August 2006

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Kent on Sunday 31.8.06 Fox hunters’ hope grows - SUPPORT for the ban on fox hunting to be overturned is growing all the time in Kent, it has been claimed. Nearly 300 people attended an open afternoon last Sunday to see the kennels of the East Kent Foxhounds in Elham, near Folkestone, where 70 dogs are kept…. (story)
Kentish Gazette 31.8.06 OPEN AFTERNOON - EAST Kent Hunt kennels in Elham opened its doors to visitors on Sunday. About 300 people turned up for the open day and a chance to meet the foxhounds, shown by huntsman Richard Blakeney…. (story)
Kent Messenger (Ashford) 24.8.06 Meet the huntsmen and their hounds - EAST Kent Foxhounds will be opening their gates to their friends, supporters, the local community and anyone wanting to know more about hunting, between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday… Officers, members and supporters of the hunt will be present, along with England's senior professional huntsman Richard Blakeney, who has hunted the pack since 1976… (story)
Kent Messenger (Canterbury) 24.8.06 Hunt prepares for a busy open day - THE East Kent Hunt is preparing to showcase its claim that hunting in the area has never been healthier at an open day this weekend…. the foxhounds are expected to draw a large audience when they go on parade from 2pm to 4pm. "Prepare for some serious licking from the hounds," says hunt spokesman Nick Onslow. "This is a chance for everyone to meet these wonderful animals face-to-face."… (story)

Kentish Express 31.8.06 Ashford Area News - Sharp shooters - CRACK shots line-up at the annual Ashford Valley Hunt clay pigeon shoot at Dowle Street Farm, Pluckley, from 10am on Sunday…(story)

South Wales Evening Post 31.8.06 LEE FOXES DOGS ... when it comes to the primitive thrill of the chase, nothing could get close to Lee Sandham's weekends as a human fox…. (story)
South Wales Evening Post 31.8.06 FOX'S LIFE FOR HARRIER - You can hear the pack of dogs coming up fast behind you. Heart pumping and legs straining, you keep running, desperate to get away… For most people this is the stuff of nightmares. But for Neath man Lee Sandham it is just a normal Sunday in the country…. every Sunday throughout the season he is pursued over hills and through woods by the dogs and riders from the Celtic Bloodhounds…. The Celtic Bloodhounds ranges over a large area, covering the old county of West Glamorgan as well as parts of Carmarthenshire and southern Powys… (story)

Bucks Herald 31.8.06 GET YOURSELF ALONG TO BUCKS COUNTY SHOW TODAY! (THURSDAY AUGUST 31) WEEDON Park, situated on the outskirts of Aylesbury, is the home to the 139th Bucks County Show today (Thursday)… Countryside Area - For the eighth year running this popular site offers a varied area of demonstrations and rural pursuits. This is run by the Countryside Alliance…. (story)

Western Mail 31.8.06 'Ex-townies moan about cockerels crowing and the smell of fertiliser' - Sam Burson, Western Mail - COOPED-UP town dwellers are being warned they may not like playing country mouse after figures showed two-thirds of people hanker after rural life. A survey by Country Life magazine found 65% of people in the UK want to live in the countryside… The Countryside Alliance said picture-postcard countryside life only existed as an image for tourists… Adrian Simpson, Countryside Alliance regional director for Wales, said, "People shouldn't have too much of a picture postcard idea of the countryside… (story)

Lichfield Mercury 31.8.06 IF YOU DON'T LIKE ABATTOIRS, GO VEGGIE - As A regular visitor in the area I was surprised to read the recent complaints of residents in the Eastgate Street, Chase Terrace, area regarding their local abattoir…. The is an easy answer, residents: stop eating meat. If everyone went veggie, animals' and humans' suffering would be a lot less. Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby, Warwickshire(story)

Hull Daily Mail 31.8.06 GLAD TO SEE BACK OF RACING - Those concerned about animal welfare will not be sad at the demise of greyhound racing at the Boulevard… Dr Haris Livas-Dawes, Westbourne Avenue, Hull. (letter)

Milton Keynes Citizen 31.8.06 Animal rights activist in court - A MILTON Keynes woman is among a group of animal rights activists charged with public order offences, including assaulting a police officer, allegedly committed during a protest at a top university. Fran Cornwell, of Porlock Lane, Furzton, was arrested during a sit-down protest in Oxford by the group Speak against animal testing. Among the 15 members of Speak who appeared in court to deny a total of 54 public order and other offences was Fran Cornwell, aged 58, charged with breaching sections 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act, inciting others to breach sections 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act, obstructing the highway and assaulting a police officer. (story)

Glasgow Herald 31.8.06 No funds for zoo - CongratulationS to the Big Lottery Fund for refusing to subsidise a new zoo in Glasgow… Ross Minett, Director, Advocates for Animals, 10 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh. (letter)

Halifax Courier 31.8.06 IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH LINDA - I JUST had to write after reading about MP Linda Riordan's latest project in the House of Commons to ban the five regiments of guards from wearing bearskins ("Bearskin ban bid", Courier, August 18). When we last had an election, I believed I was voting for someone who would fight for investment in our town and more resources for the police and our over-stretched health service… I am so glad my vote has not gone to waste and come next election I might be rash and waste my vote on someone who just wants to do something for this town of ours. Gordon Thorpe, Lilac Street, Lee Mount, Halifax (letter)


Telegraph 30.8.06 Hart's desire - Last summer, Spy reported that Simon Hart - chief executive of the Countryside Alliance - had joined the Conservative Party and was actively eyeing a parliamentary seat…. He has been outed on - the online Tory bible - as being one of those fabled "A-list" candidates… (story)
Independent 30.8.06 PANDORA by Oliver Duff …Having won a place on David Cameron's "A-list" of candidates for the next election, the chief executive of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, Simon Hart, says he will quit his job if he wins a seat in Parliament. "There is no way it would be proper for me to combine both roles," Hart tells me… (story)
Western Mail 23.8.06 Pro-hunt chief on Cameron's 'A-list' - Martin Shipton, Western Mail - SIMON Hart, the chief executive of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, has been put on the Conservative Party's "A-list" of candidates for the next general election…. (story)
Observer 20.8.06 Tally ho, Simon - Another slightly botched attempt at spin from the new-look Tories. Dave Cameron has been careful to play down his countryside toff connections, so a recent addition to his A-list of preferred candidates has been kept rather quiet. Simon Hart, Cirencester-educated chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, whose primary aim until now has been to lead an army of tweed-clad rebels in favour of hunting, has been pushed on to the list… (story)
Western Mail 16.8.05 Hart silent on MP ambition - Martin Shipton, Western Mail - THE Countryside Alliance's chief executive Simon Hart has refused to confirm or deny a suggestion that he is hoping to become a Welsh Tory MP. It has been suggested that Mr Hart, 41, is interested in challenging the anti-hunting Welsh Office Minister Nick Ainger at the next general election… Mr Hart, a chartered surveyor who lives in Narberth, was appointed chief executive of the Countryside Alliance two years ago, having previously been the director of the Campaign for Hunting. For 10 years he was master of the South Pembrokeshire Hunt… (story)

Western Daily Press 30.8.06 HUNTERS PILED ON THE AGONY - I Was horrified to read the letter (Your Say, August 24) about a pet Jack Russell called Pippa being savaged by hounds….The Tiverton hunt should be ashamed of offering this lady £1,000 compensation to keep her mouth shut. Hunters couldn't care less about any animal or any other human being's feelings. Killing animals is just a way of life to them. Bloodthirsty thugs on horseback, they break the law and in the process have broken this poor lady's heart… Norah Pound Wroughton Wiltshire (letter)

East Anglian Daily Times 30.8.06 Concern as gun numbers soar in Suffolk - DANIELLE NUTTALL - ANTI-GUN campaigners voiced their concern last night after figures showed the number of legally owned guns in Suffolk had soared by 40% in five years…. The large increase has alarmed anti-gun charity International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), which called for tighter checks on those seeking permission to possess large numbers of guns…. Last night Liz Mort, eastern region spokeswoman for the Countryside Alliance, said shooting sports had become increasing popular, as had game consumption, which probably explained the increase in gun ownership…. (story)

Western Morning News 30.8.06 ANGLERS 'FACE THREAT OF ANIMAL RIGHTS ATTACKS' - Anglers in the Westcountry fear they need to be ready to deal with possible threats from animal rights extremists. The call follows an incident in north west England earlier this month, in which 30 men armed with baseball bats attacked fly-fishers, including women…. Fisheries and Angling Conservation Trusts (FACT) spokesman John Slader said: "We want to meet the Home Office to make sure the advice we give to anglers is the best and that the police treat these incidents with the seriousness they deserve…. The Plymouth Hunt Saboteurs' website points out that the Hunt Saboteur Association tactics booklet contains information on methods that can be used to disrupt angling. The Bristol Hunt Saboteurs' website reports on a visit to a lake in the city to stop anglers fishing. The League Against Cruel Sports has no policy on angling. (story)
Western Morning News 30.8.06 SAFEGUARD THESE ANGLERS' RIGHTS - It beggars belief that even anglers, engaged in the calmest and most inoffensive of pursuits, now find themselves being targeted by animal rights fanatics. Yet that is exactly what is happening… The lunatics who launched the assault must be whooping with delight. They have managed to bring an element of fear to the most popular participating leisure activity in Britain…. If they are prepared to resort to such tactics in pursuit of their warped interpretation of rights for animals, then who next: vets, dog-walkers?... (story)
Plymouth Herald 30.8.06 ANGLERS FEAR FOR SAFETY - Anglers in Plymouth and surrounding areas fear they need to be ready to deal with possible threats from animal rights extremists. The call follows an incident in north-west England earlier this month, in which 30 men armed with baseball bats attacked fly-fishers, including women…. (story)

Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 30.8.06 Thugs will face backlash - A NURSE who was attacked by animal rights activists while fishing has been overwhelmed' by the support she has received. The story of how Lucy Belson, a nurse at Westmor-land General Hospital in Kendal, had her rod smashed by a gang of 30 people wielding baseball bats while she was fishing. shot her to fame when it appeared in a number of newspapers…. Fly Fishery owner Jan Dobson says she has since heard that one of the anglers who was attacked was stabbed with a hypodermic needle…. (story)
Morecambe Visitor 23.8.06 Animal rights thugs attack anglers with baseball bats - ONE of England's top fly fishermen has condemned a gang of baseball bat-wielding animal rights activists who attacked a group of anglers at Caton… Ben Dobson, a partner in the fishery, said he believed that those involved were "more people haters than animal lovers. I personally believe that these guys were not serious animal rights activists," he said. "They're like football hooligans – in it for the adrenalin rush of putting their balaclavas on and smashing things up."… (story)
Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 23.8.06 Police probe fish battering - POLICE are continuing their hunt for a gang of baseball bat wielding hunt saboteurs who attacked anglers in Caton…. The man leading the investigation into the alleged incidents, Inspector Dave Tuer, says: "All we can say at this moment is that our investi-gations into this alleged incident are ongoing. There was some suggestion that is was linked to an indicent at Lowgill - but we have now closed our enquiries into that incident."… (story)
Telegraph 23.8.06 Fishermen are firmly in the sights of hunt saboteurs: will Labour decide to protect them? By Clive Aslet - On the face of it, the vicious extremists who attacked a party of peaceful anglers last week have scored a spectacular own goal. Throughout the tortuous, 10-year debate that preceded the Hunting Act, passed last year, the weasly ministers, backbench humbugs and animal rights zealots promoting a hunt ban were careful to insist that other field sports would not be affected….No doubt some hunt saboteurs were genuinely motivated by a love of animals. Appearances, however, suggested that many were nihilists who loathed orderliness, self-discipline, tradition and respectability. Hunts served merely as a focus for their misanthropy… Young people of many persuasions have lost interest in democracy. They believe that their intense feelings on certain narrowly focused issues give them the right to enforce their views on other people… New Labour is good at PR. This is an area where better presentation is badly needed. Now that the Labour sport of angling is under assault, the Government may feel it has to do something about it. (story)
Carlisle News & Star 22.8.06 Anglers ambushed by hunt saboteurs - A CUMBRIAN woman was caught up in a masked gang attack when hunt saboteurs wielding baseball bats smashed up rods, damaged cars and started fighting a group of anglers. The anti-bloodsports campaigners are believed to have targeted the fly-fishermen after failing to find many grouse-shooting parties to disrupt…. (story)
Times 19.8.06 Masked saboteurs unleash violent attack on anglers BY STEVE BIRD - A GANG of masked hunt saboteurs wielding baseball bats smashed up rods, damaged cars and started fights in an unprovoked attack on a group of anglers. The anti-bloodsports campaigners are believed to have targeted the fly-fishermen after failing to find many grouse-shooting parties to disrupt in the North West of England. The gang emerged from woodland near Bank House Fly Fishery at Caton, near Lancaster. About 30 men carrying baseball bats and blocks of wood descended on the lake shouting "Sabs” before smashing the anglers’ rods, damaging nearby cars and starting fights. Two fishermen were assaulted and a woman was punched in the face…. (story)
Daelnet 21.8.06 Anglers on alert for terror attacks - GAME anglers in North Yorkshire, Cumbria and north Lancashire have spent an anxious weekend on high alert after a terror attack by animal rights extremists at a trout fishery by the River Lune near Lancaster. Several families - including two women - were beaten and had fishing tackle smashed at the fishery near Caton, which specialises in teaching young children fly-fishing techniques.... (story)
Telegraph 19.8.06 Anglers attacked by animal extremists By Nigel Bunyan - A gang of masked animal rights activists has attacked a group of anglers, prompting fears that extremists are determined to widen the scope of their campaign of intimidation….. Lucy Belson, of Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, was fishing with a friend when they suddenly found themselves at the mercy of the gang. "They began throwing stones at my rod and one of them said, 'It's the easy way or the hard way. You've been sabbed.' They told me to pack up and go or I was 'going to get wet'."…. Lancashire police believe that the anglers were the victims of an opportunistic attack. Earlier in the day the saboteurs had tried to disrupt a grouse shoot at Lowgill, near High Bentham…. (story)
Telegraph 19.8.06 Hunt saboteurs revealed in their true colours - It could have been a scene from a film set in a future in which law and order has broken down, and Britain is ravaged by marauding gangs. This week, a group of anglers were set on by a posse of 30 masked hunt saboteurs, who emerged from the woods next to a Lancashire lake armed with baseball bats… The outrage at Bank House Fly Fishery shows the hard-core "sabs" in their true colours. Like the masked "animal rights" activists who terrorise scientists and their families, these thugs are sociopaths: not animal-lovers, but people-haters (story)
Carlisle News & Star 19.8.06 Anglers attacked by masked gang - Cumbrian anglers were attacked by a gang of masked animal rights activists. The 35 masked extremists had earlier disrupted a grouse shoot before being moved on by police. Lucy Belson, of Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, was fishing with a friend when they suddenly found themselves at the mercy of the gang…. At the height of the confrontation, police called in the force helicopter, an armed response vehicle and nine other vehicles. However, there were no arrests and the saboteurs headed away… (story)

Plymouth Herald 30.8.06 APPEAL TO FISHERMEN AFTER SWAN SNAGS HOOK IN BEAK - A group of animal volunteers has urged fishermen not to discard their hooks and netting after swans in Sutton Harbour became entangled. Sarah O'Leary, chairman of Animal Concern Today, said the group was called to the aid of a swan with a fish hook in its beak on Monday…. (story)

Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 30.8.06 Don't help animal rights cowards - A GANG of more than 30 animal rights extremists recently attacked anglers fishing peacefully for trout in the Lune Valley. As with militant Islamism, this vicious attack is yet another example of how a perverted ideology is capable of inspiring people to acts of violence and intimidation, if not terror…. But we can't leave dealing with these violent nutcases solely to the police. Animal rights campaigners frequently collect signatures and money for the causes they support on the streets of our city. Those who sign their petitions or donate money provide them with the means to survive. Should these apologists for terror crawl out from under their stones and appear on a street near you, think of what you might be supporting and refrain from helping them in any way. Peter Pike, Lancaster. (letter)

Western Daily Press 30.8.06 AUTHORITIES MUST FORCE THESE ANGLERS TO CLEAN UP THEIR ACT - I Was horrified to read about the appalling injuries inflicted on the cygnet at the Queen's Park Lake in Swindon. It seems that some of the angling fraternity will never learn, or is it simply a case of they couldn't care less? Sue and Roger Hulbert are indeed to be praised for their tireless devotion, and thank goodness their veterinary surgeon has such skill. I really can sympathise with this couple. I know how they feel. I, together with my wife Rosemary, founded the Cotswold Swan Rescue back in the Seventies, after we had rescued a swan, badly injured through fishing tackle… Ken Taylor Cirencester Gloucestershire (story)

Cambridge Evening News 30.8.06 Crackdown on hare coursing is re-launched - A CRACKDOWN on illegal hare coursing is being re-launched for the third year in a row. Operation Dornier was launched in September 2004 to tackle rural crime and illegal hare coursing in the county, and within two years, it had slashed the number of incidents by more than 90 per cent…. (story)
Eastern Daily Press 30.8.06 Police hare coursing operation resumes - SUE SKINNER - A police crackdown on illegal hare coursing in Cambridgeshire resumed today with the start of the new season. In the last two years, officers working on Operating Dornier have reduced the number of hare coursing incidents by 96pc, helped by information passed on by the public… (story)

Welwyn & Hatfield Times 30.8.06 Animal research remains essential - Mary Barton raises many questions about the use of animals in medical research (letters, August 16), which I am pleased to answer for her. Although research using animals often forms the foundation for many new discoveries and drug development, it must be remembered that it is but a small piece of the research jigsaw…. If we are to have a debate about the use of animals in medical research, please let us have one that is based on facts, not knee-jerk reactions. Jo Tanner, Coalition for Medical Progress, London SE1 8UL. (story)
Welwyn & Hatfield Times 16.8.06 What right do we have to kill? - Regarding the recent letter suggesting animal testing is necessary. If animal testing is so helpful then why are the side effects of drugs the third largest cause of admission to hospital?... Animals such as cats, dogs and primates are not just a resource like oil or food for us to squander, they have rights and feelings that should be respected by their more powerful and intelligent human cousins. Mary Barton, Via email. (story)

Brentwood Gazette 30.8.06 VEGGIE SURVEY - KELLY SLADE Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (story)
Ulster Herald 10.8.06 Is you supermarket veggie friendly? -With an estimated four million vegetarians in the UK and thousands more turning veggie each week, it is important to have easy access to non-animal foods. This is why Animal Aid is launching a survey to find Britain's most veggie-friendly supermarket… Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter may be in archive)

Exeter Express & Echo 30.8.06 ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP ON FILM - Exeter is to stage the first public screening in the UK of a documentary on the Animal Liberation Front. Called Behind The Mask, it looks at an organisation whose roots can be traced traced to Brixham, with the formation of the Hunt Saboteurs' Association in the 1960s…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 30.8.06 DEFRA NEEDS TO EXPLAIN ACTIONS - I Can well understand the frustration of Martin Hancox, who has written many articles regarding badgers/bovine TB… I dislike the thought of a mass cull of any animal, and that includes cattle. Could Defra please comment. PAMELA DEAN, Whiteshill, Nr Stroud (letter)


Western Morning News 29.8.06 STAG HUNT WAS ILLEGAL, CLAIM CAMPAIGNERS - Anti-hunting campaigners have called on police to investigate allegations of "barbaric and inhumane" treatment of a stag by huntsmen on Exmoor. The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) alleges that the Devon and Somerset Staghounds illegally hunted a stag at Dunkery Beacon near Porlock… (story)
Independent on Sunday 27.8.06 Animal cruelty: Torment of a stag - Video shows 'barbaric' hunting of deer with whip, say campaigners By Sophie Goodchild, Chief Reporter - Police are to investigate video footage allegedly showing "barbaric" and "inhumane" treatment of a stag by huntsmen on National Trust land. The incident, captured on camera by animal rights campaigners, shows the creature being chased for more than two hours by dogs and a rider, who is seen cracking his whip at the animal which is clearly frightened and exhausted. The League Against Cruel Sports alleges the Devon and Somerset Staghounds acted illegally in chasing the stag, which was eventually shot, over a long distance at Dunkery Beacon in Somerset on 14 August…. The Devon and Somerset Staghounds refuted the league's claims and said it was acting within the law, had permission to be on the land and said the stag was one "suitable for culling" because it was old… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 29.8.06 APPALLED BY KILLING OF PET BY HOUNDS - I was absolutely appalled to read about the pet dog killed by hunting hounds near Tiverton,… Ian Harris, Sidwell Street, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 29.8.06 HUSH MONEY SAYS IT ALL ABOUT HUNT - I was appalled to read in the Echo, August 24, of how hounds belonging to Tiverton Stag- hounds brutally attacked a family pet… Name and address withheld by request (letter)

Reading Chronicle 29.8.06 We said shooting and fishing would be next - IN the Times of Saturday, August 19, there was a report on which a comment from Martin Salter would be appreciated. A number of Animal Rights Extremists, thwarted in their efforts to disrupt a game shoot, attacked a group of anglers. I, and many others, warned Martin Salter that if the attempt to ban hunting was successful, shooting and fishing would be next in line… I know it is not the done thing to say 'I told you so' but in the case of Martin Salter, I think it is justified. R G SEYS, Wichford Way, Lower Earley, Reading (letter)

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 29.8.06 'FARMERS CARRY OUT OWN CULLS' - Farmers are taking the law into their own hands and killing badgers, it has been claimed. Jeff Brown, who runs Pamington Farm, near Tewkesbury, says the illegal practice is the real reason why TB levels in cattle are going down… Louise Brockbank, manager of Gloucestershire Wildlife Rescue, based in Hartpury, was not surprised to hear farmers were taking the law into their own hands. She said: "I feel sorry for any farmer with TB in his cattle herd but I don't think we should be blaming the badger for it."… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 29.8.06 THERE WILL BE NO ANIMAL TESTING - I Am writing in response to a member of the public who believed that The Body Shop plc will be using their profits to fund animal testing now that they have been bought by the cosmetic giant, L'Oreal (Letters, August 16) . I know for a fact that they will NOT be doing this, primarily as I have only just left my position of two years as a customer consultant for The Body Shop store in Cheltenham… I have just completed a degree in animal behaviour and welfare and if any of these reports had of been true I would have left the company a long time ago, particularly as I have extremely strong opinions on animal testing. People should get their facts straight . One of the Cheltenham store staff was spat at in the high street by a so-called peaceful protester who thought the rumours were true. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (story)

Morecambe Visitor 29.8.06 Animal suffering can be halted - ANIMAL experimentation causes so much suffering and, due to the differences between species, results can be inaccurate. Concerned readers… could also contact Animal Aid…. Emily Catherine Chadwick, Morecambe (story)

Manchester Evening News 29.8.06 Cruelty-free soap cleans up - Patricia Roberts - A BURY-based business is a winner in the first "Golden Bunny" awards for products made without testing on animals…. It was nearly 30 years ago in rural Scotland that Rona Rose, from New York, began making skincare products for herself in her own kitchen, using herb and plant material and essential oils. From those beginnings, Faith in Nature now has a workforce of 30… "Cruelty-free shopping has become big business, and Faith in Nature have shown themselves to be the leader of the pack by producing a great product that animals didn't have to suffer for," said BUAV campaigns director Alistair Currie. (story)

Dublin People 29.8.06 Circus denies Max’s retirement - The elephant at the centre of an alleged cruelty controversy has not been retired from performing, his owners said this week…. The Alliance for Animal Rights and the Captive Animals Protection Society had accused Circus Sydney of animal cruelty by making the elephant perform while apparently suffering with a malformed hind leg…. Bernie Wright, spokes¬person for the Alliance of Animal Rights, told Southside People that she believed the elephant had been retired from the circus… (story)

Worcester Evening News 29.8.06 RSPCA does much to prevent cruelty - I read a letter attacking the RSPCA. I, like millions of others believe it does a superb, magnificent job fighting animal cruelty. Many Worcester News readers may also be interested to know of another organisation doing exactly the same around the world. It is the International Fund for Animal Welfare…. K HEMMING, Worcester. (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 29.8.06 We're proud to speak for all dumb animals - David Smith touches on various issues in his degradation of the RSPCA, and I reply to put the record straight…. Mr Smith goes on about the campaigns to `ban hunting' and "stop the badger cull" and writes with apparent authority on the subjects without actually providing any evidence to support his claims…. PAMELA BOOKER (Mrs) Honorary Branch Secretary RSPCA Worcester & Mid-Worcestershire Branch. (letter in archive)


Northern Echo 28.8.06 Shows prove big attraction over bank holiday weekend - CROWDS took advantage of the good bank holiday weather to visit agricultural shows throughout the region. Jousting knights entertained visitors at the 92nd Wensleydale Show, in North Yorkshire…. Other attractions included classic cars, a display by Bedale Hunt and more than 100 trade stands and stalls…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 24.8.06 SHOW ORGANISERS HOPE FOR BUMPER TURNOUT - Julie Hemmings - ORGANISERS of this year's Wensleydale Show are hoping to welcome even more visitors this year…. There will be plenty of excitement in the main ring, with jousting by the Knights of Middle England and a visit by the Bedale Hunt…. (story)

York Press 28.8.06 Stan’s charity angling event is the reel deal - AN angler from York netted almost £6,000 to help children with life-threatening illnesses. Stan Britton, 85, organised a charity fish-in to raise funds for When You Wish Upon A Star - a charity that makes terminally ill children's dreams come true…. (story)

Western Daily Press 28.8.06 FISHERMEN IN FEAR OF THE LOBSTER LIBERATORS BY MARK FORD M.FORD@BEPP.CO.UK - Fishermen and sporting anglers in the West have been warned they could be caught up in a new wave of direct action by animal rights extremists. Groups similar to the Animal Liberation Front, such as the Lobster Liberation Front (LLF), are thought to be stepping up efforts to disrupt angling and commercial fishing across the country…. (story)
Sunday Mail 27.8.06 LOBSTER LIB GET CLAWS INTO SCOTS By Raymond Hainey - FISHERMEN and anglers are demanding police protection after a series of attacks by animal rights activists. They include a strike on a trout and deer farm, near Lanark, and the destruction of 60 lobster pots at Port Logan, near Stranraer, by a group calling itself the Lobster Liberation Front…. (story)
Times 26.8.06 Fishermen fear action by animal rights extremists BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - THE activities of the Lobster Liberation Front may sound like a comedy sketch item. However, a fervent defence of the lives of fish and sealife is behind a sinister development in the animal rights movement. Fishermen fear that they are the latest target of extremists prepared to use violent tactics to disrupt their sport. A group of anglers was attacked last week by hunt saboteurs, and fish farms have been vandalised and damaged recently…. (story)

Cambridge Evening News 28.8.06 A day in the country . . . RURAL traditions took centre stage at the annual Fenland Country Fair…. Visitors could try archery, enjoy the demonstrations and talk to representatives from the Countryside Alliance and various organisations which support and invest in countryside pursuits… (story)

Cambridge Evening News 28.8.06 Zoos: Places of hope or glorified prisons? - Zoos are a relic of a bygone age. Like circuses, they stem from the Victorian era and have no place in the modern world…. (story)


Scotland on Sunday 27.8.06 Tougher laws failing to stop bird slaughter - JEREMY WATSON - TOUGH new wildlife crime laws aimed at protecting Scotland's iconic birds of prey are failing, amid a rise in the number of cases of poisoning. Figures compiled by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds show that there were 44 confirmed and suspected cases of bird poisoning in 2005, with most of the deaths on or around upland grouse shooting estates… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 27.8.06 Ex-bishop attacks tests on animals - RICHARD GRAY SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT - THE former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway has criticised scientists who carry out animal research. During a debate on the ethics of cloning technology with Professor Ian Wilmut, the scientist who cloned Dolly the Sheep, the former Bishop said that he had become "deeply troubled" by the ethics of using animals to test drugs and new treatments before they are used in humans…. (story)


Telegraph 26.8.06 Andrew Motion mourns mother but defends the right to hunt By Caroline Davies - Andrew Motion, the Poet Laureate, says he does not support a ban on hunting despite the lingering death of his mother nine years after a hunting accident. In a rare interview, he criticises Government policy on countryside issues and admits that, although he would not go hunting if it were again legal to do so, "I would not have supported the banning of it"…. (story)

Western Daily Press 26.8.06 KEEP YOUR DOGS OFF OUR FARMLAND - As a sheep farmer in Exmoor, one of the constant nuisances I experience is people traipsing across my land with their dogs… This brings me to Giles Bradshaw's attempts to defy the hunting ban by flushing animals with his dogs (as reported on a regular basis in your paper). I have some sympathy with his aims but none with his means. If he wants to take out his dogs to defy the ban, he should do this on his own land and not on the land of farmers struggling to make a living. Gerald Farquaar Simonsbath Exmoor (letter)

Scotsman 26.8.06 Natural born killers - PETER RANSCOMBE - SCOTLAND'S forests and hills were once patrolled by fierce predators, such as the wolf and the lynx, which weaved their way through the landscape, expertly stalking their prey. But would it be a good idea to reintroduce these animals and let them roam amongst the Caledonian pines once more? That's just one of the issues being debated through Tooth & Claw, a project designed to get the public talking about predators in Scotland. The scheme is the brainchild of wildlife photographers Peter Cairns and Mark Hamblin and Ian Rowlands, co-founder of eco-tourism firm Speyside Wildlife… Support has come from groups as diverse as the Scottish Countryside Alliance and conservation charity Trees for Life. Tooth & Claw also has the backing of Wild Scotland, the wildlife tourism operators' association…. (story)

Scotsman 26.8.06 Raptor poisoning - At last, positive action on the problem of eagle poisoning is possible, with the offer of a reward by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (your report, 22 August). However, some questions require positive answers and action: 1, If the poisons are illegal, then where are they obtained, and by whom?... 3, To what extent are land owners or lessees responsible for crime or mistakes of those whom they employ to provide the means of sport?... (letter)

Bedford Times & Citizen 26.8.06 Nirah debate fails to shed new light on the impasse - "Leadership and vision" are the missing ingredients needed to bring the Nirah project to Bedfordshire, MP Patrick Hall said on Wednesday night (August 23). At a public meeting held at Bedford Corn Exchange, the Bedford and Kempston MP described plans to build the world's largest freshwater aquarium in a disused Stewartby brickpit as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity… Professor Shaw attacked claims that vivisection would be carried out at the Nirah project, calling them "nonsense"…. Two of the panelists who had been expected to take part in Wednesday's debate pulled out shortly before. Justina Mclennan had been set to represent animal rights campaigners Bedford Animal Action. She announced her non-attendance on Tuesday, saying her group objected to who else was on the panel…. (story)

Northern Echo 26.8.06 ANIMAL CRUELTY - FURTHER to my letter about animal cruelty (HAS, Aug 24)… Rabbiting with lurchers has always been a practice in the North-East. In the bad old days it was done to augment the dinner table. Today, it has deteriorated into the sadistic amusement described by your writer…. Margaret Zamir, Tudhoe Colliery, Spennymoor (story)

Oxford Mail 26.8.06 Council backs animal testing By Giles Sheldrick - Oxford City Council has broken its silence over the city's controversial animal experiment laboratory for the first time. Until now, the £18m Oxford University project in South Parks Road has been a non-political affair, at least at local level. However, most city councillors have now voted in support of a motion backing experiments on animals and calling for more support for those involved - including university staff, students and police… Robert Cogswell, Speak spokesman, said: "It's disappointing the city council is blindly following arguments set out by the University…. (story)

Western Daily Press 26.8.06 STOP THIS CRUEL CALF EXPORT TRADE - I Am concerned that the lifting of the EU ban on exports of British beef has opened up the possibility of a resumption of the live export of young male dairy calves to the EU. These calves are not considered ideal for beef because their breed has been optimised for milk production… R Snook Bath Somerset (letter)
Northern Echo 25.8.06 CRUELTY RESUMED - AFTER a long ban, the trade in live calves to the Continent, an ugly and cruel business, has been resumed... - Patricia Ramsay, East Cowton, Northallerton. (letter)
Clevedon Mercury 24.8.06 FIGHT VEAL CRUELTY - I was extremely upset to see live calves are now being exported from the UK again. They face long, cruel journeys to veal farms in crates because these male calves have been bred for meat and not milk…. Maureen HarrisonSilver StreetNailsea (story)
Halifax Courier 22.8.06 CALVES SET TO SUFFER AS TRADE BEGINS AGAIN - (Mrs) R. Summers - Moorfield, Hebden Bridge - I am very concerned to learn of the resumption of live calf exports from the UK. The lifting of the ban on exports of British beef has reopened the trade in live male dairy calves, which are once again being exported to the continent… Where animals are still transported, Compassion in World Farming campaigns for the shortest possible journey times in the best possible conditions…. (story)
Yorkshire Evening Post 7.8.06 Fears for poor calves as exports resume - I am very disappointed at the resumption of live calf exports from the UK. The lifting of the EU ban on exports of British beef has reopened the trade in live male dairy calves, which are unfortunately once again being exported to the continent…. As a member of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) I believe that the government must encourage farmers to rear these unwanted male calves in the UK, as an alternative to this cruel export trade…. KARAN BROWN, Middleton Park Road, Leeds (letter)


Times 25.8.06 Major-General J M Brockbank - Soldier who won the MC in North Africa and, after rising to senior staff positions, turned to conservation - ROBIN BROCKBANK was fortunate in being able to combine his life as a professional soldier with an abiding concern for conservation, especially of wetlands. These contrasting interests became mutually beneficial, in that the energy of his profession was carried across to work in the English countryside, which provided a serenity in his approach to the often stressful and ever- changing military landscape…. He served as the director of the British Field Sports Society, 1976-84, and as chairman of the Wiltshire Trust for Nature Conservation, 1984-90…. (story)

BBC News Online 25.8.06 Hunt supporter assaulted saboteur - A hunt supporter has been convicted of attacking a saboteur in clashes on the last day before hunting with dogs was banned in February last year. Farmer Wayne Spencer, 39, of Oakhurst Lane, Billingshurst, West Sussex was found guilty of assaulting Simon Clear but cleared of actual bodily harm…. A judge fined Spencer £400 with £700 costs at Lewes Crown Court on Friday. He was also cleared of unlawfully wounding another protester, Carol Tibbetts (story)
Argus 25.8.06 Jury out in trial on hunt violence By Miles Godfrey - A jury has been told to leave emotion and opinion about fox hunting to one side when considering whether a hunt supporter is guilty of violence. Wayne Spencer, 39, a pig farmer from Oakhurst Lane, Billingshurst, is accused of causing serious head injuries to hunt saboteurs Carole Tibbits and Simon Clear on the final day of legal fox hunting last year…. The day was a "red letter day" for the hunt saboteurs according to Judge Anthony Scott-Gall… Yesterday, in the final day of the trial, Judge Anthony Scott- Gall ruled that Mr Spencer could be convicted on the lesser charge of assault by beating after admitting kicking Mr Clear on the legs. But the judge warned the jury to leave their own opinions about fox hunting outside the jury room door… During the case summing up, he and Judge Scott-Gall also called into question the role of an ITN camera crew who had attended the hunt with the saboteurs and claimed they may have provoked some of the violence…. After one hour and 15 minutes of deliberation the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and will continue this morning. (story)
Argus 24.8.06 Hunt attacks are denied By Miles Godfrey - A hunt supporter has been accused of giving two saboteurs serious head injuries on the final day of legal hunting with hounds. Wayne Spencer, 39, of Oakhurst Lane, Billingshurst, was involved in chaotic and violent clashes as hunt saboteurs tried to wreck the final expedition of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt before the ban on hunting with hounds, at Petworth Park on February 17, 2005. Lewes Crown Court heard yesterday that Simon Clear and Carole Tibbits, who are connected to the Bognor-based West Sussex Wildlife Protection group (WSWP), suffered severe head injuries, alleged to have been caused by Spencer…. Spencer was captured on video taken by saboteurs and ITN, telling Jane Wild, wife of WSWP secretary Simon Wild, he was going to shove a stick he was carrying "right up your crotch"…. (story)
Independent 19.2.05 Hunters to test ban with mass turn-out By Jonathan Brown - Thousands of hunt supporters plan to test the limits of the Hunting Act, which came into force yesterday, as the countryside hosts one of the biggest protests of recent years…. Thursday. Police are investigating claims of an attack on an elderly man, a mother of three and a 27-year-old protester during an incident said to involve supporters of the Chiddingfold Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt. Detectives were analysing video footage taken by an ITN cameraman…. (story)
Guardian 19.2.05 Activists may record hunt plotters in pubs - Owen Bowcott and Sandra Laville - A leading animal rights group yesterday revealed that it might secretly tape record conversations in rural pubs to gather intelligence, and urged the public to inform the police about illegal hunting with hounds. Launching its Hunt Crime Watch programme, the League Against Cruel Sports promised it would send out teams of monitors equipped with video cameras to ensure that the Hunting Act was effectively enforced…. The violence in West Sussex came as the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt was nearing the end of its last day's legal hunting. According to witnesses, who did not want to be named, tempers frayed in the pheasant copse within Petworth Park. "The antis had been shouting all day, we've won, we've won and I think some of the foot followers just went for them," said a source close to the hunt… (story)
Guardian 18.2.05 The last hurrah Thousands ride out for one final hunt as ban ends 300-year tradition - Sandra Laville - As the stanzas of a little-known poem echoed across a Sussex valley even the hounds fell silent, brought to heel by the huntsman underneath an ancient chestnut tree… At Petworth Park in West Sussex, where around 500 foot followers and 100 riders met before the chase, Rikki Bennett, the master of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt, had asked: "Do I dare to read a poem?" The cries of yes resounded around the park from the gathered crowd, many wrapped against the cold in the uniform of hunting folk: Barbour jackets, green wellies and for the old men, well-worn flat caps. Mr Bennett hesitated before flawlessly reciting the words he believed best fitted the hour…. After several blows of the hunting horn, a trot across countryside, a short gallop, a lot of standing around but no sign of a fox, the hunt paused for lunch at The Stag, which has played host to riders and hounds for more than 300 years…. "We will all be criminals tomorrow," said Hamish Hiddlestone, the landlord. "When was the last time a sport was banned? Imagine if you said to Manchester United you can't play football anymore. It is the same thing for all these people."…. (story)
Argus 18.2.05 Hunting's last hurrah by Jessica Mangold - Hundreds of people gathered in Sussex yesterday to witness the last legal fox hunt. Supporters turned out to witness more than 100 riders from West Sussex's Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt as they met in the grounds of country mansion Petworth Park, in Petworth, near Midhurst…. (story in archive)
Midhurst & Petworth Observer 17.2.05 Hunt pledges to abide by ban - Hunt supporters were gathering at Petworth Park this morning (Thursday) for the last legal foxhunt before the hunting ban comes into force tomorrow…. Masters of the Petworth-based Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt have pledged that it will continue but the law will be observed… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 25.8.06 HUNTING 'NOT A POLICE PRIORITY' - Hunting is not top of the police list of priorities, the assistant chief constable of Devon and Cornwall police has said. Assistant Chief Constable Richard Stowe said incidents of flouting the law on hunting would be treated in the same way as all other wildlife crime. His comments were in response to demands from the League Against Cruel Sports, which spent £65,000 in a successful private prosecution of Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court earlier this month.…. (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 22.8.06 SENIOR POLICEMAN SAYS HUNTING IS NOT HIGH PRIORITY - Hunting is not top of the police list of priorities, the assistant chief constable of Devon and Cornwall police has said. Assistant Chief Constable Richard Stowe said incidents of flouting the law on hunting would be treated in the same way as all other wildlife crime…. (story)
Horse & Hound 18.8.06 Hunting Not Top Police Priority - Anna Tyzack - Just 10 days after Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright was prosecuted for illegal hunting, a chief police officer has said that hunting is not a top police priority, according to a regional newspaper. In the Western Morning News, Assistant Chief Constable Richard Stowe, of Devon and Cornwall Police said that Tony Wright's hearing was not a legislative benchmark and it would take a High Court ruling to change the way the Hunting Act is implemented. … (story)
North Devon Journal 17.8.06 HUNT 'NOT TOP OF LIST' FOR THE POLICE - A police chief has quashed hopes that the force will clamp down on illegal hunting following the private prosecution against huntsman Tony Wright in Barnstaple earlier this month. Assistant chief constable Richard Stowe, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said clamping down on illegal hunting was "not top on the list of priorities" and said incidents of flouting the law on hunting would be treated the same as all other wildlife crime… (story)
Western Morning News 16.8.06 HUNTING IS 'NOT TOP OF POLICE PRIORITIES' - A chief police officer yesterday quashed campaigners' hopes that the force will clamp down hard on illegal hunting by saying it was "not top of the list of priorities". Assistant Chief Constable Richard Stowe, of Devon and Cornwall Police, yesterday said incidents of flouting the law on hunting would be treated "the same as all other wildlife crime". His comments were in response to demands from the League Against Cruel Sports, which spent £65,000 in a private prosecution against Exmoor hunstsman Tony Wright at Barnstaple Magistrates Court earlier this month…. (story)
Western Morning News 16.8.06 HUNT LAWS ARE A POLICE MATTER - The League Against Cruel Sports certainly had a valid point yesterday when it called on the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to pursue through the courts those hunts that are strongly suspected of acting illegally under new hunt laws. Although the Western Morning News has said many times it believes the Hunting Act is a badly drawn law, passed for all the wrong reasons, it is the law of the land…. But it is not the responsibility of private organisations to enforce the criminal law. And it is certainly not helpful if pressure groups like the League Against Cruel Sports turn themselves into private rural police forces because they don't believe the real police are doing their duty on this issue. The WMN believes that the vast majority of Westcountry hunts obeyed the law last season…But if transgressions are made it is the job of the police, in consultation with the CPS, to take action. It is not the responsibility of private organisations with a very specific agenda like the League Against Cruel Sports to bring a case to court… (story)

Western Morning News 25.8.06 HUNT CHAIRMAN PREPARES FOR ANNUAL CHARITY RIDE - For the past ten years, Lamerton Foxhounds chairman Michael Bickell (left) has raised tens of thousands of pounds for various charities by completing sponsored horse rides. He is all to set to embark on his next journey…. This year the chosen charities are Riding for the Disabled and Operation Sunshine…. (story)

Independent 25.8.06 Terence Blacker: Deadly animal virus causes activists' rage - It is sometimes difficult to resist the notion that many of those who feel most passionately about the rights of animals have picked up some ghastly virus, perhaps while rescuing beagles from a laboratory, that has eaten its way into their brains… This week it has been Joan and Peter Freeman, in mourning for their 29-year-old son John, who have been their target…. (story)
Suffolk Evening Star 24.8.06 Activists target 'rabbit flu' family - ANIMAL rights activists have targeted the parents of Britain's first known human victim of "rabbit flu", with telephone callers telling them his death was a "rabbit's revenge''…. (story)
Daily Mail 24.8.06 Parents of rabbit flu death son taunted by animal rights extremists - Animal rights activists have targeted the parents of Britain's first known human victim of "rabbit flu", with telephone callers telling them his death was a "rabbit's revenge"… (story)
Sun 24.8.06 Rabbit flu 'was revenge' - SICK animal rights activists have targeted the parents of Britain’s first known human victim of "rabbit flu”. Telephone callers have tormented the family of John Freeman telling them his death was a "rabbit’s revenge”…. (story)
Telegraph 24.8.06 Animal activists torment parents of rabbit flu man By Amy Iggulden - Animal rights extremists have targeted the parents of Britain's first known human victim of "rabbit flu", with telephone callers telling them his death was a "rabbit's revenge". Joan and Peter Freeman were called within days of the funeral of their son John, who died after handling an infected rabbit he had shot on the family farm…. The couple went to a relative's house to escape the ringing telephone. Mrs Freeman said: "They were implying that my son deserved to die. I just can't understand how people can be so callous. To ring someone up who is devastated with grief - it is disgusting."… (story)

Telegraph 25.8.06 Hate in the country - What a contrast between the quiet dignity of Mr and Mrs Freeman as they mourn the tragic death of their son after he contracted "rabbit flu" in a rare accident (report, August 24), and those who, for strange reasons of their own, add to their grief by hate mail and phone calls, claiming to be animal rights activists…. Canon Sally Fogden, Agricultural Chaplain, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (letter)

Cumberland News 25.8.06 grouse debate goes on - REFERRING to managed grouse moors (The Cumberland News, August 18), RSPB North of England Information Officer David Hirst says: "They are obviously managed to create a suitable surplus and if they were not, the population of grouse would remain in stasis…. I feel sure Mr Hirst is familiar with the Langholm Experiment. The results of this experiment are in direct contradiction to his claims…. There is one salutary lesson that we all must learn. If we leave nature to her own devices, then the result will not necessarily be the one we want. BARRY LINNARDBlackfordCarlisle
An RSPB spokesman replies: RSPB research has shown the acute impact of illegal persecution on hen harriers. In some areas of the UK they are killed or prevented from nesting successfully because they eat red grouse before the grouse shooting season starts in August…. The RSPB believes that habitat enhancement is vital if moors managed for shooting are to recover their stock of grouse. This is neither a cheap nor a quick solution. In the meantime, providing alternative sources of food for hen harriers appears to significantly reduce the number of grouse taken by harriers during the breeding season. (letter)

Tottenham & Wood Green Independent 25.8.06 Reeling in new anglers - Tottenham youngsters were given an introduction to the pleasures of fishing on Thursday. Young people aged between eight and 18 from the 133rd London Boys Brigade and youth group Just 4U, took a trip to the Waterside Centre, off Watermead Way, where they learned about aquatic safety and what it takes to catch a fish in the River Lea…. (story)

Watford Observer 25.8.06 Group stage animal rights protest - ANIMAL rights activists staged a protest in Croxley Business Park today (Friday). A group of protesters from Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) staged the action outside Millipore's Hatters Lane offices…. (story)

Northern Echo 25.8.06 BROILER CHICKENS - WITH the current level of interest in how our food is produced, I am sure readers will want to know of the scale of suffering faced by broiler chickens reared intensively for meat…. Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming, Petersfield, Hampshire. (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 10.8.06 Chickens' plight - Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming (letter)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 9.8.06 Chickens suffering on some farms - Philip Lymbery, Chief executive, Compassion in World Farming (story)
Bristol Evening Post 8.8.06 END THE SUFFERING - Philip Lymbery, chief executive, Compassion In World Farming. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 7.8.06 BROILER CHICKENS ARE MADE TO SUFFER - With the current level of interest in how our food is produced, I am sure Echo readers will want to know of the scale of suffering faced by broiler chickens reared intensively for meat. New scientific research shows that over a quarter of chickens have moderate or severe lameness that impairs their ability to move…. Philip Lymbery, Chief executive, Compassion in World Farming (letter)


Evesham Journal 24.8.06 Act fails foxes and farmers - THE Hunting Act has failed both foxes and farmers, claims Evesham MP Peter Luff. Mr Luff, joint chairman of the all-party Middle Way group, said: "That is the inescapable conclusion of the most extensive survey of farming across England and Wales since the Hunting Act came into force."… (story)
Western Mail 15.8.06 Hunting Act full of holes, say MPs - Steve Dube, Western Mail - A GROUP of MPs has said the conviction of Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright under the Hunting Act will worsen animal welfare in a number of real-life scenarios in the countryside. A survey commissioned by the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group showed that more foxes are already being wounded since the Act came into force, and the group says the judgement will further jeopardise welfare…. (story)
Western Gazette 10.8.06 ACT 'FAILS FOXES AND FARMERS' - The Hunting Act has failed both foxes and farmers. That is the inescapable conclusion of the most extensive survey of farming across England and Wales since the Hunting Act came into force…. The use of snares has increased, as has the use of rifles and shotguns. Shotguns are used by 68 per cent of farmers, with over one quarter of foxes shot only being wounded, which supports the findings of the Middle Way Group study into wounding rates in shot foxes… (story) <
Western Daily Press 29.7.06 THE BAN IS NOT SAVING FOXES, SAY MPS - Sheep farmers say just as many, if not more, foxes are being killed since the ban on hunting with dogs came into force. And because they now have to shoot, trap or snare foxes, the animals are often injured and do not die straight away. That was the finding of a survey commissioned by the Middle Way Group of cross-bench MPs, who have fought for a compromise on the hunting ban…. (story)
Western Morning News 29.7.06 MORE FOXES WOUNDED SINCE HUNT BAN BEGAN - More foxes are being wounded rather than killed outright since the ban on hunting came into force, a new survey has revealed. The study has also found that farmers have increased their use of snares, as well as rifles and shotguns, to control fox numbers. The finding has come from the Middle Way group of MPs, which has always warned that banning hunting would not achieve the aim of improving animal welfare… (story)
Telegraph 28.7.06 'More foxes wounded' since hunt Act By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - More foxes have been wounded rather than killed since the Act banning hunting came into force, a new study says. The survey of 600 sheep farmers, commissioned by the Middle Way Group of MPs - which supports regulated hunting rather than a ban - to examine the effects of the Hunting Act, shows that there has not been the increase in animal welfare predicted by anti-hunting groups…. (story)

Western Morning News 24.8.06 SPORTING IMPACT ON FOXES AND FISH - The increasing use of the countryside and the coast for leisure activities has prompted scientists drawing up a list of 100 important ecological questions to devote some of them to recreation and field sports…. Arguably of greatest interest in the Westcountry where the argument about the ban on hunting with dogs rumbles on is the question of the ecological impact of the ban. Scientists said they were particularly interested in the changes of habitat management as a result of the ban…. Janet George, of the Countryside Action Network, said the impact of the hunting ban had been to put a number of other species at risk from the methods that were now used to control fox numbers…. (story)

North Devon Journal 24.8.06 VIEWPOINT - Animal magic: This picture was taken by Debbie Marks at the North Devon Show earlier this month. It shows huntsmen and hounds from several different hunts that were represented in the show arena. It was taken on Debbie's "old but faithful" Kodak DX3900…. (story)

Western Gazette 24.8.06 Hunting has little effect on foxes - YOU reported "Act 'fails foxes and farmers'" (Western Gazette, 10 August). That was based on a survey of 600 sheep farmers, of which I do not believe a word and have good reason…. If, like me, you had been at the Population Control Seminar of the Burns Inquiry in April 2000, you would have heard general acceptance that farmers have little special knowledge of fox behaviour as they have not studied it and see little of it. The transcript is on the Burns CD-ROM…. So economic and fox welfare losses are reported by the "survey" which ascribes them to a nonexistent increase in the fox population. So what are these reports really caused by, I wonder? If you wanted foxhunting to continue as a tradition, that would be an incentive. Peter Bunce, Church End, Haddenham, Bucks. (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 24.8.06 USE VIDEO EVIDENCE TO BEAT HUNTING - The conviction of the Exmoor foxhound's huntsman for illegally hunting foxes must have come as welcome news to the many West Country residents who support the Hunting Act. On the other hand, must League Against Cruel Sports spend a daunting amount of money bringing a private prosecution?... Clearly the Crown Prosecution Service need to take objective video evidence of suspect hunt activities seriously and accept its value in bringing a case, and increased police vigilance and manpower would end cruel, disorderly and dangerous evasion of the Hunting Act. KATHERINE WATSON, Rushton Drive, Stockport, Cheshire (story)

Guardian 24.8.06 Holistic hunts - It is right that the question "What are the ecological impacts of the ban on hunting with dogs?" should feature among the 100 biggest questions to face the UK environment (Report, August 21). Earlier this year, a peer-reviewed scientific study defined the contribution by hunts to the management of UK woodland and other habitats…. hunts manage over 24,000 hectare of woodland in England and Wales. In these woods there are, on average, more than 15 times more individual butterflies and the number of species was over seven times higher, than in unmanaged woodland…. Simon Hart, Chief executive, Countryside Alliance (letter)

Western Daily Press 24.8.06 HOW OFFICERS WENT HUNTING - I Was interested to read John Hiphin's article on World War I executions, mainly of lower ranks. There was a privileged side for some establishment officers. At least one officer took horses and hounds to France to continue hunting… Rev H W Jones Wroughton Swindon (letter)

Scotsman 24.8.06 Indiscriminate poisoning - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is offering a reward for evidence leading to the conviction of the person who left out poisoned bait (your report, 22 August). It seems that despite the efforts of wildlife police officers and animal protection organisations, persecution of raptors contin- ues…. ROSS MINETT, Director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (story)

Wimbledon Guardian 24.8.06 I found a fox on my bed - By Diana Pilkington Surviving on scraps and people's rubbish has forced urban foxes to become much bolder than their countryside counterparts. But when Lesley Butcher returned to her home in The Grange, Wimbledon Common, two weeks ago, nothing prepared her for the fantastic shock of seeing a fox brazenly perched on her spare bed. Mrs Butcher, 67, said: "The flat was in chaos. It must have got in through the French doors and had been there about four hours…" This is not the first time Mrs Butcher's home has been spoiled by foxes, and she often finds her carefully-tended garden riddled with holes…. (story)

Northern Echo 24.8.06 Petition of support for greyhound killer - THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition supporting a North-East businessman who has received numerous death threats following allegations he slaughtered unwanted greyhounds. It is believed almost 2,000 people have given their support to David Smith, of Seaham, east Durham, who is claimed to have legally carried out the cut-price killing of up to 10,000 dogs at his seaside bungalow… (story)

Crosby Herald 24.8.06 'Primate Day' action call by animal group - ANIMAL Defenders International will mark 'International Primate Day' on September 1. The group's Sefton representative, Yvonne Bennett de Rothschild, said: "This year the theme is a call for a ban of the use of primates in research."… (story)

Bromley Times 24.8.06 Time to stop injecting mice with deadly shellfish poisons? - Newsnight's poll this week reveals that 57 per cent of respondents are opposed to public money being spent on building animal testing laboratories…. Some shellfish, such as oysters, mussels and scallops can contain potentially harmful toxins that may cause diarrhoea, paralysis or even death in humans. So before being allowed onto the market, shellfish batches are tested for human safety, usually by injecting mice with an acidic concentrated shellfish extract…. The Government are allowing this terrible test to be used when other countries already use non-animal tests, the EU recognises the validity of the alternative, and even the industry itself doesn't think we should be using it…. Alistair Currie Campaigns Director, BUAV, (The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) (story)

Northern Echo 24.8.06 ANIMAL CRUELTY - SO animal cruelty is on the increase, particularly in the North-East… The perpetrators are not just sick, but depraved barbarians, of which there are far too many in our society today…. Margaret Zamir, Tudhoe Colliery, Spennymoor. (story)


Grimsby Telegraph 23.8.06 WHAT MAKES US SO VERY BRITISH? - What sums up England to you? The red telephone box or the rose? Afternoon tea or cricket? The Spitfire or Blackpool Tower? These are all included in a list of icons of England as part of a project to build a portrait of England… And one of the July icons includes the most controversial to date: Foxhunting and the ban…. There's nothing I'd like less than a teacloth depicting the slaughter of a fox. As Oscar Wilde put it, foxhunting was "the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable". But I can understand why it has been included. This is not a debate about whether we agree with hunting itself or not, it's about whether it is iconic of England, which I don't think anyone can argue with. And its inclusion doesn't mean that the ban should be lifted…. (story)

Carlisle News & Star 23.8.06 10,000 set to flock to Keswick show event By Ross Brewster - AROUND 10,000 visitors are expected to flock to Keswick’s annual show next week… Cumberland and Westmorland wrestlers will be taking central stage, together with show jumping and a display of fell foxhounds…. (story)

Cornish Guardian 23.8.06 DOG SHOW MAKES HISTORY FOR HUNT - Wagging tails were out in force at the North Cornwall Hunt's first ever dog show. Held at Polglaze Farm, in St Mabyn, the event proved to be the biggest of its kind in the area, with 42 different classes attracting entrants…. (story)

Athlone Advertiser 23.8.06 Hunters to return to the killing fields - John Tierney, Campaigns Director, PO 4734 Dublin 1 (letter)
Ulster Herald 17.8.06 Hunting with hounds is bloody - John Tierney, Dublin 1 (letter)
Daily Ireland 14.8.06 A bloody pursuit - As the spectre of swamp fever threatens the Irish horse industry, the reaction of the Irish hunting community is to start the fox cub hunting season. Over the next three months, mounted riders will be out in the countryside blooding foxhounds and harrier with young fox cubs. This aspect of foxhunting is hidden with very good reason…. John Tierney, Campaigns Director, PO 4734, Dublin 1 (letter)

The Sentinel 23.8.06 THE GRAVE DESECRATORS - Earlier this year, four animal rights activists were jailed for waging a campaign of terror, which included digging up a grandmother's grave, against a Staffordshire family breeding guinea pigs for research… Mrs Hammond's body was eventually discovered on Cannock Chase after one of the grave-robbers told police where to find it. He'd been captured after a lengthy investigation which included an appeal for information on Crimewatch, a re-enactment revisited on tonight's update version of the popular crime-solving show…. (story)

Norwich Evening News 23.8.06 My cat was put down while I was on break - CAROLINE JENKINSON - A pet owner today spoke of her devastation at returning from a short break to find the RSPCA had taken her 21-year-old cat away and he had been put to sleep. Karen Peat, from Scratby, only found out what had happened to her pet Buster because a neighbour left a message on her answerphone saying a cat had been found and asking if it was hers…. Sophie Wilkinson, spokeswoman for the RSPCA, said the inspector had taken Buster to the Haven surgery on the Thursday, August 10 and vets had found him to be emaciated and dehydrated. He was put on a drip and was given treatment but the following day was not found to have responded to that treatment and the decision was taken to have him put to sleep… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 23.8.06 NFU'S MISTAKEN ON BADGER CULL - Ben Bradshaw's tacit indication that there will be no badger cull, following the latest 23% drop in positive bovine TB tests (The Citizen, August 16) is music to the ears of country people who care about badgers. The NFU would have people believe that this is an issue of farming realism against fluffy badger lovers, but they are deeply mistaken. Here in south Gloucestershire my brother-in-law Len Ballinger, whose farm was hit by bTB many years ago, has consistently rejected the notion that badgers are to blame… SIMON HACKER, Hillesley (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 23.8.06 DO CHEFS CARE ABOUT VEGGIES? - I Was interested to read a restaurant review in The Citizen and in particular the comments about the vegetarian meal. As a vegetarian, your reviewer must be accustomed to such fare… I have to ask chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs - do you really care that your vegetarian customers are leaving feeling unhappy, hungry, insulted and bored to tears with rice, pasta and couscous? What would your meat eaters say if they were offered something similar? WENDY HAVELOCK, via email (letter)


Carlisle News & Star 22.8.06 Beagles have a field day - A FAMOUS country sports event is scheduled to take place near Millom on the Bank Holiday. Black Combe Beagles is holding its annual field day at Haverigg Airfield. The event will include beagle, terrier, lurcher, foxhound and gundog shows. There will also be terrier and lurcher racing… In an extra attraction this year, flypasts by a search and rescue helicopter and the famous Red Arrows are also scheduled… (story)

Mid Devon Gazette 22.8.06 NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS - When the League Against Cruel Sports is prosecuting Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, on objective evidence of illegally hunting foxes he claimed to "flush to guns", can the pro-hunt lobby honestly claim that they have a "human rights" case to answer at the European Court of Human Rights?... KATHERINE WATSON, Stockport. (story)

Torquay Herald Express 22.8.06 STEREOTYPE MYTHS OF FOX HUNTING LOBBY - I have no problem with J E Knock (HE, July 12) having a whinge in your letters page but the remarks on foxhunting are the stereotype myths parroted by those who know little or nothing about foxes or hunting. Fox cubs don't grow in number each year. Their numbers are regulated by the amount of food available with around one per cent of lambs taken by them and many of those would be weak or dying from malnutrition, hypothermia and disease, out of the 4,000,000 fatalities annually…. All postmortems carried out on foxes have shown they were killed by multiple bite wounds, mainly to the chest and stomach, with no fatal bite wounds to the neck…. LEN SHORT, St James Road, Upton, Torquay (letter)
Torquay Herald Express 12.8.06 HAVE A WHINGE TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY - Mr t Claypole (HE, July 31) and recently a lady also, obviously ignorant of the danger Britain is in, wrote a letter to the Herald Express complaining of my 'whinging… Foxes mostly kill for the sake of it, laying waste to lambs and poultry. A sharp nip by a fox hound to a fox's neck sees the end of the vermin. For those who love foxes there must be another way of controlling or culling them…. People do not have to be wealthy to hunt. All it needs is a hard hat, hose and saddle and ability to jump a gate or hedge…. J E KNOCK, Broadsands Avenue, Paignton (letter)

Western Morning News 22.8.06 LET LOONIES FIGHT IT OUT - Devon and Cornwall's Assistant Chief Constable Richard Stowe is absolutely right to say the police's priorities are violent crime, burglaries and vehicle crime and not the pursuit of Exmoor huntsman Tony Wright… The police are under enough pressure without being dragged into a PR-hyped gladiatorial contest between two opposing tribes of single-issue loonies…. Once illegal hunters start being "fined" £65,000 and have their Range Rovers, horses and Exmoor cottages grabbed by a bailiff, it won't be fun any more. Just don't involve me… Martin Bell Port Isaac (letter)

Daelnet 22.8.06 Will climate change affect the fortunes of Yorkshire Dales shoots? - AS the red grouse shooting season continues across the Yorkshire Dales, scientists from a leading game and wildlife research charity are trying to determine to what extent climate change may have an impact on this enigmatic game bird and its precious moorland habitat. Research by the Game Conservancy Trust has shown that moorland managed for shooting does delivers a net conservation benefit... (story)

Worcester Evening News 22.8.06 Say no to anglers - The anglers must be turned down. Worcester needs its swans for these birds and the River Severn make Worcester bearable… MRS J EDWARDS, Cotheridge, Worcestershire (letter in archive)

Torquay Herald Express 22.8.06 OWNERS FEAR FOX RAIDS ON CATS - Foxes have been blamed for snatching domestic pets after a spate of vanishing cats has left owners distraught. Annie Kostka, owner of Foxy Drinks off-licence in Paignton, recently lost her favourite Red Point Siamese cat… (story)

(Epsom) Post 22.8.06 'Stop feeding foxes like pets' By Joan Mulcaster - WILDLIFE animal lovers who nightly dish out fox food have been attacked by a householder. She is furious that they are domesticating an animal whose natural instinct is to scavenge and hunt - and encouraging them into gardens where they mess…. (story)

Epsom & Banstead Guardian 22.8.06 Churchwoman attacks calf shipments - A CHURCHWOMAN and animal lover is pressing for the Church of England to speak out strongly against animal cruelty. Writing in the parish magazine of St Martin's Church, Epsom, Eileen Lamble,of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals, is angry that the Government has given the go-ahead for the resumption of veal calf shipments to Europe…. (story)

Bournemouth Daily Echo 22.8.06 Bearskins ban for Guards’ hats backed by MP By Fiona Pendlebury - A BOURNEMOUTH MP is among those calling for an end to the use of bearskin for headwear worn by the five Guards regiments, including those at Buckingham Palace. Sir John Butterfill, MP for Bournemouth West, has signed on to an Early Day Motion tabled by Labour MP Chris Mullin, which calls for the House of Commons to recognise that the bearskin hats have no military significance and involve needless cruelty…. PETA says it can take the entire hide of one bear to make just one Guard's headpiece…. (story)

Western Daily Press 22.8.06 WE'RE NO NATION OF ANIMAL LOVERS - A Mealy-mouthed response from Mary Tapping to the criticism from Carol Barnet, (Western Daily Press, July 28), was full of feeble excuses and issue-dodging. In my view Carol Barnet was right. The photograph of the horse displayed fear and stress, not assured compliance… In all my years of dealing with rescued and retired equines, some of the worst cases have been with the hunting fraternity and horse- racing, not the polo fraternity…. David Thomas Hisomley Nr Westbury Wiltshire (story)
Western Daily Press 1.8.06 UNHAPPY HORSE - I Agree with Carol Barnett's letter in today's Western Daily Press regarding the white horse ridden by the Mongolian stunt rider… Kathleen Farquhar Longhope Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.7.06 HORSE LOOKED OUT OF SPIRITS - Whoa there, Western Daily Press! What are you doing publishing that photograph? I'm referring to the one of the white rearing horse in the "Spirit of the horse" article, on July 22. It's a classic study of equine fear and pain. You only have to look at the severe bit in the horse's mouth, the rider's spurs, the heavy handedness of the rider, and most telling of all, the expression in the horse's eye… Carol Barnett Bath
Mary Tapping, our equestrian editor, comments: "This photograph could be seen to represent the unique partnership between horse and rider. The bit does not appear to me to be especially severe and the horse would be inspected regularly for evidence of injury from the spurs… (letter)

Derby Evening Telegraph 22.8.06 CIRCUS MORALS THROWN IN RING - Re Mick Hill's recent circus trip (Evening Telegraph, August 11): I can only assume that Mr Hill feels that certain types of animals, especially ones with trunks and large feet, should be exploited for the paying amusement of someone who would not have been out of place in an amphitheatre 2,000 or so years ago, looking on and drooling at some poor Christian or slave about to be torn apart by a tiger or a Roman gladiator. I have drawn this conclusion because Mr Hill described the animal rights people (which we should aspire to) as an "animal rights mob". It is obvious where his sympathies lie and it's not with the welfare of animals… Joe Coleman, Tewkesbury Crescent, Derby. (letter)

Western Morning News 22.8.06 BLACK BEAR IS NOT AN ENDANGERED SPECIES - Ann Widdecombe's cosying up to Labour's animals rights MPs in supporting Chris Mullin's Early Day Motion is a pointless exercise and waste of parliamentary time, and can only do harm to the black bear in the long term. For some obscure reason she views this as enhancing the welfare of bears. In some parts of Canada the black bear, along with its brown cousins, has become a dangerous pest…. W T Sweet, Mawgan, Helston (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 22.8.06 WILDLIFE FANATIC STICKS UP FOR FURRY FRIENDS - Awildlife fanatic is standing up for rats. Shaun Heaton, who has a pet rat called Mr Jingles, sees them as furry friends rather than disease- ridden rodents. He said: "Someone needs to stand up for the little creatures… Shaun (17), of , Cleethorpes, set up the Local Animal Welfare Society last year and regularly inspects five parks in the area to make sure they are safe. He regularly visits Grimsby's Duke of York Gardens and has only seen four rats in two years…. (story)


Western Morning News 21.8.06 NOW HUNTING ACT IS EVEN MORE CONFUSED - Ony Wright believed that he was going out to hunt within the law, relying on an exemption in the Act to control foxes using two dogs. The facts are not disputed. He had two dogs and a marksman, and the fox was shot. So far so good. Not so, thought the District Judge. The law permits the fox to be flushed to guns, but not hunted - so when does flushing end and hunting begin?... No, it isn't hunts that are causing a problem. Hunts throughout the Westcountry are going out and trying to hunt within the terms of this law, trying to maintain the infrastructure of hunts, and keeping hounds and horses going until such time as the law is repealed. The problem is the tiny group of once balaclava-clad saboteurs, who aim to "target" particular hunts to somehow avenge decades of their violent and illegal action with prosecutions… (story)

Glasgow Herald 21.8.06 Ambassador for angling out to hook 50,000 newcomers - ALISON CHIESA - It is a pastime that is as much an iconic image of romantic Scotland as the country's ruined castles and its rugged mountains. Enticed by the almost supernatural allure of lochs and rivers like the Tay, Spey and Tweed, around 400,000 Scots and 250,000 tourists arrive each year to catch salmon and trout among other native fish…. In a radical bid to combat both plummeting participant numbers, and encourage youngsters from inner city and socially-deprived areas into the countryside, an angling ambassador for the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust is due to take up his post on September 1. Ian Robertson, 39, a former Scottish Rugby Union development officer, will oversee the ploughing of at least £350,000 into angling over the next three years in a bid to attract 50,000 newcomers to the sport…. (story)

Telegraph 21.8.06 Protecting anglers as the new target of animal extremists - With regard to the attack made by "sabs" on those fly fishing (report, August 19), the wildlife liaison officer of the Lancashire police stated that anglers and shoots should make contingency plans to protect themselves. We do. We pay national and local taxes for police forces to deal with criminal attacks like this…. Alan Kibblewhite, Blandford, Dorset
I read with dismay your front-page report regarding the anglers attacked by animal extremists… A police officer was quoted as saying that this type of attack is on the increase. If the police continue to allow this type of crime to go unpunished then presumably the trend he refers to will only continue. Tim Wilkinson, Bristol
Your newspaper seems astonished that fishing has been targeted by the "antis". Of the three field sports of hunting, shooting and fishing, the least cruel is hunting… A. G. Chesterton, Bath, Somerset
I used to think the police were required to enforce the law and protect the public. It would seem nowadays they do so only when it suits them… Andy Upton, Darwen, Lancs
You say of hunt saboteurs (Leading article, August 19) that they might reason that their guerrilla warfare against foxhunting paid off in the end… Next season there will probably be more people hunting than ever before. Jeremy Hummerstone, Torrington, Devon (letters)

Derby Evening Telegraph 21.8.06 GET A LIFE AND A FISHING ROD - The letter, "Anglers are just barbaric" (Evening Telegraph, August 7) was uninformed. It was apparent from your correspondent that it was a case of, "Do what I say, not what I do", since she openly admitted to keeping fish in an unnatural manner herself…. The message is simple: get yourself a life and buy a fishing rod. John Ives, Chellaston. (letter)
Derby Evening Telegraph 7.8.06 ANGLERS ARE JUST BARBARIC - I Was sickened last week when it was disclosed in a newspaper that a fisherman caught a fish in a lake and was "thrilled" when he discovered a hook, which he claimed was left in its mouth when he hooked it the week before…. Fishing is not a sport, anyway, but in these puddles it's barbaric and cruel… It's about time fishing was banned along with hunting and shooting. Wendy Benson, Hastings Street, Castle Donington. (letter)

Hull Daily Mail 21.8.06 ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTESTERS MARCH IN CITY - Hull: Animal rights protesters took to the streets in a march against an animal breeding firm. More than 100 demonstrators travelled from around the country for the rally against B &K Universal, based near Aldbrough, which breeds and supplies animals to laboratories…. Luke Steele, 17, from Leeds, who helped organise the march for Northern Animal Rights Network, said: "There are up to 400 beagles at any one time at the factory and thousands of rats… Paul Baldrick, who travelled from Leeds for the march, said: "People have come from far and wide to remind people about what is going on at B &K Universal…." (story)
Yorkshire Post 21.8.06 ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN CITY PROTEST - Simon Bristow - ANIMAL rights activists have stepped up their campaign to stop a Yorkshire firm breeding dogs and rodents for use in medical research. About 150 protesters marched through Hull city centre on Saturday to voice their objections to the work of B&K Universal, a company breeding beagle dogs and rodents for use in animal experiments… NARN spokesman Luke Steele said: "We want to raise awareness about this company…" Veteran activist Mel Broughton, of Speak, who addressed the crowd in Queen Victoria Square, said campaigners had the industry and politicians on the back foot…. (story)
Hull Daily Mail 15.8.06 DEMONSTRATION OVER 'ABUSE' OF ANIMALS - Animal rights protesters are to stage a demonstration in Hull this weekend against an East Yorkshire company that breeds beagle dogs and rodents for medical research. The Northern Animal Rights Network will stage its protest against B &K Universal, of Grimston, near Aldborough, at noon on Saturday…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 15.8.06 ANIMAL TESTING JUSTIFIED, SAYS FIRM - Simon Bristow - A YORKSHIRE firm which breeds animals for medical research has defended its reputation ahead of a protest aimed at closing it down. The Northern Animal Rights Network (NARN) will stage a demonstration in Hull on Saturday against B&K Universal, a company breeding beagle dogs and rodents for use in animal experiments…. NARN spokesman Luke Steele said: "This firm has been involved in the most cruel treatment of animals…." (story)

Oxford Mail 21.8.06 Scientific fraud - In her defence of animal experimentation, Theresa Frayn points out that 99 per cent of the animals experimented on are rats and mice… rats are widely used in animal research, not because they are the species closest to humans in terms of their anatomy and physiology (how could anybody argue otherwise?), but simply because they are small and have low maintenance costs, they have a docile nature, they are cheap to buy, they breed quickly, and they are easy to handle. These are the criteria by which vivisectors base their research…. Jim Crawford Burton Place Oxford (letter)

Northern Echo 21.8.06 Councillor under fire over circus held on family land - A COUNCILLOR whose political party and local authority support bans on animal circuses has come under fire after a show was set up on land owned by her husband. The Captive Animals' Protection Society (Caps) is asking Councillor Caroline Seymour to explain why the circus is using a field at her home, White House Farm, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire. Peter Jolly's Circus, which set up in the field last Wednesday and finished yesterday, features the country's last performing bear…. Mr Seymour defended the circus taking place on his land…. "I have been a farmer all my life and the animals there are in absolutely superb condition," he said…. (story)

Western Daily Press 21.8.06 PUBLICISE CHINA'S ABUSE OF ANIMALS TO HELP STAMP IT OUT - I Cannot tell you just how angered and shocked I was to read the article "50,000 dogs slaughtered" (Western Daily Press, August 2), brutally culled in China because of rabies… John Baxter Weston-super-Mare North Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 21.8.06 MYTHS ABOUT TB IN BADGERS - If britain's badgers have been saved from a pointless, counter-productive slaughter, Ben Bradshaw is to be congratulated. Hopefully he has seen through the nonsense spouted by the National Farmers' Union (NFU) and will have the courage not only to keep in place the new rules that stop farmers buying and selling diseased cattle, but also introduce the gamma interferon test which will root out even more infected beasts… M R Hughes Kenilworth, Warwickshire (letter)


Observer 20.8.06 The green marchioness - Caroline Boucher meets eco warrior Tracy Worcester at home in Badminton… Tracy was one of the first and most committed eco warriors, famed for her ecological views and an alacrity to go on protest marches (the hunting ban, various contentious bypasses). She attracted a lot of press and quite a few brickbats (Taki attacked her in his Spectator column), but she stuck to her guns… However, at the forefront of her mind today is local food. A friend is organising British Food Fortnight (23 September-8 October) and Tracy is right behind it….(story)

Observer 20.8.06 Extremism fears push directors into secrecy - Conal Walsh - The number of company directors seeking special government protection from kidnappers and animal rights extremists has trebled in the past year… (story)

Sunday Herald 20.8.06 Outlaw farm cruelty - KIRSTY Taylor’s article on how animal welfare standards are suffering because of the demand for cheap meat (News, August 13) shows the need for our politicians to take positive action to maintain animal welfare and protect domestic producers…. John F Robins, For Animal Concern
AS consumers we have a moral duty to protect the welfare of any farmed animals we eat… We can all change our purchasing habits by buying British produce, free-range eggs and outdoor-reared meat…. Iona Ross, Inverness (letters)

Observer 20.8.06 The origins of veggie might - Jonathan Beckman is left more than satisfied by Tristram Stuart's scintillating study of vegetarianism, The Bloodless Revolution…For inveterate carnivores such as myself, the prospect of vegetarianism is dry, cold and inhabited solely by lentils. Yet after completing Tristram Stuart's fascinating history, I prodded my roast chicken around my plate with a little unease. Stuart illuminates the vibrant plurality of pro-vegetarian arguments: some cranky, some bonkers and others forcefully compelling… (story)


Exeter Express & Echo 19.8.06 I'LL CONTINUE TO DEFY A LAW THAT IS WRONG - Ivor Annetts says that people hunting deer must now be careful. I totally disagree with the Hunting Act… The law says that I can only flush the deer with two dogs and that I must shoot it. The law is wrong and I refuse to obey it. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 19.8.06 LABOUR'S MANY POSITIVE POLICIES - I have to say to Philippa Sampson (Your View, August 9) her comments concerning my support for the government reveal a lack of understanding on her part into the role and workings of the grassroots Labour membership…. Many in Torbay and the outlying districts welcomed a smoking ban, the ban on hunting with hounds, and the reform of the House of Lords… DR DAVID PEDRICK FRIEND, Sunbury Road, Paignton (letter)

Times 19.8.06 The deer hunters - Angus Donald has a shot at bringing home the healthiest cut of red meat - It’s 4 o’clock on a freezing April morning, a light snow is whipping through the pre-dawn darkness and I’m dressing to kill. Black jeans, black polo-neck jersey, black gloves, battered walking boots and a scuffed green Barbour jacket. I’m going out to hunt the fallow deer that roam all over the Kent countryside where I live. I’ve never done this before and I’m nervous and excited. I am going out with a local man Kieron and his friend Paul, both of whom are expert deer hunters licensed to use high-powered rifles and given permission by farmers to shoot deer on their land…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 19.8.06 New Highland Show chief keeps up airport fight - THE new chairman in charge of the Royal Highland Showground says that the relocation of the Ingliston site to make way for an expanded Edinburgh Airport is not a "done deal". Borders farmer Allan Murray, director of hunting and equestrian sports at the Scottish Countryside Alliance, succeeded former chairman John Young this week…. (story)

Times 19.8.06 New faces of animal rights are sentenced BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - TWO young animal rights extremists, described as embryonic leaders of the movement, were given community service orders yesterday for stealing hundreds of animals from a pet shop owner… Grace Quantock, 19, and Linus Harrison, 20, both of Yateley, Hampshire, were given community service orders. Police said that they were being groomed as future leaders of the animal rights movement, which is led by activists 20 years their senior. Sarah Whitehead, 49, of Littlehampton, West Sussex, was given a nine-month suspended sentence. Helen Luff, 39, of Chichester, was given a community service order. (story)
Telegraph 19.8.06 Animal activists freed over filthy breeding centre By Stewart Payne - Four animal rights activists were spared jail yesterday after a judge heard that the rodents, rabbits, birds and dogs they "liberated" from a breeding centre were kept in such appalling conditions that the RSPCA would have prosecuted if it had known. Judge John Sessions said he did not condone their "vigilantism" but accepted that they had been "outraged" by the conditions they found… Sarah Whitehead, 49, a nurse, masterminded the raid, which was carried out with "military precision", Chichester Crown Court was told. She was helped by Grace Quantock, 19, a university student, her boyfriend Linus Harrison, 20, and Helen Luff, 39, a traffic warden, all of whom appeared in court, and by others who did not… The judge refused to make a compensation order, saying: "Because Mr Porter was probably committing offences of animal cruelty, it was probable he would have had to dispose of these animals and birds." (story)
BBC News Online 18.8.06 Four convicted over animal theft - Four animal rights campaigners who stole birds, rodents and dogs from a breeder have been convicted of burglary at Chichester Crown Court. They are Grace Quantock, 19, and Linus Harrison, 20 - both of Yateley - Sarah Whitehead, 49, from Chichester, and Helen Luff, 39, from Littlehampton. The gang broke into the Old Fuel Depot in Merston, West Sussex, in July 2005. Whitehead was given a suspended jail term. The other three were given community service orders…. (story)
Argus 18.8.06 Animal rights activists spared jail - Four animal rights extremists who stole hundreds of birds, rodents, rabbits and dogs from an animal breeder were today spared jail. Grace Quantock, 19, Linus Harrison, 20, Sarah Whitehead, 49, and Helen Luff, 39, cut through a wire fence and smashed a window during the daytime raid at the Old Fuel Depot in Merston, near Chichester, on July 3 last year…. When arrested, Whitehead had papers on her relating to operations against Huntingdon Life Sciences and people who worked directly or indirectly for the company…. (story)
Times 14.7.06 Animal extremists raided pet shop to free birds and rats By Nicola Woolcock - FOUR animal rights extremists who stole hundreds of birds, rodents, rabbits and dogs from a pet shop owner have been convicted of burglary and could be jailed when they return to court for sentencing next month. They include two young activists described as rising stars who are being groomed as leaders of the animal rights movement. Grace Quantock, 19, and Linus Harrison, 20, of Yateley, Hampshire, Sarah Whitehead, 49, of Littlehampton, West Sussex, and Helen Luff, 39, of Chichester, West Sussex, cut through a wire fence and smashed a window during the raid on a breeding centre at Merston, near Chichester. They denied the charge but were found guilty at Chichester Crown Court after a week-long trial. All four are members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac)… (story)

Shetland News 19.8.06 Seals need protection - I READ with interest your article on the drop in common seal numbers in Shetland. I was particularly interested in the statement attributed to Hansen Black, chief executive of Shetland Fishermen's Association, who said seals were no threat to the fishing industry, and suggested a lack of fish in inshore waters might be responsible for the decline in commons…. If our politicians have half the commonsense and knowledge of marine ecology shown by Hansen Black they will move quickly to make it illegal to shoot seals around the coast of Scotland…. Yours sincerely, John F. Robins, For SOSF (letter in archive)

Yorkshire Post 19.8.06 Battery farm shame of milk producers From: Derrick Waters, Warmsworth Road, Balby, Doncaster. I have every sympathy with the struggling dairy farmers having to cease production, their backs having been up against the wall for so long now. However, I have no concerns whatsoever for any dairy farmer now adopting the new trend of what's called "passive grazing" in order to escape such financial difficulties…. (letter)


Western Gazette 18.8.06 HOUNDS ARE POPULAR WITH PUBLIC - Support for hunts across the country is continuing to grow, according to hunstman Mark Doggrell of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt. The public were given the chance to get close to his hunt's hounds in the main arena along with those of the Portman Hunt and South and West Wiltshire Hunt…. (story)

Post & Times 18.8.06 RECORD CROWDS FLOCK TO SHOW - The 27th Manifold Agricultural Show attracted a record attendance on Saturday…. Main ring attractions included carriage driving, a vintage display of tractors followed by a slow tractor race, terrier racing, a demonstration by the Three Shires Blood Hounds and puissance jumping, which attracted many competitors… (story)

Hexham Courant 18.8.06 Crowds return to the 'friendly show' - LAST Saturday's Slaley Show was attended by more than 2,000 people, and the weather just about held fair, although a little bit on the chilly side (it's strangely reassuring to see that summer weather in Slaley is returning to the norm)…. The Haydon Hunt Hounds looked great, as did the competitors in the dog section. For the first time at the show, the Sporting Lucas Terrier Club held its annual event, with members from far and wide, including Sussex, London, Northern Ireland and Scotland…. (story)

Western Daily Press 18.8.06 EXCUSES FOR ANIMAL ABUSE - Worse than the actual acts of cruelty and suffering inflicted on other species are the lies and deceit used to excuse it, demonstrated on BBC Radio Four's Any Questions, when Max Hastings tried to excuse human cruelty and abuse by saying that cats kill birds. He has ignored the fact that birds also kill butterflies, insects, worms, small mammals, having evolved to hunt to survive, while human hunters kill millions of migratory birds each year, plus the slaughter from the seven million-odd air guns in UK for the fun of it… David Thomas Hisomley Wiltshire (letter)

Worcester Evening News 18.8.06 Let's double size of swan sanctuary - Isn't it marvellous, the bit of river designated for a bird sanctuary. These anglers have got miles of canals and rivers, but no - they must have this bit as well…. I think the bird sanctuary should be doubled in size and if there is no bylaw then the council should push one through in double quick time. JOHN SHEARON, Worcester. (letter in archive)

Portsmouth News 18.8.06 Animal rights group pledges to hold weekly protests - Animal rights protesters have begun what they vow will be weekly protests outside the gates of a local firm. Members of the Poole-based Southern Animal Rights Coalition set up camp outside the QinetiQ factory in Fort Road, Gosport, to protest about the firm's use of goats in pressure-chamber tests… Thelma Lynn of Waverley Path, Gosport, said: 'I own horses in a field next door to their protest – the horses were all going mad because of the noise and disturbances. I asked them to stop or try to be quieter for the horses but they told me they didn't care and were going to carry on.' Dave Thompson, 25, head of the animal rights group, denied the claim. He said that although the horses were several hundred yards away, they had quietened down when asked during Wednesday's protest…. (story)

Western Daily Press 18.8.06 SPEAK OUT AGAINST CRUEL EXPERIMENTS - September 1 is International Primate Day. It is a chance for people to use their voice, to stop brutal experiments and stand up for our relations in the primate world…. Leanne Talbot Bristol (letter)

BBC News Online 18.8.06 Dead pig 'dance' faces criticism - A controversial art performance in Cornwall involving a dead pig has been criticised by an animal rights group. In the Wrong Placeness is billed as a "slow, crushing dance with a pig", which the Newlyn Art Gallery director said could lead to "informed debate"…. The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said: "Cruelty is not entertainment."…. (story)
Scotsman 18.8.06 Naked performance with dead pig branded "sick" - LONDON (Reuters) - Animal rights activists have described as "sick" a live art performance involving a naked woman cradling a dead pig for four hours. Kira O'Reilly's show, called "Inthewrongplaceness" will be performed at the Newlyn Art Gallery in Penzance, southwest England, later on Friday… a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called the performance "sick"… (story)

Western Daily Press 18.8.06 IGNORING FACTS ON THE SPREAD OF TB - I Am writing with regard to your piece about TB in dairy cattle (August 15). I would like to point out that despite the fact that dairy cattle in areas where there are no badgers still get TB, and despite the persistent culling of badgers in areas where TB occurs, the rate of TB is not affected…. Badgers are a beautiful, yet abused, part of our heritage and it is time it stopped. Tracey Rawlings London (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 18.8.06 STREET APPEAL WELL RECEIVED - I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the people of Cheltenham who so generously donated to the street collection in aid of Respect for Animals held in the town centre… Sandra Barker, Respect for Animals. (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 18.8.06 Carlisle News & Star 18.8.06 No we shouldn’t cull the gulls, as Chris Blyth suggests. What is it with people that makes them think they can kill anything that annoys them?... MISS C COLLINS, Warwick Road, Carlisle (letter)

Norwich Evening News 18.8.06 RSPCA under fire as deer is rescued - DAVID BALE - The RSPCA has been criticised for a failure to act for the second time in a week after a deer was trapped in a compound next to the park and ride site at Norwich Airport for more than a week. The roe deer was finally released unharmed when concerned people living nearby called Pact animal sanctuary, in Woodrising, and with help from Hallswood Animal Sanctuary owner Keith Hall, they took it by ambulance and released it in woods near Stratton Stawless. Dale Featherby, a flying instructor who works next to the compound, said: "The RSPCA was useless. They did not even come and look at the poor animal. There was no way the deer was going to get out of there…. (story)

Harrogate Advertiser 18.8.06 Circus animals lead a sad and hopeless existence - From: Paul Nelson, Heathfield Road, Croydon. R KIMBERLEY (Letters, August 11) writes to tell us that, as an "animal lover" she observed clean, happy, healthy, well fed and very well cared for animals at Jollys Circus. Can an animal lover truly believe that it is a good thing to take an animal from its natural and familiar environment, take it to a different country, and there keep it in cages and chains to be trained by reward and punishment to act in a way completely alien to its nature, and then trucked up and down across the country just to entertain people?... (letter)


Times 17.8.06 PC cleared of attack at demo - A police officer was cleared of clubbing the Master of the Hampshire Hunt over the head during pro-hunting demonstrations outside the Houses of Parliament… (story)
BBC News Online 16.8.06 Pc cleared of hunt demo 'attack' - A policeman has been cleared of hitting a demonstrator over the head with a baton during a pro-hunt rally. Pc Barry Jenkins, 36, was found not guilty at Southwark Crown Court of causing actual bodily harm to Simon Harrap, a farmer from Farnham, Surrey…. (story)
BBC News Online 15.8.06 Hunt demo Pc claims self-defence - A policeman accused of attacking a demonstrator with a baton during a pro-hunt rally acted in self-defence, Southwark Crown Court has heard. Pc Barry Jenkins, 36, is accused of hitting Simon Harrap over the head when police lines clashed with protesters in Parliament Square in September 2004…. (story)
Daily Mail 15.8.06 PC laid into me with his baton, says huntmaster - A farmer protesting against the ban on hunting was left with a deep head wound after a policeman hit him with a baton, a court heard yesterday. Simon Harrap, 58, said he had been chatting convivially with officers during a demonstration in Parliament Square. But as the crowd surged, he was pushed towards the police cordon where officers drew their batons, the court was told. Mr Harrap, who is master of a Hampshire Hunt, was then hit around the head by PC Barry Jenkins, it is claimed…. (story)

Milford Mercury 17.8.06 Damp start for County Show - Thousands of tourists, farmers and furry animals have been descending upon Haverfordwest for the Pembrokeshire County Show over the last two days, and today (Thursday) is sure to be another sell-out…. A parade of fox hounds, sheepdog trials, horticultural and photography competitions as well as poultry shows were also on offer… (story)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 17.8.06 It’s looking rosey for 135rd show - ROSEDALE Show, which attracts farmers and tourists from miles around, is being held on Saturday - 135 years since it was first staged…. Among the many attractions at the show will be the Malton White Star Band, foxhound and terrier shows, a gundog show, gymkhana, craft workers, side shows, and hundreds of entries in the livestock, rabbits, cavies, and poultry sections as well as the horticultural and baking classes… (story)

North Devon Journal 17.8.06 CONCERNS OVER HUNTSMAN TRIAL - In the trial under the Hunting Act last week, I am concerned that Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright was tried before a district judge rather than before a bench of local magistrates… Was there, I wonder, pressure behind the scenes from the Lord Chancellor's office for the case to be removed from the jurisdiction of the local magistrates, who to my mind would have been the proper body to try the case?... DR JOHN HARPER, J.P., F.R.C.P., Guilsborough, Northamptonshire. (letter)

Western Daily Press 17.8.06 ARROGANCE OF THE ALLIANCE - If the so-called Countryside Alliance is so concerned about crime in the countryside (Western Daily Press, August 15), it would be reining in its extremist members who seem intent on breaking the law of the land…. Chris Gale Chippenham Wiltshire (letter)

Western Daily Press 17.8.06 ABOVE THE LAW? - So the Countryside Alliance want the police to tackle rural crime, but not "their" law- breaking. What they are asking is for the police to turn a blind eye to their vile pastime… Judith Hewitt Rhyl Denbighshire (letter)

Western Daily Press 17.8.06 GIVE IT A REST - Guilty huntsman Tony Wright says he found the hunting act confusing? Simple answer - pack up, give up - sorted! Mrs J Cook Minehead Somerset (letter)

Scotsman 17.8.06 Murray takes RHASS chair stressing 365-day mission - ALAN DUNCAN - BORDERS farmer Allan Murray, Redden, Kelso, is the new chairman of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland…. An arable farmer growing 370 hectares of oilseed rape, wheat and spring barley, he is at present best known as director of hunting and equestrian sports at the Scottish Countryside Alliance… (story)
Southern Reporter 17.8.06 Borders farmer to head up Highland Show - SALLY GILLESPIE - BORDER farmer Allan Murray has taken over as chairman of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society…. Mr Murray is also the director of hunting and equestrian sports for the Scottish Countryside Alliance (story)

Telegraph 17.8.06 Pole position - On behalf of all polecats, whether semi-house-trained or fully wild, I should thank you for your sensitive reporting (August 15) of the death of Socks at the hands of a Jack Russell terrier…. Lord Tebbit London SW1 (letter)
Telegraph 15.8.06 The loss of a polecat - The Rev John Russell could hardly have foreseen the consequences of buying, when still an undergraduate at Oxford in the Regency period, a terrier called Trump from the milkman… Nature, as Tennyson, an Isle of Wight resident, remarked, is red in tooth and claw. Bert may have let his master down culpably, but it was in his nature. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 16.8.06 MP says sorry after his dog savages polecat at show - AN MP apologised today after his Jack Russell dog savaged a polecat in front of visitors at a county show… (story)
Scotsman 16.8.06 MP: 'Sorry my terrier savaged a polecat' - RHIANNON EDWARD - AN MP apologised today after his Jack Russell dog savaged a polecat in front of visitors at a county show… (story)
Guardian 16.8.06 MP says sorry after terrier savages polecat - Andrew Turner, the Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, apologised yesterday after his Jack Russell dog savaged a polecat at a county show and a vet had to end the life of the badly injured animal….(story)
Telegraph 15.8.06 Tory MP's Jack Russell shakes polecat to death in front of show crowd By Stewart Payne - An MP apologised to a member of a ferret club yesterday after his Jack Russell savaged her polecat to death in front of crowds at a county show. Andrew Turner, the Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, was walking around the island's annual show when his nine-year-old terrier, Bert, caught sight of Socks, a four-year-old polecat, which was being exercised on a harness. Bert lunged forward, causing Mr Turner to lose hold of his lead. The dog sank its teeth into the polecat and it took four people and a bucket of cold water to force him to loosen his grip. By then it was too late to save Socks and he was put down by the show's vet… (story)
Times 15.8.06 Terrier kills off his master's day out BY DAVID SANDERSON - It was meant to be a fun time at the fair for MP Andrew Turner, drumming up votes and meeting the locals . . . until Bert caught sight of prey… As Andrew Turner, the Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, strolled through the crowds, Bert broke free from his lead and sank his teeth into Socks, a polecat being taken for a walk near by… (story)

Somerset Guardian 17.8.06 RACING DOG CHARITY BACKS WELFARE CALLS BY ESTELLE PHILLIPS - Staff at a dog rescue charity have backed calls for welfare issues in the greyhound racing industry to be regulated… Now, the Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE) charity has added its support to possible action that could see welfare issues being more tightly controlled. GRWE trustee and publicity officer Gavin Duckett said: "There are responsible people who race the dogs and then return them to us, and there are irresponsible owners who do horrible things to them….” (story)

Carlisle News & Star 17.8.06 Should we cull grey squirrels? - Andrew TylerDirector, Animal Aid - The issue of red squirrel protection is no more fiercely debated than in Cumbria. There are powerful vested interests who insist that grey squirrels are the demon factor and must be ‘controlled’ – i.e. slaughtered…. It is time we owned up to our own environmental vices and sought to remedy them by coexisting with nature instead of making war on it. (letter)

North East Evening Gazette 17.8.06 Circus call - Mike Morgan, Evening Gazette - An animal rights group is calling on people to boycott a circus in Stokesley. The Captive Animals Protection Society wants to see travelling circuses forced to stop using animals. Peter Jolly's Circus is one of just eight in the UK to still use them, including a bear…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 17.8.06 Bear shame From: Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington, East Yorkshire. India is a country bursting with wonderful traits… the fact that there are still more than 600 dancing bears suffering on its streets is a cause for outrage. (story)


Drogheda Independent 16.8.06 Hunt objectors protest outside Louth Hunt Ball - Members of the Association of Hunt Saboteurs placed a peaceful picket on the Louth Hunt Ball held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin on Saturday night last…. They state that 30 protestors attended, while the hunt ball organisers claim that the gardai told them it was just 11…. Bernie Wright, spokesperson, for the Association of Hunt Saboteurs said: ‘Hunt balls are a major fundraising effort and monies raised at these events help the keep the killing activities of the hunt going.’… (story)
Daily Ireland 14.8.06 Animal-rights protesters picket huntsmans’ ball By Mick Hall - Animal-rights protesters demonstrated outside the annual fundraising dinner of Co Louth’s fox-hunting fraternity in Dublin at the weekend. Around 50 protesters affiliated to the Association of Hunt Saboteurs picketed the Louth Foxhounds Hunt Ball on Saturday evening. The event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin. The activists held placards condemning the practice of cubbing, whereby dogs surround foxholes and exiting cubs are used to blood new hounds being initiated into the hunting pack…. (story)

Western Daily Press 16.8.06 WAS FOX CUB A VICTIM OF HUNT? … H Webb may say that "no hunt would be out at this time of the year" but, even ignoring the mink hunts, I think that that's just wishful thinking. Gill Purser Cheltenham Gloucestershire (letter)

Western Daily Press 16.8.06 POULTRY KILLERS COULD BE DOGS - With regard to the letter "Foxes slaughtered beautiful duck and my chickens too", is the person sure this was the action of a fox? We have just had our lovely male Aylesbury duck killed, not by a fox but by an uncontrolled 11-month-old collie… I would also like to point out that this year's fox cubs are still partially dependent on their parents for food, especially cubs from a late mating pair. This is one of the reasons hunting with dogs is now against the law, as hunts used to train their new dogs by killing cubs. M Haines Address supplied (letter)
Western Daily Press 10.8.06 KEEP ALL YOUR ANIMALS SAFE - Don't get me wrong - I love all animals, including fluffy ducks and ex-battery-house chickens. In fact, when I kept these lovely creatures, I spent considerable time and money fencing off a decent-sized open pen for them and housed them in fox-proof sheds… is there just a possibility that the letter-writer who told of the death of her ducks and chickens (Your Say, August 7) is a pro-hunt supporter, trying to gain bad publicity for one of Britain's much maligned species?... R M Morris Chapel Cleeve Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 7.8.06 FOXES SLAUGHTERED BEAUTIFUL DUCK AND MY CHICKENS, TOO - I Popped down the road only to post a letter, at four o' clock in the afternoon and, when I came back, an adorable fluffy fox had taken a beautiful Silver Appleyard duck off her nest… Foxes are not feeding cubs at this time of the year. Why are they considered so special and other species not? I love to see a fox, don't get me wrong, but why should every other species have to be kept prisoner because there are too many foxes now?... Name and address supplied (letter)

Western Daily Press 16.8.06 PLEASE PROSECUTE THIS LAWBREAKER - What astonishing arrogance and self-importance Giles Bradshaw displays in writing to the police to inform them he is deliberately going out to break the law and ensure he is above he Hunting Act. Are there any other laws he thinks he is above? I am sure the police have got better things to do than respond to Mr Bradshaw's self-indulgent bleatings, which is probably why he does not get a reply…. Tony Read Henbury Bristol (letter)
Western Daily Press 14.8.06 FOX CUB WASN'T RESULT OF HUNTING - I Found the lack of knowledge shown by Mr Franklin (Your Say, August 2) rather concerning. He believed that the disembowelled fox cub he found near Enmore, on Forestry Commission land, was the result of an illegal fox-hunt. However, he fails to realise that no hunt would be out at this time of year…. H Webb Langport Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 11.8.06 MINDLESS KILLINGS (AUGUST 2) - Does Roy Franklin have any evidence at all that there was a hunt present on July 29, 2006, at Wind Down Wood, near Enmore? If not, then the rest of his allegations seem a bit silly. We frequently see fox casualties on land near us whose bodies have been scavenged by other foxes…. Andrew, Bath (letter)
Western Daily Press 8.8.06 MINDLESS KILLINGS (AUGUST 2) - I can assure Mr Franklin that no pack would be hunting in July, closed season. Point your finger elsewhere… Peter Kent, Essex
Sounds like this cub was killed by another fox or a badger, not a hunt as if a pack of hounds caught the fox there would be very little left of it…. Kenneth, Lancashire
Get real, Mr Franklin, this is the countryside - where nature red in tooth and claw takes its own victims... Jane Allen, Hereford (letters)
Western Daily Press 2.8.06 MINDLESS KILLINGS - On July 29, 2006, while walking at Wind Down Wood, near Enmore, we found a fox cub that had been disembowelled. Its colon was lying across the path, with some of its organs hanging out of its stomach. Its gut had been ripped open by multiple bite wounds. No doubt this was another hunt casualty… Why is the Forestry Commission allowing the hunts on their land when they continue to abuse the terms of these licences ?... Roy Franklin Bridgwater Somerset (letter)

Guardian 16.8.06 Eco Soundings - John Vidal - Pity the poor ghillie, the Scottish "servant" who traditionally helps the laird hunt and shoot but who this year, as the grouse season starts, faces missing one perk of the trade. After the season, ghillies were allowed to shoot a few mountain hare for the pot… Now Neil Macdonald, a former detective sergeant who was the animal crime officer for Tayside, claims that estates in the eastern highlands are "systematically culling" the hares…. The EU is now investigating the former copper's formal complaint (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 16.8.06 'MANY HORSES DIE DURING OR AFTER A RACE' - Geoff Ford, in Ford's Focus (Viewpoint, August 4), questions the use of the whip in horse racing and says that he would "much prefer to see the whip banned for all but safety reasons". The charity Animal Aid has been pressing for this for a number of years in this punishing industry…. Pat Wickham, North Street, Caistor. (story)

Oxford Mail 16.8.06 Animal campaigner is banned By Jason Collie - Oxford University has won an appeal to ban an animal rights protester from the exclusion zone around its new biomedical research laboratory. The High Court yesterday agreed to the university's application to place an injunction on Speak's Mel Broughton, banning him from the site of the research facility in South Parks Road where demonstrating is already not allowed…. (story)

Times 16.8.06 Campaigner fined - Greg Avery, 38, of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, which campaigns against Huntingdon Life Sciences, was fined £100 by magistrates in Brighton for holding an unlicensed street collection. Daniel Wadham, 19, who is serving a year in custody for animal rights offences, was ordered to serve an extra day (story)

Cambridge Evening News 16.8.06 Animal concerns From Joan Court, Quaker Concern for Animals, Sturton Street, Cambridge - TESTING on animals is contentious, so much so that researchers feel persecuted and live as if they were in a gated community, sticking together against a common enemy, and peaceful animal rights campaigners are unheard and stigmatized…. (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 16.8.06 CHANGE MEANS ANIMAL TEST RISK - As a frequent visitor to the Bodyshop in both Cheltenham and Gloucester I was appalled to learn as so many were, that this year, L'Oreal had acquired this cruelty-free cosmetic outlet…. Saturday August 19will see the launch of the first peaceful protest against the Bodyshop in Cheltenham and will be held outside the front entrance of the Regent shopping arcade. Future protests are to be held once a month in Cheltenham and/or Gloucester. NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (story)

York Press 16.8.06 Let’s get tough - WE need a deterrent to stop the torture and killing of animals. Five years in prison, and a lifetime ban from keeping any animals would make animal abusers think twice… D Fillingham, The Crossway, York. (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 16.8.06 Shocking plight of factory farmed pigs - I have recently become aware of a shocking example of the cruelty of factory farming - the pig farrowing crate… Ashley Brown Maghera (story)

Western Morning News 16.8.06 BADGER CULL U-TURN FURY - Westcountry farmers reacted with fury last night after the Government admitted it may rule out a cull of badgers to prevent the spread of bovine TB…(story)
Gloucester Citizen 16.8.06 BADGER CULL SET TO BE DROPPED - Plans for a large-scale cull of badgers in a bid to halt the spread of TB among cattle look set to be shelved. New cases of the disease among cattle herds have dropped by 23% after the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) introduced strict testing rules…. Stroud badger expert Martin Hancox said the drop in TB cases proved a cull would not be effective, and backed Mr Bradshaw's remarks…. Protest group the Badger Trust has also called for plans for a cull to be shelved. (story)


Mid Devon Gazette 15.8.06 CONVICTION SHOULD BE WAKE-UP CALL FOR HUNTS - JOHN TWYFORD - Mr Wright argued that he had been trying to comply with the law "as I understood it" but a judge said his actions had been in breach of the hunting ban. At issue was Mr Wright's assertion that he was doing no more than using a legal number of hounds to flush foxes out to be shot. He believed this was within the law…. Other hunts should take note of this ruling - and not just fox hunts. There are also hunts which flush out stags using dogs, which then chase the beast until it comes to a halt and can be safely shot… The law banning hunting appears to be badly phrased, badly put together and open to interpretation…. (story)

Western Daily Press 15.8.06 COPS SHOULD CHASE ME - Maverick hunt campaigner Giles Bradshaw, pictured right, has repeated his demand for police action - to stamp out his own illegal hunting. Mr Bradshaw said the case of Tony Wright highlighted how "ridiculous" the hunt ban was - as it required him to have guns ready to shoot any deer his dogs flushed out even if he did not let the dogs chase them… (story)

Western Morning News 15.8.06 IT'S A FIRING SQUAD FOR FLUSHED-OUT ANIMALS - In your news story "Did huntsman break the law?" (August 1), you quote the prosecutor's statement as to how the Hunting Act must be obeyed by people who flush out wild mammals with their dogs. Mr Furlong claims having one man to shoot any animal that might escape is not enough and that there must be "a line or lines of guns" present to mow down fleeing animals…. If a whole herd of deer, for example, was flushed out of a wood then an entire firing squad would be needed to massacre every last one of them. No doubt the League Against Cruel Sports would be happier with a machine gun emplacement…. I will never shoot those deer, even though it is a criminal offence not to. Giles Bradshaw Rose Ash (letter)

Western Morning News 15.8.06 MARKSMEN DON'T LEAVE ANIMALS TO SUFFER IN PAIN - Diana Scott (WMN, July 27) said that the new law had caused more suffering to wildlife as flushing a three-legged deer with two hounds was harder than it would have been with more hounds… why did they not call off their hounds, quads, riders, vehicles and so on, to leave the deer in peace and quiet, so as not to frighten it further, and call in an experienced marksman, if the deer was beyond saving by a wildlife hospital?... D Williams Barnstaple (letter)

Western Morning News 15.8.06 LIFESTYLE THAT MADE US GREAT IS STIFLED - As our Prime Minister waffles on about democracy and freedom of speech Britain slides into a dictatorship that has stifled all the lifestyle that once made this country great. Draconian legislation means we can no longer hunt with hounds, smoke or use pounds and ounces. … Great Britain? I don't think so, not under New Labour. Colin Richey, Tiverton (letter)

Worcester Evening News 15.8.06 RSPCA has only itself to blame - Perhaps had the RSPCA not squandered our money on a multi-million pound new premises, together with two recent political and extensive advertising campaigns in the national press, the local branch might not now be facing problems ("Debt-ridden RSPCA in urgent call for cash aid", July 31). The campaigns to `ban hunting' and `stop the badger cull' have resulted in a serious deterioration in the welfare of both foxes and badgers…. DAVID SMITH, Worcester (letter in archive)

Independent 15.8.06 Revealed: 22 million birds shot each year By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor - More than 22 million birds are shot legally in Britain every year, as part of a European toll of well over 100m, a new survey claims. The full total across Europe includes as many as 30 million songbirds such as thrushes and skylarks, hunted in countries such as Italy and France, according to the report from a radical German anti-hunting pressure group, the Committee against Bird Crime (Komitee gegen den Vogelmord)….(story)

Independent 15.8.06 The ethics of eating - Every year my husband beats on a local shoot and often returns with a brace of pheasants, much to the disgust of an elderly neighbour… He sees no irony in complaining about the cruelty of "blood" sports whilst driving to the supermarket to pay £2.50 for an intensively reared chicken which has not seen the light of day. ANGELA ELLIOTT, WELTON LE MARSH, LINCOLNSHIRE
I consider myself a quasi-vegetarian as once or twice a month I eat hunted vermin (pigeon, rabbit etc) out of pure altruism to one's fellow citizens…. ROBERT BOSTON, WEST MALLING, KENT (letters)

Norwich Evening News 15.8.06 Special report: Fate of our racing dogs - DAVID POWLES - Dozens of dogs are being neglected, starved, mistreated and deprived of medical treatment because some greyhound trainers do not care for them once they stop racing. A special Evening News investigation revealed several appalling cases, where retired racing dogs were being sold or given away to unscrupulous owners or people incapable of looking after them properly…. (story)

Sunderland Echo 15.8.06 David Smith has not broken rules - WITH reference to the letter from your correspondent E Corney (Disgust and Anger, Sunderland Echo, Saturday, July 22), I write to explain the RSPCA's position with regards to the Seaham greyhounds. The RSPCA can only prosecute for cruelty using the 1911 Protection of Animals Act…. In the case of the Seaham greyhounds, there is no suggestion that David Smith dispatched the dogs in anything but a humane manner. Therefore, although we might find his actions towards the greyhounds unpleasant and upsetting, Mr Smith has committed no cruelty according to the 1911 act. Heather Holmes, RSPCA regional press officer (letter)

York Press 15.8.06 Inhumane data - Kate Fowler-Reeves, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. (letter)
Western Morning News 15.8.06 ANIMAL TESTS MISLEAD - Kate Fowler-Reeves, Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 9.8.06 Shocking rise in animal experiments - THE announcement last week that there has been a hike in the number of animals used in experiments - nearly three million in 2005, 34,000 more than in the previous year - is both shocking and disappointing….it's high time the Government listened and directed its attention and our taxes away from misleading and painful tests on animals and toward state-of-the-art, human-based research that would really benefit human health. K FOWLER-REEVES Animal Aid Tonbridge Kent (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 15.8.06 ANIMAL TESTING DOES NOT WORK - Cancer is one of our greatest health concerns. We all know someone who has been affected by it. Because of this fear, experiments on animals are justified by arguing that they increase our knowledge of this illness and improve treatments… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are asking us to write to the Home Secretary, John Reid, to urge him to stop licensing the tests… CHL?-E NEWMAN Church Street Carlton (letter)

Bucks Free Press 15.8.06 Fighting abuse - MAY I thank the people of High Wycombe for their generosity in raising £100 in a street collection on July 29 on behalf of Animal Aid… Margaret Campbell Sandygate Close Marlow (letter)

Shetland News 15.8.06 Seal decline no surprise - KNOWING one person working at a salmon farm who takes great delight in shooting seals and considers it a sport and another person who witnessed the emptying of a seal cage when the netful of dead seals was mistaken for a dead whale, it is hardly surprising that seal numbers are in decline… There are probably other factors involved but seal slaughtering is definitely one of them. Regards, Sarah McBurnie (letter)

Western Morning News 15.8.06 BADGERS DID NOT CAUSE THESE EPIDEMICS - Here we go again. More nonsense from the NFU's deputy president Meurig Raymond. He tries to dismiss the importance of the huge public response to the badger culling consultation - 47,000 replies and an overwhelming rejection of Defra's futile and ill-thought out badger slaughter plan - and then in his usual ham-handed way tries to denigrate the organisations which want to see the real cause of the bTB epidemic dealt with… M Hughes, Kenilworth (letter)

Western Morning News 15.8.06 CARRY ON CONGER CUDDLING MY HEARTIES! - I read "Animal rights protest scuppers conger cuddling" (WMN, July 29). Far be it from me to comment one way or the other on what gives others pleasure - a bit of fun. But come on, my hearties, I thought Dorset men were made of sterner stuff and to "cave in" just because one person or group objects - on fallacious grounds - is a bit cowardly…. Peter Mahoney Hayle (letter)


Bournemouth Daily Echo 14.8.06 Show a classic – no bull! By Bob Jolliffe - WITH no repeat of last year's traffic chaos and a cool start to a day that gently warmed up, this year's edition of the Ellingham Show was a classic event to remember… Children were called into the main ring to meet the hounds of the New Forest and Wilton packs…. (story)

Shropshire Star 14.8.06 Delight as show entries hit record - Record entries in livestock classes and the highest number of trade stands helped to attract hundreds of people to this year’s Llanfyllin Show…. Families who flocked to the event were also able to enjoy displays of vintage vehicles and machinery, the Tanatside Hunt, a gundog show by the Countryside Alliance as well as rural crafts, fairground rides and a Punch and Judy Show…. (story)

Halifax Courier 14.8.06 GUILTY UNDER HUNTING LAW … The other day Tony Wright, the huntsman of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was found guilty of a breach of the act because a fox was NOT killed! It's a crazy world we live in! - Peter L. Guy, Whitehill Road, Halifax. (letter)
Western Daily Press 11.8.06 HUNTING LAW SHOWS ITS TEETH (AUGUST 9) - I would dispute that the conviction of Tony Wright is a victory for "every animal lover in this country". It shows how "stupid and pointless" this law is, that Tony Wright was prosecuted for NOT killing a fox, or in fact, several foxes! Peter Guy, West Yorkshire (letter)

Western Daily Press 14.8.06 LAWBREAKER IS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE - I Would just like to comment on the recent prosecution of Tony Wright for breaking the hunting ban. Thank God someone has finally got justice against one of these so-called defenders of the countryside…. Miss H Nicholas Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 14.8.06 Call for licences - I WOULD like to ask why, if the RSPCA are truly interested in improving animal welfare (News & Star, July 27) did they not call for the licensing of pets, for the banning of fireworks which kill and maim far more animals than hunting with dogs ever did, for the licencing of air weapons which are now getting used far more in malicious attacks… Andrew Meads, Safewings Wildlife Conservation Projects (letter)

Birmingham Post 14.8.06 The 12th not so glorious - The start of the grouse shooting season has gone with a whimper rather than a bang, conservation chiefs said…. (story)
Northern Echo 14.8.06 Not so glorious start to the 12th - THE start of the grouse-shooting season - the Glorious Twelfth - turned out to be a damp squib for many sportsmen and women on North-East moors. Those few who ventured on to shoots in North Yorkshire, Northumberland and County Durham were faced with cold winds and driving rain….(story)
Sunday Times 13.8.06 Focus: Missing, facing extinction … Yesterday was the Glorious Twelfth, traditionally the day when a certain class of country sportsman took to the Scottish hills for the first day of the grouse-shooting season… Yesterday’s Glorious Twelfth was some considerable way short of glorious. This season the owners of Scotland’s 490 grouse moors have either cancelled their shoots or scaled them back dramatically because of a desperate shortage of birds. Yesterday morning on the Glenturret estate in Perthshire, there were no paying guests heading for the hill…. Disease, birds of prey and the weather have taken their toll. In a good year this estate, with its views of Schiehallion and Ben Vrackie, would have been home to about 100 grouse. By the latest count this year there are only 35… (story)
Sunday Herald 13.8.06 Falling grouse stocks hit Glorious 12th By Caireen Kelly - ALTHOUGH yesterday was the Glorious 12th, which marks the the beginning of the grouse-shooting season, there might not be much glory for the event in the future, according to experts…. (story)
Telegraph 12.8.06 Rearing grouse for the shoot saves many other species By Teresa Dent - Today sees the start of the red grouse shooting season - the Twelfth. For me it is glorious, not only because it brings to mind memories of happy childhood holidays tramping the moors, but because it represents the culmination of 12 months of conservation by gamekeepers and moorland managers….(story)
Telegraph 12.8.06 Calling the shots - The grouse season starts with a bang today, the Glorious Twelfth. And this time, someone's making a noise for Britain's unsung army of beaters. By Adam Edwards - Beating is the basest of work. There is no more humble rural occupation than trailing through wet undergrowth, thrashing at vegetation and banging trees in an attempt to urge game birds to flap over the heads of shotgun-wielding fat cats…. However, the casual nature of this haphazard work, which begins again today, the Glorious Twelfth, the traditional start of the grouse-shooting season, has left him an isolated creature in the computerised 21st century. To the beater, BlackBerry is just a fruit, blue-sky thinking is shouting "over" when a bird flies towards a gun, and "health and safety" is avoiding the pointy end of the weapon…. (story)
Telegraph 12.8.06 This year's grouse: not enough beaters By Paul Stokes - Prospects for red grouse shooting in northern England have improved slightly for the new season which starts today. One of the most marked population crashes of the moorland bird happened last year caused by the strongyle worm, a gut parasite, which thrives in mild wet winters. Bird numbers have started to increase, although there are concerns about the growing problem of sheep ticks which transfer a viral disease known as louping ill to red grouse in Scotland…. (story)
Guardian 12.8.06 The Glorious Twelfth is circumscribed by rings of fire - Martin Wainwright and David Ward - The guns will be out on dozens of Scottish and English heather moors today, but high above the Lancashire mill town of Colne there will be none of the "Go-back! Go-back!" calls of alarmed grouse. Instead, the start of this year's four-month shooting season will be marked by the crack and whirr of a clay pigeon machine on six square miles of hillside ruined two weeks ago by fire. The symbolic outing by 24 shooting syndicate members highlights the latest controversy to envelop the sport, which has been embroiled in arguments about public access and the toll of weather and disease on the birds…. (story)
Guardian 12.8.06 A bird in the hand - Richard Johnson - Today is the start of the grouse-shooting season, but the bird has an image problem: consumers still think of it as expensive, hard to get hold of and difficult to handle. It's not… So I was surprised by a new cookbook from the Moorland Association. To publicise its work, the Association has released a selection of its favourite recipes. I'm just not sure that 'the Duchess of Devonshire's grouse breast in horseradish cream sauce' or 'Sir Anthony Milbank's special roast grouse with double cream and brandy' really back up the healthy-eating idea…. (story)
BBC News Online 12.8.06 Mild winters hitting grouse stock - The opening day of the grouse-shooting season is suffering from a fall in bird stocks blamed on mild winters. The Game Conservancy Trust (GCT) said not much shooting would take place on the "Glorious Twelfth" in an attempt to boost the grouse population. The situation is put down to parasitic worms that thrive in mild winters and affect the gut of red grouse…. (story)
Scotsman 12.8.06 Grouse shoots blighted by a lack of birds - THE grouse shooting season will go with a whimper rather than a bang again this year, conservation chiefs warned yesterday. Today - the Glorious 12th - marks the beginning of the season when thousands traditionally take to the moors, but this year huntsmen will have plenty to grouse about… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 12.8.06 Grouse hunters warned of a poor season The grouse shooting season will go with a whimper rather than a bang today, conservation chiefs have warned… (story)
Carlisle News & Star 12.8.06 A whimper rather than a bang for Glorious 12th - THE grouse shooting season will go with a whimper rather than a bang again this year, conservation chiefs have warned… Despite some improvements this year the situation was still "a very mixed bag” and not much shooting would take place, said the Game Conservancy Trust (GCT)….(story)
Times 12.8.06 Worms cast shadow over Twelfth - Andrew Drummond, a gamekeeper from the Milton Estate and his springer spaniel were on Drumochter Moor in the Scottish Highlands yesterday preparing for the Glorious Twelfth — today’s start of the grouse shooting season… (story)
Times 12.8.06 Game cookery BY GORDON RAMSAY - Today marks the start of the game season, which officially kicks off with the autumnal sport of grouse hunting. It’s a time that many chefs look forward to after months of assembling salads and preparing light summer dishes… Wood Pigeon Casserole… Roast Grouse with Sage Butter and Bread Sauce… Raised Game Pie… (story)
Times 12.8.06 Food detective: grouse BY SHEILA KEATING - Of all game birds, grouse is the most prized, not only for its distinctive, rich, heathery flavour, but because its speed (up to 60mph) tests the skill of the hunter, and its relative rarity makes it a luxury…. (story)
Lancashire Evening Post 12.8.06 TWELFTH BLIGHT FOR SHOOTERS... The grouse shooting season in Lancashire is in chaos after this year's freak weather devastated numbers of the birds. Huge moorland fires and water shortages caused by the heatwave followed torrential downpours in May which washed eggs and chicks from the nests… Phillip Pugh, north of England director for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, said: "It's not looking particularly glorious this year…. A spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports said: "It is absolutely true that there is an enormous reduction in shoots this year which we are obviously very pleased about. But our position is very simple – we can't see any justification for blasting these birds out of the sky at any time. It is just killing for the sake of killing." (story)

Independent 14.8.06 Guy Adams: It's the shooters who are the true conservators - Upland managed for grouse boasts five times as many threatened waders as unmanaged moors… (story)

Irish Examiner 14.8.06 Horse is defenceless against head-butt - IT was disturbing to see jockey Paul O’Neill, with his steel helmet on underneath his cap, head-butting that poor horse at Stratford. The horse cannot talk and cannot explain the pain and fear experienced by that assault… Thomas Carroll, The Curragh, Co Kildare (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 14.8.06 missing cats - WHILE I have the deepest sympathy for those owners whose pets have gone missing (News & Star, August 8), I really must protest at the interpretations drawn from your reporting of this issue. Animals used in medical research are specially bred for that purpose by licensed breeders. They are not purchased on the black market from unscrupulous thieves… Jo Tanner, Chief Executive, Coalition for Medical Progress (letter)
Cumberland News 11.8.06 Villagers warn of cat thief By Deborah Kuiper - RESIDENTS of a Borders village fear someone is stealing cats after seven disappeared in the past few months. Pet owners in Newcastleton have been warned to keep their cats in at night… Ginnie Wilkinson, of the Eskdale and District Cats Protection, says that if someone is stealing the cats they need to be found and brought to justice… "There is a possibility they could have been stolen to use for bait for dog fights, or taken for vivisection or to be skinned for their fur. Skinning happens a lot in other countries – we don’t know for sure that it happens here but it’s a possibility.”… (story)
Carlisle News & Star 8.8.06 Warning over missing cats - AN ALERT has gone out in a Borders village following the disappearance of a number of cats…. There are fears that they could have been stolen to sell for their fur, for vivisection, or to be used as bait for dogs… (story)

Shetland News 14.8.06 "Alarming" drop in seal numbers - Hans J Marter and Pete Bevington - CALLS for an outright ban on shooting common seals in Shetland are being made after scientists discovered that numbers have fallen by more than a third in the past decade. The Sea Mammal Research Unit have said Shetland's population of common seals has dropped from more than 6,000 in 1997 to less than 4,000… The Seal Preservation Action Group called for the government to bring back the ban on shooting seals straight away. Chairman Andy Ottoway said killing seals was against European law and posed a threat to tourism and fish sales… Alan Knight, chairman of British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), came to Shetland to investigate claims of mass seal kills in Shetland in 2004 and 2005. We found a monofilament net around a salmon cage in 2004 and an actual seal trap, which works like a lobster pot, in 2005," Mr Knight said. "To us this confirmed the stories we were hearing that salmon farmers were targeting seals…. (story)

Glasgow Herald 14.8.06 Author claims we care more for animals - PHIL MILLER, Arts Correspondent - One of Britain's most controversial novelists, Will Self, yesterday claimed that we live in a society that is both "cruel and sentimental", and that people care more about the livelihood of animals than children. The author, speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, made his comments as he read from his latest work, The Book of Dave…. (story)

Guardian 14.8.06 Uncertainties about the benefits of soy - … The uncertainty about soy may well rage for ever but what is certain is that babies fed soy formulas are exposed to large amounts of isoflavones, which are endocrine-disrupting compounds. These are not endogenous estrogens that the human body knows how to deal with, but foreign compounds that act with great subtlety and complexity against various hormone receptors. Exposing infants in such as manner is simply a bad idea. Mike Fitzpatrick, Auckland, New Zealand
At two years old, cows are artificially inseminated for the first time and after three pregnancies they are disposed of at approximately five to six years old…. Whatever the rights and wrongs of soya, no living creature has suffered in its production. Janet Harris, London (letters)
Guardian 11.8.06 Cows' milk may have hormones but there is no cancer link - Justine Butler's opening comment in her article (Response, August 8) saying an earlier article on soya (Should we worry about soya in our food?, G2, July 25) was "potentially misleading" is ironic as, in a laboured attempt to deflect attention away from soya, she launches yet another unsubstantiated attack on cows' milk… Dr George Mann, University of Nottingham
Despite Justine Butler's claims that hormones and growth factors in cows' milk have been linked to breast cancer, there is no good scientific evidence to suggest that eating dairy products increases the risk of this disease… Dr Sarah Rawlings, Head of policy and information, Breakthrough Breast Cancer (story)
Guardian 8.8.06 There's no risk to humans from soya - The hormones in cow's milk are potentially far more harmful than those in plants, says Justine Butler…Felicity Lawrence's article on soya was potentially misleading (Soya: it's in most of the processed food we eat, but is it safe?, July 25). Lawrence described how a dead parrot in New Zealand led Dr Mike Fitzpatrick to investigate the safety of phytoestrogens (plant hormones) in soya. She didn't mention that he is a director of the Weston A Price Foundation, a body that promotes traditional farming and the consumption of butter, eggs, whole milk, meat and saturated animal fat. It is also responsible for a long-running campaign against soya… Dr Justine Butler is a health campaigner for the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation (story)
Guardian 8.8.06 Should we worry about soya in our food? - Whether you know it or not, you'll probably be eating soya today. It's in 60% of all processed food, from cheese to ice cream, baby formula to biscuits. But should it carry a health warning? Felicity Lawrence investigates… (story)


Sunday Herald 13.8.06 Animal welfare at risk from desire for cheap meat By Kirsty Taylor - ANIMAL welfare in UK farms is being compromised by penny-pinching consumers who opt for cheap foreign imports over more expensive, ethically produced meat. Peter Stevenson, chief policy adviser for Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), claimed British farmers cannot afford to further raise standards because they are struggling to match the prices of inexpensive foreign meats which are being snapped up by consumers…. (story)


Independent 12.8.06 Bryan Ferry: Back in style - At 60, the enduring 'face' of Roxy Music provides an object lesson in growing old elegantly By Guy Adams - Bryan Ferry enjoys playing the role of "coolest living Englishman". He's even won awards for it… Away from the choppy waters of his love life, Ferry owes many of his recent appearances on the news pages to the antics of the eldest of his four children, Otis, who dropped out of Marlborough College aged 16 to become a Master of Foxhounds…. Bryan Ferry has supported his wayward son all the way, despite opprobrium from the rest of the music industry. In 2004, he was booed at the Q Awards in London, for dedicating a gong to "my brave son". This summer, he fronted a Countryside Alliance fundraising gig at Highclere Castle in Berkshire…. (story)

Western Morning News 12.8.06 ANCIENT GAME LAWS TO GET THE BULLET? - OLd-fashioned butchers' shops often bear the rather grand legend over their door reading: "Licensed Game Dealer"…. But soon that special status could be coming to an end. Like the necessity to purchase a game licence if you plan to shoot live quarry or a gamekeeper's licence if you want to employ a man to look after your shooting land, the need to get a licence to buy and sell game meat is to be phased out. Soon, anyone will be able to do it, providing they know how to safely handle meat. Good riddance, say those in the shooting world… (story)

Times 12.8.06 Grouse season - Magnus Linklater’s piece on grouse shooting and its international draw (Comment, Aug 9) reminds me of an American visiting East Lothian to shoot with my family in the 1960s. He had a keeper behind him to spot birds, who upon their arrival shouted: "Here comes a screamer!” "Are they in season yet?” asked the American. JULIAN NETTLEFOLD, London W14 (letter)
Times 9.8.06 Opinion - Magnus Linklater - The Twelfth, back with a bang - After being the sport that dare not speak its name, grouse shooting is becoming respectable again AS THE FOREIGN SECRETARY trundles across La France profonde in her humble caravan, and the Prime Minister prepares to jet off to the Caribbean, who will be heading for the grouse moors of Scotland?... These days, grouse shooting is the sport that dare not speak its name — it is as close as you can get to political incorrectness without being locked up…. Far from sliding apologetically off the map, however, grouse shooting is still big business, a key contributor to rural employment, and worth around £70 million to the national economy…. (story)

North East Evening Gazette 12.8.06 Grouse about numbers - Today is the first day of the grouse-shooting season - fondly referred to by the shooting community as the Glorious 12th…How tragic that, in a time when the majority of the voting population and their representatives in Parliament agree that killing foxes for pleasure is immoral and unnecessary, we still allow this other bloodsport to go unchecked. FIONA PEREIRA, Campaigner, Animal Aid (letter)

Times 12.8.06 Anglers are animal lovers too - Further to Libby Purves’s article "This is more than carping” (Aug 8), I would like it known that barbed hooks are banned in commercial freshwater coarse fishing. Even the use of keep nets is banned on most commercially owned waters in the UK… Although angling hasn’t yet suffered the wrath of animal liberationists, we are nevertheless well aware that angling as a sport is in the cross hairs of some sections of the animal liberation movement… C. WILKINSON, Preston, Lancs
Libby Purves says that immigrants should be allowed to destroy the freshwater sport fisheries we have nurtured, by taking (often illegally) whatever fish they wish to eat. You may as well argue that those who like eating horse meat should be free to kill whatever animals they wish, or perhaps allow people to dig up golf courses in search of rabbit warrens…. CHRIS BURT, Chelmsford, Essex
The Chief Inspector of Fisheries 1996-2003 urges us to be proud of our Civil Service (letter, Aug 9). As they contemplate the depleted fish stocks in our ravaged waters the hearts of our fishermen will no doubt swell with emotion. Not sure it’ll be pride though. CYRIL BERKELEY, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (letters)

Times 8.8.06 This is more than carping - LIBBY PURVES - I've got to say it - a bizarre argument about angling is symbolic of a nation drifting into decadence …Our own fishermen, on luring and landing a coarse freshwater fish, throw it back; often putting a little dab of antibiotic cream on the wound in its mouth caused by their barbed hook. This is considered British, and sporting, and legal, and correct. The Poles and others take a different view. They eat carp, and pike, and tench. They are hungry. They consider, in a simple and direct way, that if you are going to go to all the trouble of catching a fish, causing it shock and distress with a sharp hook and a tug into burning air, you might as well have a reason: dinner…. One affluent population hunts and hurts wild fish, merely for fun; another poorer cadre uses them as food. Which is most honourably human?... (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 12.8.06 MP QUIZZED ON HALAL MEAT - I Heard recently that Judy Mallaber MP had presented a petition to Parliament signed by 31,000 people on behalf of the Nottingham-based organisation Respect for Animals… But where are the protests against the Muslim-produced halal meat, which leaves no doubt as to the agony suffered by the animals before death…. Where does Ms Mallaber and Derbyshire County Council stand on this matter? Granville V. Stone, Azalea Avenue, Swanwick. (letter)


Wiltshire Times 11.8.06 Hunt says it is sticking to the ‘nonsense’ law By Charley Morgan - HUNTING supporters are backing a Devon huntsman convicted of breaking the hunting ban last week. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright, 52, was fined £500 and ordered to pay £250 costs at Barnstable magistrates' court after denying hunting a fox last April contrary to the Hunting Act 2004. The Duke of Beaufort's Hunt expressed dismay at the decision of the courts after a private prosecution by the League Against Cruel Sports…. Jonathon Seed, master of the Avon Vale Hunt, said: "The verdict was a very narrow interpretation of a very narrow part of the legislation…." (story)

Western Daily Press 11.8.06 VICTORY FOR WILL OF THE PEOPLE - Police forces and prosecuting authorities now have a precedent. The Hunting Act is, as we always knew, clear, enforceable and the will of the people. The extremists who continue to hunt wild animals with dogs will be brought to justice… Chris Gale Chippenham Wiltshire (letter)

Daily Record 11.8.06 TOO DEER A PRICE - George Drummond, Glasgow - WE now read that not only are the Royal Family killing deer, they are selling leather gifts made from stags shot at Balmoral. How repulsive… (letter)

Telegraph 11.8.06 My acting helped draw attention to greyhound plight - Sport in my World, Annette Crosbie - Interview by Oliver Brown - I have been following what goes on in greyhound racing for 10 years at least, and I find it indefensible that the sport can operate in the way it does, with impunity… I turned to the League Against Cruel Sports to take the campaign further. I have since become the League's president, but am careful to ensure that my focus remains fairly strictly on greyhounds…. It is a huge animal cruelty scandal. The Government cannot plead ignorance. To be prepared to perpetuate the cruelty for the money is shameless and stupefyingly arrogant. (story)

Hoddesdon & Broxbourne Mercury 11.8.06 Animal rights lobby targets firm again - ANIMAL rights campaigners targeted Hoddesdon pharmaceutical giant Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) for the second time in a month as they stepped up their nationwide tour of protests designed at forcing an animal testing lab to close… SHAC claim MSD employed the services of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a vivisection laboratory based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, which they are trying to shut down. "We have got inside information on who has used them in the last two years, and Merck is down for 2005," said SHAC spokesman Greg Avery, 38…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 11.8.06 MP BACKS BAN - Stroud Mp David Drew has backed a ban on the use of monkeys in experiments. The Labour MP is one of 150 politicians from all parties to sign an Early Day Motion… (story)
Leicester Mercury 27.7.06 'END MONKEY EXPERIMENTS' - A campaign to ban experiments on monkeys has been backed by an MP. David Taylor, MP for North West Leicestershire, has signed a petition in Parliament calling for the Government to push for as ban on using primates in laboratory experiments…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 18.7.06 MP SUPPORTS PROTECTION FOR PRIMATES - An MP has backed a campaign to stop primates being used in laboratory experiments. David Taylor, who represents North West Leicestershire, has signed a motion in the House of Commons backing a campaign by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)…. (story)
Burton Mail 17.7.06 MP backs animal testing ban by Keith Bull - MP DAVID Taylor has joined a controversial debate over animal testing by backing a ban on the use of primates in experiments. The Labour MP for North West Leicestershire has signed a parliamentary petition which calls for a complete ban on all primate tests…. (story)
Torquay Herald Express 14.7.06 MP BACKS APE TEST BAN - Torbay Lib Dem MP Adrian Sanders has joined the controversial debate over animal testing by backing a ban on the use of primates in experiments. He has signed a parliamentary petition which calls for a complete ban on all primate tests… (story)
Tamworth Herald 13.7.06 MP BACKS BAN ON MONKEY EXPERIMENTS - Tamworth's Mp Brian Jenkins has backed a ban on the use of primates in experiments. He has signed an Early Day Motion petition to the effect which was tabled at the request of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and has so far been signed by 150 MPs from all parties…(story)
South Wales Evening Post 13.7.06 TESTING BAN BACKED - Gower Mp Martin Caton has joined the controversial debate over animal testing by backing a ban on the use of primates in experiments. Mr Caton has signed a parliamentary petition which calls for a complete ban on primate tests…. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 11.8.06 STOP THIS CRUELTY TO HELPLESS ANIMALS - Yet another appalling example of the cynical abuse of animals in crude laboratory tests has come to light funded by, believe it or not, makers of "fruit juice". Two manufacturers, whose products are available throughout Europe, were funding experiments on animals to make health claims about their products. Mercifully, after pressure from Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) these tests were stopped… Pat Wickham, North Street, Caistor (story)

Harrogate Advertiser 11.8.06 Animals were well cared for From: R Kimberley, Tower Road, Ripon. WITH regards to Peter Jolly's Circus, I would like to say what an enjoyable show they put on in their short time with us…. I feel I have to point out, as an animal lover, that the animals appeared to be clean, happy, healthy, well fed, and very well cared for, which is also proved by the fact that they don't shy away from humans either in the ring or with visitors outside, which I think shows a lot from the animals' point of view…. (letter)

Harrogate Advertiser 11.8.06 Parading of bear humiliating From: Sandra Price, Orchard Close, Sharow. I WOULD like to take the opportunity to thank those kind and caring people of Ripon who did not visit the circus and witness the humiliation of a black bear paraded before the audience and then taken back to his caged quarters, only for this sickening scene to be repeated again and again… (letter)

Worcester Evening News 11.8.06 Don't blame badgers for cattle TB plague - Concerning the recent letter from vet Jessica R Thornton, she asserts the overwhelming public rejection of a badger cull is based on "biased information"…. Her presumption that, as incidences of bovine TB occur in areas of large badger population, badgers must be responsible is demonstrably false…. M WEAVER, Chairman, Worcestershire Badger Society (letter in archive)

Bedford Times & Citizen 11.8.06 Shame on us if Nirah project is successful - I would like to reply to Peter Scott's letter (Conservation is one of the major goals of Nirah, T&C, August 4). I am not sure which of my comments he is referring to, however, I am certain that I have never agreed that the collection of venom or other secretions would be non-invasive. On the contrary I believe that these procedures will cause considerable distress to the animals in question and have consistently stated this…. Justina Mclennan, Goldington Road, Bedford (letter)
Bedford Times & Citizen 4.8.06 Conservation is one of the major goals of Nira - We note Justina Mclennan's recent statement re: Nirah. Whilst we respect her stance on this, she is unfortunately choosing to ignore the information we have supplied. As chair of our ethics committee, I offered personally to give current 'as of the moment' answers to any questions from Justina at the Stewartby open meeting on June 13 – to date none have been received from her…. from Peter Scott, Chairman of the ethics committee (letter)


North Devon Journal 10.8.06 COUPLE ON THE HUNT FOR MORE SUPPORTERS - Simmering anger about the hunting with dogs ban did not spoil the enthusiasm of the occupants of the Country Pursuits tent. And a Bratton Fleming family showed how rural life had adapted to the new law…. Gordon, a tenant livestock farmer for Devon County Council, said: "North Devon Beagles formed in the early 1960s. After the ban came in, we reverted to trailing and finding rabbits, which is within the law…. (story)
North Devon Gazette 10.8.06 Crowds flock to anniversary show - NORTH Devon's countryside showpiece was once again a winner as the North Devon Agricultural Show sparkled on its ruby anniversary… The event rings also boasted eyecatching attractions ranging from a spectacular display by the Band of the Light Infantry to heavy horses and carriage driving, a working sheepdog demonstration and dog agility to falconry and gymnastics, It's a Knockout, tug-o-war, ferret racing, fly-casting, gundogs - and a mass meeting with no fewer than six assembled packs of hounds…. (story)

Irish Independent 10.8.06 Mock hunting at Horse Show - JOHN FITZGERALD, LOWER COYNE STREET, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)
Irish Examiner 7.8.06 Look for the truth behind fox-hunting façade - THE Irish horse industry is tainted, but it’s not just infighting, doping of horses and tarnished Olympic gold that has dragged it into disrepute…. At the Dublin Horse Show, hunts from around the country will be present in strength to promote their abuse of part of Ireland’s wildlife heritage. But this PR package will be sanitised, carefully choreographed and free of even a hint of cruelty…. Do not be fooled by a high-profile showpiece for cruelty. John Fitzgerald, Lower Coyne St, Callan, Co Kilkenny. (letter)

Northern Echo 10.8.06 HUNTING CONVICTION: LAST Friday, Tony Wright, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, was the first person to be found guilty of contravening the Hunting Act 2004… HUNTING CONVICTION: LAST Friday, Tony Wright, huntsman with the Exmoor Foxhounds, was the first person to be found guilty of contravening the Hunting Act 2004…. If evidence of illegal activities is captured on film we will only be too pleased to offer them the same service we provided for Mr Wright. - Eric Beechey, Yorkshire Representative, League Against Cruel Sports, Kellington, Goole. (letter)

Comet 10.8.06 Animal rights group protests outside town hall - PROTESTERS gathered outside a town hall yesterday (Wednesday) to complain about animal testing in laboratories. About 10 people from the group SHAC - Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty - assembled outside Hitchin Town Hall in Brand Street at about 2.30pm to voice their concerns about the treatment of animals at Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)

Tamworth Herald 10.8.06 RSPCA RESPONSE - I Write to correct the many inaccuracies in the letter from Julia Heys (Herald, July 13) headlined 'RSPCA and pest species'… The RSPCA is a law-abiding organisation…. Our inspectors do not like destroying any animal, but they are professional individuals who realise that sadly there are occasions when there are no other options available…. Judith Haw - RSPCA Regional Press Officer for Wales & West. (letter)
Tamworth Herald 13.7.06 RSPCA AND 'PEST SPECIES' - On reading an article in the Herald dated June 15 regarding the RSPCA's dismay over an injured goose, I would firstly like to say how I sympathise with Mr Pfieffer that the wildlife that we enjoy is classed as 'pest species'. I hope he doesn't agree? I hope that he agrees with me and many others that any animal or bird in need of help is cause for concern, especially where the 'killer' fishing line is mentioned…. Miss Julia Heys, Amington Fields (letter)

Ulster Herald 10.8.06 Meat-free lifestyle is healthier, rewarding and morally superior - In response to Michael Devlin's meat 'promotion' (Thursday Interview, UH, August 3), I find it extremely insulting as a vegetarian to be called "mental". Abstaining from meat is a rewarding and beneficial enterprise…. I have learned that there is much more to life than letting innocent sentient beings be slaughtered in order to satisfy our mere tastebuds. Michelle Owens, Omagh (letter may be in archive)

Kidderminster Shuttle 10.8.06 Posters of animals in bad taste - I AM writing to complain most strongly at the new posters about drinking. (Shuttle/Times & News, July 27). Not that I don't think the message is important, I just do not like the use of animal heads on the posters, which I think is in very poor taste…. To my way of thinking animals have a dignity which is lacking in many humans and to attribute to them some of the worst aspects of human behaviour is, at best unfair, and at worst degrading… Mrs B HARDWICK, Sparrows Roost, Dunley (letter)


Newry Democrat 9.8.06 Animal lovers to set up pressure group - COMMITTED animal lovers are to set up a branch of the League Against Cruel Sports in Newry and Mourne… Ballyholland man Aidan McAleenan told the Democrat that he and his family are disgusted by the annual hunt which takes place close to their home every year over Christmas and New Year….Mr McAleenan also hit out at hunters who, he said, rear a stag from birth to adulthood with the sole purpose of eventually hunting it down. "There’s something sick about feeding a stag up so as you can set hounds on it to tear the guts out of it…” (story)

Gloucester Citizen 9.8.06 SOUND AS A HOUND - It may not be hunting season but the hounds at Berkeley Kennels provided plenty of entertainment for visitors at the weekend. Around 300 people flocked to the hunt's kennels for a day filled with outdoor activities from a football tournament to terrier racing… (story)

Western Daily Press 9.8.06 EXCUSES RUN OUT FOR STAG-HUNTERS - Ivor Annetts Tiverton Devon (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 8.8.06 CONVICTION WON'T DETER FOXHUNTERS - The Barnstaple hunting verdict, which was a decision about the definition of flushing with two dogs to a gun, will not have much effect upon the current practices of foxhunters. Most of them go out with a full pack of hounds and claim that they are drag-hunting. But stag-hunters must now be extremely cautious…. Ivor Annetts, Tiverton (letter)

Western Daily Press 9.8.06 HUNTING LAW FINALLY SHOWS IT HAS TEETH - The prosecution and subsequent conviction of West huntsman Tony Wright is a victory for every animal lover in this country, and sends out a powerful message to those with an insatiable appetite for animal cruelty that such illegal activities will not be tolerated…. Eleanor Leggett Twyford Buckingham (letter)

Times 9.8.06 A fair crack of the whip - REPORTAGE BY AMANDA LYNCH - What’s the attraction of Britain’s biggest country show? Our correspondent, a Londoner, finds that the CLA Game Fair lures all kinds of rural folk from aristocrats to poachers… (story)
Western Mail 8.8.06 Poaching laws on way out - Steve Dube, Western Mail - LICENCES introduced to stop peasants poaching pheasants will be swept away, under reforms of the law on game management and licensing announced by Defra minister Jeff Rooker at the CLA Game Fair…. The BASC's chief executive John Swift described the proposal as a step towards updating laws from the 18th and 19th centuries to make them fit for the 21st. "Cutting red tape will be a boost to the rural environment and economy as a whole," he said (story)
Southern Daily Echo 2.8.06 Game Fair was a record breaker for numbers - LAST weekend's CLA Game Fair was the biggest in the event's history, organisers have said. More than 138,000 tickets were sold for the three-day extravaganza, pictured right, at the 500-acre Broadlands estate in Romsey… (story)
Western Morning News 26.7.06 GAMEKEEPER IN LINE FOR TOP PRIZE - Devon gamekeeper Alan Easterbrook is in the running for top prize in the Farmers' Weekly/CLA Gamekeeper of the Year competition. Alan, who works at Lord Clifford's 3,000-acre Ugbrooke Park estate near Chudleigh, has been a keeper for 40 years. He made it to the finals because "he knows and respects wildlife", said Tim Relf Farmers' Weekly's farmlife editor…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 24.7.06 Be game and try out a new sport at fair - GETTING to grips with countryside life is high on the agenda for visitors to the CLA Game Fair when it comes to Hampshire this weekend…. Advice centres for Start Shooting and Start Fishing will be positioned near the Game Fair's main arena…. (story)

Scotsman 9.8.06 Poisoned birds estate raided - A GAMEKEEPER is to be reported for wildlife offences following a raid on a Scots country estate….It is understood the raid, a joint operation between Lothian and Borders Police, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Scottish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals and the Scottish Executive, went ahead after two poisoned ravens were found by walkers on the Southern Upland Way… (story)

Western Morning News 9.8.06 GREYHOUNDS NEED HELP - Ellis Taylor (aged 13)Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 21.7.06 GREYHOUNDS ARE NOT JUST FOR RACING - I read an article in a national newspaper which shocked and upset me. It was about a man who killed unwanted racing greyhounds… Yes, this man is horrible for offering this service, but so are the owners and trainers for being too lazy and irresponsible to give them to the Retired Greyhound Trust…. Ellis Taylor, 13, Langaton Lane, Pinhoe, Exeter (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 9.8.06 Relative peace as protesters claim lab cruelty - PROTESTERS marched on Cambridgeshire companies yesterday (Tuesday, 08 August) in an animal rights demonstration… A handful of police officers accompanied the protesters during the day. The only reported incident was in Waterbeach, where protesters were moved back after becoming too loud…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 7.8.06 Animal rights group plans day of protests - ANIMAL rights activists are planning a day of protests outside businesses linked to animal research. The protesters, from action group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), are demanding firms sever their links with research centre Huntingdon Life Sciences, and are planning to target seven companies in a series of protests tomorrow (Tuesday, 08 August)…. (story)

Oxford Mail 9.8.06 TV newsman lambasts activists By Phil Vinter - Journalist Michael Buerk has launched a blistering attack against animal rights extremists, labelling them 'terrorists' in a new TV docum- entary…. Don't Get Me Started is due to be screened on Channel 5 on Tuesday, August 22 (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 9.8.06 ANIMAL CRUELTY: Noisy animal rights protest at city firm - ANIMAL rights activists staged a noisy protest outside a city business which they claim supplies primates to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). About 15 people arrived at the Peartree Business Centre, in Enterprise Way, Bretton, at 4pm yesterday. The protesters, who are members of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) group, stood outside a unit believed to be owned by export company Impex… However, it appeared there was nobody inside the building during the protest and nearby businesses were angered by the noisy demonstration. Speaking at the scene, SHAC spokesman Greg Avery said the visit to Peterborough was part of a UK-wide tour of businesses associated with HLS…. (story)

Swindon Advertiser 9.8.06 Pro-test outweighed by anti-vivisection group - THURSDAY'S Advertiser featured an extensive piece about Laurie Pycroft and the Pro-test movement, a small group of people who support animal testing. Although launched in January, all they have achieved are two poorly attended marches in Oxford. These are insignificant compared to the support for the anti-vivisection protest…. Anyone wishing for a balanced view can look at the SPEAK website… P BEAVEN Swindon (letter)

Dublin People 9.8.06 Big strop - A defiant circus has vowed to return to Booterstown despite accusations of animal cruelty and assault. A spokesman for Sydney Circus, which left the Southside suburb this week after two weeks’ performance, told Southside People that the circus has been victimised and had become the subject of "outrageous allegations” made by local animal rights activists… Nuala Donlon, Irish spokesperson for the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS), said that a male African elephant at Circus Sydney is clearly in distress while performing due to a severe hind leg injury or malformation… Ms Donlon also received medical treatment in St Vincent’s Hospital following what animal rights activists called an unprovoked attack by a member of the Circus Sydney staff…. (story)

Dublin People 9.8.06 Consider the suffering - Bernie Wright, Alliance for Animal Rights, PO Box 4734, Dublin1 (story)
Ulster Herald 20.7.06 Caged animals react naturally - I refer to the episode in which a Siberian tiger imprisoned in a Dublin Zoo enclosure reacted to a person sticking her arm in the enclosure by biting it… Who knows how animals are treated by zoo and circus staff?... You should boycott all industries that exploit animals. Consider the suffering you could prevent for innocent creatures. Bernie Wright, Alliance for Animal Rights, PO Box 4734, Dublin 1 (letter may be in archive)

Cambridge Evening News 9.8.06 Mental cruelty From A Browne, Animal Aid (Cambridge Branch)… REGARDING the rise in the number of pets being cruelly treated (News,August 2) I would like to stress that although mental cruelty is not always evident it must surely be taken equally as seriously as physical cruelty…. (letter)


Western Morning News 8.8.06 FOXES ARE SUFFERING BAD INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THE HUNTING BAN - Mike Hobday of the League Against Cruel Sports clearly does not understand guns, shooting or the need of farmers to limit stock losses to foxes ("More foxes wounded since hunt ban began", July 29). Mr Hobday should reserve comment for the areas in which he has no peer: being a bigoted spoilsport who subordinates animal cruelty to waging class warfare… Foxes wounded through shooting die horrible, painful deaths from septicaemia or starvation or both…. By supporting the ban on hunting with hounds, Mr Hobday's ilk are responsible for the suffering and premature deaths of young, healthy foxes…. Henry Harington, Widecombe-in-the-Moor (letter)

Western Morning News 8.8.06 HOUNDED OUT OF UK BY NEW LABOUR - Among many reasons for deciding to move back to South West France, I would list the following, in no particular order: The Hunting Act and the disgraceful methods which were used to bring it into law. Next year's ban on lighting up my pipe on licensed premises…. Jonathan Ward-Hayne, Albi, France (letter)

Western Daily Press 8.8.06 I can only say I am glad that an Exmoor huntsman has been found guilty of illegal fox-hunting… K Watson, Stockport (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 8.8.06 DELIGHT AS HUNTER IS FOUND GUILTY - Liz Trist gave a good account of the Barnstaple court proceedings Hunt supporters vow to battle on despite landmark case result, Echo, August 5, in which huntsman Tony Wright, of the Exmoor Foxhounds, was found guilty of hunting, contrary to the Hunting Act 2004… Ms Trist quotes Michael Moore, of the East Devon Hunt, as saying that the judge did not take account of the intent of the huntsman. If Mr Moore read the judgement, he would see at paragraph 2 that the judge said: "It was not disputed that Mr Wright was out with the hunt with the intention to flush out foxes to shoot."… John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Scotsman 8.8.06 Animal activists blamed for damage at track - RHIANNON EDWARD - ANIMAL rights campaigners are suspected of causing £20,000 worth of damage at a greyhound racing track. Protesters broke in and damaged vehicles, cut power cables and sprayed graffiti over offices at the track in Armadale, West Lothian. Police say that the initials "ALF" were found all over the premises… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 7.8.06 Dog track hit by animal rights vandals - ANIMAL rights activists are suspected of carrying out a second vandal attack at a Lothian greyhound track which caused £20,000 worth of damage. The protesters targeted the Armadale Stadium in West Lothian… The electrics providing the track's safety lights were wrecked, plunging the championship into jeopardy only hours before racing was due to begin….(story)

Lynn News 8.8.06 Hen with less space than an A4 sheet of paper - C.A. KENNETT, Sidney Street, Lynn (letter)
Milford Mercury 27.7.06 We must ban battery hens - W Richards, Kite Farm, Brandy Brook Road, Roch, SA62 6HE. (letter)
North East Evening Gazette 11.4.06 Battery included - VIVIENNE MILLER, Great Broughton (letter)
Derby Evening Telegraph 23.3.06 PLEASE THINK OF ANIMALS - L. Birch, Chaddesden. (letter)
News Shopper 21.3.06 Egg Europe on to go free-range - E STEVENS, Bexleyheath (letter)
Leicester Mercury 3.3.06 HELPING THE LAYING HENS - Pauline J Pratt, Oadby. (letter)
Western Daily Press 2.3.06 DEADLINE FOR BATTERY FARMS - Are your readers aware that as well as the London Olympics to look forward to in 2012, this year will also mark the end of the cruel battery care for laying hens across the European Union… British consumers lead the way in buying free range and organic eggs, and the more of us who do, the more supermarkets will ask farmers to produce more eggs from higher welfare systems. Also, we can help groups such as Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) lobby politicians to ensure they keep their promise in 2012 - Judith Ward Minehead Somerset (letter)

Milton Keynes News 9.8.06 Protecting animals - Calling all animals lovers – would you like to be part of a new MK support group which is going to raise awareness and funds for a well known charity called WSPA (Worldwide Society for the Protection of Animals)…. Paula Williams Milton Keynes (letter)


Sheffield Star 7.8.06 Runaway stags danger to public - MARKSMEN have been brought in to shoot runaway stags which could be a danger to the public after animal rights extremists targeted a South Yorkshire deer farm. Young fawns and milking females have died because of the stress they suffered when fences were cut and hundreds of deer were herded out of the Round Green Deer Farm near Stainborough…. Herdsmen are now trying to keep some the baby deer alive by bottle-feeding because their mother's milk dried up because of stress…."We are next to the M1, goodness alone knows what would have happened had the deer ended up on the motorway. It would have been carnage."… ALF activists posted a message on a website saying: "A visit to a deer farm in South Yorkshire meant many fences were cut and removed and gates were opened. Much damage was done to fences imprisoning the deer…. (story)

Mirror 7.8.06 BUERK: ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS 'TERRORISTS' - EXCLUSIVE Broadcaster's astonishing attack By Cameron Robertson - BROADCASTER Michael Buerk has blasted animal rights protesters as "terrorists" in an extraordinary attack. The former Ten O'Clock News front-man said they should shut up and realise how animal testing helps humans… In a TV documentary later this month, Buerk says extreme action by the hardliners was just a "euphemism for vandalism, even terrorism"… He also talks to Pro-Test, a group supporting the rights of scientific researchers, and chair of the Countryside Alliance Kate Hoey - who criticised the public's "misty-eyed" view of animals… ARE animal rights protesters who use violence to make their point terrorists? Calls 25p from standard BT line… (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 7.8.06 Edinburgh scientists named on animal rights website - ANIMAL rights activists have leaked the names of more than 100 scientists based at Edinburgh University onto the internet… (story)
Sunday Mail 6.8.06 EXCLUSIVE: ANIMAL LIB UNI TERROR By Steve Dinneen - ANIMAL rights extremists have launched a chilling terror campaign on scientists at a Scots university. The names of more than 100 researchers involved in animal testing were published on the internet, sparking fears for their safety. The campaigners intercepted the names of the lab workers - based at Edinburgh University's science department - from a firm which delivers rodents for research…. The site the scientists' details were posted on is believed to have been created by a splinter group linked to the Animal Liberation Front…. (story)

Aberdeen Evening Express 7.8.06 POLITICIANS PROTEST OVER ARMY USE OF BEAR SKINS - An Aberdeen politician has backed calls for the military to scrap the use of bear skins as part of their uniform… Labour MP Chris Mullin has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the House of Commons to recognise that the hats worn have no military significance and involve needless cruelty. Aberdeen North MP Frank Doran has backed the motion, which would stop the Ministry of Defence from buying the skins of Canadian black bears. The motion has been supported by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 7.8.06 BADGER CULL NO LONGER JUSTIFIED - JEREMY WADE, Besbury Park, Minchinhampton (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 2.8.06 TB IS FALLING, SO SPARE BADGERS - Your report about some farmers threatening to illegally kill badgers (Planned badger cull put on hold, Echo, July 29) failed to mention that bovine TB is plummeting with no 'culling' of badgers whatsoever… the NFU's continuing clamour about badgers masks a telling reluctance to look at the disease in cows. Jeremy Wade, Besbury Park, Minchinhampton (letter)


Sunday Times 6.8.06 When I am the Mayor of London - JEREMY CLARKSON - It seems that while I wasn’t paying attention someone publicly suggested that I stand against Ken Livingstone as the official Tory candidate in the forthcoming elections to find a London mayor…. since that initial moment of shock and awe, I’ve given the matter some serious thought and I’ve decided that, actually, I’d rather like to give it a shot. I mean, how hard can it be… But whatever, on Thursday I’d reintroduce foxhunting to the boroughs of Islington and Hackney. You might think this provocative, encouraging men in hunting pinks to gallop around Tofu central, but it’s no more offensive than Ken’s obsession with "ethnic inclusivity” in places like Kensington and Chelsea…. (story)


Yorkshire Post 5.8.06 Animal welfare From: Josey Sharrad, campaigns officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Albert Embankment, London. IT is ludicrous for Lembit Opik MP to suggest that IFAW and its coalition partners "sacrificed animal welfare" in securing a ban on the cruel sport of hunting with dogs…. (letter)

Western Daily Press 5.8.06 MP IGNORES THIS CRUELTY TO FOXES - Most of society's problems are because of MPs like Lembit Opik (Western Daily Press, July 29) misusing statistics to obtain victory rather than the truth, in this instance, glibly ignoring the fact that foxes were shot, snared, poisoned and had fox destruction gangs after them, alongside fox-hunting, because some people enjoy it… David Thomas Hisomley Nr Westbury Wiltshire (letter)

Independent 5.8.06 Animal rights: fresh arguments needed - Why is Dominic Lawson (Opinion, 1 August) trotting out the tired old canards of the pro-testing lobby, all of which have been knocked down many times?... STEVE RUDD, HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE (letter)

Western Daily Press 5.8.06 A NATION OF ANIMAL LOVERS? (JULY 26) - I AM surprised that we still call the British a nation of animal lovers. The latest statistics of the RSPCA show how much cruelty goes on… Cindy Nietz, South Wales (letter)

Guernsey Press & Star 5.8.06 I AM writing regarding Trevor Hockey's letter under the Justice for Animals banner, recently published in your newspaper. Mr Hockey presents a well-reasoned argument for a revision of the outdated animal welfare laws and in him, the animals have a worthy advocate…. The fact that the deputies/Law Officers see fit to accord the introduction of paid parking priority over increased animal welfare is, in my opinion, nothing short of disgraceful… DAVID ORRELL. (letter)
Guernsey Press & Star 24.7.06 I AM writing regarding the 'Justice for Animals' walk last Sunday. It was very clear that the walk did cause some minor inconvenience and delay to some motorists, but I have personally experienced far longer delays during peak traffic times than those encountered yesterday…. The protesters involved were not tree-hugging lefties with a grudge against the car but just ordinary people from many diverse walks of life such as the finance industry, restaurant trade, civil service and many others who genuinely care about the suffering and neglect being inflicted on helpless animals… TREVOR HOCKEY, media liaison, Justice for Animals, PO Box 377, Kenosha Villa, Route du Passeur, Vale, GY1 3YX. (letter)


Derby Evening Telegraph 4.8.06 TRIBUTES TO HUNT STALWART - A Senior member of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt has died after a battle with cancer. Phil Arthers, who held the position of field master with the hunt for 18 years, fell off a horse in December and injured his back…. Peter Presland, of Mappleton, near Ashbourne, rode with Mr Arthers for 10 years. He said: "Under his guidance I became proficient and Phil gave me the best five years hunting of my life…." Mr Arthers' funeral took place at St Wystan's Church, in Repton. It was attended by about 1,000 people…. (story)
Burton Mail 28.7.06 TRIBUTES TO POPULAR MASTER OF THE HUNT by Tom Sloan - TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular huntsman and horse expert described as a "tremendous ambassador to the equestrian world". Phil Arthers, Master of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, died at the age of 65, following a short illness… Mr Arthers’ funeral takes place at St Wystan’s Church, Repton, at 3pm on Tuesday (story)
Burton Mail 25.7.06 Hunt master of 18 years dies by Tom Sloan - A LEADING huntsman and businessman has died. Phil Arthers, of Bretby Lane, Newton Solney, who was the master of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt for the last 18 years, died on Friday…. His funeral will take place on Tuesday next week (story)

Cumberland News 4.8.06 Kennel huntsman banned for drink-driving - THE KENNEL huntsman for the Cumberland Foxhounds has been banned from driving for 16 months after being convicted of driving while more than twice the legal alcohol limit. Thomas Hudson, 50, of Croft Court, Wigton, was stopped by police at 4pm on July 25 because one of the rear lights on his car was broken…. (story)

Cumberland News 4.8.06 Grouse shooting gloom - GROUSE shooting prospects have been hit for a second year running after a wet spring and searing July temperatures, experts warned this week…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 1.8.06 THE TWELFTH MAY NOT BE SO GLORIOUS IN YORKSHIRE - Simon Bristow - IT may not be such a Glorious Twelfth for Yorkshire grouse shooting, but enthusiasts are still likely to enjoy a better season than last year. Moorland fires and an exceptionally wet spring have again taken their toll on the start of the shooting calendar on August 12 - Forecasts suggest about 25 per cent of potential shooting will be available – up from a near 50-year low of one to two per cent in 2005… (story)

South London Press 4.8.06 Cunning thief took our stuff - I AM writing in response to your article about the fox thefts…. Last week, my daughter walked into our back extension and came face to face with a fox trying to steal a whole sack of dog biscuits…. It is pretty annoying in the hot weather as we can't leave our back door open while we are sitting in the front of the house. Christine Iffland By email (letter)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 4.8.06 COUNTRYSIDE: Police put a stop to illegal hare coursing - HARE coursing illegally in the rural areas surrounding Peterborough has been almost wiped out. From a peak of more than 1,200 incidents during the 2003-2004 season, the crime had been slashed to just a handful of cases by the end of the 2005-2006 season. And with the new season just weeks away, Cambridgeshire police say they are confident that the problem has been flushed out from farmland and countryside close to the city…. (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 4.8.06 READERS' LETTERS: Protect retired greyhounds - I am shocked and distressed by recent news stories about David Smith, a man who, in just 15 years, has killed 10,000 greyhounds which were no longer considered "useful" for racing…. I hope that this incident will bring to people's attention that there is a violent and corrupt industry behind greyhound racing and this "sport" needs to be abolished… LAURA GOODACRE, Elmore Road, Peterborough (letter)

Isle of Wight County Press 4.8.06 ANIMAL-FREE AWARD FOR COSMETICS FIRM By Ross Findon - ISLAND-based business Liz Earle has been recognised for its animal welfare in a new award scheme. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) recognised Liz Earle Naturally Active Skin Care in its Golden Rabbit awards… "Gaining BUAV approval is important because it shows a genuine commitment. Its logo gives cruelty-free real and instant confidence in what they are buying," said Liz Earle. (story)

Scotsman 4.8.06 Ban for headbutt jockey 'pathetic' - JIM KEAN - JOCKEY Paul O'Neill has been given a one-day ban for head-butting his horse - a punishment deemed "pathetic" by animal rights groups… Ross Minett, of Advocates for Animals, said: "What kind of message does this 'slap on the wrist' send out? This kind of pathetic 'punishment' by the racing industry does nothing but shame and discredit them."… (story)

Barnsley Chronicle 4.8.06 Deer die as extremists attack farm By ADAM CIVICO - SEVERAL deer died after animal rights extremists cut fences and herded hundreds of deer out of Round Green venison farm. Young deers and milking females were among the animals which died because of stress caused by the incident on Friday night. Now some orphaned calves are having to be hand fed by staff at the farm on Round Green Lane, Stainborough….(story)

Norwich Evening News 4.8.06 Turkey activist in court - An animal rights activist who staged a pre-Christmas protest by dumping turkey carcasses in Norwich city centre has appeared in court as a result. Wendy Valentine appeared before city magistrates yesterday accused of breaking animal byproduct regulations. The 57-year-old, who founded the Hillside Animal Sanctuary, staged her protest against factory farming in Gentleman's Walk five days before Christmas…. (story)

Harrogate Advertiser 4.8.06 Behaviour that's a type of fascism From: Chris Barltrop, Peter Jolly's Circus. JOLLY’S Circus is in Ripon this week. Many local shopkeepers have helped us advertise the circus in the traditional way by displaying our posters; we thank them all. But there’s a group of people in the area whose behaviour is so far from normal that one local person told me it was ‘bizarre’…. Last Friday evening, gang members ran into shops in Ripon and tore down posters. No discussion took place with shopkeepers, no exchange of opinion was offered. Just in, rip, and out…. We are all entitled to our personal opinions. However, to attempt to force those personal opinions on others, to make others conform to our own preferences, is intolerable behaviour. It is a type of fascism…. (letter)


Gloucester Citizen 3.8.06 ZARA HEADS GATCOMBE FIELD - Zara Phillips will top the bill at the Festival of British Eventing at her mother the Princess Royal's Gatcombe Park estate. Her British World Equestrian Games team-mates William Fox-Pitt, Daisy Dick, Sharon Hunt, Mary King and Oliver Townend will also be taking part at the event, which starts tomorrow…. Away from the competition, the family entertainment includes displays of falconry, sheep dogs and ducks, tradestands and a parade of the Duke of Beaufort's hounds... (story)

Ilkley Gazette 3.8.06 Shooting rights - There has been in recent times a great deal of correspondence about the management of Ilkley Moor. Has it not entered the heads of the various correspondents that if Bradford Council had not stopped the shooting rights, the moor would have been well managed in return for the right to shoot a few grouse?... Victor M Bean Flat 1,114, Skipton Road, Ilkley (letter)

Jersey Evening Post 3.8.06 Our new callousness towards animal life, From Cate Hamilton, La Pommeraie, Coast Road, St Clement. IT was appalling to read of a baby seagull battered to death and its body swung in the face of a woman who tried to prevent the abuse…. For the past two winters, my children have been frightened by shooters killing pigeons within yards of their ponies. On one occasion the lead shot rained down on them. Shotgun use is lawful on private land with the owner's consent, despite distress caused to others…. (letter may be in archive)

Carlisle News & Star 3.8.06 FAIR, SHOW AND A GIG! - Country fairs, shows and pop concerts are lining up to provide the entertainment this weekend. Lowther Horse Driving Trials and Country Show, near Penrith, starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday… Mary Ann, who has been the subject of TV documentaries about her newly-built studio in the wilds of Redesdale in Northumberland, will be showing original hound-themed paintings on all three days of the show. Her presence will complement the Countryside Alliance's stand which members and supporters will be able to visit and meet regional director Richard Dodd and find out more about the alliance’s work…. (story)

Ely Standard 3.8.06 This culling is sickening - I recently read a story about a man named David Smith. David Smith has, in only 15 years, killed around 10,000 greyhounds that have been deemed no longer suitable for racing. Frankly this disgusts me and racing industries and the breeders should be ashamed…. Megan Jackson, Cambridge (story)

Swindon Advertiser 3.8.06 Protester's high praise By Matt Jackson - A SWINDON teenager has won special praise from Tony Blair for his campaign group's fight against animal rights extremists. The Prime Minister has highlighted the work of Pro-Test, run by Laurie Pycroft, in a Government statement about medical research….(story)

Irish Independent 3.8.06 Animal rights group hits out over cash for circuses - Anita Mullan - ANIMAL rights protestors targeted the offices of the Arts Council in Dublin yesterday in retaliation for the Council making €100,000 available for circuses. The Alliance for Animal Rights (AFAR) are calling on the Arts Council to reconsider its decision to fund circuses with animals, in the light of serious concerns which the organisation holds about animal welfare and public safety…. Spokesperson for AFAR, Bernie Wright, said: "Wild animals are particularly badly affected…” (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 3.8.06 GREY SQUIRREL CULL BRANDED WASTE OF MONEY - TIM PAULING - New scientific research claims that culling Scotland's grey squirrels is not the best way to save the threatened native red population… research commissioned by Edinburgh-based Advocates for Animals claims culling does not work and may be counter-productive… Professor Stephen Harris and his team at Bristol University said efforts to cull grey squirrels by Aberdeen City Council were "particularly misguided"…. (story)

Whitehaven News 3.8.06 Two sides to Sparky charge - I have seen your article about the arrest of one of our clowns, Sparky, on tour in Yorkshire. Sparky’s home is in Whitehaven…. The only witnesses to the ‘Sparky’s car’ incident, apart from Sparky himself, were the group of protestors. On a separate occasion at this site, in the presence of police officers, a campaigner falsely claimed ‘assault’ when a member of the circus staff used reasonable force (I use the term in its official and legal sense) to move him from an obstructive position. The police at the time treated that complaint with the contempt it deserved…. I am told that Sparky needed to leave the circus site on a brief errand, and had difficulty in negotiating the human blockade. Demonstrators such as these push beyond the limit their right to demonstrate, committing acts which are provocative and which they intend will incite trouble…. Chris BARLTROP, Spokesman for Jolly’s Circus (story)
Goole Courier 27.7.06 CLOWN FINED AFTER CIRCUS INCIDENT by James Bright - A CIRCUS clown was given a police fine after driving his car at animal rights protestors in Howden. Sparky, alias 29-year-old Stanley Thompson of Cumbria, was arrested on suspicion of assault and issued a fixed penalty notice for a public order offence after the incident at the opening night of Jolly's family Circus. He clashed with eight protestors, including members of Captive Animals' Protection Society and the local RSPCA, who were standing outside the show site in Howden, holding plaquards and handing out leaflets to highlight the plight of animals in travelling circuses. Goole and District RSPCA member Georgina Petty said: "We were stood there minding our own business when out of nowhere this car comes rushing towards us with a clown inside…. (story)
Whitehaven News 27.7.06 Sparky the clown arrested - AN ANIMAL rights group has called on a controversial animal circus to sack its clown, from Whitehaven, after he was arrested for attacking peaceful protesters – his second such arrest in less than a year. Protesters, including members of Captive Animals' Protection Society (Caps) and the local RSPCA, were holding a peaceful demonstration outside Peter Jolly's Circus in Goole, Humberside, on July 19 to highlight the plight of animals in travelling circuses. According to people on the protest, shortly after they arrived the clown was driving into the site, reversed and drove back, knocking into one of the protesters…. (story)
Carlisle News & Star 22.7.06 Clown clashes with animal rights protesters - A CIRCUS clown from Cumbria was arrested this week after clashing with animal rights activists – for the second time in less than a year. Protesters are now calling for Whitehaven’s Stanley Thompson, better known as Sparky the Clown, to be sacked following the incident near Goole in Humberside. It happened on Wednesday night while members of the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) were demonstrating at the entrance to Peter Jolly’s Circus…. A spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that a Cumbrian man had been arrested at the circus gate that night. He was later dealt with by way of an £80 fixed penalty fine for the public order offence…. (story)
Hull Daily Mail 21.7.06 CLOWN FINED IN CLASH WITH DEMONSTRATORS - Howden: A circus clown has been given an on-the-spot fine after clashing with animal rights demonstrators. Sparky was arrested on suspicion of assault and fined £80 for disorder after an incident at Peter Jolly's circus, currently in the town…. (story)

Cambridge News 3.8.06 Appalling cruelty From RK Kunish, Pettitt's Lane, Dry Drayton - I WAS appalled and horrified to read the articles in the News relating to animal cruelty. I cannot understand why these callous owners are not banned from keeping animals for life, and not just for a set number of years…. (letter)


Western Morning News 2.8.06 IN your article "Support still strong for Staghounds" (July 28) Guy Thomas-Everard, a farmer from Dulverton, comments on the Hunting Act 2004 that "the new law has just made life difficult… " Traditional deer-stalking is by far the most humane way of dispatching an injured deer, and I would recommend to Mr Thomas-Everard that, if he really is concerned about the suffering endured by the deer, he uses this method instead of chasing the deer with hounds. Mike Hobday, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

Daelnet 2.8.06 Yorkshire Dales grouse shoot signs up to environmental agreements - WITH the Glorious Twelfth nearly upon us environmentalists at English Nature are celebrating bagging two new management agreements that will enhance 6000 hectares of heather moorland that provide prime grouse shoots... Agreements have been signed covering Dallowgill estate in Nidderdale and Spaunton estate on the North York Moors. The heather moorland in both areas has the highest possible designation for nature conservation, being internationally recognised for both the plants and breeding birds.... Peter Welsh of English Nature explains: "We've worked closely with the Moorland Association to come up with practical and consistent land management guidance and an approach that is sympathetic to the needs of the wildlife on sites but allows gamekeepers and farmers to do their jobs…. (story)

Irish Examiner 2.8.06 Cruelty rife in greyhound industry - LIKE many Irish people, I like dogs. I share my home with a Jack Russell cross who can sometimes be hard to handle…. Catherine Keating, Athenry Road, Tuam, Co Galway. (story)
Irish Independent 1.8.06 Slaughter of greyhounds - Like many Irish people, I like dogs…. In contrast, consider the fate of the Irish Greyhound. Bred only to make money, only 25 per cent of puppies born will make the track. The rest are killed… I urge readers to boycott dog racing for all of the reasons outlined above. CATHERINE KEATING, TUAM, CO GALWAY (letter)

Oxford Mail 2.8.06 ALF sets sights on university suppliers - Animal rights activists claim they have conducted a series of attacks against firms working for Oxford University as they continue their campaign against its new animal laboratory. The Animal Liberation Front claims to have glued and disabled card swipe devices on doors at university buildings last month and vandalised vans and premises belonging to four local firms…. (story)

Oxford Mail 2.8.06 Informed decisions - I was disappointed by your lukewarm report of the Newsnight debate on the use of animals in experiments (Oxford Mail, July 28)…. The only views quoted in the report were those of Mel Broughton, one of the leading animal protesters… I cannot understand why the animal rights lobby targets the life saving use of animals (99 per cent of which are rats and mice) in medical research, when millions of larger animals are used, or misused, every day, in the meat industry…. THERESA FRAYN, Ramsay Road Headington, Oxford (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 2.8.06 DIFFERENCES INVALIDATE EXPERIMENTS - Thomas Bromley's (HE July 19) bog-standard reply to anyone who criticises medical research using animals, is typical of someone who knows little or nothing about the subject - merely parroting what his pharmaceutical paymasters have told him… LEN SHORT, for Animal Voices, St James Road, Torquay (story)

Worcester Evening News 2.8.06 Should Guards wear bearskins? - I am sure the Grenadier Guards looked spectacular as they marched through Worcester in their immaculate uniforms complete with bearskins… While we find it offensive to wear fur nowadays it does seem to be double standards and not a god reflection on the Queen whose Army it is. R W JAUNCEY, Worcester (letter in archive)


Western Morning News 1.8.06 HUNTING (AND THE BAN) FINALLY MAKES LIST OF ICONIC IMAGES - In the same week that the first trial of someone accused of breaching the hunting ban began in the Westcountry, organisers of a scheme to create an iconic image of England have announced that foxhunting and the campaign to ban it will be part of that image… The decision has still angered both pro-hunting and anti-hunting camps. Supporters of hunting claimed that adding the hunting ban was a piece of politically correct spin while opponents said it was the right thing to do because they had no wish for hunting to be used as a way of defining Englishness…. (story)
Mirror 1.8.06 FISH AND CHIPS THE TOP ICON - FISH and chips is the best-loved symbol of England, it was revealed yesterday…. And foxhunting was deemed quintessentially English ??" as were the protests which led to its eventual ban… NEW ICONS: Fish and chips, rugby, Robin Hood, Tower of London, Magna Carta, hedges, the bobby, foxhunting and ban, pint, White Cliffs of Dover, the Archers, Monty Python, Sherlock Holmes, Lake District, parish church, Oxford English Dictionary, bowler hat, Mini car, oak tree (story)

Western Morning News 1.8.06 GOVERNMENT GETS TOUGH ON ROADSIDE BILLBOARDS - The Government has ordered a crackdown on roadside billboards, which it claims blight the countryside and can distract drivers…. However, campaigners at the Countryside Alliance warned that the move could be used to stifle campaigning by the hunting community. Tim Bonner, of the alliance, said the organisation supported the enforcement of existing planning regulations. "We hope, however, that this is not an attempt by the Government to silence the rural minority," he said. … (story)
Times 31.7.06 Call for curb on billboards blighting the countryside BY VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - A CRACKDOWN on roadside billboards that blight the countryside and distract drivers has been ordered by the Government. There is particular concern about farmers and landowners who allow lorry trailers festooned with advertisements to park in their fields alongside motorways and other main routes…. Rural campaigners, however, fear that the crackdown may be an attempt to silence the hunting community, who are determined to overturn the ban on their sport. Official Countryside Alliance posters to save hunting and unauthorised anti-Blair displays are frequently spotted along motorways in the main hunting areas…. (story)

Western Mail 1.8.06 Use your might to fight cuts in grants - Simon Hart, Western Mail - Country Matters - IT IS good to see angling acknowledged for the crucial role it plays in rural life, and its major contribution to the rural economy. In the State of the Countryside Report, published two weeks ago by the Commission for Rural Communities the report estimates that 2.5m people across England and Wales went freshwater fishing in the last year…. The success of Get Hooked on Fishing, an initiative nurtured from the outset by the Countryside Alliance alongside our Fishing for Schools programme gets fly-fishing onto the curriculum and children their first taste of the river bank…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 1.8.06 MORE RESPECT IS NEEDED - Why do people take pleasure in inflicting suffering on innocent animals? More education needs to be done to instil some respect for animals… Last Sunday, more than 100 animal lovers gathered in Bristol's Eastvile Park, with their dogs, as part of an International Greyhound Remembrance Weekend. A minute's silence was held for all the dogs who have suffered at the hands of the racing industry…. We are calling on the public to boycott dog tracks and never bet on greyhound racing Gina Harris, Avon and Somerset Greyhound Action, (story)

Western Morning News 1.8.06 GREYHOUND RACING: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 'SPORT' - Given the recent horrific news regarding 10,000 greyhounds being shot and buried by one man in County Durham, we would like to make the following comments…It is clear that while there are attendances at race meetings and bets taking place in betting shops, there will be cruelty on a large scale. It's about time the public was aware of the truth behind greyhound racing. John and Adrienne Hare, Dawlish (letter)

Oxford Mail 1.8.06 Police wrong banning demo - Irrational and misguided as the aims of anti-science campaign group Speak undoubtedly are, I was appalled by the decision of Thames Valley Police to ban its demonstration from the centre of Oxford (Oxford Mail, July 24). The 1986 Public Order Act, set up as part of the assault on organised labour in the 1980s, is one of the great draconian attacks on basic liberties in modern Britain…. The worst aspect of the Act is the way it transforms the police, and illiberal individuals like Mr McWhirter, from their proper role as servants of the community, who ought to exist to facilitate the enjoyment of our rights, into overseers, set up over the community to decide when (if at all) we can enjoy those rights…. Lee Jones, Oxford (letter)

Western Morning News 1.8.06 ANIMAL RESEARCH WAS CLEARED - Louise Piddington (Letters, July 11) calls for an independent inquiry into animal research. But in the last five years in the UK, no fewer than three independent inquiries have been carried out into the effectiveness of animal research in developing medicines for human use…. As for Prof Colin Blakemore, given that he stood virtually alone against violent anti-science campaigners who have physically attacked him and tried to send medical science back to the Stone Age, he deserves all the plaudits in the world - not Ms Piddington's snide insults. Lee Jones, Pro-Test Committee, Oxford (letter)
Western Morning News 11.7.06 EVALUATION OF ANIMAL RESEARCH NEEDED - Recently, i heard Colin Blakemore of the Medical Research Council blathering yet again (on Radio 4) that they must use more animals for research, soon followed by support from those with vested interests - i.e. drugs companies - which informed us that 288 primates were used in medical research in 2004… Instead of heeding Mr Blair, the Government should comply with the demands of 200-plus MPs and make possible an independent scientific evaluation into the business of animal research. Louise Piddington, Plymouth (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 1.8.06 PRINCE TO FACE PROTEST OVER GUARDSMEN'S BEARSKIN HATS - SUE RESTAN - The Prince of Wales will be greeted by a giant bear campaigning against the use of real fur in bearskins worn by Guardsmen on duty outside Buckingham Palace when he arrives in Caithness today. Prince Charles is due to visit the Environmental Research Institute at North Highland College, Thurso, this morning before travelling to the Castle of Mey, where he will launch a new tourism initiative for the north Highlands of Scotland. It is at his first engagement that he will be met by the bear from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who will be accompanied by Joanne Catherine Sim. Ms Sim, 21, who hails from Thurso but now works for Advocates for Animals in Edinburgh, will be carrying a sign displaying the words "Bear Hugs, NOT Bear Skins"…. (story)

Western Morning News 1.8.06 FARMERS PROBABLYSPREAD TBTHEMSELVES - Ian Pettyfer writes that badgers "definitely do cause most of the resurgence" of TB in reactor herds, but I believe that farmers are most probably causing it themselves!... Alison Barnes, Poundstock, Bude (letter)

York Evening Press 1.8.06 Stamp out cruelty - IF all readers kept an eye on all their family's and friends' animals, then maybe we could help stamp out animal cruelty…. D Fillingham, Muncaster, York (story)