Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting, said: “GABS representatives have been meeting with the police for well over a year to try to assist them in their difficult role of policing the cull. We are however now at the end of our tether as at our most recent meeting with their representatives they have said that the police have no role in maintaining public safety during the cull…. (story)
Western Morning News 8.9.14 Outrage as badger cull expected to restart in Somerset and Gloucester tonight By WMNlynbarton - A fresh badger cull is expected to start in the Westcountry tonight, prompting anger from animal welfare and wildlife protection groups… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 8.9.14 Campaigners prepare for badger cull to start in Gloucestershire tonight By Hayley Mortimer - MARKSMEN are expected in Gloucestershire tonight for the start of the second badger cull in the county, it has been claimed. Campaigners against the cull will launch their evening Wounded Badger Patrols tonight in anticipation for the start of the shooting…. (story)
ThisIsTheWestcountry 8.9.14 Anti-badger cull campaigners start patrols in West Somerset by Danielle Morris - CAMPAIGNERS against the controversial badger cull have begun patrolling the area ahead of this year's culls which are expected to resume this week. Somerset Against the Badger Cull was joined by members of the public to set up camp outside Bishops Lydeard ready for the beginning of the culls… (story)

BBC News Online 8.9.14 Does the UK need a deer cull? - The population of wild deer in the UK is at its highest level since the last Ice Age. Many landowners say that the animals are damaging woodlands and have become a danger to road users…. BBC Inside Out cameras follow a deer cull on a private estate in the East Midlands and we find out why some experts believe the countryside is being overrun by these animals…. (story)

Bournemouth Echo 8.9.14 Gulls were distressed - It is heartening to know that the Bournemouth Air Festival was enjoyed by thousands and that the local traders had a bumper weekend, but has anyone spared a thought for the plight of our feathered friends?... With the huge resources at their disposal surely it would be a simple matter for the RSPCA to round them up and transport them to a place of safety for the duration of the show? Graham Cribb, Branksome Wood Road, Bournemouth (story)

7.9.14

Independent on Sunday 7.9.14 TV naturalist Chris Packham: 'Let hunters kill deer and mink for a fee' - The self-confessed 'pragmatic conservationist', says he abhors the idea of killing any animal for fun, but insists there is logic in his plan …"I can't understand why anyone would want to kill animals for fun, and anybody who does, I think, is psychopathic," he said. "But I'm not a bunny-hugger. Some areas would benefit from a reduction in deer or American mink because they have no natural predators and cause notable damage…." "It's massively disappointing to have someone like Chris come up with an idea like that," said Jay Tiernan, spokesman for Stop the Cull… (story)
Mail on Sunday 7.9.14 Hunters should be allowed to shoot deer and mink for a fee, says TV naturalist Chris Packham By OLLIE GILLMAN FOR MAILONLINE - Deer and mink should be shot and killed by fee-paying hunters, TV naturalist Chris Packham has said. The BBC Springwatch presenter, who describes himself as a 'pragmatic conservationist', says hunters should be allowed to shoot the animals in areas of overpopulation. He says that hunters and animal-lovers should put their differences aside to tackle the problem, Independent on Sunday reported… the Countryside Alliance back Mr Packham's plan. A spokesman said: 'We are always keen to work with anyone genuinely interested in conservation.' (story)

Worcester News 7.9.14 Badger cull won't be allowed on Malvern Hills District Council land - MALVERN Hills District Council this week heeded a plea to ban the culling of badgers on its land. The issue came before the council after opponents of the cull presented a petition of more that 750 signatures calling for the ban. Petition organiser Di Pugh told the council's meeting on Tuesday that culling is inhumane, inefficient and unscientific… (story)
Worcester News 5.5.14 Campaigners call for badger cull ban in Malvern Hills district - ANIMAL rights activists this week called on Malvern Hills District Councilto ban badger culling from its land. At the executive committee meeting on Tuesday, Diana Pugh of Operation Badger handed over a petition of more than 750 signatures calling for the ban… (story)

6.9.14

Western Daily Press 6.9.14 Hunting must welcome more newcomers to its ranks, says Countryside Alliance - The Countryside Alliance is encouraging more people to take up hunting. The alliance's Charlotte Cooper calls on hunts to welcome newcomers… (story)
Western Morning News 5.9.14 Hunts encouraged to show benefits of riding to hounds to newcomers - The Countryside Alliance is maintaining the fight to overturn the hunting ban. In the meantime, however, it is encouraging more people to take up the sport. The Alliance’s Charlotte Cooper calls on Westcountry hunts to welcome newcomers in… (story)

Horse & Hound 6.9.14 Autumn hunting: H&H’s dos and don’ts - Autumn hunting is a gentle introduction for young hounds, new hunt staff, horses and followers to the forthcoming season…If you’re going autumn hunting for the first time, take a look at our list of dos and don’ts…. (story)

Hereford Times 6.9.14 Otters will be...otters - HEATHER Davies asks what can be done about otters that are preying on the fish in her garden pond… Sadly, nothing!... During the 1950s, as a boy, I followed the Hawkstone and Wye Valley Otter Hounds, along the rivers of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and they controlled the numbers of otters, while ensuring that they were never wiped out, and the fittest survived… W KERSWELL Picklescott, Church Stretton (letter)

Belfast NewsLetter 6.9.14 Support for wild circus animal ban - A proposed law to ban wild animals in circuses has been backed by the SDLP…. (story)

5.9.14

Mirror 5.9.14 Dogs being blooded on fox cubs for bigger kills - City badger-baiters are blooding dogs to kill big prey by setting them on fox cubs, it has emerged. Gangs are heading into the Northern Ireland countryside to hunt young foxes. The animals are then ripped apart by breeds such as bull lurchers before they are considered ready to take on badgers… Animal cruelty investigators said the practice of “cubbing” is widespread and cited incidents of young foxes being tied to trees to be attacked and killed by dogs…. (story)

Guardian 5.9.14 Badger cull to resume next week - Damian Carrington - The controversial culling of badgers in England is set to resume early next week, sources have told the Guardian. But revised rules for the night-time shoots, aimed at curbing the rise of tuberculosis in cattle, have been criticised as being weaker and independent scientific analysis of the cull has been removed…. (story)

Salisbury Journal 5.9.14 Badger jabs more cost effective than culling - BADGER vaccinations are a much cheaper way than culling to keep bovine TB under control, says a wildlife trust. The man in charge of the vaccination scheme at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust says the cost of culling can be as much as £1,000 per animal. Head of estates and enterprise John Durnell told the Journal vaccinations cost the trust a fortune last year, as they had to hire outside contractors and pay for accommodation. But it was still more cost-effective than culling…. (story)

Mail 5.9.14 - Support for animal experiments is at its lowest for more than a decade. Government-commissioned surveys show that just 64 per cent of Britons agree with animals being used in medical research – a fall of 12 points since 2010 and the lowest figure since 2002… (story)
Times Higher Education Supplement 5.9.14 Animal research: public support falls - Public support for animal experimentation has fallen again, according to a new survey. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ biennial survey of the public’s views on the use of animals in research, carried out by Ipsos MORI, indicates that the proportion of respondents agreeing to the statement “I can accept animal experimentation so long as it is for medical research purposes” has fallen from 66 per cent in 2012 in 2010 to 64 per cent in 2014…. (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 5.9.14 All animals not equal - nce again we have people complaining about the treatment of circus animals. The circus comes to town and sets up in a local field to entertain the working classes… I will gladly sign a petition to ban animals in circuses on circumstantial evidence when horse racing is banned completely. This will never happen of course, because there is one law for the rich and another for the poor. Keith Rayner, Laburnum Drive, Baildon (letter)

Thanet Gazette 5.9.14 VIDEO: Police investigating confrontation between driver and protester at live exports protest By DavidArcher - Kent Police is investigating an incident after a confrontation between protestors and the driver of a lorry carrying live animal exports at the Port of Ramsgate today. In a video, shot by Ian Driver, protesters crowd around a lorry as it attempts to board a boat leaving the port. The door of the lorry cab opens and a man’s leg appears to strike out towards a protester…. (story)

4.9.14

Dorset Echo 4.9.14 Protestors all sett for fight against TB spread - BADGER groups are offering farmers a lifeline in their fight against TB - by offering to vaccinate badgers… Elizabeth James of the Dorset Badger Vaccination Project said their volunteers were offering a solution to vaccinate badgers - and were willing to be considerably out of pocket to do so… Ian Mortimer is one of the volunteers who has paid hundreds of pounds for the training to be a licensed vaccinator….. (story)

ANIMAL AID ICE BUCKET LETTER
Bath Chronicle 4.9.14 Pouring cold water - Isobel Hutchinson Campaigner Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Argus 3.9.14 Boycott ice bucket stunt - Isobel Hutchinson Animal Aid, Bradford Street Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 2.9.14 The cruel facts of ice bucket charity craze - ANIMAL Aid is urging the public not to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge, as the Motor Neurone Disease Association – the main beneficiary of the craze in the UK – funds experiments on animals…. ISOBEL HUTCHINSON Animal Aid (letter)

Huffington Post 4.9.14 'Our Zoo' BBC Drama Draws Complaints From Animal Defenders International About Treatment Of Wild Creatures By Caroline Frost - The BBC's brand new drama 'Our Zoo' has been beset by the concerns of an animal welfare group that the creatures used in the show were supplied by a company they accuse of unethical behaviour. Animal Defenders International (ADI) claim that Amazing Animals, who supplied animals including a camel, a bear and a baby penguin to the BBC production, is among a group of suppliers they have secretly filmed mistreating their animals…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 31.8.14 BBC accused of animal cruelty for using wild animals in new six-part series about a revolutionary zookeeper who refused to cage wildlife By MIA DE GRAAF FOR MAILONLINE - The BBC has been accused of cruelty for using wild animals in a new drama. Our Zoo tells the true story of Chester Zoo, which pioneered a freer approach to animal captivity. But just days before it screens nationwide, a coalition of animal rights groups have launched a bitter campaign against the show's 'cruel' use of wild animals as actors, calling it 'a shocking use of public money'…. Liz Tyson, of the Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS), told MailOnline: 'The use of wild animals in entertainment is both cruel and unnecessary… (story)

Stoke Sentinel 4.9.14 Slaughterhouses must have CCTV - I ASK everyone who cares about the welfare of farm animals to sign the petition to put CCTV cameras in every slaughterhouse…. SUZANNE NIXON Leek (letter)

Lancashire Evening Post 4.9.14 Rare bird needs helping - I refer to the letter from Amanda Anderson (letters August 25), and her response to ideas floated by the naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham, regarding the demise of the Forest of Bowland’s hen harriers. I fear it is Ms Anderson who has “lost her way”… Regardless of lip-service by the director of the Moorland Association, loss of the iconic “Sky Dancer” is a crime for which the shooting fraternity must bear full responsibility. Chris Packham at least provokes a debate on this subject. Amanda Anderson denies there is any problem. I know who I prefer to believe. Martin Sutcliffe, Grimsargh (story)
Lancashire Evening Post 25.8.14 Hen harriers need shoots - Chris Packham, the BBC Spring Watch presenter has lost his way with contradictory, confused and illogical pleas on hen harrier day. Packham, president of the Hawk and Owl Trust and British Trust for Ornithology has exceptional credentials as a birder but his call for an outright ban on grouse shooting whilst acknowledging that “we need a economically sustainable rural landscape” is nothing short of bird-brained…. Amanda Anderson, director, The Moorland Association, Austwick, Lancaster
History lesson on wild birds - I have recently had in my possession grouse shooting records which detail the number of birds shot for every year between 1895-1935. The records relate to a relatively small area of moor at the eastern end of Longridge Fell. The land was formerly owned by the Worsley Taylor estate…. if an area so small and so adjacent to towns and villages like Longridge, Clitheroe, Chipping and Stonyhurst could yield over 200 brace of grouse per year, it would certainly have been able to support a pair or two of hen harriers! The moral of the story has to be, leave the heather alone and nurture it for the sake of both the Red Grouse and then Hen Harriers! Richard Walne,Chipping (letters)

Hereford Times 4.9.14 Are we all hypocrites over cruelty? - I REFER to your recent article concerning a 33-year-old man ingesting live fish and would like to register my revulsion at a grown man's distasteful act…. Why should the same punishment not be be meted out to the lovers of oysters who delight in swallowing the poor things live? Or the advocates of lobster, which have to suffer the indignity of being boiled alive? Or ,indeed, fish caught at sea being gutted while still alive? Or the slaughter of live cattle without anaesthetic?... P LEMKEY Goodrich (letter)

3.9.14

Western Morning News 3.9.14 Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's four-year lapwing rescue plan is preparing for take-off - The lapwing is a beautiful bird with a distinctive ‘peewit’ call – which also accounts for its alternative name. Now the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust is working on a major project to reverse its declining fortunes Philip Bowern reports… (story)

CA ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF NEGLECTING RURAL BROADBAND NEEDS
Telegraph 3.9.14 £1.2bn programme brings superfast broadband to 1 million homes and businesses - Even more UK homes now have access to fibre broadband service capable of at least 24Mb, thanks to a controversial £1.2bn subsidy programme… Sarah Lee, head of policy at the Countryside Alliance, said: “They’re connecting the low-hanging fruit… (story)
Fibrebroadband 21.8.14 Countryside Alliance expresses frustrations on fibre broadband vouchers - Rural firms look to be left out of a government broadband voucher initiative. - In the wake of the government's announcement that it will be making superfast fibre optic broadband vouchers available to small businesses to help them with the cost of connecting to the high-speed technology, a rural organisation has expressed frustration that companies based in more remote areas are to be left out. Head of Policy at the Countryside Alliance Sarah Lee commented: "Superfast broadband will bring great benefits to businesses and we would encourage any small firm to take up this fantastic opportunity, but it should not be the preserve of those who live or work in cities."… (story)
Farmers Weekly 20.8.14 Rural businesses left out of government broadband scheme - Rural enterprises have been left out of a government grant scheme, which aims to improve broadband for small businesses…. the Countryside Alliance said it was “disappointed” that rural enterprises had been overlooked in the scheme. It said the decision was a “missed opportunity” to assist rural businesses…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 9.8.14 Rural broadband roll-out still too slow, say campaigners - Caroline Stocks - More than a million homes and businesses in the UK now have superfast broadband, according to the latest government figures….Sarah Lee, Countryside Alliance head of policy, said the scheme had so far concentrated on relatively densely populated rural areas, leaving a large number of people in the most remote areas cut-off…. (story)
Telegraph 8.8.14 Superfast broadband subsidies reach 1m rural homes and businesses - Government hails progress of controversial £1.2bn programme but campaigners accuse BT of connecting mostly the easiest locations By Christopher Williams, Technology, Media and Telecoms Editor… Sarah Lee, head of policy at the Countryside Alliance, said: “They’re connecting the low-hanging fruit. A lot of these places so far are basically market towns and it’s great that they’re getting fast broadband but there are lots of people further out who can’t even access the BBC iPlayer… (story)

Shropshire Star 3.9.14 Letter: Badgers paying dearly for the political careers of some - Badgers are paying with their lives to keep a few Conservative MPs in their seats. This is all to do with the strong lobbying power of the farmers’ organisations, that see the culling of badgers as an advantage to themselves…. Lorraine Parker, Much Wenlock (letter)

Guardian 3.9.14 Stop Zoo Lates parties, Peta, RSPCA and animal charities tell London zoo - Adam Vaughan - London zoo should shut down its late night parties because they are threatening animal welfare, say the RSPCA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and five other animal charities… In a letter sent to David Field, the zoological director at the Zoological Society of London, the animal charities warn: “Scientific research shows that during normal opening hours, the presence of zoo visitors can have a detrimental impact on animal welfare…. The zoo should immediately cease holding the events, say the signatories, which include Mimi Bekhechi, the director of Peta, and campaigners at the RSPCA, Animal Aid, Born Free Foundation, Captive Animals’ Protection Society, OneKind, and Viva!... (story)
Evening Standard 3.9.14 Animal welfare campaigners urge London Zoo to stop 'Zoo Lates' event - ALEXANDRA RUCKI - Animal rights campaigners are urging London Zoo to cancel its Zoo Lates events after one reveller poured beer over a tiger. In an open letter to Zoological Director David Field PETA said the events have a “detrimental impact” on animals and begged the zoo to stick to the usual opening hours…. (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 3.9.14 Ban on circus animals is back on the agenda as show comes to Bradford - THIS afternoon the House of Commons is expected to pave the way for a debate on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, leading ultimately to a ban in December next year…(story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 2.9.14 War of words in Bradford over welfare of animals at circus by Mark Stanford - A CIRCUS coming to a site in Thornton has defended itself against claims made by a Bradford animal rights group over the welfare of its animals. Circus Mondao will be performing in a field at Leaventhorpe Hall, Thornton Road from tomorrow until September 14…. Susan Fawcett, spokesman for Bradford and Calderdale Animal Friends, said: "The use of animals in performing acts is a cruel practice by its very nature… (story)

Meat Trades Journal 3.9.14 Meat debate update: Anti-meat research motives questioned By Oli Haenlein - The meat industry has questioned the motives of the of the anti-meat research community, after an author of a recent critical environmental report revealed he was a vegetarian on BBC Radio. The Aberdeen and Cambridge university research said that “greenhouse gases from food production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate”, and called for a reduction in intake… Norman Bagley, policy director at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), and Professor Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen, one of the authors of the report, debated the subject on the BBC World Service, with the latter declaring he was a vegetarian towards the end of the broadcast. This has led to obvious question marks over the objectivity of those behind such pieces of research…. (story)

Huffington Post 3.9.14 Animal Slaughter, Usually Hidden From View, Provokes Public Debate By Amy Jeffs, BA (recent graduate), University of Cambridge - An e-petition is calling for Parliament to impose a U.K.-wide ban on kosher and halal slaughter techniques… Alison Hopton is a primary school teacher and animal rights activist. Based on her experience working with school-age children, she says, getting them interested in meat is not easy. "Many children are not interested in where their meat comes from because their parents aren't," says Hopton… Kate Fowler is an animal rights activist and head campaigner for Animal Aid, the largest animal rights group in the U.K. While she ultimately endorses veganism, her priority is for slaughter techniques to be improved, as much in abattoirs that use stun methods as in those that do not…. (story)

2.9.14

Mix96 2.9.14 'Community Spirit Keeps Bucks Local Shops And Services Alive' - People in Buckinghamshire need to use local services to keep local services - that's the view of Michelle Nudds, Regional Director of Countryside Alliance. She said that often rural areas can be overlooked by government meaning services such as bus routes are stopped and businesses struggle to survive…. (story)

Western Morning News 2.9.14 Cattle vaccination is a non-starter - Yet another farming family hit by bovine TB… The Badger Trust protesters should be kept out of the cull area or face prosecution… Full marks to this Government for its commitment to the cull and I sincerely hope there will be no backlash because of their integrity. Raymund Scott, Near Wadebridge (letter)
Western Morning News 2.9.14 Farmers nearly eradicated bTB - Presumably Janet Feasey is too young to know about the TB problems that there were back in the 1950s and undoubtedly long before that. I wonder who she thinks it was that got the disease under control and almost got rid of it? Well, it was the farmers who, when there was an outbreak on their farm, identified the sick badger sett and culled that set… Michael Ashton, Torrington (letter)
Western Morning News 2.9.14 Stop treating cattle like machines - With reference to the report that cows could yield 20,000 litres per year…. The poor dairy cows are the hardest worked farm animal on the planet…. A pity Prof Mottram didn’t think about the general health of cows years ago, before working on doubling the milk production, and no doubt, his bank balance! Mrs Anne Shaw, Penzance (letter)
Western Morning News 2.9.14 For the bees' sake, curb badger numbers … We must now try protect hedgehogs and bumblebees, both of which are in serious decline, with their main predators being the excessive number of badgers… We need badgers in our countryside, but not in explosive numbers and riddled with TB. Diseased ones need to be treated as cattle are. Elizabeth Fowler, Instow (letter)
Western Morning News 2.9.14 Clamp down on cattle movement - George Eustice states bovine TB is such a series problem for the Westcountry farmers and so what do they do?... We all know the real problem and that’s with cattle movements and the TB testing technology…. Graham Forsyth, Chard (letter)

Marie Claire 2.9.14 Meet One Of The Most Controversial Women In The World, PETA's Founder Ingrid Newkirk - You might not recognise Ingrid Newkirk, but you'll definitely be familiar with her work. Ingrid set up People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in 1980 and the organisation still lives and breathes its one mission statement: 'Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for entertainment.'.. Here, we meet her to see what a day in the life of Ingrid Newkirk is really like:… (story)

1.9.14

Bristol Post 1.9.14 Animal hunters should face being prosecuted - THE RSPCA should be commended for their efforts to bring to justice the hunting fraternity. These people assume they have every right to pursue a wild animal over motorways and railways, killing any animal in their way… Miss E A Smith Ashton (letter)

Police Oracle 1.9.14 Wildlife crime: 'Hand charity police powers to investigate' - Former national head of wildlife crime unit says he has 'significant concerns' about any extension in legal powers for investigators from animal welfare organisation. Josh Loeb - Police Oracle - A spate of raptor poisonings could motivate politicians to hand a charity powers that have traditionally been the sole preserve of police officers. The Scottish government is consulting on radical plans to give the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) the ability to stray beyond its remit… Legislative changes would allow SSPCA investigators to enter land other than dwellings or locked premises, examine any object and seize potential evidence without a warrant and without reference to specific animal welfare law… Nevin Hunter, the former head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, said he had "significant concerns" about the Scottish government's proposals, adding: "If you give a charity the same powers as police, they would have to have the same level of accountability and transparency. That is the issue, because they are not as accountable."… (story)
Civil Society 29.8.14 Lawyers call for animal charity to have greater crime-fighting powers - Emily Corfe - Lawyers in Scotland have called for a Scottish animal charity to be granted greater powers to investigate wildlife crime. A statement released yesterday by the Law Society of Scotland said that police in Scotland are ill-equipped to adequately investigate wildlife crime and that the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) would be more effective at the job if given greater legal powers… Jim Drysdale, a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Rural Affairs Committee, said: “Wildlife crime such as the poisoning of birds of prey is a serious issue and causes substantial public concern and it is imperative such incidents are fully investigated and prosecuted when they occur…. (story)

Worcester News 1.9.14 Wyre Forest animal rights group hits out at badger cull plans by Ian Craig - A GROUP of animal lovers collected hundreds of signatures protesting against the badger cull in Kidderminster last week. Members of the Wyre Forest Vegans and Veggie (WFVV) held a stall outside the town hall on Thursday, August 28 asking shoppers to sign postcards to be sent to environment minister Liz Truss asking her to end the cull.. WFVV communications officer Ronald Lee said hundreds had visited their stall last week… (story)

Blackmore Vale Magazine 1.9.14 Badgers' suffering will not be witnessed - Whatever views one holds on the next badger cull , one thing is blatantly clear. Independent observers were appointed at the first cull and reported that between five per cent to ten per cent of the badgers shot took up to 10 minutes of suffering before they died. So at the next cull the government will not allow independent observers so that any suffering of the shot badgers will not be exposed to the public again…. Tom Trowbridge, Hazelbury Bryan (story)