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Gloucester Citizen 31.8.09 Thousands flock to Berkeley Show - Families flocked to one of the county's last great agricultural shows in the shadow of famous Berkeley Castle. The crowds were out in force today for the 108th annual Berkeley Show with its horticultural and craft classes, farm livestock competitions, horse and pony showing, riding and jumping contests.Demonstrations of classic and modern day sheep shearing were among the attractions on the castle meadow in Berkeley and supporters of the local Berkeley Hunt warmly welcomed the usual parade of hounds in the main entertainments ring… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 31.8.09 Hunting has a long military association - DURING the past few years many letters have been published in the Echo about hunting with hounds and 700 hours were spent debating the sport in the Houses of Parliament. Most aspects of this brutal activity have been discussed, but there has been little comment about military involvement in fox hunting… I was taught that a Scout was a friend to animals. But I could never reconcile this with the fact that the Chief Scout, Lord Baden Powell, took great delight in fox hunting… When serving in India prior to the First World War, on the North West Frontier with Afghanistan, he enjoyed pig-sticking…. Having studied brief histories of four local fox hunts I see that their past masters include four colonels, seven majors, and three captains. Today this tradition is continued by the navy with the Britannia Beagle hare hunt, Dartmouth, being under the command of an admiral… John Phelps, Argyll Road Exeter (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 31.8.09 Animal rights group grateful for support - A STREET collection held by South Devon Animal Rights in Exeter on July 31 raised £213.53 after deduction of £2.50 auditor's fees. During this difficult financial period for all we are very grateful to the residents of, and visitors to Exeter, for their continued generous support…. Hayden Macey, Secretary, South Devon Animal Rights, Torquay (letter)


Swindon Advertiser 30.8.09 Cricklade Show set for a great bank holiday By Jeremy Grimaldi - THOUSANDS of countryside revellers are expected to gather at a horse and dog spectacular. About 7,000 people are expected to attend the 71st annual Cricklade Show…. Visitors will also be treated to old favourites, including a falconry show, a British Driving Association carriage racing display, horse jumpers and displays by the Masters of Foxhounds Association… (story)

Sunday Mercury 30.8.09 Letters: Oppose cruelty... and blame owners - SELDOM have I read such a petty, garbled, load of nonsense as that written by W Meczynski of Northfield. Mr Meczynski also makes the claim that fox hunting is the pastime of the upper classes. Is he serious? All social classes indulge in it, including farm labourers. My opposition to fox hunting is not confined to sympathy for the fox, as for the fact that it brutalises the hunters and their children.I did not admit I didn’t mind cruelty to animals as long as they were killed for food – we should all be opposed to cruelty in slaughterhouses…. JAMES BENTON, Hall Green (letter)


Daily Mail 29.8.09 A month in the fascinating, fertile and very non-PC mind of Clarissa Dickson Wright By Clarissa Dickson Wright - In her memoir Spilling The Beans, CLARISSA DICKSON WRIGHT, one of television's Two Fat Ladies, wrote candidly about her traumatic family life, her drinking and, famously, her brief encounter with an MP in the House of Commons Chamber. Now she has followed up with an uproarious diary, Rifling Through My Drawers. Here, her entry for September finds her feisty, reflective and keen to discuss everything from jazz to flying fish ... For the past 12 years this particular Labour Government has had not one single policy that I could possibly agree with. However, last September I was set to revisit Parliament because I found myself bidding at auctions for a couple of lunches in the House. The first was at Otis Ferry's fundraiser to rebuild the South Shropshire Hunt kennels where he is joint master…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 29.8.09 Gamekeeper's long service for estate earns its reward - By Mark Casci, Agricultural Correspondent - ONE of Yorkshire's most respected and long-standing game keepers has been rewarded by the Country Land and Business Association. John Masterman, head keeper on the Helmsley Estate in North Yorkshire, received a CLA Long Service Award for his 40 years of dedicated service from the Duke of Rutland and CLA President Henry Aubrey-Fletcher…. (story)

Daily Star 29.8.09 STEVE HAS A GREAT TYNE By Richard Lee - FEARS that cormorants had wrecked North-East river stocks were dispelled when anglers shared 1,170lb of dace and chub from the Tyne. The sixth annual National River Championships ­produced huge nets of silvers for the 100 anglers…. THE Countryside ­Alliance has launched a national campaign to get angling on to the school curriculum. Campaign bosses say the sport can help ­youngsters develop maths, ­geography and science skills. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 29.8.09 Animal rights campaigners continue protest - PROTESTERS say they will continue to demonstrate outside a Hampshire business until the controversial Huntingdon Life Sciences closes for good. A group of around three protesters armed with banners and a megaphone stand outside Ciba Vision in Hedge End, Southampton every week. The protesters, part of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), believe Ciba Vision company is buying from the life sciences firm and campaign for it to stop every week… Dave Thompson, a protester from Fareham, said: “My view is if we target the customers and suppliers of Huntingdon Life Sciences, who profit from them, then eventually they will have to close…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 29.8.09 Sickening trade - I have been horrified to discover that some shops still sell cat toys made from real fur, despite all we know about the sickening fur trade… Janet Gee, Market Harborough (story)

Rochdale Observer 29.8.09 BNP gives backing to bird sanctuary - THE British National Party is supporting Three Owls Bird sanctuary in its fight to stay open.Words of support for the ailing sanctuary have been posted on the website of north west MEP Nick Griffin… (story)


Telegraph 28.8.09 James Lees-Milne: 'How I hate meeting royalty' - In an exclusive extract from his new biography of James Lees-Milne, Michael Bloch describes a series of the witty diarist's dealings with the royal family. In 1975, James ("Jim") Lees-Milne and his wife Alvilde moved to Essex House (dubbed "Bisex House" by some of their waggish friends) in Badminton, Gloucestershire, on the estate of the royally connected Duke of Beaufort. Henry FitzRoy Somerset, the 10th Duke, was seventy-five. He was not just one of England's greatest aristocrats, but arguably her leading sportsman. He lived for foxhunting, having been known as "Master" since the age of nine and served for long years as MFH of "the Beaufort"… (story)

Daelnet 28.8.09 National Taste of Game Week - There will plenty of opportunities for food lovers to enjoy British game meat during National Taste of Game Week this November. There will be events happening across the UK including game tastings in London’s famous Borough Market and a night with Clarissa Dickson-Wright in Skipton. People will also be able to win top chefs for the night as well as meals in restaurants, hampers and places on game cookery courses… (story)


Daily Post 27.8.09 Queen star is to front anti-hunt campaign by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - QUEEN guitarist Brian May has agreed to be the patron of a new anti-hunting group based in North Wales. The group, Wales Against Animal Cruelty, was set up earlier this year by Rhyl activist Judi Hewitt to fight Tory plans to repeal the ban on hunting with dogs… (story)

Northwich Guardian 27.8.09 Tory leader holds his own in the firing line during Kingsmead Primary School visit - QUESTIONS on issues as diverse as immigration, employment and how to avoid becoming a megalomaniac were fired at David Cameron when he visited Northwich…. Mr Cameron’s first challenge was from animal rights campaigners, who gathered outside the school to protest and asked questions inside the hall to get to the bottom of his thoughts on the hunting ban. He replied that if he was in power he would call for a vote on the ban but admitted that he personally was against it, calling it a ‘stupid law’…. (story)
Mid Cheshire Chronicle 26.8.09 Tory leader David Cameron planning return trip to Northwich after Kingsmead visit by Dave Goodban - CONSERVATIVE Party leader David Cameron told the people of Northwich he was the man to ‘make our country all the things it could be’ at a packed Kingsmead Primary School…. Despite being greeted by anti-hunt protesters outside the main gates of the school, off Dukes Way, the Prime Minister elect joked he does not ‘intend to kill every badger in sight’…. (story)

Telegraph 27.8.09 Don't let the Tories bring back the cruelty of hunting - The Tories' suggestion that the cruelty of hunting should be brought back into our countryside and judged by a panel of sympathisers (report, August 24) is as ludicrous as removing the act of robbery from the statute book and setting up a panel of villains to lay down judgment on how well they managed to break and enter…. Lawrie Payne, Dovercourt, Essex (letter)

Western Mail 27.8.09 Vote down hunting - In answer to the Tory leaders David Cameron’s promise to spend parliamentary time overturning the ban on hunting with dogs when the Tory party return to power, the people attending the National Eisteddfod in Bala gave a resounding answer. More than 150 people signed a pledge at the Vegan Society stand not to support any candidate for the general election who approves of hunting. It is said that one signature on a petition represents the views of more than 100 other people and out of the 170,000 people at the Eisteddfod over the week only a tiny percentage found their way to our stand, so how many does that 150 signatures represent?... Sian Meredudd, Llandrindod, Powys (letter)

Northumberland Gazette 27.8.09 Hunt case was a waste of money - CAN I endorse Robert McCarthy's remarks at his trial as the Huntsman of the Percy fox hounds? Whoever brought the case against him was politically pointing at the Duke of Northumberland and thought little about fox hunting… My clan is the largest in Britain and we have hunted the North of England for the last 2,000 years as a means of controlling foxes, which is essential to our survival and we will continue. Lance Robson, Hartburn (letter)

Malton Gazette & Herald 27.8.09 Cabinet’s shame - (letter)
Western Morning News 22.8.09 Government must eat by example - SIMON HART Chief ExecutiveCountryside Alliance (letter)
Darlington & Stockton Times 21.8.09 Own goal - SIMON HART Chief cxecutive, Countryside Alliance, London (letter)
Western Morning News 21.8.09 Eat what you preach - Simon Hart, Countryside Alliance London (letter)
Buckinghamshire Advertiser 20.8.09 Not even a single rasher of bacon - SIMON HART Chief executive, Countryside Alliance Kennington Road London (letter)
News Wales 18.8.09 What does Gordon Brown eat? - DEFRA Secretary Hilary Benn has recently talked about the UK becoming more self-sufficient in its food production and has stated that "It's about people eating more food seasonally." Disappointing, therefore, that the Government does not practice what it preaches. As part of its Rural Manifesto campaign to promote British farmers and producers, the Countryside Alliance wrote to the main Government departments asking how much of the produce they serve is British. The answers would make Mr Benn blush…. Simon Hart Chief Executive Countryside Alliance 367 Kennington Road London SE11 4PT (letter)

Coventry Telegraph 27.8.09 Animal testing is wasteful and cruel - THE increase in research on live animals last year by almost half a million is the largest in modern times. It comes at the same time as uncaged, an anti-vivisection organisation, handed in a 1½-million signature petition calling on the UK Government to develop a ‘road map’ for the end of animal experiments…. Julie Roberts, Gillquart Way, Coventry (letter)

Building Design 27.8.09 Can I stop animal rights activists from harassing my staff? By Patrick Perry - Some of my staff involved in a planning application have started to receive aggressive correspondence and phone calls from animal rights activists. Is there anything I can do? - The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (PHA) allows you to apply to court to seek damages and an injunction to prevent harassment. As well as exploring civil remedies, it is often worth involving the police, since the conduct may amount to criminal offences, although prosecution will not of itself give you any personal rights… (story)

Original Bristol 27.8.09 Bristol MP Calls For City to Ban Foie Gras - Bristol East Labour MP Kerry McCarthy has called for the delicacy foie gras to be banned in Bristol restaurants, shops and delis. The Bristol East MP says the process of producing it is "incredibly cruel" and is now working with the Bristol Animal Rights Collective to discourage people from eating and selling it…. (story)

Lichfield Mercury 27.8.09 We must fight to ban circus animals - LAST August the Mercury featured a 'Call for Boycott of Circuses with Animals' (August 28), urging families to stay away from Jolly's Circus near Chasetown… The latest Animal Defenders journal has an article highlighting the continuing plight of circus elephants etc… Lorna A Bushell, Lichfield. (letter)


Leicester Mercury 26.8.09 Is fox-hunting set to return to Leicestershire? - Pro-hunt campaigners in Leicestershire are at the heart of a campaign to scrap the ban on hunting foxes with hounds. Supporters from the Belvoir, Fernie, Cottesmore, Quorn and Atherstone hunts believe they are nearing their "best chance" to overturn the 2004 ban. They now believe there is a genuine prospect that the Conservatives will win the next general election and party leader David Cameron has already promised MPs a free vote on whether to end the ban…. Conservative Harborough MP Edward Garnier, who is chairman of the Repeal Committee – a lobbying group set up to overturn the Hunting Act – and shadow justice secretary, has backed the authority plans. Marcus Papadopoulis, of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "The pro-hunt lobby are getting well ahead of themselves. We don't know when the election will be or if the Tories will win it… (story)
Leicester Mercury 26.8.09 Let's not have another battle over hunting - The law may have changed but opinions have not. Now battle lines are once again being drawn over the ban on hunting with dogs. Countryside campaigners want the ban revoked and replaced with a code of conduct. Some senior Conservative MPs are supportive of the idea… We have already seen a long and drawn-out process to arrive with the current law. Is it really worth going through this exercise again? If the law is changed again will the repeal be repealed next time Labour are in power? The fact is that governments have many more pressing issues with which to deal…. (story)

Bromley Times 26.8.09 Animal activists: ‘Don’t vote Tory’ - DISMAYED animal lovers have appealed to the public not to vote Conservative after the party revealed plans to axe the hunting ban…. Animal rights campaigner Jan Yarker, from West Wickham, said: "People should not vote for the Conservatives, they do not have high regard for the animals. "We are all dreading them getting in, David Cameron is pro-hunt. It really is on the cards if they get in, it's a big threat…. (story)

Mirror 26.8.09 BRINGING back fox hunting is [...]By Kevin Maguire - Points of disorder - Bringing back fox hunting is one of the Cons' dirtiest secrets. Cameron would vote for bloodsports in a free vote but tells Tory MPs to stay in the undergrowth… (story)
Mirror 24.8.09 Tories plan to lift ban on hunting - A secret blueprint to bring back hunting under the Tories was revealed yesterday. Viscount Astor, who is married to the mother of Samantha Cameron - wife of Conservative leader David - was implicated in plans to set up a new body to oversee the return of the bloodsport… (story)
Western Morning 24.8.09 'Secret plans' for a hunting comeback - SECRET plans that would see hunting with dogs fully legalised again have been drawn up with the support of senior members of the Conservative Party, it has been claimed… Brian Fanshawe, a former master of foxhounds, told the Independent on Sunday that the plans had been drawn up by the Countryside Alliance…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 24.8.09 Conservatives could bring back hunting with dogs in Hampshire By Andrew Napier - HUNTING with dogs could return to the Hampshire countryside if the Conservatives win the next general election, it has been revealed…. And last night the two MPs for the New Forest welcomed the plans to bring back hunting with dogs…. Ken James, 85, chairman of the New Forest Animal Protection Group and an anti-hunt campaigner for more than 30 years, said: “The public does not want it back…. One local hunt welcomed the news. But Peregrine Rowse, joint master of the Hampshire Hunt, said there was no certainty that a Commons vote would repeal the ban… (story)
Independent on Sunday 23.8.09 How the Tories will bring back hunting - Senior Conservatives support licensing plan in attempt to make repeal of the ban on hunting with dogs acceptable to voters. Graham Mole reports - Secret plans to reintroduce hunting foxes, stags and other animals have been drawn up with the backing of senior Conservatives. Details of the controversial scheme emerged this weekend, including the creation of a Hunt Regulatory Authority (HRA) to police the behaviour of hunts.The plans were drawn up by senior lawyers and the Countryside Alliance, and have the backing of influential Tories including William Hague and Edward Garnier, the shadow justice minister. They could act as a blueprint for the reintroduction of hunting with dogs across the British countryside, which was outlawed by the hunt ban in 2005…. (story)
Sunday Telegraph 23.8.09 Tories "will scrap hunting ban" - Detailed plans to scrap the hunting ban have been drawn up with the backing of senior Conservatives. By Ben Leach - The controversial scheme will include the creation of a Hunt Regulatory Authority (HRA) to police the behaviour of hunts and was drawn up by senior lawyers along with the Countryside Alliance. The plans have the backing of influential Tories including William Hague and Edward Garnier, the shadow justice minister and could lead to the reintroduction of hunting with dogs across the British countryside.Brian Fanshawe, a former master of foxhounds who is involved with the project, said that senior Tory figures have now backed the proposal… (story)

Denbighshire Free Press 26.8.09 Sunshine and showers draw crowds to the Show - THE SUN was shining over this years Denbigh and Flint Show, families, couples and competitors soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed the mud free fields!... Afternoon crowds were also treated to falconry displays, vintage cars and the Flint and Denbigh hounds Inter Hunt Relay, after all that excitement I'm sure everyone will be racing back for a ticket to next years show… (story)

BBC News Online 26.8.09 Fishing gear 'risks' to animals - The Scottish SPCA has urged anglers to take extra care after swans, ducks and seals have been hurt or killed by discarded fishing tackle. In one incident a pair of swans was rescued after getting badly injured at Cauldshiels Loch in the Borders…. Mr Flynn said: "Our inspectors and ambulance drivers are responding to calls on a weekly and sometimes daily basis at the moment and the sad thing is it's so unnecessary. "The vast majority of anglers are very responsible and take care to clear away their equipment after they've used it. "What we're dealing with is a minority of people who don't respect the environment they are fishing in and the wildlife that inhabits it."… (story)

Portsmouth News 26.8.09 Fury over animals at circus - Animal rights protesters voiced their anger last night at a circus that uses horses and ponies in its show. Zippos Circus – one of eight British circuses to still use live animals – started a 13-night run on Southsea Common last night. Visitors were met by more than a dozen protesters with placards calling on people to boycott the circus. Sarah Collins, 23, of St Augustine Road in Southsea, said: 'I believe that animals should not be used for entertainment purposes. They don't have a choice and it is exploitation. We don't have the right to use them in this way for human gain.'…(story)

York Press 26.8.09 It’s animal tragic - ONCE again the topic of animals in the circus has raised its ugly head, this time in the national television news. The Government said there is no evidence of harm to animals in circuses. Obviously they did not watch the film in question… I do not think animals should be trailed round the country in wagons for months on end. This is not natural, they do not do that in the wild…. Angela Summers, Leeds Road, Selby (letter)

Solihull Observer 26.8.09 Animal Aid would like to thank the people of Shirley for their generosity in raising £181.00 at a street collection on August 22…. Yvonne Lilley, Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator (letter)


Herts Advertiser 25.8.09 Flood-warning cash for River Colne - CASH for a flood-warning system which will alert villagers to problems has been made available by a government department. But the decision by Defra - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - to make £200,000 available for flood warning along the River Colne which runs through London Colney, Colney Heath and Watford has been criticised for not doing enough to prevent flooding… Cllr Brazier said what residents wanted to see was work being carried out to prevent flooding - "people say nothing is ever done," he commented. His concerns have been echoed by the Countryside Alliance which has branded the money from Defra, "way short of what is needed" not just in the local area but in the country as a whole…. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 25.8.09 Circus keeper fired for cruelty on film - A GRIMSBY animal lover is calling for travelling circuses featuring exotic animals to be banned, after footage of a former Great British Circus keeper mistreating elephants was released…. Grimsby resident, Sean Atkinson, has attended protests when the circus visited Louth and Grimsby in April – arguing that circuses which house exotic animals are inhumane. He said: "It's terrible to see this footage."… (story)


Horse & Hound 24.8.09 'Hunt monitors' made redundant by IFAW - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Hunts have greeted the redundancy of two of Britain's most fanatical anti-hunt campaigners with caution. Full-time "hunt monitors" Kevin Hill and Peter White have lost their jobs with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in what the charity's spokesman Clare Sterling calls a round of "global cuts due to the recession". The Countryside Alliance (CA) said the redundancies prove IFAW is backing away from the Hunting Act…. Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman Tony Wright believes the pair will keep monitoring… Cattistock joint-master Fiona Vigar agreed, adding: "Our members have felt threatened and upset by their constant videoing, so while their redundancy can only be a relief, I don't think it will stop them"…. They provided evidence in two high-profile cases against hunts — the Heythrop and the Devon and Somerset Staghounds — both of which failed in the courts… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 24.8.09 Hunting for right image - Conservative leader David Cameron has promised MPs a free vote to reintroduce foxhunting if he wins the next election. It won’t go down well with the majority of people, who supported the ban. So, in the meantime, the Countryside Alliance is attempting to look more caring and sharing. The pro-hunting group believes it has an image problem, and so has recruited media consultants for advice on how to appear less aloof and out of touch on TV… Those who got their kicks out of ripping animals to pieces are no more compassionate and cuddly if they are interviewed wearing woolly jumpers. Just ask the foxes (story)

Times 24.8.09 Time is catching up on the Isle of Wight. Now it's only 20 years behind London - Damian Whitworth …. Susie Sheldon is master of the island’s hunt, runs an organic farm and shop with her husband, hobnobs with the Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Yacht Squadron during Cowes Week and in 2011 will serve as the island’s high sheriff. The hunt is as popular before the ban and has 400 supporters and one anti-hunt protester. “If hunting stopped I don’t know what he’d do with his life,” says Ms Sheldon…. (story)

Romsey Advertiser 24.8.09 Clay pigeon shoot raises funds for cancer charity - A CLAY pigeon shoot in memory of a Hampshire countryside guardian raised nearly £2,000 for a cancer charity. The shoot on the Compton Manor Estate at King’s Somborne netted £1,880 for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice at West End near Southampton. Phil Fielder who lives at Timsbury started the annual event nine years ago following the death of his mate David Glasspool from cancer… (story)

Express 24.8.09 LABOUR'S 10P PETROL TAX RAID By Louise Barnett - MOTORISTS have been “hammered” over the past four years with tax rises amounting to 10p a litre in order to line the public purse, it was claimed last night…. It means two-car families, relying on them for the school run and commuting, are shelling out an average £25 more per month than four years ago, according to the AA… Countryside Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner said: “Petrol and diesel are absolutely basic essentials for everyone in a rural area. Fuel duty is a disproportionate and unfair tax on those who have to use a car.”… (story)

Leicester Mercury 24.8.09 No evidence of cruelty at circus - Trading standards officers say they found "no evidence" of animal cruelty when they visited a circus in Leicestershire. It comes after animal rights group Animal Defenders International released undercover footage of elephants at the Great British Circus – which came to Glen Parva in April – being beaten by a groom… Circus spokesman Chris Barltrop said: "If these animal charities were actually interested in animal welfare they would have reported this straight away so that action could be taken." (story)

Leicester Mercury 24.8.09 Why we need to change our diet - Concern has been expressed about our future food security and one possible solution suggested has been the promotion of GM crops…. There will be food shortages everywhere as the world's population increases… A common factor which contributes to all these problems is a diet heavily dependent on meat, fish and dairy products…. A reduction in, or better still the elimination of meat, fish and dairy products would help avert future environmental catastrophe… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

Essex Echo 24.8.09 Animal circuses are a tradition worth keeping - I remember, in the years after the Second World War, when my mum and dad used to take me to see the circus with all the animals, especially the tigers and elephants… OK, I and many other people didn’t know how animals were treated, but with the health and safety rules in place these days, surely the standard is far better than in the old days… Ron Simmonds, Rectory Grove, Wickford
I note the call to ban animal circuses in the Echo’s Comment (Aug 13). Unfortunately, local authorities do not have the power to ban animal circuses from private land, although they can inspect them. However, the Captive Animals’ Protection Society encourages all councils to implement a ban on the use of performing animals in circuses on land over which they have jurisdiction… Garry Sheen, Development Director, Captive Animals’ Protection Society, PO Box 4186, Manchester (letters)

Southend Standard 24.8.09 Animal lovers picket circus - PROTESTERS picketed a controversial animal circus. More than 20 demonstrators gathered outside the Great British Circus in Southend Road, Rochford, on Saturday… Garry Sheen, from the Captive Animal Protection Society, which joined members of the public at the Southend Animal Aid-organised protest, said animals do not belong in circuses… (story)

Argus 24.8.09 Cruelty free fair - I would like to thank all those who supported the Cruelty Free Fair in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Hove on Saturday… Angie Wright, Sutton Road, Seaford (letter)

Guardian 24.8.09 Vegan prisoners to be allowed animal-free products - Alexandra Topping - Vegan prisoners will be able to buy food and toiletries that are in keeping with their beliefs and contain no animal products, a Vegan support group said today. In a key concession to vegan inmates, the prison service will now allow prisoners to order toiletries from two specialist outlets, according to the Vegan Prisoners Support Group…. (story)


Scotland on Sunday 23.8.09 Fears for UK's polar bear cubs - IN HER article on The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland plan to move polar bear Mercedes from Edinburgh Zoo to the Highland Wildlife Park (News, 16 August), Hilary Duncanson stated that Mercedes had produced two cubs…. Edinburgh Zoo is to be congratulated for providing Mercedes with good retirement quarters at the Highland Wildlife Park. I hope she will be the last polar bear in Britain to be used to produce cubs which face a very uncertain future after their few months of cute commercial viability are over… John F Robins, Secretary, Animal Concern Advice Line (letter)


Horse & Hound 22.8.09 Danish exchange for Holcombe hunt - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Lancashire's Holcombe hunt is to host a group of Danish riders at a meet next season and then travel to Copenhagen so the Danes can repay their hospitality. The exchange is the first of several planned by hunting campaigner Midge Todhunter through his website (story)

Hampshire Chronicle 22.8.09 Alresford gamekeeper wins national competition - A HAMPSHIRE gamekeeper has won £400 after winning a national competition. Michael Hall, 40, a single-handed keeper at Brockwood Estate, near Alresford, came first in the annual competition, which was run by the Country Land and Business Association… (story)

Guardian 22.8.09 Hooked: George Monbiot on fishing - I did it as a boy and now I'm doing it again, only this time there's a purpose to my pleasure: to help save the planet by catching only fish I can eat… (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 22.8.09 Essex man fined for tampering with badger's sett - JAMES HORE - A BADGER protection group has called for landowners to contact them if they need advice about whether setts are still being used by the animals…. Richard Michael Butler, of Gosfield, near Halstead, admitted obstructing a badger sett entrance and was fined £1,500. The 53-year-old also pleaded guilty to using a pesticide in a sett, which badgers appeared to be using, without approval and was fined £500…. A police investigation was launched earlier this year after Renee Hockley-Byam, chairwoman of the North East Essex Badger Group, discovered the sett on Butler's land had been tampered with. Speaking from the National Badger Conference in Wales, she said the case highlighted the need for landowners to be certain about the status of badger setts when gassing rabbits which often move into empty setts… (story)


Ledbury Reporter 21.8.09 Ledbury Hunt horse and dog show - LEDBURY Hunt is holding its Horse and Dog Show at Gadbury Eldersfield, in Gloucestershire, tomorrow (Saturday, August 29). The event will feature a host of classes and entries for all except the dressage classes will be taken on the day… The Hunt is also planning a Newcomers’ Day at Pauntley Court Farm, in Pauntley. The event will take place at 10am on Saturday, October 17 for more information visit the website… (story)

Newark Advertiser 21.8.09 Huntsmen shoot pet ducks By Dan Churcher - Huntsmen struck in Newark this week shooting and taking two pet ducks kept at private moorings on the River Devon. Two men with shotguns were seen in fields on Tuesday and police were called after shots were heard and the men were seen walking in the direction of Tolney Lane at 5.50pm, with ducks in their hands. Police responded to the 999 call with a group of six patrol and armed officers, who carried out searches looking for a silver 4x4 that may be linked to the men… Scene of crime officers have carried out forensic testing along the riverbank… A force spokesman said: “It was reported that a man driving a vehicle had a firearm in his possession. “A police helicopter was deployed, which is standard practice in this type of situation, and we located the man in question… (story)

BBC News Online 21.8.09 Bird 'conflict' solution outlined - The RSPB has urged moor managers to use new techniques to resolve the conflict between hen harriers and red grouse. It said a demonstration project at Langholm in Dumfries and Galloway has shown a potential solution. The organisation has suggested that "diversionary feeding" should be explored as an alternative to killing hen harriers on grouse shooting moors…. (story)
Scotsman 21.8.09 Shooters urged to give harriers a lifeline By Frank Urquhart - BRITAIN'S leading bird conservation group yesterday called for an end to the age-old conflict between grouse shooting estates and the country's most persecuted bird of prey, the hen harrier. In a bid to resolve tensions between conservationists and gamekeepers, the RSPB is urging grouse moor managers to reduce predation of their valuable red grouse stocks – by providing supplementary food to the birds of prey… A spokeswoman representing the Scottish Rural Property & Business Association, the Scottish Countryside Alliance and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, dismissed the RSPB proposals as an "ill-disguised attempt to discredit driven grouse moor management"…. (story)

Redditch Standard 21.8.09 Game Fair at Ragley Hall to celebrate country life - BILLED as 'The Man Who Flies With Eagles', Jonathan Marshall will be delighting visitors at The Warwickshire and West Midlands Game Fair taking place at Ragley Hall near Alcester this weekend (August 22-23)….. Demonstrations over the weekend will include shooting school, fly casting, stick dressing and chainsaw sculpture… (story)

The Sentinel 21.8.09 Government must put us first in food chain - F OOD production in the past 10 years has seen a dramatic fall of 11 per cent. No wonder Defra secretary Hilary Benn thinks it is time to rethink and reverse the food security trend…. Hilary Benn has been banging on now for months as to how important it is for Whitehall to support British farmers. In the light of that, The Countryside Alliance using the Freedom of Information act, made a request on the six main government departments as to how much home produced food was served at official functions. There is no excuse when government departments just say 'we don't know where our grub is sourced' because we would be locked up if we couldn't account for our business… (story)

Essex Gazette 21.8.09 Help the campaign to ban primate testing - I urge compassionate readers to support a oncein- a-generation opportunity to ease the suffering of thousands of lab animals, and demand their MEP backs changes to the laws on animal testing across Europe… Jan Creamer Chief executive NAVS/ADI Millbank London (letter)

Southport Visiter 21.8.09 Circus Mondao responds to animals rights campaigners by Kathryn Carr - A TOURING circus currently performing at Leisure Lakes has responded to criticisms from animal rights campaigners. Circus Mondao, which features zebras, llamas, camels, ponies and pygmy goats defended its treatment of animals after the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) called for the public to boycott the show…. (story)

Essex Echo 21.8.09 Circus should be banned - With the arrival of three elephants, the Great British Circus is certainly getting some publicity. It has proved, despite the majority of people being against the use of animals in circuses, it simply does not care… Kevin Lambert Holland Road Westcliff (letter)

Wiltshire Times 21.8.09 Super support - I would like to thank the people of Devizes for raising £132.27 during my street collection on Saturday August 15 in aid of Compassion In World Farming… Dr Roger G Challoner, Church Lane, Wingfield (story)


North Devon Journal 20.8.09 Tetcott Hunt raises £500 - SUPPORTERS of the Tetcott Hunt raised £500 in two days. A wine and wisdom quiz evening made £300 and a book sale and coffee morning added another £200. Both were in the Grenville Rooms, Kilhampton… (story)

North Devon Journal 20.8.09 From eagles to equines at Dunster Show - ORGANISERS of the 2009 Dunster Show, which takes place on Friday, August 21, say there will be something for all the family to enjoy… Entertainment in the main ring includes the Devil's Horsemen with their Wild West Show, an eagle and culture display and the parade of hounds…. (story)

North West Evening Mail 20.8.09 Animal magic at country fair - FAMILIES flocked in their thousands for a rustic day out in the country. By Richard Herbert - Lakeland Country Fair drew in the crowds when it opened its rural shop window on Sunday… Charlotte Mallett, eight, and a member of North Lonsdale Foxhounds, had a successful day with her dogs. She picked up a fourth place with her three-year-old foxhound Bellman… (story)

Independent 20.8.09 PANDORA By Alice-Azania Jarvis - All eyes on the office fox - Confusion abounded at the urban outpost of the Countryside Alliance (in the not-so-leafy surrounds of Kennington, Saaf London), following a rogue fox infiltration yesterday afternoon. We're told that the little critter startled staff by scampering suddenly into the office, before running around the desks and then shooting out shortly afterwards… (story)

Mirror 20.8.09 Call to ban circus animals after keeper is filmed hitting elephants By Mike Swain - A cruel circus keeper is secretly filmed hitting an elephant in the face in footage that has outraged animal rights campaigners… Jan Creamer, of Animal Defenders International, said the film showed why the Government should ban circuses from using wild animals….. (story)
Telegraph 20.8.09 Circus elephants filmed being hit and chained up - Campaigners have released footage which they claim shows captive elephants suffering at the hands of their keepers - Animal Defenders International (ADI) said elephants in the Great British Circus were hit in the face, kept chained and confined to their transport vehicle for up to 11 hours a day and showed disturbed behaviour…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 20.8.09 Video shows circus elephants being beaten - An animal rights charity has released behind-the-scenes footage of circus elephants being beaten. Some of the video scenes, obtained during an undercover investigation by Animal Defenders International, were filmed when the Great British Circus travelled to Glen Parva, on the outskirts of Leicester, in April. In the four-minute video, an elephant groom can be seen punching the animals and hitting them with a stick as they retreat in fear… Phil Hudson, spokesman for Leicester Animal Concern, said: "Even if these elephants were fed well, watered and loved to death, they are still wild animals, not domesticated, and they're used to roaming for hundreds of miles whenever they want to… (story)
Essex Echo 20.8.09 Updated: Great British Circus elephants abused By Emma Thomas - SHOCKING footage of circus elephants being abused has been captured on an undercover video. The Great British Circus, is currently running in Southend Road, Rochford, and its next stop is Colchester. While in Leicestershire, staff were secretly filmed by the Animal Defenders International group. Footage shows workers hitting the circus’s three elephants with a large metal hook and they can be seen crying out in pain….. (story)
Clacton Gazette 19.8.09 Secret film sparks call for circus animals ban - THERE are calls for performing animals to be banned in Tendring after it emerged a keeper mistreated elephants at the Great British Circus. An member of staff was fired two months before the show came to Clacton. Campaign group Animal Defenders International secretly filmed elephants being hit in the face with a broom…. (story)
Express 19.8.09 BEATEN AND HIT WITH HOOKS, CRUEL FATE OF OUR CIRCUS ELEPHANTS By John Ingham - SHOCKING images of circus elephants being beaten sparked fresh calls yesterday for a ban on wild animals in the Big Top. An undercover video shot by Animal Defenders International shows three elephants crying out after being hit on the head with a big metal hook, a broom and a pitchfork. A circus worker is also seen twisting an elephant’s tail. The animals, part of the Great British Circus, were said to be left chained up for 11 hours at a time…
Sky News 19.8.09 Circus Animal Beatings Caught On Camera - Sara Merchant, Sky reporter - Circus reveal animals being hit with a metal hook, a broom and a pitchfork. An undercover investigation by Animal Defenders International (ADI) filmed three elephants - Sonja, Delhi and Vana Mana - during the circus's tour of Britain this summer. A groom is seen deliberately twisting an animal's tail and the elephants are shown crying out in distress and retreating in fear from their handlers… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 20.8.09 Donations a display of real compassion - I WOULD like to say thank you to the people of Exmouth for their kindness in raising £51.46 last Saturday, August 15, in aid of the charity Compassion in World Farming… Barbara Blaxland (promoter) Brixington Drive, Exmouth (by email) (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 20.8.09 Cash will aid animal charity's work - ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Exeter for their generosity in raising £48 at a street collection on Saturday, August 8…. Frances Wicks Collection coordinator. Alphington Road, Exeter (letter)


Teesdale Mercury 19.8.09 Lower grouse population forecast - LAST year’s “bumper” grouse shooting season in County Durham is unlikely to be repeated in 2009, according to moorland experts. The season, which runs until December 10, got underway on August 12, a date known as the Glorious Twelfth. Lindsay Waddell, who is gamekeeper at Raby Estates and also chairman of the National Gamekeepers Association, said there were fewer red grouse… (story)

Warrington Guardian 19.8.09 Youngsters hooked on fishing By Neil Docking - YOUNG people have been reeled in to take part in Warrington’s ‘Hooked on Fishing’ competition this summer. More than 100 youngsters from across the town have had the chance to try out fishing at Stanners Pool in Dallam, supported by fisheries experts from Dallam District Community Angling group providing competitors with equipment, bait and advice and the Environment Agency…. (story)

Western Morning News 19.8.09 Infection by badgers is still a long shot - SO we are given to believe that a scientist at Woodchester Park may have contracted bovine TB from a badger, and the usual furore has followed…. I and my staff at Secret World Wildlife Rescue have worked with badgers closely for over 20 years cleaning up after them, taking blood samples, dealing with wounds. As yet no-one has been infected, even though on rare occasions we have dealt with badgers infected with bovine TB… We sadly await the start of the killing of badgers at the behest of the Welsh Assembly, which will bring neither scientific data nor information on which a future protocol can be based. This will be a political stance that will only make matters worse. Pauline Kidner, Founder, Secret World Wildlife Rescue Charity Somerset (letter)


BBC News Online 18.8.09 Wildlife crime 'not taken seriously' By Andrew Fletcher - A shake-up of wildlife policing is being called for by conservationists including The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and The Wildlife Trusts…. Mark Thomas opens a brown cardboard box which has been delivered to the office in Bedfordshire where he works as an investigator for the RSPB, and lifts out the contents. "It's an absolutely immaculately-plumaged young peregrine….. (story)

York Press 18.8.09 One success will justify police fishing day - AFTER reading in The Press about more of our troops being killed in Afghanistan, bad accidents on the roads and people losing their jobs, it was refreshing to open The Press at the centrefold (Fishing for an answer to boredom, August 14) to find a tranquil and peaceful scene of PCSO Dowson and his colleagues fishing with a group of teenagers. …. If he can turn just one person in the right direction then well done, officer… DJ Wilde, Acomb, York (letter)

Worcester News 18.8.09 Angling skills used to get young people into work By Mike Pryce - HAVING hooked a big one, Worcester Angling Academy is helping tutor and train unemployed and economically inactive people aged 19 plus, thanks to a European Social Funding grant of £11,820 received from the Worcestershire Community Foundation… (story)

Essex Echo 18.8.09 Go to see the circus and judge for yourself - My daughter and I have been going to the circus run by Martin Lacey at Rochford for over 20 years and have always seen at first hand the excellent way the animals are cared for…. Roger Frith Briarwood Drive Leigh (letter)

Lancashire Telegraph 18.8.09 EU should ban bull-fighting - Having published several letters to the LT on the issue of bull-fighting, I was glad to read that Mr Momoniat (Letters, Aug 10) is of the same opinion at the deliberate obscene cruelty of the spectacle bull-fighting…. SHEILA BRENNAN, Bombay Street, Blackburn (letter)


Western Morning News 17.8.09 Labour to target hunt ban voters - Matt Chorley - LABOUR Party strategists are planning to make the ban on hunting a key battleground in the coming General Election campaign in an attempt to win the votes of suburban animal-lovers. Senior figures – including several ministers – want to use the Conservative pledge to repeal the Hunting Act to highlight how the Tories "have not changed"… (story)

Westmorland Gazette 17.8.09 Lunesdale Show is back in business By Ian Boydon - A BUMPER crowd and mostly dry conditions greeted the return of the Lunesdale Show after bad weather and foot-and-mouth disease forced a two-year absence. Visitors to the Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Ground venue were entertained by displays from the Vale of Lune Hunt, fancy dress competitions, Punch and Judy shows as well as the usual agricultural competitions…. (story)

Tamworth Herald 17.8.09 The vast majority of anglers respect our countryside - FIRST, I would like to say that I am sorry a swan and her cygnet have lost their lives through an unfortunate incident blamed on a careless angler. The report in the Herald makes it look like an angler was aware of the predicament and did not care. You may be right. Such people do exist. But before jumping to conclusions, several factors should first be considered… J Simpson, Wilnecote (letter)
Tamworth Herald 12.8.09 All anglers aren't to blame for this - AT THE risk of opening the whole 'is fishing cruel?' debate and of getting abuse from the anti-fishing folk, I too was incensed by the sight of that swan, but feel I must reply to your points; Outlawing anything just because you don't appreciate it is wrong… It is my view that fish do not have feelings, as the fish nervous system is totally different to ours… Please, do not tar all anglers with the same brush because that is wrong. Tamworth Angler. (letter)
Tamworth Herald 27.7.09 Prosecute anglers who discard lines - YET again anglers have 'triumphed' through their thoughtlessness and carelessness and caused suffering, pain and the deaths of a beautiful swan and her cygnet… Fishing is cruel and barbaric – how would fishermen like to have a hook embedded in their tongue or mouth, be dragged out of their home, confined in a keep net for hours and then returned to their home with injuries caused by such action?... J Blount (Via email). (letter)
Tamworth Herald 17.8.09 Anglers cause the death of swan and cygnet - CARELESS anglers have caused the senseless death of a 'stunning' swan and her cygnet after fishing gear was left discarded along a Polesworth canal. In what has been described as an 'horrific example of cruelty', the injured birds were found on the Coventry Canal on July 4… (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 17.8.09 Lancashire pilot study into fly-tipping - A NEW campaign to discover “the true extent” of fly-tipping on land in Lancashire has been launched. The pilot study from the Environment Agency follows initial research which revealed that 94 per cent of private landowners suffer from illegal dumping of waste… Sarah Lee, of the Countryside Alliance, said: “A solution to this problem must be found, but more accurate data on the scale and nature of the problem is needed before the Government can take action…. (story)
Western Morning News 15.8.09 Affordable housing plan 'must go further' - MUCH-VAUNTED Government plans to ring-fence affordable homes for people in rural communities have been criticised for not going far enough… The Countryside Alliance and the Federation of Master Builders have hit out at the Department of Communities and Local Government for missing the point… (story)
Local Government Chronicle 14.8.09 Call to boost affordable rural housing By Robin Latchem - Plans to guarantee affordable housing supply in English rural areas do not go far enough, according to the Countryside Alliance. The pressure group says Department of Communities and Local Government plans to develop and guarantee long-term affordable housing in rural areas are “a step in the right direction”…. (story)

St Albans & Harpenden Review 17.8.09 Harpenden farmer slams "hypocritical" ministers By Amie Mulderrig - A HARPENDEN farmer has slammed the Government for failing to insist that food served at official dinners and functions is produced in Britain… Ian Pigott, who runs Thrales End Farm north of Harpenden and has been recognised as NFU Farming Champion of the Year for his efforts to spread public awareness of agriculture, said… Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart said: "This is simply not good enough. There is no excuse for key government residences not being able to tell us how much of the food they are procuring and serving at official functions is British..,. (story)
Derby Telegraph 17.8.09 Town MP praised for backing spending Bill - A COALITION of more than 100 organisations has congratulated a Burton MP for backing a new Bill aimed at greater transparency over public spending. Janet Dean has signed a House of Commons Early Day Motion in support of publishing reports detailing how taxpayers' money is spent locally…. Local Works includes the Association of Chief Police Officers, Citizens Advice Bureau, the Countryside Alliance and Friends of the Earth….. (story)
Supply Management 7.8.09 Government failing to record local food procurement by Jake Kanter - Some UK government departments are failing to record and monitor how much local food they buy, an investigation by the Countryside Alliance has found. The lobbying group submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to a number of bodies to discover how much British produce they purchased for functions at important government residences in the past year…. (story)

Essex Echo 17.8.09 Council has no grounds to ban controversial animal circus By Emma Thomas - THE controversial animal circus in Rochford cannot be banned by the council, as it is set up on private land. The Great British Circus has visited the same site, on Southend Road, Rochford, for several years…. (story)

Carlisle News & Star 17.8.09 Eco-warrior camp to be held in Lake District By Sarah Newstead - Squatting workshops and tips on blockading will feature at a radical eco-action camp in Cumbria. Eco warriors will gather at the five-day Earth First! event at Seathwaite, near Borrowdale. Attendees can learn skills including how to blockade using kayak canoes, understanding police tactics, climbing skills and raft building… There will also be talks on the relationship between language and hierarchies, the law affecting protests and arrest and animal rights discussions….(story)

Oxford Mail 17.8.09 Vegans promote diet at city event - VEGAN food campaigners promoted the benefits of a diet without animal products at a free food fair in the city centre. The second annual event, at the Wesley Memorial Church Hall, in New Inn Hall Street, on Saturday, was attended by about 500 people and organisers hailed it a success…. Organiser Rachel Foster, of Oxford Animal Protection, said the day was about enjoying meat and dairy-free products while delivering an important message…. (story)
Oxford Mail 10.8.09 Vegans cook up a feast of food - By Fran Bardsley - FOOD from all over the world with a slightly different slant will be served up at the second Vegan Food Fair. The event, which takes place at the Wesley Memorial Church Hall, New Inn Hall Street, on Saturday, has been organised by Oxford Animal Protection and Animal Aid in an attempt to get people excited about vegan food. Organiser Rachel Foster said: “The idea is that we show people how easy and delicious it is to be vegan… (story)


Northumberland Gazette 16.8.09 Estates can count on gamekeeper Gary - EFFORTS to restore endangered grey partridges to the British countryside have led to Northumberland Estates receiving a top national award from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. Garry Whitfield, head gamekeeper for the Alnwick Castle-based estate, received one of just four prestigious awards in the trust's 75th anniversary celebrations for the greatest number of counts undertaken and returned each spring and autumn… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 16.8.09 Cleckheaton woman needs your help By Sally Clifford - Beauty is in the genes for this family. Suzanne Celensu is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her mum Zoe, aunt Gay and grandma Betty, all former beauty queens, when she takes part in the Grand Final of Miss Earth UK,,,, In her profile on the competition website, animal lover Suzanne, says: “I will always be a great believer in animal rights and will always do my best in keeping the world a more natural and healthier place to live.”… (story)


South Wales Echo 15.8.09 AM ignored public views - HOW refreshing it is to get an honest and straightforward reply to a question from a politician. But that’s what I got when I wrote to Jonathan Morgan AM for Cardiff North, regarding the proposed cull of badgers in Wales. I want to thank Mr Morgan for telling me that he supports the cull and has signed his name to the proposal. Of course this is despite the fact that the overwhelming scientific evidence from areas and countries that have had culls of badgers, shows that killing badgers has little or no effect on the spread of bovine TB… So thank you Mr Morgan on behalf of all the signatures you ignored and from all the badgers who will soon be part of the history of Wales. Lorraine Parker (Animals Count) Old Church Road, Whitchurch Cardiff (story)


Darlington & Stockton Times 14.8.09 Entries up as show beats weather jinx - SUNSHINE drew record crowds to Sedgefield Show – and the organisers hailed it as one of the best they could remember… Exhibitions by rural rangers, forestry horses, Sedgefield Young Farmers and vintage tractor owners surrounded the main ring, where hounds from the South Durham Hunt made a late afternoon entrance following a busy programme of show jumping, handling and pony sports… (story)

Ludlow Advertiser 14.8.09 Success at Royal Show and Royal Welsh Championship for Teme Valley Hunt - TEME Valley Hunt has carried off two top titles in inter-hunt relays. Members won the final championship title at the Royal Show, before defending their title at the Royal Welsh…. (story)

The Sentinel 14.8.09 Crowds enjoy a great show in the sunshine - W HAT a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago and by lunch time the Manifold Show committee had pulled up stumps and had to call the event off as the rain was coming down so hard it was just impossible to carry on…. The High Peak Hunt paraded their hounds and hundreds of mums and dads, grandparents and kids enjoyed meeting this wonderful pack of hounds. The High Peak Hunt are one of the oldest packs in the country but still found time in their busy calendar to come to the Manifold…. (story)

North West Evening Mail 14.8.09 Rydal Sheepdog Trials and Hound Show - THOUSANDS of people and hundreds of dogs flocked to the 106th Rydal Sheepdog Trials and Hound Show… Huntsman Owen Balding, of the Coniston foxhounds, is a regular at the trials. His 10-year-old son James took part in the show of Coniston foxhounds. Mr Balding said: “Our hounds are shown and the best-looking ones win a cash prize. Each member of our group looks after one dog. I’m looking after Witness, a female Coniston foxhound, this year.”… (story)

Henley Standard 14.8.09 Sheer terror for animals - How very satisfying to have my letter and a response from our MP John Howell appearing on the same day (Standard, July 31). I hope Mr Howell will forgive me for expressing it thus but he seems to have got his undergarments in a twist with regard to formal (but now illegal) hunting and the criminal activity of mindless louts who delight in terrorising wildlife and intimidating innocent citizens… Bea Bradley, Cuxham Road, Watlington
Foxes are just vermin - I agree with Bea Bradley that the silly season is upon us once again when she starts her annual diatribe against countryside pursuits… Mark P Hatt, South Stoke Road, Woodcote (letters on site for only a week)

Cambridge News 14.8.09 Equally cruel From Mike Michalak, Swaffham Road, Burwell - OVER the last couple of weeks the News has reported kittens dumped in a bag and a cat shot through the spine with an air rifle, a shocking catalogue of cruelty. And yet there are people frantically campaigning for the return of fox hunting, the legalised butchery of dumb animals for fun…. (letter)

Leek Post & Timjems 14.8.09 Grouse killing is not glorious - The first day of the grouse-shooting season – fondly referred to by the shooting community as the 'Glorious 12th' – is fast approaching…. Fiona Pereira, Animal Aid (letter)
Matlock Mercury 17.8.09 No glory in shooting birds - Fiona Pereira Campaigner Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)
Berwickshire News 13.8.09 The first day of the grouse-shooting season - fondly referred to by the shooting community as the ‘Glorious 12th’ - has just passed. Typically, wealthy shooters kill around half a million of these birds, whose population has been boosted to unnatural levels by intensive management of the UK's moorlands….. FIONA PEREIRA Campaigner Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge TN9 1AW (letter)
Plymouth Herald 11.8.09 Not glorious - FIONA PEREIRA, Animal Aid (letter)
Liverpool Echo 11.8.09 Nothing glorious - Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid (letter)
Uttoxeter Advertiser 10.8.09 Game shoot is in no way glorious - The first day of the grouse-shooting season – fondly referred to by the shooting community as the 'Glorious 12th' – is fast approaching. Typically, wealthy shooters kill around half a million of these birds… A large number of native birds and mammals who interfere with grouse shooting are killed. There is nothing 'glorious' about shooting birds for the pleasure of extinguishing life… Fiona Pereira, Animal Aid (letter)

Irvine News 14.8.09 MSP blasts lack of action for animals by Lex Brown, Irvine Herald - AN MSP has accused the Scottish Government of failing to support animal welfare issues. Cunninghame South MSP Irene Oldfather said the administration’s record was “misguided at best and negligent at worst.” The animal rights activist said the Government was unwilling to listen to the overwhelming majority of people who wanted animal snares banned…. (story)


North Devon Journal 13.8.09 All the sights and sounds of a traditional rural show - THE message from the fur-smelling country pursuits tent at the North Devon Show this year was clear: sheer bloody-mindedness was helping rural sports thrive… The Kellaway family — mother Paula, father Gordon (huntmaster), and son Andrew — run the North Devon Beagles hunt. The nine dogs they brought to the show last week attracted crowds of admirers, including many children, who were allowed to pet the animals in the arena… (story)

Bath Chronicle 13.8.09 Fox hunters don't care - The only way to describe the cruel sports/fox hunting lobby is it is the ignorant and confused led by the arrogant. The latter demonstrates in Parliament and society that it thinks the cruel pastime is more important than any other issue… DAVID THOMAS Hisomley Near Westbury (letter)

Keighley News 13.8.09 The Glorious Twelfth, protecting Ilkley Moor and grouse resurgence By Ken Pickles - The arrival of the Glorious Twelfth reminds me of the moors of Ilkley and Brandup, my playground as a boy…. (story)

Craven Herald 13.8.09 Grouse shoot ‘will boost local economy’ - Up to a dozen days of grouse shooting could be on the cards this year at the Bolton Abbey Estate. The estate’s agent, Ben Heyes, said it was too early to tell whether there would be enough birds on the Duke of Devonshire’s purple heather moorland to stage the prestigious shoots, but hopes were high that there would be an improvement on last year… (story)

Evening Standard 13.8.09 A day in the death of a glorious grouse - Nick Curtis - Should you be interested in sustainable British produce, gastronomy or simply in tradition, read on. Today, London's restaurants will serve the first grouse bagged yesterday on “the glorious 12th”, the opening day of the grouse-shooting season. Birds shot on moors in Scotland, Yorkshire, Derbyshire or Teesdale will fetch up on metropolitan menus with a price tag of anywhere between £27 and £45… (story)

Scotsman 13.8.09 Promising start for grouse season By Cordelia O'Neill - GAMEKEEPERS have predicted a successful grouse shooting season, despite fears over the recession and poor weather. Experts were hopeful of a "promising" year as the season officially got under way on the "Glorious 12th" yesterday…. (story)

Berwickshire News 13.8.09 What's so glorious about the 12th - the start of the - THE hills were alive with the sound of gun shots yesterday, as the Glorious Twelfth marked the start of the 2009 grouse shooting season. With the highest hills and what are commonly considered to be the most spectacular birds, Scotland is arguably Britain's front runner in the field, attracting guns from the locality as well as the rest of Britain, Europe and America… Both the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust highlight the economic benefits of shooting for rural Scotland … (story)

Coventry Telegraph 13.8.09 Disgusted by speech - I WAS disgusted by yesterday’s Bank of England speech in which the speaker included the phrase: “...when some take to the moors to hit a moving target”…. This cruel and archaic pastimes of hunting and shooting should never be reflected in modern-day financial terms…. Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)

Kent Courier 13.8.09 Man in group fined for hunting hares with dogs - JAMES O’Brien, 38, of Saltbox Hill, Biggin Hill, has pleaded guilty to hunting wild animals with dogs after being caught hare-coursing on the South Downs at Angmering Park, between Worthing and Arundel, in February…. (story)
Littlehampton Gazette 1.8.09 Four admit hare coursing on Angmering Park Downs - FOUR men caught hare coursing on the Downs between Angmering and Arundel have been fined by magistrates… Thomas Joseph Connors, 31, from Wallington, Surrey, Edward Mark Connors, 40, from Horley, Surrey, James O'Brien, 38, from Westerham, Kent and James Robb, 24, from Stanmore, Middlesex, were each fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £250…. (story)
Argus 31.7.09 Men convicted of hunting hares on South Downs By Emily Walker, Chief Reporter - Four people have admitted illegal hunting in Sussex. The men were caught hare-coursing, at Angmering Park, on the South Downs in February. Thomas Joseph Connors, 31, from Wallington, Surrey; Edward Mark Connors, 40, from Horley, Surrey; James O’Brien, 38, from Westerham, Kent and James Robb, 24, from Stanmore, Middlesex, used dogs to hunt wild hares on the Downs between Worthing and Arundel. Each of the men was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £250 each when they appeared at Worthing Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. Edward Connors, Thomas Connors and James Robb were ordered to forfeit the dogs…. (story)

Buckinghamshire Advertiser 13.8.09 Not just cosmetic help for animals - MICHELLE THEW Chief executive BUAV Crane Grove London (letter)
Coventry Telegraph 13.8.09 Beauty doesn’t have to be cruel - Michelle Thew, chief executive, BUAV, 16a Crane Grove, London. (letter)
Market Rasen Mail 6.8.09 'Leaping Bunny' symbol guarantees cruelty free cosmetics and toiletries - Despite a UK and EU ban on the use of animals to test cosmetic products, large numbers of cosmetics available in high street stores still contain ingredients that have previously been tested on animals… The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection is urging shoppers to only buy cosmetics that are BUAV Approved (via the Humane Cosmetics Standard) symbolised by the 'Leaping Bunny' logo…. Michelle Thew, Chief Executive, BUAV (letter)

Hornsey & Crouch End Journal 13.8.09 Council blasted for circus animal ban U-turn - AN ANIMAL welfare charity has called Haringey Council's decis-ion to lift a ban on circus animals in the borough "shocking". The criticism comes from national charity The Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) which campaigns to stop animal suffering in the entertainment industry… (story)
Hornsey & Crouch End Journal 12.8.09 Why did council overturn ban on circus animals? - What prompted Haringey Council to overturn its long-standing policy on banning animals performing in circuses within the borough?... Only by looking at the detail is it clear that Haringey seems to have been unduly influenced by the owners of Zippos Circus who approached councillors several times to get the 1983 policy overturned… I for one feel that such an important policy change should have been notified to the public and a consultation exercise undertaken - something Haringey is normally keen on. - Miss Lesley Ramm, Campsfield Road, N8. (letter)
Hornsey & Crouch End Journal 12.8.09 Animal standards will be be closely monitored - In response to the article "Council's U-turn on circus animals ban" (Journal, August 6), the only reason that Haringey Council was even in a position to consider temporarily lifting the 1983 ban on performing animals is because Labour's Animal Welfare Act has been passed…. It was because the Conservative government in the 1980s was not taking animal welfare seriously that the Labour council was forced to ban performances in the first place. So it is a bit rich for Councillor Dobbie to complain about animal welfare when it is the Labour Party that brought in new laws to prevent animal suffering in 2006 and the Labour Party that banned cruel hunting with dogs in 2004… - Councillor Nilgun Canver, cabinet member for enforcement and safer communities, Haringey Council, Civic Centre, High Road, N22. (letter)
Hornsey & Crouch End Journal 6.8.09 Coiuncil's U-turn on circus animals ban - A BAN on performing circus animals has been toned down by Haringey Council. The council is set to trial a "performing animals policy" for a year which would allow some animals - including donkeys, horses, dogs and birds - to be used for public entertainment… But Noel Park ward councillor Alan Dobbie, branded it a "sad move"…. (story)

Royston Weekly News 13.8.09 'Hawks won't deter pigeons' - ANIMAL experts say hawking will be a "completely ineffective" way of tackling a town's pigeon infestation. Royston town centre bosses approved bringing in birds of prey in a bid to deter the 400-strong flock from nesting around the High Street, as the News reported…. Emma Haskell, director of PiCAS UK, said: "Whether being used as a standalone control or as part of a pigeon control strategy, the hawking element of the programme will be completely ineffective in both deterring pigeons and reducing numbers… (story)

Dundee Courier 13.8.09 No escape for squirrels - How strange that a Scottish Wildlife Trust spokesperson (August 8) said, “It’s illegal to free the greys, so they have to be despatched”, as if there were any other reason for trapping grey squirrels but to destroy as many as possible?... Jane Ann Liston. 5 Whitehill Terrace, Largo Road, St Andrews (letter)

Croydon Advertiser 13.8.09 Tesco hen protest cancelled because of Crystal Palace game By Aline Nassif - Crystal Palace's opening game of the season led to animal rights campaigners having to cancel a planned protest outside a Tesco supermarket. The protesters were planning to make their feelings known about the chain's failure to reject eggs and meat from "mistreated chickens"…. Jan Yarker, who had organised the event on behalf of Giving Animals A Choice, said: "Of course we were all disappointed the protest was cancelled but we're hopefully going to put on the protest later in the year…. (story)

Essex Echo 13.8.09 Anger as elephants enter the circus ring By Emma Thomas - ANIMAL lovers are angry after elephants joined a circus performance for the first time. The Great British Circus has pitched its big top at Southend Road, in Rochford, with tigers, camels and ponies entering the ring… A demonstration was staged by the Captive Animals’ Protection Society when the circus came to Clacton earlier this month. Basildon MP Angela Smith, who is a patron of the group, said: “I’m absolutely appalled if they have got these animals… (story)

Buckinghamshire Advertiser 13.8.09 Breeding is a cruel business - ANYONE who watched Five News's undercover investigation into puppy farming would have been shocked by the depressing and cruel conditions in which breeding dogs are kept… FIONA PEREIRA by email (letter)


Times 12.8.09 Foxhunters face fines and bans from new disciplinary body - VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - Foxhunters throughout the country face a ban and fines of up to £5,000 for misconduct even if a future Conservative government decides to repeal the laws that prohibit hunting with dogs. Senior hunting figures are in favour of creating a body funded by the sport with the power to levy fines and impose bans, as in horse racing…. Every hunt, chasing foxes, hares or deer, would fund the new body, which is expected to be headed by a senior judicial figure such as a former law lord. Stephen Lambert, chairman of the Council of Hunting Associations, told The Times: “It is important that hunts are accountable to an independent panel even if the Hunting Act is repealed… Plans for the new authority have been drawn up by a group of senior barristers including Mark Lomas, QC, Robin Mathew, QC, Charles Aldhous, QC, and Michael Moore, QC. Once a chairman for the new authority has been appointed, applications will be invited for four members with experience of rural life but no links with the hunting fraternity (story)

Argus Hunting ban - 12.8.09 I AM writing out of interest with regard to the fox hunting ban that has recently come under scrutiny again. The Conservative Party recently stated it was extremely likely that a vote for the Tories was a vote to bring back fox hunting… Stephanie Bray Western Road Hove (story)

Scottish Herald 12.8.09 Grouse shooting ‘benefits rural communities’ - DAVID ROSS, Highland Correspondent - Rural communities rely on the grouse shooting industry, which starts today, for employment and other social benefits, a new study by a pro-hunting group has claimed.The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) said the industry, which has been criticised by wildlife campaigners for the damage and destruction it causes to wildlife, is seen as a vitally important part of community life…. (story)

Independent 12.8.09 Terence Blacker: Why Britain can't shake off its snobbery - There have been problems on the moors in advance of the Glorious Twelfth, today's opening of the grouse-shooting season…. The Glorious Twelfth, one of Britain's great institutions of privilege, has – surprise, surprise – turned out to be recession-proof… (story)

Scarborough Evening News 12.8.09 A busy time ahead as shoot season gets under way By John Ritchie - TODAY marks the start of the shooting season for red grouse… North York Moors landowner George Winn-Darley is also vice-chairman of the Moorland Association…. Game bird shooting is worth around £12.5 million to the upland economy in northern England…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 12.8.09 Grouse shooting boost for economy By Emma Christie - GROUSE shooting gives rural communities an economic boost and helps keep young families in rural areas, a new study has concluded. Rob McMorran has spent the past four months carrying out a study around Tomintoul, Moray….. (story)

Dumfries & Galloway Standard 12.8.09 Season of grouse hunting begins - Grouse hunters are to take to Britain's heather moors as the shooting season gets under way… (story)

STV 12.8.09 Beetle threatens Scottish grouse industry - Beetle threatens Scottish grouse industry - A tiny beetle that devours heather is advancing through Scotland, putting the grouse-shooting industry in jeopardy. The warning is coming on the day of the Glorious Twelfth which marks the official start of the season… (story)

City AM 12.8.09 Gunning for the g lorious grouse - Timothy Barber - THE City can hardly be short of people who consider themselves pretty crack shots when it comes to hitting clay pigeons or scoring the odd pheasant on a hospitality jaunt to the countryside. But true game shooting aficionados will say that you really can’t claim expertise until you’ve mastered the art of downing the fastest and most difficult bird of them all – the red grouse… (story)

Property Wire 12.8.09 Grouse provides a different kind of property investment opportunity - Property investors looking for a different kind of real estate are increasingly looking at more risky projects such as a grouse estate, according to property consultants… (story)

Galloway Gazette 12.8.09 Season expected to go with a bang - Gamekeepers are predicting a successful grouse shooting season despite fears over the recession and poor weather. Experts are hoping for a "promising" year following the grouse season's launch on the "Glorious 12th" of August…. (story)

Economist 12.8.09 Duck and run - The grouse season opens in Britain, but which game bird can make the swiftest escape? THE “glorious” 12th of August is an important date in the diary of Britain's huntin', shootin' and fishin' fraternity. Each year the country's grouse moors are invaded by a tweed-clad army of “guns” intent on bagging a brace or two of birds on the opening day of the shooting season… (story)

Daelnet 12.8.09 Mixed bag for “Glorious Twelfth” - THE red grouse shooting season opens today on the so-called “Glorious Twelfth” with a mixed bag or reports from grouse moors in the North of England – but the southern Yorkshire Dales is likely to fare better than other areas… (story)

Scotsman 12.8.09 Highland community feels benefit of grouse shooting By JOHN ROSS - GROUSE shooting brings significant social and economic benefits to Scottish communities, but some people have concerns about its impact and its "elitist" image, according to a study. Research centred on Tomintoul in Moray shows nearly 20 per cent of the working population are directly dependent on game shooting. In all, 81 per cent of the community feel benefits from the sport…. The findings come in an interim report by Rob McMorran of the Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College, part of the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands. It is published today, on the "Glorious 12th", the start of the grouse season, and is funded by the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust…. (story)

Financial Times 12.8.09 Ticks take their toll on grouse - Your article on the rising price of grouse (“The nervous grouse”, August 8) suggests that wealthy huntsmen are proving obstinate in giving up their sport. Indeed, that is true. But you do not mention the drastic shortage of grouse that has swept Scotland and the north of England… Alex Williams, Ardtornish, Argyll, UK (letter)

Yorkshire Post 12.8.09 Yearly slaughter - I NOTICED your front page wording, "Not so Glorious Twelfth" (Yorkshire Post, August 6). Personally, I think it is wrong that birds should be reared simply for people to kill….(story)

Market Rasen Mail 12.8.09 Serious drug reactions could be avoided - Re the rabbit farm protesters and rabbit farmer Geoff Douglas saying they are 'Wrong', I would like to draw readers' attention to Safer Medicines Campaign, an independent, not-for-profit organisation of doctors and scientists whose aim is to protect public health and safety. They believe medicines are essential but their safety would be improved by replacing misleading animal tests with superior techniques based on human biology… Pat Wickham, North Street, Caistor (letter)


Colchester Gazette 11.8.09 Eagle Heights wildlife park cheetah goes hunting in Essex - By Tom Parkes - AN ESSEX farmer is allowing wildlife park bosses to set a cheetah loose on his land – in the hope it will see off rampaging rabbits… However, a spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports condemned the exercise as “astonishing and barbaric”. .. (story) Sunday Times 9.8.09 Boumani: Beast of Essex strikes fear into rabbits - A CAPTIVE cheetah that can run at up to 60mph is being secretly trained to hunt for its food in the English countryside — as part of a plan to release its offspring into the wild. Boumani, a two-year-old male reared by humans from birth, has been allowed to chase rabbits in an eight-acre Essex field surrounded by a 6½ft fence. Its owners, who run a wildlife park, hope Boumani will eventually teach his cubs how to catch their own prey and prepare for a new life on the plains of Africa. The venture exploits a loophole in hunting legislation. Pro-hunting campaigners, who want a hare-coursing ban lifted, claim the laws are “a mess”. While it is forbidden for dogs to pursue hares, the legislation makes no mention of cats…. The League Against Cruel Sports condemned the exercise as “astonishing and barbaric”. Louise Robertson, a spokeswoman, said: “The link between teaching an animal to hunt and the eventual release of captive-bred animals into the wild is extremely tenuous.” (story)

Land Gazette 11.8.09 Grouse mixed bag this season Written by Charlie Jacoby - It’s a good but not a great year for both grouse and grouse shooting bookings, say sporting agents and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. In the fifth issue of its Grouse Moor News, out on 12 August 2009, Savills’ William Duckworth-Chad says that while the passion to own and shoot over one’s moor remains strong, there is still a shortage of good quality moors coming to the market… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 11.8.09 Few shoots will be held today as the traditional shooting season stays quiet By Clive White - The opening of the grouse shooting season tomorrow – the Glorious 12th – looks like it won’t live up to its name. Few shoots are likely to be held tomorrow and some moors will not be used this season. A crash in the population of the bird because of disease has left some areas with only 20 red grouse a square kilometre… (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 11.8.09 Weather boosts hopes for truly Glorious Twelfth - Shooters will take to the hills and moors tomorrow as grouse season starts with a bang By Jonny Muir - THIS year’s grouse season will be better than the last one due to dry and warm weather during the crucial hatching period in May and June, land and estate agency Strutt and Parker predicted yesterday…. (story)

Sheffield Star 11.8.09 Cost of eating grouse - WEDNESDAY'S Food and Drink article on grouse shooting was interesting and informative and I would not dispute the stated facts. However it presents only one side of the story and I feel a bit of balance is required. The article was part of the Food and Drinks page, but in reality a high proportion of the grouse are discarded and never reach the table, indicating that killing for food was never the prime objective. The reality is that the people involved just enjoy killing the grouse… Realist (letter)
Sheffield Star 5.8.09 Get set for the Glorious Twelfth - By Martin Dawes - FROM next Wednesday a little red-brown bird on Britain's moorlands had better keep its head down. It's the Glorious Twelfth, the start of the grouse hunting season, and around 450,00 of them are expected to be shot between then and December 10. It's a short, sharp season. But what they cost depends on who you are and where you are… (story)

Kidderminster Shuttle 11.8.09 Kidderminster reptile show row rumbles on By Adam Burling - AN ANIMAL rights group claims commercial traders were illegally selling reptiles at a show in Kidderminster attended by hundreds of people. Organisers of the West Midland Reptile Expo, held at Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre, said, however, no laws were broken at the event on Sunday. Wyre Forest District Council had written to the organisers, telling them commercial breeders were not permitted to sell animals there, after the Animal Protection Agency alerted the authority…. (story)
Kidderminster Shuttle 7.8.09 Reptile event is defended - A ROW has broken out after an animal rights group claimed the illegal trade of reptiles would take place at a Kidderminster show on Sunday. Organisers have insisted the event, at Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre, does not break any laws and will go ahead as planned…. Wyre Forest District Council wrote to the organisers, telling them breeders were not permitted to sell animals there, after the Animal Protection Agency alerted the authority. Elaine Toland, director of the agency, claimed the show would include commercial breeders selling reptiles, which would be prohibited…. (story)

Guardian 11.8.09 Mulesing is a painful surgical procedure which, if it were performed on our beloved companion animals, would take place in a sterile operating theatre… Philip Lymbery, Chief executive, Compassion in World Farming
Thank you for reporting it, but why did Caroline Davies have to use the caveat "Animal rights activists also claim..."? Was it to cast doubt on the pain and suffering inflicted on millions of sheep?... Paul Gammon, Somerset (letters)


Tribune 10.8.09 Why gamekeepers turn poachers: it’s nature’s way - Four former directors of the League Against Cruel Sports have changed their minds about hunting. Jim Barrington explains why he is one… (story)

Tribune 10.8.09 Keep cruelty history – no return to bloodsports - People are entitled to know which would-be MPs want to bring back bloodsports, argues Marcus Papadopoulos - A possible change of government has raised fears over anti-fox-hunting legislation. Although the next general election is a little under a year away, the campaign to “Keep Cruelty History” has already been launched. The League Against Cruel Sports, which is credited with having played a pivotal role in the abolition of hunting with dogs in England and Wales in 2004, hopes to draw public attention to the threat posed by the reopening of the debate with a possible snap free vote on repealing the Hunting Act after the next election…. It appears that the electorate takes the subject of hunting so seriously that a majority may change their votes if they find out that candidates oppose the Hunting Act… (story)

Guardian 10.8.09 Bumper year for British grouse forecasted for Glorious 12th shoot - Grouse moors in Scotland and northern England report a surge in bird numbers this year after several very poor seasons due to outbreaks of disease-carrying parasites and unsuitable weather - Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent …A fresh crisis has emerged this year with a major outbreak of heather beetle, which kill off the young heather shoots that provide 80% of a grouse chick's food, and their characteristic purple or deep pink blossom… (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 10.8.09 Grouse season escapes bite of recession - GROUSE shooting has so far largely escaped the bite of the recession, the Moorland Association said yesterday ahead of the start of this year’s season. The season looks likely to be a “mixed bag” with some areas suffering from patchy shooting in the wake of a record year for red grouse in 2008…. (story)

York Press 10.8.09 Anglers not guilty of injuring swans - While appreciating the good works done by the Yorkshire Swan Rescue Centre (The Press, August 6), I am becoming a bit bored with Mr Sidley’s annual diatribe, always commencing with “discarded fishing tackle”, regarding the incidence of injuries to these beautiful birds… R Hutchinson, General secretary, York & District Amalgamation of Anglers, St Clement’s Club, Count de Burgh Terrace, York (letter)
York Press 6.8.09 Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital treats almost 2,000 birds By Jennifer Bell - A WILDLIFE rehabilitation charity has helped nurse nearly 2,000 injured swans back to health so far this year. Round-the-clock volunteers and veterinary surgeons at the Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital, based at Brandsby, near York, have treated the injured birds after finding many of the casualties with life-threatening injuries, often sustained by discarded fishing tackles…. Dan Sidley, co-founder of the Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital, said the last three months had been the most hectic… Almost 70 per cent of the hospital’s work stems from careless fishing – which Mr Sidley puts a huge strain upon the charity’s services… (story)

Times 10.8.09 Animal right activists switch attacks to Europe - TOM BAWDEN - Laws in Britain criminalising the activities of animal rights activists have driven them from the UK to Europe, where attacks on companies and their employees have increased sharply, it was claimed yesterday. Attacks on people’s homes in Britain have fallen from 179 in 2004 to five in the first quarter of this year, according to figures from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). Meanwhile, the number of companies severing links with pharmaceuticals companies as a result of threats fell from 113 in 2004 to none in the first quarter of this year… (story)

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News 10.8.09 Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (VIVA) slams Tesco for meat-fuel project in Widnes by Adrian Short, - ANIMAL rights campaigners have slammed a supermarket giant for combusting meat at a Widnes rendering plant. Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (VIVA) claimed Tesco is using green credentials to justify sending unsold meat to the Granox plant to produce energy…. (story)
Telegraph 6.8.09 Tesco criticised by vegetarians for using waste meat to generate electricity - Tesco has been condemned by animal rights campaigners for sending its waste meat to be turned into electricity By Murray Wardrop - The Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (Viva) claims that consumers should be informed if any of their home electricity is being generated by what it described as the "macabre" recycling process. Tesco now sends 5,000 tonnes of meat that has passed its sell-by date to be turned into enough National Grid electricity to power 600 homes for a year…. But Viva said many vegetarians would be "horrified" that their houses were being powered partly by out-of-date meat…. Justin Kerswell, campaigns manager for Viva, said: "It's a sad indictment of modern life that not only hundreds of millions of animals are killed each year in Britain, but so much meat is left over from greed and indifference… (story)
MeatInfo 6.8.09 Vegetarians attack Tesco energy scheme - Tesco has come under attack from vegetarians for sending waste meat to be converted into renewable energy for British homes… Viva campaign manager Justin Kerswell said that the supermarket would not need to recycle the waste meat if they did not over-order in the first place and described the scheme as a “sickening plaster solution.”… (story)


Sunday Mercury 9.8.09 Foxes are the real killers - James Benton is either naive or politically motivated. Any animal lover should recognise by now that for every one fox killed there are millions of chickens, ducks and pigs exposed to extreme cruelty in so-called factory farming. So why pick on fox hunters? I find that hypocritical… W MIECZYNSKI, Northfield (letter)

Sunday Telegraph 9.8.09 Fears for grouse shooting ahead of the Glorious Twelfth - As the shooting community prepares for the start of the grouse season on the Glorious Twelfth, there are fears the birds' survival is being threatened by a voracious beetle By Ian Johnston - Experts are warning about the advance of the heather beetle (lochmaea suturalis), which is laying waste to thousands of acres of moorland popular for shooting….(story)

Sunday Times 9.8.09 Irish pigs in ‘horrific’ conditions - Colin Gleeson - Kevin Thornton, a Michelin-starred chef, has described some pig breeding in Ireland as “pretty horrific”. He is backing a formal complaint to the European Union which accuses the Department of Agriculture of failing to enforce pig welfare laws. Richard Corrigan, owner of Dublin’s Bentleys Oyster Bar and Grill, said he was also backing the action and warned that “there is a wake-up call coming for the whole Irish pig-farming industry”. The complaint, which has been submitted by Compassion in World Farming — Ireland (CWFI), an animal welfare group, alleges two breaches of EU and Irish legislation and accuses the department of not securing compliance with the laws…. (story)


York Press 8.8.09 Praise for undercover animal welfare activists - THANK God we have people like Michelle Bryan and Joe Hashman – the two undercover animal welfare activists who successfully filmed illegal hare-coursing on land owned by Peter Easterby, resulting in his prosecution… Jonathan Charles Bonner, Huntington Road, York (letter)

Financial Times 8.8.09 The nervous grouse - Shooting fans brace for an increase in cost By Bob Sherwood - As wealthy sports enthusiasts around the world prepare for next week's opening of Britain's famed grouse shooting season, any idea that the economic crisis might have cut the cost of a day on the moors has proved misplaced. Instead, shoot owners say prices for the most select grouse shooting in northern England and Scotland have risen to £160 a brace, or pair of birds, compared with £140 last year… The rise reflects market demand, says Phil Pugh, northern regional director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. "While people might swap a Porsche for a Ford, they won't give up their shooting until the last possible moment," he said… (story)
Financial Times 8.8.09 Animal rights militancy crosses borders By Haig Simonian and Andrew Jack - Over the past decade Britons may have become familiar with pictures of desecrated graves, spray-painted threats and arson attacks from militant animal activists. But for the peace-loving Swiss, an upsurge in such events has been a rude awakening… “There is a small, and violent, core group of perpetrators comprising people from the UK, Holland and Germany”, says Jim Christian, head of global corporate security at Novartis. “In the past you’ve had militants from the UK crossing the channel by ferry and coming down the Rhine. The latest incidents suggest there’s been some local recruitment too, with perhaps one or two Swiss involved.”… (story)
Cambridge News 8.8.09 Animal activists burn home over HLS link - ANIMAL rights activists have claimed responsibility for torching an Austrian lodge just yards from the holiday home of a former News reporter. Edward Steen, 58, who is moving back to the city, is horrified at the attack in the quiet Tyrolean village of Bach…. Austrian police have confirmed they are investigating all possible angles “including Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC)”…. (story)


Durham Times 7.8.09 Young farmers … Last week’s meeting was a business meeting followed by scarecrow making at South Durham Hunt kennels….. (story)

Henley Standard 7.8.09 No progress on hunting - The silly season is upon us again when our politicians are on their summer holidays and assume the electorate is so taken in by the sun, sea and sand that we overlook their funny little foibles. Thus we have Henley MP John Howell attempting to show his compassionate, caring side with regard to animals in his recently distributed leaflet when his boss, David Cameron, has vowed to restore the sport of hunting wild animals to the statute book… Bea Bradley, Cuxham Road, Watlington (letter on website for about a week)

Times 7.8.09 Dangerous hunters … Living in rural Norfolk, I have witnessed those shooting game, quite casually, aim across roads, and I find numerous cartridges in my garden. Mitya Pearson, Langley, Norfolk (letter)

York Press 7.8.09 Fishing trips for badly behaved youngsters unfair - WITH regard to fishing trips (Tackling bad behaviour, The Press, August 4), so taking them on these fishing sprees will stop these lads kicking footballs in the street, says PCSO Dowson, of the Hull Road safer neighbourhood team…. why can’t well-behaved children go? It seems rather unfair to me. A Myers, Hull Road, York (letter)

Wiltshire Times 7.8.09 Try your hand at country sport at Bowood - Free angling, gundog and falconry sessions for youngsters will be on offer at the Wiltshire Game and Country Fair at Bowood this weekend. Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Living Heritage Events weekend, which is being held on the Bowood estate for the third year… (story)

Guardian 7.8.09 The dead end of animal research - Despite persistent lobbying for animal testing, the evidence shows it is of little use in developing medicines for humans - Kathy Archibald - In his Guardian article Of mice and medicine, Alok Jha poses the question: "If a treatment works on rodents, will it cure us?" Although he acknowledges that mice have some limitations, his response to the question is basically "yes"…. My answer to the question "If a treatment works on rodents, will it cure us?" is "probably not, based on the weight of evidence to date"… (story)

Financial Times 7.8.09 Animal rights protesters caused unimaginable heartbreak - I was truly disheartened by your report (August 5) that animal rights extremists chose to protest against Novartis using Huntington Life Sciences to conduct tests on animals by targeting and desecrating the grave of the parents of Daniel Vasella, the chief executive of Novartis. I also work in the pharmaceutical industry and have recently lost a sibling. I cannot imagine the heartbreak and grief Mr Vasella and his family are feeling at the loss of his mother's ashes and the graffiti on her grave… Lisa A. Sassman, Business Operations Associate, Bioproduct Research and Development, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, US (letter)

Times 7.8.09 Extremists’ attacks on Novartis chief intensify - CATHERINE BOYLE - Animal rights extremists yesterday claimed responsibility for a second attack on a family gravestone of Daniel Vasella, the chief executive of Novartis, the drugs group. Swiss police confirmed that the gravestone had been sprayed with a slogan and that two wooden crosses, which Swiss media reports said were emblazoned with the names of Mr Vasella and his wife, were stuck in the ground…. (story)
Daily Mail 7.8.09 Animal rights fanatics blamed for bomb attack on Austrian holiday home of Swiss pharmaceutical boss - Animal rights extremists are suspected of firebombing the holiday home of one of the world's best-paid pharmaceutical bosses. Daniel Vasella, £9million-a-year head of drugs giant Novartis, is thought to have been targeted because of his company's links with animal testing firm Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)…. (story)
Telegraph 5.8.09 Animal rights militants target Novartis pharmaceutical boss Daniel Vasella - British animal rights activists have been accused of burning down a holiday home of one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical bosses and stealing his mother’s ashes. By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent - Daniel Vasella, the CEO of Novartis, has been targeted by militants because of the Swiss company’s ties with the controversial British animal testing company, Huntington Life Sciences (HLS). Police have launched an investigation after his Austrian holiday villa in the small Tyrolean village of Bach was set on fire on Monday. Dr Vasella, 56, who has a £9 million pay package and was named the most influential European business leader of the last 25 years in a recent poll, was not at the home at the time. “It was a criminal act,” a Novartis spokesman said, adding there was “no doubt” that the notorious activist group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) was behind the arson…. (story)
Times 5.8.09 Novartis head suffers possible animal rights attacks - Robert Lindsay - Novartis, the Swiss drugs group, is convinced it has come under attack from British animal rights extremists after the Austrian hunting lodge of Daniel Vassela, its chief executive, was set on fire and his mother’s ashes stolen from a tomb… (story)
Financial Times 5.8.09 Animal wrongs - The recent campaign of violence and intimidation against the head of Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical group, is deeply troubling. It suggests that animal rights extremists are expanding and intensifying their terrorist tactics across Europe. The authorities must respond swiftly and firmly…. This week saw an apparent arson attack on an Austrian chalet owned by Daniel Vasella, its chief executive. This was followed by the most odious act to date: the desecration of the grave of Mr Vasella’s parents and the theft of his mother’s ashes…. (story)

Daily Post 7.8.09 Is milk good? - I READ with interest Dr Justin Butler’s letter (Daily Post 29.7.09) linking the consumption of milk and dairy products to so many modern illnesses… we continue blaming badgers for the spread of Crohn’s disease, otherwise known as the MAP bacterium (mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis) while all along its the disgusting condition of over-worked dairy herds, most individual cows barely lasting three lactations (calvings) these days before being destroyed or sold off quickly as sausage meat… Bill Pritchard, Barmouth (letter)

Bucks Free Press 7.8.09 Animal aid thanks - ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of High Wycombe for their generosity in raising £126 at a street collection in the town on July 25 2009… Margaret Campbell, Sandygate Close, Marlow (letter)


Telegraph 6.8.09 Rural affairs deserve more from the BBC - Charlie Brooks wonders if the corporation has it in for the countryside or simply can't be bothered with it. Is the BBC a friend or foe of the countryside? That motion was vigorously debated at the recent CLA Game Fair, the world's largest country sports event, when some sceptical voices were heard. But if the participants had waited to see the corporation's coverage of the event on Countryfile, the question might have been amended to: does the BBC believe everyone interested in the countryside has the mental age of a four year-old?... the BBC chose to devote its longest interview to the Countess of Rutland… In the course of eight minutes of pointless repartee, we learnt that Hugo, the countess's son, had cleaned his teeth that morning. We also met a butler who had been trained to burst into song: poor man. The trendy reporter duly laughed… the refusal earlier this year of Radio 4's Farming Today to feature the Countryside Alliance's Rural Manifesto – which calls for changes to housing, education, farming, country pursuits and transport – is more worrying…. (story)

Mirror 6.8.09 Why I can't wait to see hunting's new image By Brian Reade - I was once recognised as the enemy at a Countryside Alliance march. A gang of Prince Harrys with jutting jaws and voices so far back they pre-dated the Ice Age told me to get back to my Northern slum… Which is why their latest attempts to con the nation into thinking they’re decent, ordinary folk has left me chortling… (story)
Independent 3.8.09 Hunters are given training to change 'toff' image By Tom Peck - Fox hunters are being coached on ways to shake off their out-of-touch, upper-class, image as the sport prepares to take on a renewed role ahead of the next general election…. (story)
Sunday Express 2.8.09 HUNTERS TAUGHT TO BE LESS LIKE TOFFS - HUNDREDS of hunting enthusiasts are being given professional media training in a bid to rid the sport of its “arrogant, aloof and out-of-touch” image. The spin operation, masterminded by the ¬Countryside Alliance, is designed to produce media-savvy hunt ¬supporters before the next election, when hunting is again set to become a major political issue…. Tim Bonner, of the Countryside Alliance, said the training is aimed at reversing the “false -stereotypes” about hunting. Mr Bonner said: “Hunting’s ¬problem, perhaps more than anything else, was the stereotype created by the animal rights ¬movement. Rather than challenging that false stereotype, hunting managed to reinforce it… Labour is expected to highlight Tory support for hunting during the election campaign in a bid to show that the party has not changed under David Cameron. During last month’s Norwich North by-election Labour issued leaflets showing a picture of a fox cub, with the words: “Vote Labour or the fox gets it.”… (story)
Western Morning News 10.7.09 Huntsmen launch charm offensive - MATT CHORLEY - HUNTSMEN are undergoing media training to overhaul their image as "arrogant, aloof and out-of-touch". The charm offensive is being launched ahead of an expected vote to repeal the ban on hunting with hounds if the Conservatives secure a majority at the next election… Alastair Jackson, director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, told the WMN public attitude towards the ban had "changed completely". He said: "In the past there have been media training days but perhaps we have not concentrated on professional hunt staff. "They are the people at the sharp end of the Hunting Act. It is their livelihood at risk…. (story)
Horse & Hound 4.7.09 Hunt staff to benefit from media training - The Countryside Alliance (CA) is training hunt staff to deal with the media as part of its preparations for repeal. Huntsmen from the Old Berks and the Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks were the latest graduates from the CA course, visiting the Alliance's London HQ on Tuesday, 23 June…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 6.8.09 'Barbaric' actions lead to foxes wanting more - Dear Editor, being an animal lover, but one who reads both sides of this intense hunting discussion, but hopelessly agree with both, may I ask Steve Jones to help me in this? I live in a small flat amongst some very wonderful people… Then from somewhere above, a family of intending do-gooders throw their unwanted scraps to these eagerly anxious foxes, superb, everyone squeals with glee, a habit is formed…., I watch helplessly as the now expectant animals come out regularly looking for food which these business morons can only supply occasionally… Name and address supplied (letter)

Northern Echo 6.8.09 Joanna Lumley - WITHOUT doubt, Joanna Lumley is a fine actress and she revealed her extraordinary attention-seeking abilities in the recent Gurkhas resettlement affair… Miss Lumley is apparently an eco-warrior, but as Frances Willows (HAS, July 31) pointed out, she appears to be remarkably silent on the emotive subject of fox-hunting…. Hugh Pender, Darlington. (letter)
Durham Times 31.7.09 Hunting answers - Frances Willows, Shildon, Co Durham. (letter)
Northern Echo 31.7.09 Hunting answers - WE recently saw actress Joanna Lumley being treated as a goddess during a visit to Nepal following her campaigning for Gurkha resettlement rights. She is also a patron of several animal welfare charities – but something is just not right. It seems strange that someone so well known for animal welfare “work” has never publicly spoken out, to my knowledge, against the proposed overturning of the hunting ban if the Conservatives win the next General Election… Is it because she is a close friend of the Prince of Wales and his second wife, both members of the most bloodsport fanatical family in the UK?... Frances Willows, Shildon, Co Durham (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 6.8.09 Wolves and lynx are known to eat foxes - THE attempts by Penny Little and Alan Kirby to rebut the claim that wolves and lynx would have preyed on foxes are a clear example of the anti-hunt lobby ignoring science… Studies in Switzerland and boreal Sweden using radio tracking have proved that foxes form a significant proportion of the lynx's prey… Ms Little claims that wolves do not prey on the same animals as foxes. This is nonsense… Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, South Molton, (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 30.7.09 Hunt supporter is wrong about wolves - GILES Bradshaw, Wolves are naturally predators of foxes, Points of view, July 25, wrongly asserts that wolves do, or ever have, acted as a significant control on fox numbers…. That David Cameron and his Tories want to re-legalise this disgraceful barbarity makes me wonder what kind of people they really are. Alan Kirby Hayle, Cornwall (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 30.7.09 Fox hunting is cruel, barbaric and vile - GILES Bradshaw, Wolves are naturally predators of foxes, Points of view, July 25, once again spends his time seeking ways to justify the hounding to death of foxes by gangs of people on horseback… Nothing Mr Bradshaw ever comes up with in his tireless crusade to defend the indefensible will alter the fact that the premeditated and organised exercise that is a fox hunt is cruel, barbaric and vile…. Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire, (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 25.7.09 Wolves are naturally predators of red fox - JOHN Phelps' claim that Wolves would not waste time on foxes, Points of view, July 8, is false. Predators hunting and killing other predators is a widely documented natural phenomenon known as intraguild predation. If Mr Phelps cares to examine the literature he will learn that wolves do certainly prey on red foxes, as do coyotes… Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, South Molton, (via (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 8.7.09 Wolves would not waste time on foxes - FARMER Giles Bradshaw should know that wolves do not normally hunt foxes… Mr Bradshaw goes on to claim the form of human control which best mimics natural predation is hunting with dogs. Perhaps he could explain whether there is any control on the number of humans in the gangs, or the number of horses and hounds, who go hunting? John Phelps Argyll Road, Exeter (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 2.7.09 Exposing confused reasons behind law - JOHN Phelps' letter, We already have law preventing cruelty, Points of view, June 27, neatly exposes the confused motivations behind the Hunting Act… There is a basic principle that laws should identify an evil and make the commission of that evil illegal. If you are not committing the evil then there should be no crime. The Hunting Act fails to do this. It makes no difference whether or not you are being cruel or engaged in a sport to whether or not a crime is committed. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, South Molton (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 27.6.09 Reckless behaviour clause is laughable - IN her recent letter Police must continue to enforce hunt laws, Points of view, June 17, Helen Weeks makes another plea for a 'reckless behaviour' clause to be added to the Hunting Act… It's worth noting some figures for wildlife accidentally killed on our roads, estimated by The People's Trust for Endangered Species…. Why do they want to penalise Hunts for accidentally chasing the odd fox or deer while allowing people to accidentally chase, run down and kill so many animals?... Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, South Molton (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 27.6.09 We already have law preventing cruelty - Once again Giles Bradshaw has written to the Echo saying: "I would favour replacing the Hunting Act with one that makes all deliberate cruelty to wild animals, however caused, illegal,"… Mr Bradshaw appears to be unaware that we already have legislation to protect wild animals from cruel acts causing unnecessary suffering, the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996… John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 20.6.09 We need to reassess this unworkable Act - IT is interesting to see that hunting opponent Helen Weeks now appears to accept that the Hunting Act is flawed… Ms Week's proposal would mean that people could be prosecuted and found guilty of something that is logically impossible! She says she wants to "strengthen the Act", but making it even more absurd than it is now will not strengthen it…. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, South Molton (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 17.6.09 Police must continue to enforce hunt laws - I WAS angry to read, that the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has issued guidance to police forces across the land that the Hunting Act is too difficult to police. How dare ACPO publicly give the green light to hunters, by telling them that their cruel and barbaric sport will not be policed… Helen Weeks, Hunt Monitors Association, West Coker, Somerset (letter)

Essex Chronicle 6.8.09 MALDON: Urban foxes to be trapped - NUISANCE urban foxes are to be captured and released into the countryside. Fed up with the animals dragging rubbish on to their plots and wrecking their crops, Warwick Crescent Allotment Improvement Team approached Maldon Town Council for action… Essex RSPCA inspector Klare Kennett said the unique crackdown would only make matters worse…. (story)

Market Rasen Mail 6.8.09 Farm does valuable work to support top class medical research in England - I read with some concern your report on your website that animal rights activists are holding a demonstration against the breeding of rabbits and ferrets for scientific research at Highgate Rabbit Farm. We only have to hope that the statement by 'Chris' that this campaign will be peaceful will turn out to be true. Past experiences at Oxford and the village of Newchurch in Staffordshire do not encourage optimism… Dr Paul Browne, member of Oxford-based campaign Pro-test (letter)
Market Rasen Mail 6.8.09 Thanks for unbiased coverage of protest – I write to offer my support to the plucky young activists who are camped out at the rabbit farm…. Jane Hudson, East Barkwith
Just writing to thank you for the decent coverage of the Normanby rabbit farm protest. As a dedicated animal rights campaigner and vegan, it was a breath of fresh air to read of a peaceful animal rights campaign that wasn't being demonised by the press and portrayed as fanatics… Roy E. Taylor, Melbourne, Australia (letters)
Market Rasen Mail 6.8.09 Things may not be quite what they seem – If what we read on the front page of last week's Rasen Mail, Protest Camp at Rabbit Farm, is the full story… I say fair enough… But I wonder if it might be similar to a protest I myself went on many years ago… a force of more than 100 men and women headed down to this farm at night in our truck to release pigs in to the wild… we all crammed into the local pub and I went round thanking them… they all started to laugh their heads off, while pointing fingers and shouting, 'you silly man, didn't you take one home for your freezer' Nino Hoblyn, North Street, Caistor (letter)


Horse & Hound 5.8.09 Campaign against pro-hunting website backfires on LACS - Nick West, H&H news desk - Tesco has removed adverts for its equestrian clothing range from pro-hunting website The Master's Voice after pressure from the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). But the furore around the ads, which featured a blonde woman dressed in all black standing next to a horse, has seen traffic to The Master's Voice website ( boosted. Editor Midge Todhunter said: "Clicks on the website seem to be growing every month. "The ad was click-through marketing which wasn't really working for us so I was planning to take it off the website anyway, but we did get a new advertiser on the back of all the publicity in The Mirror…. (story)
Mirror 27.7.09 Tesco slammed for advertising on pro-hunting website and pulls promo after protests By Andrew Gregory - Tesco has been slammed for advertising on a staunchly pro-hunting website. The supermarket placed ads for horseriding wear on the internet pages of magazine The Master's Voice,,, The website, which has seen the number of hits surge 160% in three months, states: "We at themastersvoice. are totally committed to the return of hunting a live quarry with hounds... all we hunters are in this crusade together."… Within hours of being contacted by the Mirror, Tesco bosses pledged to ditch the ads. A spokesman said: "Our presence on this site doesn't mean we hold a particular view on what we realise is a sensitive topic… (story)

Independent 5.8.09 Hunters believe they are above law - I was amazed to read about the Countryside Alliance "retraining" hunt staff to "shed their toff image" (3 August). I live in the middle of Wiltshire, and since the ban have frequently witnessed local hunts showing their true colours… Despite their attempts to become "media savvy", they consider themselves to be better than the rest of us, and above the law of the land. Steve Dixon, Devizes, Wiltshire (letter)

Garstang Courier 5.8.09 Arrests in hare coursing probe - POLICE have arrested three men at Claughton on suspicion of illegal hare coursing. The three, understood to be from the Chorley area, were arrested at Lydiate Lane, Claughton, following reports that people had been seen hunting hares with dogs in a wooded area… Wildlife officers and RSPCA officials revealed that illegal hunting with dogs, including fox hunting, hare coursing and badger baiting, is rife in the Garstang area… (story)

Sheffield Star 5.8.09 Thanks for backing the animal cause - THANKS to all Sheffield people on behalf of Animal Aid for giving a total of £161.50 at the collection in Fargate on Saturday, July 25… Mike Maas, collection organiser, Sheffield (letter)

Burton Mail 5.8.09 Circus bosses deny group's cruelty claims - ANIMAL rights campaigners are urging Burton and South Derbyshire families to boycott one of the last remaining animal circuses in the country. The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) has called on families to refuse to watch the show by Peter Jolly’s Circus… (story)

Colchester Gazette 5.8.09 Circus protesters boost big top audiences - CIRCUS bosses say protests have backfired and boosted their audience numbers. Protesters turned up at the Great British Circus, at Clacton Airfield, on Sunday, to object against its use of animals, including elephants, lions, tigers, llamas, reindeer and camels. Jeff Link, a spokesman for the circus, said the row has helped to keep their big top full. He even said he was “grateful” to the protesters…. Jane Williams, who coordinated the protest, admitted she had not seen the show. She said: “I do not need to go…. (story)

Daily Mail 5.8.09 Vegetarians' outrage as Tesco admits 'macabre' practice of turning out-of-date meat into electricity - Consumers should be informed if any of their home electricity is being generated using the 'macabre' recycling of waste meat from supermarkets, campaigners said today. Tesco now sends 5,000 tons of meat that has passed its sell-by date to be turned into enough National Grid electricity to power 600 homes for a year… But animal rights campaign group Viva said many non-meat eaters would be 'horrified' that their houses were being part-powered by out-of-date meat… (story)


Horncastle News 4.8.09 PHOTOS - Sun shines on Revesby Show - By Stephanie Harrison - of visitors flocked to Revesby Country Fair on Sunday to enjoy a whole host of attractions and a record number of trade stands… A Parade of Hounds from The South Wold Foxhounds filled the ring alongside the East Lincs Basset Hounds. Master huntsman, Nick Ashcroft of South Wold Hunt, said: "It was absolutely marvellous… (story)

Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser 4.8.09 MP's anti-cruelty pledge - Broxtowe MP Nick Palmer has pledged his support for Vote Cruelty Free, a new non-partisan coalition of animal protection organisations working to put animals on the political agenda…. Vote Cruelty Free covers a broad range of animal welfare issues including wild and marine animals, animal experimentation, cruel sports, the fur trade and farming…. (story)

Independent 4.8.09 Hunt image problems - It isn't their image of being "toffs" that the Countryside Alliance needs to worry about ("Hunters are given training to change 'toff' image" 3 August), but the their image as barbarians… Irene Barker, Stowmarket, Suffolk (letter)

Irish Independent 4.8.09 Decision time on hare coursing - It's decision time for hare coursing. This is the month when, traditionally, the Environment Minister decides whether or not to allow another season of this legalised cruelty…. There are two factors that offer a glimmer of hope to the long-suffering hare. The first is the fact that Environment Minister John Gormley, is leader of a party pledged to banning hare coursing. The second factor is the proven endangered status of the Irish hare… Can the Greens now find the courage to strike a blow for the endangered and terrorised hares of Ireland? John Fitzgerald (Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports), CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)

Diss Express 4.8.09 'Benson' plea to anglers - Anglers should pay tribute to a giant carp found dead in a Cambridgeshire lake by hanging up their rods, an animal rights group said. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said the 64lb carp, whose remains were found in a lake near Peterborough might still be alive if left to swim… Peta said fishing was cruel and suggested that anglers were crying crocodile tears….. (story)

Daily Post 4.8.09 Badger cull backed by NFU Cymru by Owen R Hughes, Daily Post - BADGER control strategies to stem the spread of Bovine TB have won industry backing as the Wales-wide consultation comes to a close. NFU Cymru this week announced it fully backed the Welsh Assembly Government’s proposed Tuberculosis Eradication (Wales) Order 2009…. But the Badger Trust denounced the “slaughter” as “perverse, politically motivated, and without any significant scientific validation”…. (story)


Guardian 3.8.09 The 32-year-old ex-mayor who hopes to bring activists and party together - In the third in a series of interviews with up and coming young Labour candidates, Paul Owen talks to Stella Creasy about Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and shouting at sheep - Stella Creasy was at sixth form college in Colchester when she had what she describes as a political "epiphany". "One day, my friends wanted to go and stand on the docks at Brightlingsea," she recalls, "and shout at sheep who were being transported, live animal exports."… She is scathing about David Cameron. "In terms of party, he's clearly brought people with him to this point. "But I think the question you have to ask yourself is how he's done that, and it's pretty telling to me that the first pledge he ever made was to repeal the foxhunting ban ... (story)

Wells Journal 3.8.09 Hunt shatters peaceful idyll - The peaceful idyll that is normally Upper Godney was, on Saturday, shattered by the unbelievable behaviour of the local "hunt" who drove a pack of large lurcher-type dogs through the Sheppey river and into my garden and orchard, devastating wildlife and free-range fowl alike. Needless to say, I have suffered losses – including a rare duck… I really would appreciate an explanation as to why this behaviour is still deemed acceptable. Kim King, Upper Godney (letter)

Kent & Sussex Courier 3.8.09 Sportsman is cleared of gun charge - A CROWBOROUGH man arrested after shooting squirrels to feed his pet ferrets, has walked free from court after magistrates accepted he had a "reasonable excuse" for carrying an air rifle in public. Matthew George Good, 21, was arrested after a police patrol spotted him concealing a .22 Webley Hawk air rifle behind a tree on the edge of Tunbridge Wells Common, on March 19 this year… Defence counsel John Luckhurst described Good as a keen sportsman, "obsessed" with shooting and fishing and fully aware of gun etiquette and safety procedures… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 3.8.09 City so generous - Animal Aid would like to thank the people of Nottingham for their generosity in raising £292.13 at a street collection on July 25…. WILLIAM MAXWELL Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator (letter)

Argus 3.8.09 Heather's Hove cafe has proved a hit By Emily-Ann Elliott - Heather Mills’ vegan cafe is proving a hit with meat-eating residents. Thousands of customers have been visiting the meat and dairy-free VBites every week since it opened at Hove Lagoon on July 4... (story)

Shoreham Herald 3.8.09 VIDEO: Puppy farm protest in Shoreham - PROTESTORS gathered outside the Civic Centre, in Ham Road, Shoreham, today (August 3) to raise awareness of the puppy farm trade. Spokesman, Sue Baumgardt, said they were hoping to get Adur District Council to tighten up the rules on pet shop licenses to prevent people without proper facilities from selling puppies… (story)


Horse & Hound 2.8.09 North Cotswold hunt raises funds for war hero Guy Disney - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The North Cotswold hunt raised £1,086 for the forces charity Help for Heroes at its puppy show on 20 July. Hunt supporters dug deep for the charity, which funds the rehabilitation of seriously injured servicemen and women, in support of hunt member and soldier Guy Disney, who lost the lower part of his right leg in Afghanistan on 4 July. Keen point-to-pointer Guy, 27, who rides out for Kim Bailey, was released from Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham on 25 July. He is due to go to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, near Epsom, Surrey, next month where he will be fitted with a prosthetic leg so he can get back into the saddle… (story)


Horse & Hound 1.8.09 Shadow secretary repeats hunting promise - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The Conservative Party has pledged that a vote on whether to overturn the hunting ban will appear on its election manifesto, according to shadow environment minister Nick Herbert, who made the announcement at Peterborough Foxhound Show (22 July)…. (story)