September 2017

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30.9.17

The Sentinel 30.9.17 'Illegal animal trap' found in woodland by shocked dog walker - Animal lover Bryn Mitchell has been left stunned after discovering an illegal trap in woodland used by families and dog walkers... Bryn and other members of the Wounded Badger Patrol Cheshire group believe the use of the trap comes after ministers gave the green light to badger culling across different parts of the country – including parts of Cheshire.... Councillor Jane Smith, a member of Alsager Town Council where she represents the Animal Welfare Party, says since the cull was announced some individuals have seen it as a green light to harm wildlife.... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 30.9.17 Anger over rise in tests on animals at Porton - A SHARP rise in tests on animals at Porton Down has sparked an angry response from animal rights campaigners... Claire Palmer, of the Animal Justice Project, said: “Shockingly the number of monkeys has almost tripled in a year from 45. Further investigation on the types of primate experiments is a catalogue of cruel, repetitive experiments for infectious diseases.... (story)

29.9.17

Morning Star 29.9.17 More Badgers Face Death Sentence - PETER FROST is exasperated by how the government keeps ignoring scientific evidence in order to propagate a solution to bovine TB that is as illusory as it is damaging to the environment... (story)

28.9.17

Swindon Advertiser 28.9.17 Anti-hunting demonstration outside National Trust's Heelis headquarters ahead of key vote - Bertram Hill - ANTI-HUNT protesters gathered outside the National Trust’s HQ in Swindon today in a bid to change the trust’s tune on trail hunting. A motion to be proposed in the trust’s AGM on October 21 calls for all trail hunts to be banned from National Trust land... (story)

Devon Live 28.9.17 Police called after badger cull riflemen fired shots 'within yards' of protestors including 13-year-old girl - Marksmen out at night shooting badgers have been accused of a dangerous breach of cull rules after shots were fired close to peaceful protestors... A group of around 10 people opposed to the Government-backed operation to tackle TB, including a doctor, a lawyer and his 13-year-old daughter, said they were intimidated by a gunman while walking along a public footpath near Kennerleigh, clad in hi-visibility clothing and carrying torches... The night-time protest on Friday night, organised by Devon Against the Badger Cull, was thrown into panic when a four-wheel drive vehicle approached the hedge, followed by a single gunshot around 9.45pm... Amir Fitzhugh, a lawyer from Exeter, was in one group while his daughter, 13-year-old Ava, was part of the second group ... (story)

Macclesfield Express 28.9.17 Volunteers lead hunt for wounded badgers after Macclesfield cull announced BY KAREN BRITTON - A team of volunteers are joining forces to rescue wounded badgers after the cull came to Macclesfield... The Cheshire Wounded Badger Patrol has run group walks on public footpaths every night at 7pm since the cull started last week and have been to areas in Macclesfield including Siddington, Marton and Gawsworth.... (story)

Farmers Weekly 28.9.17 TV viewers reject campaigner sheep shearing cruelty claims - The viewing public of ITV’s This Morning programme have dismissed claims by animal rights activists that wearing wool is cruel. In a poll conducted during the programme on Wednesday (27 September), 92% said they supported the wool industry – despite claims by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that the cruelty of sheep shearing is comparable to that in the fur industry.... (story)
Farming UK 28.9.17 Animal rights activists say wearing wool is 'cruel', but public disagree overwhelmingly - Animal rights activists have come out in force against the British wool industry, explaining to the public that wearing wool is cruel... PETA co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has recently come out saying that cutting sheep's wool is cruel. And animal activist Elisa Allen, who appeared on Wednesday's (27 September) ITV's This Morningprogramme, said the organisation had visited 30 shearing systems across three continent... However, NFU livestock board chairman and sheep farmer Charles Sercombe, who also appeared on the programme, disagreed. He said that shearing sheep is essential for the animal's welfare... In a poll conducted during the programme, 92% of the viewing public said they supported the British wool industry. (story)

Dundee Courier 28.9.17 Cats Liberation Angus campaigner receives petition support by Graeme Strachan - A Tayside woman’s petition to “halt the suffering of the cat population” has gained widespread support from animal welfare groups. Dr Ellie Stirling has been working full-time as a volunteer in environmental matters, including with Scottish Wildcat Action.... “The petition has received widespread support from animal welfare groups, including OneKind, the Scottish Wildcat Action Steering Group and experienced frontline volunteers with cat rescue in Tayside... (story)

27.9.17

SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE
Hereford Times 27.9.17 CPS reviewing case into suspected animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt's kennels at Wormelow - Ben Goddard - THE Crown Prosecution Service is currently reviewing the case against five people arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt's kennels in Wormelow. All five people have now been released from police bail... A police spokesman said: “All five people have been compliant with bail conditions and we are satisfied that the continued use of these is no longer proportionate. Once the CPS have had opportunity to review all of the evidence, we are satisfied that we can re-engage relevant parties as necessary.”... (story)
Kidderminster Shuttle 21.6.17 Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation re-bailed - Rebecca Cain - FIVE people arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt's kennels in Wormelow have been re-bailed... (story)
Kidderminster Shuttle 24.3.17 Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation have been re-bailed - FIVE people who were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt's kennels in Wormelow have been re-bailed... (story)
Hereford Times 5.12.16 Update issued on South Herefordshire Hunt investigation - Ben Goddard - WEST Mercia Police has issued an update with regards to its investigations into allegations of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt. Investigators have passed an early evidential file into alleged animal cruelty at the Wormelow hunt kennels to the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit (CPS) for their consideration… (story)
Hereford Times 16.8.16 Further arrests made as part of animal cruelty investigation in Herefordshire - Jess Phillips, Senior Reporter - TWO further arrests have been made as part of an investigation into the South Herefordshire Hunt. West Mercia Police said this week they have arrested a 53-year-old woman from Abergavenny on suspicion of animal cruelty and a 45-year-old man from Powys on suspicion of cruelty to animals this month… (story)
SWNS 23.6.16 Shocking footage appears to show live fox cubs being thrown to the pack of fox hounds - This is the shocking moment two fox cubs were grabbed by the scruff of their necks by a huntsman before they were killed by a pack of baying hounds… (story)
Western Morning News 23.6.16 Hunt investigation launched after 'cubbing' allegations - An independent investigation has been launched into a fox hunting group amid allegations of animal cruelty… (story)
Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 23.6.16 Probe launched into fox hunting group amid animal cruelty allegations - An independent investigation has been launched into a fox hunting group amid allegations of animal cruelty. The probe, which will be chaired by former Appeal Court judge Sir John Chadwick, will look into the South Herefordshire Hunt, where three people have been arrested on suspicion of causing suffering to animals… (story)
Mirror 23.6.16 Live fox cubs 'filmed being fed to hounds so they learn how to kill' BY LOUIE SMITH , EMILY BEAMENT - A harrowing video that appears to show fox cubs just weeks old being fed live to hunting hounds at a kennels is being probed… The HIT spokeswoman added: “We started this probe following a tip-off from inside the hunt. We were horrified when we saw footage of the cubs dying… (story)
Western Mail 23.6.16 Fox hunting group investigated after allegations of animal cruelty - A fox hunting group have had an independent investigation launched amid allegations of animal cruelty… (story)
Horse & Hound 23.6.16 MFHA to host independent investigation into South Herefordshire Hunt’s activities - Polly Portwin - The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) has announced it will be conducting an independent inquiry into activities that suggest breaches of the Association’s rules have taken place at the South Herefordshire Hunt…. (story)
BBC News 23.6.16 Fox cubs filmed 'being put into hounds' kennels' By Tom Symonds - Footage has been passed to the BBC which appears to show fox cubs being put into the kennels of hunting hounds allegedly to train the dogs to kill. The video, filmed at the South Herefordshire Hunt kennels, then shows apparently lifeless bodies of two fox cubs being removed and dumped in a bin… (story)
Evesham Journal 23.6.16 Independent inquiry launched into South Herefordshire Hunt - THE Masters of Fox Hounds Association (MFHA) has announced an independent inquiry will be carried out into conduct at the South Herefordshire Hunt… (story)
Hereford Times 23.6.16 League Against Cruel Sports obtained the footage which, they claim, was secretly recorded at the South Herefordshire Hunt - VIDEO footage taken by a hunt investigation group appearing to show a huntsman handling foxes illegally - it claims - has been published on social media. The League Against Cruel Sports obtained the footage which, they claim, was secretly recorded at the South Herefordshire Hunt…. (story)
Mail 23.6.16 Shocking moment two fox cubs were grabbed by the scruff of their necks by huntsman before being killed by pack of baying hounds By SAM TONKIN FOR MAILONLINE - It appears to show a man carrying two foxes into a large corrugated iron shed where the hounds are apparently kept. Disturbing audio then picks up the sound of howling dogs and barking before the man walks back outside carrying what looks like one of the dead foxes. He then throws the body into a wheelie bin… (story)
Mail 23.6.16 Probe launched into fox hunting group amid animal cruelty allegations By PRESS ASSOCIATION - An independent investigation has been launched into a fox hunting group amid allegations of animal cruelty. The probe, which will be chaired by former Appeal Court judge Sir John Chadwick, will look into the South Herefordshire Hunt, where three people have been arrested on suspicion of causing suffering to animals…. (story)
Metro 23.6.16 Fox cubs filmed being put into hounds’ kennels to train them to hunt - Richard Hartley-Parkinson - A man takes the fox by the scruff of its neck (Picture: SWNS) Disturbing footage has emerged of fox cubs being thrown into the kennels of a pack of baying hounds as part of an illegal training exercise… (story)
The Wharf 23.6.16 Fox hunting group investigated after allegations of animal cruelty - A fox hunting group have had an independent investigation launched amid allegations of animal cruelty. The probe, which will be chaired by former Appeal Court judge Sir John Chadwick, will look into the South Herefordshire Hunt, where three people have been arrested on suspicion of causing suffering to animals… (story)
Evening Standard 23.6.16 Fox hunting group being probed after allegations of animal cruelty - The South Herefordshire Hunt will be probed by former Appeal Court judge Sir John Chadwick after three people were arrested on suspicion of causing suffering to animals…. (story)
Sun 23.6.16 FOX HUNT HORROR Watch the shocking moment fox cubs are put into kennels with hunting dogs ‘to train them to kill’ BY ELLIE CAMBRIDGE - LIVE fox cubs are allegedly being put into the kennels of hunting hounds, to train the dogs to kill. Footage secretly filmed at the South Herefordshire Hunt kennels apparently shows a man picking up two baby foxes and carrying them into the dogs enclosure, before removing the lifeless bodies… (story)
Huffington Post 23.6.16 Animal Cruelty Investigation Launched After Group Claims Footage Shows Fox Cubs Being Put Into Hounds’ Kennels - Sarah Ann Harris - An independent investigation has been launched into a fox hunting group amid claims fox cubs were used to train hounds how to kill…. (story)
Irish Times 23.6.16 British hunt accused of using fox cubs to blood hounds - An independent investigation has been launched into a British fox hunting group amid allegations of animal cruelty. Theinquiry, which will be chaired by former Appeal Court judge Sir John Chadwick, will look into the South Herefordshire Hunt, where three people have been arrested on suspicion of causing suffering to animals…. (story)
Shropshire Star 23.6.16 Probe launched into fox hunting group amid animal cruelty allegations - An independent investigation has been launched into a fox hunting group amid allegations of animal cruelty… (story)
Shropshire Star 23.6.16 Watch: Fox cubs are filmed 'being put into hounds' kennels' - Footage has been released showing fox cubs being taken into the kennels of hounds, allegedly to train the dogs to kill… (story)
Telegraph 23.6.16 Investigation launched after film emerges appearing to show fox cubs being thrown to pack of hounds - Martin Evans - An investigation has been launched after footage emerged appearing to show fox cubs being thrown to a pack of hounds in order to train them how to kill… (story)
Independent 23.6.16 Fox cubs filmed being 'put into hunting hounds' kennels to train them to kill' - Jess Staufenberg - An investigation has been launched into allegations that fox cubs were placed in cages containing hunting hounds which were being trained how to kill… The Countryside Alliance, which opposes the 2004 Hunting Act making intentional hunting of foxes with packs of hounds illegal, rejected the claim that the video showed hunting is inherently cruel at heart. "The allegations have nothing to do with normal hunting activity, and there is no place such behaviour in registered hunts," a spokesperson told The Independent… (story)
Express 23.6.16 Secret video shows live fox cubs being used to train hunting dogs, claim campaigners - A FORMER top judge is leading an investigation after secret video was released allegedly showing live fox cubs being used to train hunting hounds. By STUART WINTER - Anti-cruel sports campaigners have released film of so-called “cubbing” which they claim shows members of a hunt using young foxes to train to baying hounds… (story)
The Week 23.6.16 Huntsman suspended after video of fox cubs 'being fed live to hounds' - A professional huntsman has been suspended from a kennels in the West Midlands after a video was passed to the BBC appearing to show fox cubs being thrown to hounds in an apparent bid to train them to kill… (story)
Ecologist 23.6.16 Fox cub persecution: hunting and violence are inseparable - Eduardo Gonçalves - An investigation by the League Against Cruel Sports shows that English hunts are training hounds to kill foxes in horrific secret slaughter sessions, writes Eduardo Gonçalves. It's just one example of the cruelty and violence that's intrinsic to fox-hunting, and another reason why the ban has to be maintained… (story)
Guardian 23.6.16 Fox hunting group faces investigation over claims of animal cruelty - Former appeal court judge to look into claims that South Herefordshire Hunt used fox cubs to train hounds to kill… (story)
Belfast Telegraph 23.6.16 Probe launched into fox hunting group amid animal cruelty allegations - An independent investigation has been launched into a fox hunting group amid allegations of animal cruelty…. (story)
Kidderminster Shuttle 23.6.16 League Against Cruel Sports obtained the footage which, they claim, was secretly recorded at the South Herefordshire Hunt - VIDEO footage taken by a hunt investigation group appearing to show a huntsman handling foxes illegally - it claims - has been published on social media… (story)
Breaking News.ie 23.6.16 Video claims to show live fox cubs being used to 'blood' hounds - An independent investigation has been launched in the UK into a fox-hunting group amid allegations of animal cruelty…. (story)
Hereford Times 22.6.16 Independent inquiry launched into South Herefordshire Hunt - THE Masters of Fox Hounds Association (MFHA) has announced an independent inquiry will be carried out into conduct at the South Herefordshire Hunt… It was confirmed today that the hunt has suspended two members of staff…. The inquiry will be chaired by The Rt Hon. Sir John Chadwick, a former Appeal Court Judge, and will include Bill Andrewes, a former Master and Hunt Chairman, and Pauline Tolhurst, a practising veterinary surgeon… (story)
Ross Gazette 15.6.16 Police investigate South Herefordshire Hunt - Three people have been arrested, in connection with a police investigation based at the South Herefordshire Hunt… (story)
Hereford Times 13.6.16 UPDATE: South Herefordshire Hunt police investigation - A THIRD person has been arrested in connection with a police investigation linked to the South Herefordshire Hunt. West Mercia Police confirmed today that a 37-year-old man from Abergavenny was arrested on June 2 on suspcion of failing to prevent the causing of unnecessary suffering to an animal… (story)
BBC News Online 13.6.16 Hereford hunt cruelty inquiry police arrest third suspect - A third suspect has been arrested over allegations of cruelty to foxes at the South Herefordshire Hunt kennels… (story)
Hereford Times 10.6.16 West Mercia Police confirms two arrested as part of investigations into the South Herefordshire Hunt - A COUNTY hunt is being investigated by police. The kennels of the South Herefordshire Hunt, which are based in Wormelow, are currently locked. It is believed all horses and hounds have been moved elsewhere due to the ongoing police investigation… West Mercia Police confirmed today a 37-year-old man from Hereford and a 27-year-old woman from Hereford were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty… (story)
BBC 10.6.16 Animal cruelty arrests in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation - West Mercia Police is questioning a 37-year-old man and woman, aged 27, but has so far released no further details. The hunt's kennels in Wormelow, near Hereford, have been closed and all horses and hounds moved elsewhere… (story)

Swindon Advertiser 27.9.17 This cruelty must stop - I WRITE to dispel the myth that the National Trust have a shiny new licence to solve the cruel ‘accidents’ that is abhorrently cruel death for animals eviscerated by hounds... HELEN BEYNON, Swindon (letter)

26.9.17

Evening Leader 26.9.17 Badger cull protesters promise 'direct action' if plans come to North Wales - Jamie Bowman -- Badger culling has begun in 21 areas across England with Cheshire and North Wales set to become key battlegrounds between opposing campaigners... But worries remain among farmers across the region that TB could return and if it does North Wales Hunt Saboteurs have vowed to do all they can to disrupt any attempted cull. “Our aim is to disrupt the cull as much as possible,” a spokesman for North Wales Hunt Saboteurs (NWHS) said.... (story)

Mail 26.9.17 Animal rights activists blast 'cruel' use of 115 monkeys in experiments at MoD warfare lab as the number tested for Ebola and tuberculosis triples in a year By Anthony Joseph for MailOnline - Animal rights activists have blasted 'cruel' use of 115 monkeys in experiments at the Ministry of Defence's warfare lab as the number tested for Ebola and turberculosis tripled in a year. Experts at Portdon Down, in Wiltshire, have been testing on marmoset monkeys in a bid to eradicate the deadly diseases.... Claire Palmer, of the Animal Justice Project, told the Daily Mirror: 'Shockingly the number of monkeys has almost tripled in a year from 45... (story)

25.9.17

Southern Daily Echo 25.9.17 Expert from the University of Winchester calls on Government to reform badger culling policy - Michael Seymour - A HAMPSHIRE expert has called for reforms to the government’s badger culling policy following a study. Research carried out by an expert from the University of Winchester has found under the currently policy around five badgers are culled for every cow which avoids slaughter... Dr Steven McCulloch, acting director at the Centre of Animal Welfare at Winchester University said: “Additional to the harm of killing, culling has greater welfare impacts on badgers compared to vaccination or a do nothing approach... (story)

York Press 25.9.17 Killing not the answer to badger problem... AS reported in The Press (September 12), Tories have extended the badger cull to Devon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Cheshire, and Somerset. The Tories and their backers the NFU want to slaughter another 33,000 badgers. It’s well known the Tories have a long record of appeasing the NFU.... D Fillingham, The Crossway, Muncaster, York (letter)

Irish Independent 25.9.17 Fr Ted actor to lead protest against live cattle exports - Ciaran Moran - Father Ted, Angela’s Ashes, Shameless and EastEnders actor Pauline McLynn will be amongst those leading a protest outside the Irish Department of Agriculture against the live export of animals. The protest is being organised by animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming’s Irish supporter group.... (story)

24.9.17

Horse & Hound 24.9.17 Why autumn hunting is awesome, plus 8 other useful things you need to know - Catherine Austen - It might be a month until the opening meet, but autumn hunting is well underway and hounds, hunt staff and followers all over the country are in the thick of one of the busiest times of the hunting year. Here’s what you need to know about autumn hunting… (story)

Plymouth Herald 24.9.17 These protesters believe their message can change the world BY MILLICENT COOKE - An animal rights group pitched up outside Drake Circus to protest against the farming industry. Dave Bishop, 34, who has been a member of Devon Animal Save for two months, explained he wanted to raise awareness of the ‘realities’ of the meat industry... Swindon Advertiser 23.9.17 Anti-hunt protesters to meet at National Trust HQ - Tom Seaward - ANTI-HUNT protesters will converge on the National Trust’s headquarters next week. The Rodbourne-based charity, which owns more than 600,000 acres of land, has come under fire from animal rights campaigners for its policy of allowing fox hunting at its properties... (story)

Dundee Courier 23.9.17 Glorious views and gorgeous spaniels — this is why I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else - Angus Whitson - Tuesday was one of those memorable days – sunny, soft and sweet – that confirm, if ever I needed confirmation, that I’ve never wanted to live anywhere other than my north-east of Scotland corner of Angus and the Mearns. I drove in glorious sunshine up to Loch Lee, at the head of Glenesk, to meet Lianne MacLennan, coordinator for the Angus Glens Moorland Group... The group is an association of rural estates which came together in 2015 because of concern about public misconceptions of what estate gamekeepers do, what their job involves and to highlight their contribution to rural communities and, indeed, the community at large... (story)

International Business Times 23.9.17 Animal detectives declare: 'The net is closing on the Croydon Cat Killer' By Josh Robbins - The animal detectives investigating the horrific spate of cat killings in Croydon and beyond have told IBTimes UK they getting closer to unmasking the predator – or predators. "It's been a long time coming but we are getting there," said Boudica Rising from South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl)... The description of a white man, aged in his 40s, with short brown hair, between 5'8" and 5'11" tall, of average build, and possibly with acne scarring to his face, led to a flurry of phone calls to the charity... Ultimately, Boudica is upbeat about the developments in the case and is optimistic that the end is in sight for the killer or killers. "We knew it wouldn't be an overnight thing. It's coming up to two years now. It's been a long time coming but we are getting there. We are all in it for the long haul," she said. (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 23.9.17 Campaigners are calling on people in Leeds to stage a boycott of an animal circus that is about to pitch up in the city. - Circus Mondao begins a 12-day run of shows on private land at Otley Old Road near Horsforth on Wednesday. It says the llamas, horses and other animals that feature in its shows receive the “highest level of care”. But the Animal Defenders International (ADI) campaign group today urged families to steer clear of the circus during its stay... (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 21.9.17 Circus Mondao is coming to Horsforth -Annette McIntyre- A CIRCUS is coming to Horsforth despite calls from an animal rights group for a boycott. Circus Mondao will be staged in the car boot field, on Otley Old Road from September 27 to October 8. Animal Defenders International is calling on people to boycott the circus... (story)

22.9.17

Yahoo! News 22.9.17 EXCLUSIVE: Chris Packham hits back at critics and insists he is not 'an extremist' - Mary Gallagher - Earlier this year TV presenter Chris Packham was cleared of assault after he was accused of shoving two men who interrupted him filming for a documentary on illegal bird trapping in Malta. And The Countryside Alliance put pressure on the BBC to sack the wildlife expert for views he expressed in a monthly column about fox hunting and game shooting – claiming he was pursuing “obsessive crusades” – but he has hit back, insisting he is not “an extremist”... (story)

21.9.17

DUNDEE COURIER CORRESPONDENCE
Dundee Courier 21.9.17 Urban/rural divide a myth - It would appear Derek Farmer (Rural Issues Misunderstood by Many, September 18) simply seeks to shift the focus of my concerns regarding field sports and subsidies by promoting the concept of a largely exaggerated city/rural divide and by questioning my qualifications to offer an opinion... That given, and taken beside the fact that many city and town dwellers engage in, and thus support, blood sports, then the arithmetic reveals that this idea of a city/rural split on these matters is purely wishful thinking on his part... George Murdoch. 4 Auchcairnie Cotts, Laurencekirk.
Time for society to move forward - One can but wonder at Derek Farmer’s contribution to the ongoing debate on that most euphemistic of endeavours, ‘field sports’. In a letter dripping with condescension he asserts that only country folk should be the judge of the rights or wrongs of blasting harmless birds out of the sky with shotguns. What tosh!. Jas Davie. 33 Aberdour Place, Barnhill. (letter)
Dundee Courier 18.9.17 Rural issues misunderstood by many - I refer to the letter from George Murdoch (September 13) that attempts to take me to task for expressing a view in support of fieldsports in Scotland. I do wish that Courier correspondents, when expressing opinion, could draw upon their own personal experiences and observations instead of simply quoting highly subjective and highly selective statistics and un-researched comment from others.... Derek Farmer. Knightsward Farm, Anstruther (letter)
Dundee Courier 13.9.17 Public disdain for field sports - Rarely does a correspondent get his narrative as wrong as Derek Farmer did (September 9). Initially he asserts that shot game birds are “not thrown away.” This is demonstrably incorrect as the Daily Telegraph’s food correspondent, Xanthe Clay, is on record as saying that 10,000 tonnes of pheasant are thrown away every year... George Murdoch. 4 Auchcairnie Cotts, Laurencekirk. (letter)
Dundee Courier 10.9.17 Foxes must be controlled - I refer to the letter from James Davie of Dundee concerning his abhorrence of field sports (September 1) that reads as more of a rant against “posh boys”, than a reasoned argument for wildlife conservation.... Derek Farmer. Knightsward Farm, Anstruther (letter)
Dundee Courier 1.9.17 Killing birds for pleasure cannot be sport - I write with reference to Mr Watts’ criticism of Jim Crumley’s column and even his lifestyle. It seems to me that in Mr Watts’ views we should all be thankful, if not grateful, to those brave chaps who fearlessly venture on to glens to blast those vicious avian creatures at their own great peril and expense... James Davie. 33 Aberdour Place, Barnhill, Dundee. (letter)

20.9.17

Western Mail 20.9.17 Consign cruel history to Britain’s past - If you visit a National Trust “mansion” you will probably see paintings of red-coated horsemen encouraging hounds in pursuit of a fox or deer. The hunting and killing of animals still goes on in some areas despite being illegal. The National Trust issues licences to fox, stag and hare hunts... So to your readers who are National Trust members and are eligible to vote, if they agree with me that hunting belongs in the past, they can vote on a motion submitted by more than 50 National Trust members and supported by the League Against Cruel Sports, which if passed, will ban trail hunting on National Trust land... Bill Oddie President, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

Hereford Times 20.9.17 Finstall scientist Anne-Marie Hewitt supports Animal Free Research UK with sponsored wing walk - Emily Collis - A SCIENTIST from Bromsgrove took part in a sponsored 'wing walk' to show her support for animal-free medical research. Anne-Marie Hewitt, from Finstall, celebrated her 40th birthday with the fearless fundraiser, which involved her being harnessed to the wing of a plane as it flew hundreds of feet from the fields below... (story)

Chelmsford & Mid Essex Times 20.9.17 MEP to visit Chelmsford to support animal rights campaign - Jonathan Pickles - Essex MEP, Alex Mayer, will be joining Chelmsford shoppers to call for an international ban on cosmetic product testing on animals. The Labour MEP for the East of England will visit the Chelmsford branch of the Body Shop and speak to the store's manager, Rebecca Farmer, about the campaign they are running... (story)

Kent Messenger 20.9.17 MP Craig Mackinlay speaks out about live animal exports at Stop Live Transport event By Katie Davis - South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay has spoken out about banning live animal exports, saying he 'will not stop until we are successful.' The MP joined Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, Compassion In World Farming and other like-minded organisations and individuals at a rally in Parliament Square in support of this year’s ‘Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day’ last Wednesday... (story)

19.9.17

Warrington Guardian 19.9.17 Folk punk favourites to play hometown gig - David Morgan - ROUGHNECK Riot are to play their last hometown gig of the year on Saturday, September 30, before working on their fourth album.... The band’s gig at Old Town House on Saturday, September 30, will see them share a stage with five support bands including Jen Burgess and Cait Costello’s folk punk duo Hello Mabel. Jen and Cait run the Old Town House which reopened earlier this year with an emphasis on original live music and vegan junk food. Cait, a former Lymm High School student, is also Roughneck Riot’s banjo player. Doors open for the gig, which raises money for Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs, at 6pm... (story)

Independent 19.9.17 Fox hunting ‘driving communities apart’ in Lake District - Despite the UK’s ban on fox hunting, residents in the Lake District say the bloodsport is alive and well – and wreaking havoc on the local community. Jane Dalton speaks to those who say illegal hunting has left them feeling ‘trapped’ in their own homes...

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Somerset Live 19.9.17 Claims of illegal badger hunting in Somerset made as gruesome images of 'shot' carcass emerge - A group of animal activists has claimed that badgers have been illegally hunted in Somerset. Gruesome photographs have emerged on social media of a badger carcass which activists claimed had been illegally "shot" within one of the designated culling areas.... (story)
Mirror 17.9.17 Harrowing footage shows badger left to bleed to death after being caught hours before in trap BY TOM PARRY - Animal welfare campaigners today claim caged trapping “cannot be done humanely” as harrowing images emerged of a badger left to bleed to death.... The manner of its death and the failure to quickly remove the corpse for disposal appears to breach strict rules.... Activists claim its bloodied fur and warm body suggests it died long after daybreak and the person who shot it failed to kill it... Jay Tiernan, of Stop The Cull, said of the photo: “This makes a farce of the idea it is being done to stop disease because protocols are being ignored across the cull zones... (story)

Middlesbrough Gazette 19.9.17 Vine: Animal rights activists to protest plans by new restaurant to serve lobsters from tanks BY DAVID HUNTLEY - A group of animal rights activists are opposing plans by a new seafood restaurant in Middlesbrough to serve up lobster from live tanks. Vine is set to open within weeks and will be the only Teesside eaterie to have the tanks - something members of Darlington and Teesside Animal Rights Activists (DATARA) want to put a stop to... (story)

Northern Echo 19.9.17 'We just want to show them some love' - Animal rights campaigners protest outside Spennymoor slaughterhouse - Katie Richardson - ANIMAL welfare activists have been protesting outside a County Durham slaughterhouse. Members of The North East Animal Save group stood with a large banner which read Slaughterhouse outside JA Jewitt (Meat) Ltd, an abattoir at Low House Farm, Spennymoor, on Monday. Protestor, Colleen Minto, 30, said the group was peacefully protesting every fortnight at different slaughterhouses across the region to raise awareness of the issue... (story)

17.9.17

Observer 17.9.17 Letters: foxhounds will always kill foxes when hunts allow them - Joss Hanbury, master of the Quorn hunt, says foxhounds have “been bred for generations to hunt live prey”, giving this as a reason why hunts keep killing foxes, implying that it’s just one of those unfortunate things that can’t be helped (News).... I have been a hunt monitor for 23 years and have watched hundreds of hunts. I am convinced that trail hunting does not exist, but is a front for every hunt to continue hunting live quarry... Penny Little Great Haseley Oxfordshire (letter)

Mirror 17.9.17 Stormzy, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell targeted by furious anti-fur protesters at London Fashion Week BY WINNIE AGBONLAHOR - UK grime artist Stormzy and super models Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss were targeted by animal rights campaigners just as they were about to join designer brand Burberry for its London Fashion Week show... Dozens of protesters gathered outside Old Sessions House and shouted "Shame on you!" as stars were escorted to the building by police... (story)
Mail 16.9.17 The Latest: Animal rights protesters disrupt Burberry show - Guests attending Burberry's catwalk show at London Fashion Week have found their usual red carpet welcome replaced by heckling protesters. Dozens of animal rights activists made a loud racket Saturday outside the luxury brand's show venue in London's Clerkenwell area, crowding around the entrance and shouting "Shame on London Fashion Week!"... (story)

16.9.17

Warrington Guardian 16.9.17 Protest against wild animal circus at Derbyshire show - Animal rights protesters have staged a protest outside a controversial wild animal circus. Half a dozen members of Animal Defenders International (ADI) demonstrated today outside Peter Jolly’s Circus in Hillstown near Bolsover. The group say the circus - which uses camels, zebras and a fox - is cruel and that no wild animals should be used as entertainment.... (story)

15.9.17

New Statesman 15.9.17 Britain's badger malaise: have the mistrust and misdirection gone too far to cure? - The expansion of the badger cull is dividing rural England and revealing a worrying lack of research enterprise on the part of the government - BY INDIA BOURKE - Infra-red cameras that fit on top of drones, and devices that can track the signal from police radios: if the new tactics used by anti badger-cull activists appear almost military, that’s because they are. A leading activist in the protest group Stop the Cull, Jay Tiernan, previously served in the British Army’s Royal Corp of Signals and has helped propel the movement’s technological upgrade.... (story)

BADGER CULL
New Statesman 15.9.17 Britain's badger malaise: have the mistrust and misdirection gone too far to cure? BY INDIA BOURKE - Infra-red cameras that fit on top of drones and devices that can track the signal from police radios: if the new tactics used by anti badger-cull activists appear almost military, that’s because they are. The founder of the protest group Stop the Cull, Jay Tiernan, previously served in the British Army’s Royal Corp of Signals and has helped propel the movement’s technological upgrade. But don’t mistake this army-like organisation for aggression. Jay left the armed forces when he could no longer reconcile himself to killing for a living - or even to eat... (story)
Devon Live 15.9.17 Badger culling is now under way in Devon BY RICHARD BOOTH - Badger culling has begun in 21 areas across England as part of efforts to tackle tuberculosis in cattle, the Environment Department (Defra) has confirmed... (story)
Peak FM 15.9.17 Derbyshire Wildlife Trust blast government for badger cull extension - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust says its 'deeply concerned and saddened' that the badger cull is being extended this year, including to a neighbouring county, Cheshire – a decision the charity claims goes against scientific advice... (story)
Farmers Guardian 14.9.17 Council bans badger culling on its land - Abi Kay - Badger culling is to be banned on all land directly controlled by Cheshire East Council. The move follows an announcement from Defra to extend the cull to Cheshire and Wiltshire... (story)
Express 11.9.17 Badger cull WARNING: 32,000 could die, animal welfare campaigners say By STUART WINTER - Three leading animal charities reacted angrily as ministers today widened the battle zone in the war on bovine tuberculosis to 11 new areas of England... the RSPCA, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Humane Society International UK, have all condemned plans to widen the cull... (story)
Stoke Sentinel 11.9.17 Protesters vow action as badger cull comes to Cheshire BY TOM BURNETT - Animal rights groups in Cheshire have announced plans to take action - as it was announced badger culling would be allowed in the county for the first time... Cheshire Hunt Saboteurs, which protests against fox hunting in the county, said they would be doing everything they could to stop the cull.... (story)
ITV 15.9.17 Badger cull to be extended into Wiltshire - The Government has announced that the culling of badgers to control the spread of TB in cattle is to be extended into 11 new areas of England, including Wiltshire.... Opponents say the practice is inhumane. Malcolm Clark from the Wiltshire Badger Group say it is not only cruel but ineffective. He believes modern farming methods rather than badgers are to blame for the spread of tuberculosis... (story)
Crewe Guardian 11.9.17 Badger cull begins in Cheshire after Government go-ahead - Ned Bristow - A BADGER cull is underway in Cheshire, after a licence was granted by the Government. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs today, Monday, announced that Cheshire was one of eleven new regions to be granted a licence, taking the total to 21.... Jayne Blyhte, a spokesman for Cheshire Against the Cull, told the Guardian: "We are devastated and angry. It was not a complete surprise, but we were holding on to that bit of hope that it wouldn't come to Cheshire.... (story)

The Ecologist 15.9.17 Nandos, Lidl and Asda chikens come home to roost after animal advocacy group goes undercover - Animal Equality published footage showing chickens destined for Nando's, Lidl and Asda were being kept in appalling conditions. One month later, has enough been done to ensure animal welfare and food hygiene standards are met? FRANCES RANKIN reports (story)

Highland News 15.9.17 Animal aid charity urges against seagull cull in Inverness Written by Gregor White - AN animal aid charity is urging Highland Council to consider non-lethal methods of controlling gulls after calls were made for a cull... But UK animal rights organisation Animal Aid has written to council leader Margaret Davidson offering advice on other ways of solving the issue. Campaigner Tod Bradbury said: “Gulls are a protected species and there are simple, inexpensive and non-lethal methods that can be used to deter them and other birds from nesting on flat roofs... (story)

Bristol Post 15.9.17 Vegans protest outside Jamie Oliver’s Bristol restaurant after celebrity chef branded them ‘scruffy’ BY ALEX WOOD - Animal rights campaigners staged a peaceful protest outside Jamie Oliver’s Bristol restaurant after the celebrity chef said he was annoyed by vegans. More than a dozen supporters of Bristol Animal Save gathered outside the Park Street branch of the restaurant chain this evening in response to comments Oliver made about vegans last month... (story)

Yahoo News 15.9.17 Animal rights activists protest the use of fur at London Fashion Week - Animal rights activists are always in attendance at London Fashion Week. And this season, protesters have worked hard to ensure their message is clear. Earlier today, PETA staged a demonstration before the five-day fashion event kicked off. A trio of protesters donned vegan faux leather dresses and skeleton-inspired make-up with placards bearing the words ‘Leather is dead’ in their clasp... (story)

14.9.17

Guardian 14.9.17 End the secrecy over badger cull zones - Thousands more badgers are to be killed in new and extended government-licensed control zones (Huge rise in badger culling will see up to 33,500 animals shot, 12 September). The government believes badger killing will eliminate bovine tuberculosis but won’t publish details of the zones... Jonathon Porritt Forum for the Future, Mark Jones Born Free Foundation, Alick Simmons, Chris Cheeseman (letter)

Guardian 14.9.17 Culling badgers by shooting is a very expensive and possibly ineffective method for controlling badger numbers. Could a form of oral contraception be used instead? ... David Hurry Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex (letter)

Warrington Guardian 14.9.17 Campaign group unite to protest against promotion of SeaWorld at Thomas Cook - ACTIVISTS from Warrington Animal Rights held a protest outside Thomas Cook in the town centre to voice their opposition to the promotion of SeaWorld. Members of the campaign group including founder Jake Jordan united outside of the travel agent on September 9 as part of PETA's national day of action for captive orcas.... (story)

11.9.17

Surrey Comet 11.9.17 Demonstration held against Thomas Cook 'dragging its feet' over SeaWorld's animal welfare concerns - Calum Rutter - A demonstration was held in Kingston outside Thomas Cook to protest the company promoting excursions to the ‘cruel’ SeaWorld parks in America. Activists from Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) demonstrated, on Saturday, September 9, as part of the charity’s national day of action for captive orcas... (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 11.9.17 Supermodel Joanna Krupa poses in body paint in protest to MPs against wild animals in circuses - ALEXANDER EVANS - The Polish-American model had herself painted as a tiger as she joined forces with animal rights group, Peta, to make a statement. She told Press Association: "I am here to spread the awareness and try to get wild animals banned from the circus.... (story)

5.9.17

Northern Cho 5.9.17 Historic Teesside hunting memory to go up for auction -AN historic piece of Teesside hunting history is expected to sell for thousands of pounds at auction 100 years ago, squire William Wharton of the Skelton Castle Estate in Cleveland accidentally killed one of his land owners fox terrier with his horse during a hunt.. Mr Wharton commissioned a master taxidermist Peter Spicer whose extremely realistic work is high sought after today. Having been passed down through the family of Henry Allison, this impressive taxidermy case is now up for sale at Tennants Auctioneers of Leyburn, North Yorkshire on September 20 as part of their Natural History and Taxidermy Sale, with viewing taking place the day before... (story)

4.9.17

Southern Daily Echo 4.9.17 Row over move to outlaw hunting on commons in northern parts of New Forest - Chris Yandell - TRAIL hunting could be outlawed on National Trust land across Hampshire, including large parts of the New Forest. The New Forest Hounds (NFH) has a licence to hunt on trust-owned commons in the Forest but calls for a nationwide ban will be debated at the organisation’s annual meeting on October 21... (story)

3.9.17

Hereford Times 3.9.17 South Hereford and Ross Harriers take first place at Team Show Jumping competition - Paul Rogers - SOUTH Hereford and Ross Harriers took first place at an Intermediate Team Show Jumping competition. Alice Garfield, riding Niacra II, clinched the title with an excellent last round, while Sapphire Smith, aboard Utah's Perlie, also completed a clear double round.... (story)