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Western Morning News 31.12.04 DEFRA LAUNCHES DEER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY - Rapid growth in the wild deer population across the whole of England - potentially putting numbers at their highest level for 1,000 years - has prompted the launch of a new strategy and action plan for deer management. The new strategy was officially launched yesterday by Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, who is the Minister for Nature Conservation. … Kevin Hill, the chairman of the Westcountry Deer Protection Group, said any move that helped bring about overall management of the deer population should be welcomed… (story)

Leicester Mercury 31.12.04 UNFAIR TO BOYCOTT AUSTRALIAN EXPORTS - In reply to the letter from Heather Johnson regarding Australia's live sheep exports (Postbag, December 22), the majority of people here in Australia are against the live export of our sheep to Middle Eastern countries. Sadly, it is a requirement of the purchaser that these animals remain alive in order that they can be slaughtered according to the rites of their culture…. I have one last question for those of you who consider the live export a valid point for boycotting Australian produce. How many of you spared a thought for the animal or bird you ate at Christmas? There's absolutely no guarantee that creature died a painless death and I would be fairly certain it was terrified before it was slaughtered. Where's the humanity in that?.... Marilyn Krogh, Perth, Western Australia (letter)
Leicester Mercury 22.12.04 HELP TO STOP CRUELTY TO ANIMALS - I would like to inform all your readers, if they are planning to buy jumpers for Christmas presents, to think about what the sheep may have been through. The wool may have come from sheep that have been exported from Australia and have endured intolerable cruelty before, during and after their journey… Mrs Heather Johnson, Leicester. (letter)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 31.12.04 LIFETIME CHARITY WORK HONOURED - A charity worker who has dedicated more than 40 years of her life to caring for animals has had her service recognised by the Queen after being awarded an MBE. Sandra Chapman (56), branch administrator of the RSPCA in Scunthorpe, has been named in the Queen's New Year Honours List for 44 years' service with the charity. She is one of three MBE winners from North Lincolnshire who have been recognised in the list, which was published today…. (story)

Western Daily Press 31.12.04 FOR COD'S SAKE STOP EATING FISH - The article on fish not being as stupid as we think should certainly give us food for thought. Most of us are probably not aware that fish are the only animals not covered by humane slaughter laws. Most are dragged from the sea in nets and left to suffocate to death. Shellfish are thrown alive into boiling water… Sue Baumgardt Hove Sussex (letter)

Harborough Mail 31.12.04 Products of dreadful cruelty - I RECENTLY met a friend who was wearing a brooch in the shape of a cat’s head. She was horrified when I pointed out that it was made of real fur, probably cat or rabbit…. Janet Gee, Lubenham (story)


Burton Mail 30.12.04 Hunter rescues trapped woman by KIM BRISCOE - A HUNTER has told how he found a woman motorist by chance in a half-submerged car after it had crashed down an embankment and into a freezing pond. Keith Buckley, from Barton, spotted the car in the water at 1.30pm yesterday as he was about to go shooting in woods at Woodhouses on the B5016 between Barton and Yoxall. Emergency services believe the Overseal woman, who received serious head injuries, had been trapped for two hours before she was found, as her car was not visible from the road… (story)

Scotsman 30.12.04 Warning to walkers over rise in deer coursing - POLICE are warning walkers to avoid any gangs with dogs that they come across in the countryside following an increase of illegal deer coursing throughout Scotland. In the underground, mostly night-time activity, a large light is used to dazzle roe deer before lurchers are set on them. Deer have been found recently with horrific injuries, from Perthshire to the Borders. A doe that lost a leg in an attack was found trying to care for its young in East Lothian…. (story)

BBC News Online 30.12.04 Plan to control deer population - Proposals to control wild deer numbers are being published by the government. Some experts believe that the deer population in England is at its highest level for a millennium…. The government's new strategy follows a public consultation by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Forestry Commission… (story)

Telegraph 30.12.04 Animal rights fear after taunt - By Rosie Murray-West, City Correspondent - Oxford University's new company-sponsored chemistry laboratory could become the next target for animal rights activists after two students taunted a group of protesters. A University spokesman said yesterday that two graduate chemistry students would be summoned before a disciplinary committee after they were cautioned by police for putting up an offensive banner in the laboratory window…. (story)

Independent 30.12.04 Animal rights activists target Oxford donors By Saeed Shah - Animal right activists campaigning against an animal research testing laboratory at Oxford University have turned their attention to the university's financial backers… The main group of protesters, called Speak, told members they should contact, in particular, members of the organisation representing the City of London Solicitors' Company, the leading lawyers working in the Square Mile. It provides funding for the university's law faculty.In an e-mail to activists, Speak said the group had granted up to £100,000 to the university in recent years and gave out contact details of dozens of members, who include lawyers at Clifford Chance, Norton Rose, Herbert Smith and Denton Wilde Sapte… (story)
Guardian 30.12.04 Animal rights protesters target Oxford donors - Donald MacLeod - Animal rights protesters are targeting Oxford University donors in the latest move in a campaign to stop the building of a £18m neuroscience facility…. This week, the anti-vivisectionist group Speak called on supporters of the campaign to write and phone companies and individuals making donations to the university in a bid to exert pressure on Oxford. In an attempt to open up splits between academics, the organisers say funders of all departments should be pressured, not just those involved with the research they object to…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 30.12.04 Alert after animal rights airport protest - SECURITY at Manchester Airport has been stepped up to tackle a new campaign by animal rights campaigners. The activists protested in the passenger and freight terminals earlier this month, handing out leaflets and unfurling a banner denouncing the airport as the "Gateway to Hell". They claim the airport is involved in the import and export of live animals for vivisection at Huntingdon Life Sciences laboratory in Cambridgeshire… (story)

Wells Journal 30.12.04 PROPOSED BIRD FESTIVAL RUFFLES A FEW FEATHERS - Animal rights campaigners have threatened Mendip District Council with court action for giving its blessing to a mid-Somerset bird show which they claim is illegal. Representatives from the Brighton-based Animal Protection Agency (APA) are meeting with their barristers in the new year to press ahead with calling a judicial review, after Mendip allowed the Festival of Birds at the Royal Bath and West Showground to go ahead in April without a licence…. Animal Protection Agency director Elaine Toland said: "The Animal Protection Agency attended the Festival of Birds on September 26 and saw first-hand the appalling conditions in which the birds were kept -, in fact, our vet likened it to markets that she had encountered in Indonesia…." (story)


Western Daily Press 29.12.04 SHOOTING IS NEXT IN THE FIRING LINE - Animal rights campaigners last night announced they were turning their attention to shooting, after claiming "victory" in the battle to outlaw hunting. In a Christmas message, The League Against Cruel Sports called on supporters to help lobby for greater control over commercial shooting…. (story)

Western Morning News 29.12.04 NOW SHOOTING IS THE TARGET - Recently we saw Peter Anderson, spokesperson for the League Against Cruel Sports, declaring on a television news programme that they would now stop people going shooting! He gave information which, he said, proved that "everybody" agreed with him and his organisation, that shooting must be banned. I have searched and searched but, try as I might, I just cannot find any data from anywhere, which proves this statement. On the contrary…. Tess Nash Helston (story)

Scotsman 29.12.04 Archer's Realm By Peter Archer, PA Court Correspondent - ROYALS’ LOVE OF HUNTING CAUSES PR HEADACHE - At heart, they are probably country folk. Certainly, when the Royal Family spend Christmas and the New Year at Sandringham, there is plenty of scope for country pursuits…. The Duke of Edinburgh, who traditionally leads a Boxing Day shoot, is a keen and accurate shot. He passed on the royal tradition to his eldest son, the Prince of Wales, who encouraged Prince William and Prince Harry to take part…. Like the Royals’ support for hunting, their predilection for shooting is a public-relations headache in the current climate which has turned up the heat on blood sports…. But to survive the monarchy has, albeit slowly, moved with the times. Perhaps the time has come for the Royal Family to show a change of heart. (story)

Scotsman 29.12.04 Talking turkey - I was pleased to see in a recent Diary item that Ankara, the Duchess of Hamilton’s pet turkey, was to have a festive meal…. We know that we have no need to kill animals for food; all our physical needs can be met from non-animal sources. Killing animals for food, whether at Christmas or any other time, is a latter-day sacrifice to the gods of hedonism…. JAMES BOYLE, Eastwoodmains Road, Clarkston, Glasgow (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 29.12.04 Not fur sale - IT is simply not right that Dobbies Garden Centre was selling Christmas decorations made from real fur… June Fleming, Oxgangs Farm Gardens, Edinburgh (letter)


Swindon Evening Advertiser 28.12.04 Pups for sale - I NOTICE with regret advertisements of puppies for sale with contact numbers outside of the Swindon area… These farm bred dogs are the equivalent of factory farmed animals and have minimal standards of care. PHILIP BEAVEN Swindon Animal Concern Merton Avenue (letter in archive)

Mirror 28.12.04 CLOT SHOT AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS - Harry's cig break - By Aidan Mcgurran - PRINCE Harry blasted pheasants out of the sky yesterday while smoking a cigarette…. Andrew Tyler, director of anti-blood sports charity Animal Aid, criticised the prince's "casual attitude" to killing birds…. (story)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 28.12.04 INCIDENTS HAVE ROCKED ANGLING - Two major incidents have given a blow to angling in 2004, both of which could have very serious consequences. The departure of Bob James and his wife Jane from the Anglers Conservation Association (ACA) after having had undisclosed accusations made against them…. The other incident with possible far-reaching effects is that the two fish-farms run by the Environment Agency at Calverton and Leyland have been closed after the discovery of the rare and deadly fish disease Tench Rhabdovirus in the farms… The Labour Party have, in the past, insisted that they are in favour of anglers and angling, it will be interesting to see which way the cat will jump when the hunting with dogs furore is resolved…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 28.12.04 CLOSURE THREAT AT ANIMAL HOME - Tears as staff told of jobs threat, after developer offers RSPCA £2m for struggling city centre site - Chris Hudson - LONG-SERVING RSPCA staff were left in tears after being told that jobs at the Leeds city centre animal shelter are under threat. Developers have tabled an offer of more than £2m for the site, which the charity is considering, because the centre is struggling financially. If the offer is accepted, the centre will be bulldozed, turned into a temporary car-park, and redeveloped into private or student accommodation – which would mean the loss of 10 jobs at the RSPCA…. (story)


BBC News Online 26.12.05 Christmas turkeys - vegan style - Getting into the Christmas spirit for most people means frantic shopping trips or escaping to somewhere warm. For Fiona Oakes Christmas means staying at her home in Asheldham, Essex, caring for her 264 animals, in particular, 38 turkeys rescued from a breeding unit…. Her efforts led the Vegan Society recently to award her the Outstanding Vegan Achievement award… (story)


Argus 24.12.04 Turkeys escape their Christmas fate by Karen Hoy - Five lucky turkeys will be celebrating their best ever Christmas after avoiding their fate as someone's festive dinner. The famous five faced a bleak future until Christmas shoppers, touched by their plight, plucked them from poultry farms, where they were waiting on death row, and gave them a new lease of life. The birds are now under the watchful eye of animal lover and vegetarian, Pauline Grant, who runs the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust in Hempstead Lane, Uckfield…. (story in archive)

News Shopper 24.12.04 Animals help us progress - How can I put this politely? Animal rights supporters do talk nonsense. Jan Yarker berates Cancer UK for not finding cures. Let me let her into a secret: there are precious few cures for any diseases today, let alone cancer…. Even with cancer, there is progress. Forty years ago one child in five with cancer would survive, today it is seven out of 10…. Philip Connolly, Director, Coalition for Medical Progress (letter)

News Shopper 24.12.04 Experiments won’t provide cancer cure - As someone who has suffered from cancer, I am greatly concerned at people's misconception experimenting on animals is the way forward in research…. Pat Mear, Ashburton Road, Croydon (letter)


Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 23.12.04 Why kill for fun? - Kit Davidson, Animal Aid (letter)
Western Morning News 21.12.04 PHEASANT PRESENTS MORALLY INDEFENSIBLE - Some 35 million intensively-reared pheasants are released in the late autumn every year so that they can serve as feathered targets for "guns" paying £1,000 or more a day for the pleasure… Saturday, December 11 was formally designated by lobby group the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) as Give-Away-A-Brace-Day. Shooting live creatures for fun needs explanation. Providing unwanted food for the consumer is the BASC justification… If you must accept this morally indefensible gift - for which the market price is 30p a carcass - please ponder why it was hatched, raised and killed. And, just as importantly, you were given it. Kit Davidson, Animal Aid (letter)
Wiltshire Times 17.12.04 Some 35 million intensively-reared pheasants are released in the late autumn every year so that they can serve as feathered targets for `guns' paying £1,000 or more per day for the pleasure. Animal Aid has long contended ¬ based on the best available evidence ¬ that a large percentage of the shot birds are not eaten…. December 11 was formally designated by lobby group, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), as Give-Away-A-Brace-Day…. If you must accept this morally indefensible gift ¬ for which the market price is 30 pence a carcase ¬ please ponder why it was hatched, raised and killed. But just as importantly ¬ why you were given it. K DAVIDSON, Animal Aid, Old Chapel, London (letter in archive)

Western Daily Press 23.12.04 DEER CONTROL IDEAS SURVEY - Countryside enthusiasts were yesterday asked for views on how to manage Britain's rising deer population. Ramblers, cyclists and other countryside users are asked to submit ideas on how to control the explosion in deer numbers, currently standing at 1.5million… (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 23.12.04 POLICE DECLARE WAR ON TRESPASSING POACHERS - Police say they are waging war on gamblers and poachers who trespass on farmers' land in Lincolnshire. Seven people have appeared at Bourne Magistrates' Court to face charges connected to hare coursing illegally on private property. Warrants were issued to a further 17 people but they failed to attend court to answer charges which included taking game on a Sunday, trespass in pursuit of game (poaching), and driving a vehicle on common land or moorland not designated as a road. Of those who appeared in court Joseph Lee (17), David O'Connor (26), Sean Page (22) and a 13-year-old boy, all from Cambridgeshire, each admitted trespassing in the pursuit of game at White House Farm in South Kyme, near Sleaford, on November 20…. (story)

Western Daily Press 23.12.04 RATHER EWE THAN ME - Re: headlines about police shoot-ing a stray sheep. Am I to assume that the Swindon Animal Concern spokes-woman would have preferred that a human died as a result of a fatal road accident caused by this animal? Mr J Mills Melksham Wiltshire (letter)

Chester Chronicle 23.12.04 REGARDING your report that the RSPCA is investigating the discovery of two blackbirds and a squirrel shot and hanged from a tree in Elton. True, this cruelty is cause for concern. However, please spare a thought for the more than 20 million turkeys slaughtered each year for human consumption, which the RSPCA cannot help… MARIAN HUSSENBUX Wirral (story)

Cambrian News 23.12.04 Be compassionate to animals - Madam, Animal Aid is encouraging consumers to celebrate a compassionate Christmas by spreading peace to all creatures on earth!... Yours etc, Claudia Tarry Head of Campaigns The Old Chapel Tonbridge Kent. (letter in archive)
Frome & Somerset Standard 23.12.04 SHOW ANIMALS COMPASSION - CLAUDIA TARRY , Head of campaigns Animal Aid (letter)
Warminster & Westbury Standard 23.12.04 SHOW ANIMALS COMPASSION - CLAUDIA TARRY , Head of campaigns Animal Aid (letter)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 22.12.04 how compassion at Christmas time - CLAUDIA TARRY, Head of Campaigns, The Old Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent (letter in archive)
Bristol Evening Post 21.12.04 CHRISTMAS CAN BE HAPPY FOR ANIMALS - Claudia Tarry, Head of Campaigns, The Old Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent. (story)
Wells Journal 17.12.04 ANIMALS NEED ALL YOUR COMPASSION AT CHRISTMAS - Claudia Tarry, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Tonbridge TN9 1AW (letter)
Ulster Herald 2.12.04 Enjoy Christmas without being cruel - Animal Aid is encouraging consumers to celebrate a Compassionate Christmas by spreading peace to all creatures on earth! Here are our top tips for enjoying the festive fun without hurting animals: Go for guilt-free glamour with cosmetics, toiletries and perfumes that contain no nasty animal ingredients and haven‘t been tested on animals…. Save a life by giving turkey a miss and having a veggie feast instead! - Claudia Tarry, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter may be in archive)


Grimsby Telegraph 22.12.04 I AM NO EXTREMIST - With reference to the letter from Jack Ellis regarding animal experimentation (Viewpoint, December 10). Just because an individual objects to experiments being carried out on animals, it does not follow, that individual is an extremist… (story)

Guardian 22.12.04 Animal rights groups condemn Puma chimp ad - Stephen Brook, advertising correspondent- Puma has said it will not be reshowing an advert that features a chimpanzee in a nappy, after renowned scientist Dr Jane Goodall joined with more than 30 animal rights groups to condemn it…. Craig Redmond, a campaign officer for CAPS, said chimps used in advertising were taken away from their mother at a very young age and could only be used in adolescence because they grew too strong for humans to handle after that…. (story)

Horncastle News 22.12.04 Ducks go through an horrible ordeal just to make foie gras - There is no festive season for birds used in the production of ‘foie gras’. Foie gras (French for ‘fatty liver’) is made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of male ducks and geese… JULIA HOLLIDAY Horncastle (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 22.12.04 Activists force garden centre to withdraw fur toys - CHRIS MOONEY - A BACKLASH by animal activists has forced a garden centre manager to take Christmas decorations made from real fur off the shelves. James Barnes removed the goat and rabbit fur decorations from sale after an outcry by campaigners. But despite the move, he has started to receive threatening letters at Dobbies Garden World in Lasswade… Advocates for Animals, the campaign group which originally raised concerns about Dobbies’ products, today said it was delighted that the decorations had been taken off the shelves before the Christmas rush, but did not condone threats towards the firm. Lynda Korrimbocus, campaigns manager, said: "As a result of public pressure and media coverage, the ornaments have now been withdrawn. This is great news…." (story)

Welwyn & Hatfield Times 22.12.04 Turkeys‘ delight! - It's a happy Christmas for lucky six who won't be gobbled-up - Story by Steve Creswell - AS millions of people tuck into their roast turkey on Christmas Day, six lucky birds will be safe and sound. For WGC animal-lover Heidi Butcher has stepped in to rescue them from their traditional festive fate. Heidi, 53, of Monkswood, bought two of the feathery fellows from a farm back in August, but felt so sorry for the rest of them she bought four more…. (story)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 22.12.04 End cruelty in our abattoirs - The Government has disappointed people who care about animal welfare yet again - this time by refusing to ban slaughter without stunning. Animals killed for Muslim halal and Jewish kosher meat are exempt from the rule that ensures all animals are stunned before being slaughtered. This is because some (though not all) Jewish and Muslim people believe that their religions forbid stunning. While I believe that respect for other people's cultures and religions is very important, the suffering faced by these animals is unimaginable and the law should be changed to make this practice illegal…. Claire Evans, Slatch House Road, Warley (letter)


Western Mail 21.12.04 Fifteen days of severe cold triggers a ban on shooting - Steve Dube, Western Mail - ALTHOUGH there has been little sign of real winter weather up to now, there is still plenty of time for some hard frosts and even snow to affect our shooting activities… (story)

Western Morning News 21.12.04 COUNTRYMEN SHOOT ONLY TO EAT - Many recent letters to the WMN have warned that if hunting goes, traditional shooting will be the next target of the "antis". The Westcountry's pheasant shooting season is upon us, as witnessed by the first of thousands of pheasants being traditionally smashed to a pulp on our roads, so let's examine this charge. What will be challenged is not the real countryman's "a bird for the pot" shooting, but the "big bag" industrial scale shooting where birds are reared like chicken in incubators, sheds and pens, before being kicked out to be shot at by teams of eight men who will kill up to 500 birds a day, yet not even take one home… Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter)

Western Mail 21.12.04 Grayling chase warms us up - CHRISTMASTIDE is a great time for country sports. This is so, despite the Mickey Mouse-politics over country sports at Westminster recently… The present political set up reminds one of the days of Oliver Cromwell - that arch abolisher of country sports and Christmas customs…. I'm glad to say that fishing was spared by Cromwell, but only if regulation rod and line were used. I am not sure how safe angling will be in the future…. (story)

Western Morning News 21.12.04 STOP MEDICAL RESEARCH TORTURE - Recent correspondence in the WMN about animal experiments has become confusing. Those in favour claim that it helps to make life better for patients. Those against cite the current example of hormone replacement therapy which increases the risk of heart disease and strokes even though experiments on monkeys predicted the opposite…. Is animal experimentation really necessary in view of its bad record? Are Government grants available for alternative research?... Adrian Cooper, Lostwithiel (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 21.12.04 AWFUL TREATMENT OF POOR REINDEER - I am writing in disgust after witnessing a reindeer pulling a man on a sleigh through Nottingham. I travelled from Derby with my son but had to leave due to the upset that was caused by seeing the animal so distressed…. BRIDGETTE SINNOT Hands Road Heanor (letter)

Uttoxeter Advertiser 21.12.04 Goat-ban man ‘now victim of animal rights campaigners’ - A RETIRED former Uttoxeter farmer banned from keeping animals then later caught half-naked in a dimly lit shed with a goat, has been the victim of an animal rights hate campaign, an appeal court heard. Police and an RSPCA officer acting on a tip-off found Richard Baskerville in an outbuilding on Cannock Chase in July, 2003, two years after he received a decade-long prohibition from looking after animals…. Baskerville told the appeal hearing that since his conviction in July he had received hate mail from animal rights activists and his car and caravan had been damaged…. (story)


Western Morning News 20.12.04 'BACKDOOR' BAN ON SHOOTING? - The Labour Party is under mounting pressure to open the way for restrictions on the sport of shooting in its next manifesto, as animal rights campaigners celebrate their success in securing a ban on hunting. The WMN has learned that the League Against Cruel Sports has started lobbying Labour to ensure that the current pledge to leave shooting alone is lifted in the party's election manifesto next year… Labour's animal welfare society is already carrying an article on its website entitled "Hunting down - shooting to go", and the prominent anti-hunting MP Tony Banks tabled a Commons motion last week calling for restrictions on game shooting… (story)

York Evening Press 20.12.04 There are many laws on guns HAS H.O. Griffiths any knowledge of the laws governing the possession and use of airguns, (`Tighten up our weapon laws', Letters, December 15)?... If airguns were to magically disappear tomorrow it would not result in less cruelty to cats…. Ian Waghorn, Secretary, York Jubilee Air Rifle and Pistol Club, Chipstead Walk, Strensall, York. (letter in archive)

Northern Echo 20.12.04 TURKEYS - AS we all know, Christmas is upon us, and as we celebrate this happy time of year, please spare a thought for the ones that seem to get the short straw, the turkeys…. They can't choose the life they lead, but you can. - Claire Nugent, Stockton-on-Tees. (letter in archive)


Burton Mail 18.12.04 Appeal judges refuse to increase jail term by PETER RICHARDSON - APPEAL court judges have refused to increase the five-month jail term imposed on a vehicle registration official who gave motorists’ addresses to animal rights activists. While agreeing five months was 'lenient', London’s Criminal Appeal Court rejected a plea made on behalf of the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith QC, that it was 'unduly lenient' and should be increased…. Barry Saul Dickinson, 34, of Manor Forstal, New Ash Green, Kent, was jailed at Stafford Crown Court in October after admitting misconduct in public office…. (story)
27.10.04 Fabricant leads call for security checks - The Conservative Party has called for security checks to be carried out on all employees accessing Government databases after a DVLA worker was jailed for passing motorists' addresses to animal rights activists. Shadow Minister for Industry and Technology Michael Fabricant said the conviction of Barry Dickinson on Monday revealed a "scandalous lack of security" and pressed for urgent action. Mr Fabricant said he had tabled questions to 15 Ministers whose departments kept personal databases to ask what checks employees underwent and what safeguards were in place to prevent abuse…. (story)
Scotsman 26.10.04 Tories Demand Tighter Checks on Government Employees By Alex Thompson, PA News- The Conservative Party called today for security checks to be carried out on all employees accessing Government databases after a DVLA worker was jailed for passing motorists’ addresses to animal rights activists. Shadow minister for industry and technology Michael Fabricant said the conviction of Barry Dickinson yesterday revealed a “scandalous lack of security” and pressed for urgent action… (story)
Burton Mail 26.10.04 Animal rights mole jailed by NERMIN OOMER - A CIVIL servant "mole" who leaked addresses to animal rights campaigners protesting at a controversial guinea pig farm has been jailed for five months. DVLA administrator Barry Dickinson illicitly checked car registration numbers and passed on their owners’ details to his activist contacts, Stafford Crown Court heard yesterday… (story)
Telegraph 26.10.04 DVLA mole jailed for aiding guinea pig farm activists By Ben Fenton - A civil servant working for the DVLA who gave animal rights activists the addresses of drivers visiting a guinea pig farm was jailed for five months yesterday. Barry Dickinson, 34, who lives with his mother in New Ash Green, Kent, had admitted at an earlier hearing an offence of misconduct in a public office. He handed over at least 13 addresses of people, some of whom were simply friends of John and Chris Hall, the owners of Darley Oaks Farm, near Lichfield, Staffs, where thousands of guinea pigs are bred for experiments. Nick Sanders, who works at the farm but is not involved in the breeding, condemned the sentence as too lenient…. (story)
Independent 26.10.04 DVLA man gave addresses to animal rights extremists By Cahal Milmo - Animal rights extremists seeking to close down a guinea pig farm used a civil servant to obtain the addresses of drivers supplying the establishment and attack their homes, a court heard yesterday. Barry Dickinson, who works at a regional office of the DVLA, entered the vehicle-licensing agency's central computers to obtain 13 addresses from number plates on vehicles which were seen arriving at Darley Oaks Farm in Staffordshire… (story)
Mirror 26.10.04 THE RAT - Jail for DVLA 'spy' who gave animal activists secrets for terror campaign By Bill Daniels - A DVLA worker who leaked drivers' addresses to animal rights activists was jailed for five months yesterday. Using details provided by Barry Dickinson, 34, the activists terrorised innocent people who visited John Hall's guinea pig farm where animals are bred for medical research… (story)
Daily Record 26.10.04 SNOOP FOR HATE GANG IS JAILED - A DVLA worker who found the home addresses of people targeted by animal rights activists was jailed for five months yesterday. Barry Saul Dickinson used computer systems to check on the registration numbers of people connected to a guinea pig breeding farm and passed the information to extremists…. (story)
Scotsman 25.10.04 'Dvla Worker Gave Addresses to Animal Rights Campaigners' - Court By Matthew Cooper, PA News - A DVLA worker who passed on motorists’ home addresses to animal rights activists was jailed for five months today. Stafford Crown Court heard that information provided by Barry Saul Dickinson, of Manor Forstal, New Ash Green in Kent, allowed protesters to target individuals connected to a guinea pig breeding farm…. “Four of the 13 addresses passed on were subjected to criminal damage – windows smashed, paint daubed on cars and one house was subjected to having a water hosepipe put through the letterbox.”… (story)
BBC News Online 25.10.04 DVLA man helped animal activists - A vehicle registration official who gave drivers' addresses to animal rights activists has been jailed for five months. Barry Saul Dickinson, 34, of Manor Forstal, New Ash Green, Kent, was convicted at Stafford Crown Court of misconduct in a public office… A police spokesman said information had been used to "terrorise" families…. (story)


Buckingham Advertiser 17.12.04 BLITZ ON HARE COURSING - POLICE are stepping up their fight to halt illegal hare coursing and poaching in south Northants. There have been reports of poachers causing damage to crops and the countryside with their vehicles, and being aggressive or violent towards landowners as they try to stop them…(story)

Coventry Evening Telegraph 17.12.04 Bail for man in grave theft probe - An animal rights activist from Coventry has had his bail renewed after being arrested on suspicion of desecrating a grave. John Curtin, aged 41, of Pioneer House, Adelaide Street, Hillfields, was arrested in October in connection with the theft of a corpse… Mr Curtin answered bail in Staffordshire yesterday alongside another man from Wolverhampton. Their bail was extended for two months pending further inquiries. A 62-year-old woman from Buxton, who was arrested on December 1, remains on bail…. (story)

Harborough Mail 17.12.04 ‘Terrorists’ jibes sadden group - THE members of Harborough Animal Concern would like to voice our concerns over recent publicity regarding animal rights activists. There have been many newspaper articles, and also a television programme that looked at the activities of animal rights extremists. As a result the label ‘terrorists’ seems to have been given to anyone who fights for the rights of animals. Harborouh Animal concern has been operating as a local animal rights/welfare group for nearly 20 years. We campaign to support large national organisations whose aim is to improve the lives of animals all over the world, whether they be imprisoned in a laboratory or mistreated in factory farms…. Jean Bird, Julie Astill, Paul Mace, Janet Gee, Karen Loch-Wild, Karin Patrick, Mary Punter, Harborough Animal Concern (letter)

Kent/East Sussex Courier 17.12.04 BANNER IS BANNED - The Boss of a charity that is trying to save hundreds of "dancing" bears in India from a life of cruelty has accused planners of being Scrooges over a fundraising banner. International Animal Rescue put the 36ft by 5ft sign on the old cinema in Tunbridge Wells but has been told by planners it faces "a hefty fine" if it is not taken down. Lis Key, at the charity's Uckfield base, said "a jobsworth" had told IAR that unless the sign was removed, the council would take it down and IAR would face a "hefty bill"… (story)

South Wales Evening Post 17.12.04 PARTY'S LIVESTOCK ANGER Swansea Green Party today said it was "shocked and angry" at what it says is the failure to improve welfare standards for livestock in transit. Proposals to ban live animal exports and cap journey times for animals crammed into freight trucks have been blocked… (story)

Harborough Mail 17.12.04 Spare a thought for poor goose - IT was with concern that I read in the Harborough Mail of Martyn Bevan’s collision with a goose (November 25). Whilst I would not diminish the injuries inflicted upon Martyn in that accident, I would like to comment that no mention was made of the terrible injury suffered by the unfortunate creature concerned… As for Martyn ordering a goose for Christmas Day, I think a nut roast more appropriate. S M Alden, Slawston. (letter)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 17.12.04 'WORSE YOU CAN DO IS NOTHING' I believed we British were a nation of animal lovers, so I naturally assumed we must have strict guidelines governing the welfare of 'intensively farmed' animals and their slaughter. How wrong I was. The truth is quite shocking and sickening. People sit in our local fast food restaurant discussing the barbaric act of fox hunting, probably while tucking into fried chicken! I agree fox hunting is cruel, but nowhere near as terrible as the plight of factory-farmed animals - that happens every day right under our own noses…. Name and address supplied. (letter)

Western Daily Press 17.12.04 WAS THIS SHEEP A REAL DANGER? - I was absolutely horrified to read the report of a stray sheep on a busy roundabout in Swindon being shot by armed police. Has the world gone mad, or are there sheep in the Swindon area that bite, kick or have become maneaters? It must have been really dangerous to warrant an armed response…. P Richardson Woodmancote Cirencester (letter)

Scotsman 17.12.04 Duchess has a turkey - as Christmas guest - SIMON PIA'S DIARY - SOME may be aghast to hear that the Duchess of Hamilton is having a turkey for Christmas. But the bird, her feathered friend Ankara, will be joining the animal-rights campaigner at the table as guest of honour, not a dish. Kay (Hamilton) and Ankara will be joined by PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - as they gobble down a soya-based "Tofurky" with all the trimmings, including the greens that turkeys savour (but not GM ones, we hope) at Archerfield Home Farm, on the duke’s East Lothian estate on Monday… (story)


Yorkshire Post 16.12.04 BLACK GROUSE RETURNING TO MOORS - A RARE game bird whose numbers dwindled to near extinction in parts of the Peak District and Derbyshire is to become a common sight once more. Lyn Barton… (story)

Strathspey & Badenoch Herald 16.12.04 Estate gets ready for big deer cull - SEAFIELD and Strathspey Estate's managers have been carrying out briefings over the past week on plans which will result in what they described as a "significant reduction" in deer numbers at Kinveachy…. (story)

Irish Independent 16.12.04 Is this cruel to horses? - I see the Stewards of Racing at Plumpton in England deem that Irish jockey Timmy Murphy throwing his crop at the back of his horse, while he galloped away after falling, was "improper and cruel" - but riding a horse over big fences over courses two to four-and-half miles is just fine! Logic anybody? Andy Davidson, Milltown, Dublin 6 (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 16.12.04 Lab worker who killed pet rabbit facing jail - A YOUNG man who killed a pet rabbit with a crossbow bolt will have to wait to find out if he will be jailed. Mark Inglis - who worked at an animal testing lab at the time - admitted fatally wounding the pet, which belonged to a neighbour, after shooting it in the leg with a crossbow while out hunting wild rabbits…. Defence solicitor Angela Craig told how Inglis had lost his job with pharmaceutical company Inveresk, where he worked with animals, as the result of the offence and had deeply regretted what had happened…. (story)

Daily Record 16.12.04 TURKEY KING IS A TARGET - THE farmer behind Scotland's biggest turkeys says he has been targeted by animal rights activists. David Gall, who expects to set a new record with a74lb bird this year, said he was stunned when he was contacted by an outraged vegetartian. The caller accused him of exploiting his birds by fattening them up and selling them off every year…. (story)

Luton News/Dunstable Gazette/Herald & Post 16.12.04 Animal rights protesters sound NIRAH alarm - Activists in turn condemned as "blinkered". Animal activists have declared their opposition to the proposed £160 million Eden Project-style scheme which could be coming to Bedfordshire. Bedford Animal Action claim the widely-heralded NIRAH project would be an embarrassment to the county if it is built. Spokesman Justina Mclennan said: "Conservation is supposedly at the heart of NIRAH's proposed project but it will be impossible to accurately reproduce conditions in the wild…." (story)
BBC News Online 10.12.04 Aquarium project attracts critics - An animal rights group is challenging Bedford's bid to bring the world's largest aquarium to the town. The National Institute for Research into Aquatic Habitats said the science centre will attract 2m visitors a year. But Justina McLennan, of Bedford Animal Action, said research has shown that fish suffer stress in aquaria…. (story)
Bedfordshire on Sunday 7.11.04 Fish deserve scales of justice - I write in response to Mr Lowe's article last week concerning the Nirah project. Fish are sentient beings with feelings and reactions. Anyone who has seen one on the end of a hook or in a net and removed from its environment will be in no doubt that they suffer and feel pain.... Government and media hysteria over successful campaigns like Cambridge University's decision not to build a massive primate testing and breeding laboratory, due entirely to peaceful and lawful protest, has meant we are treated like terrorists wherever we protest.... Ritchie Clark, St Leonard's Avenue, Bedford Animal Action (story)
Milton Keynes Citizen 2.11.04 Dome will be safe - THE Dive Dome has hit back at accusations from animal welfare groups that the facility will jeopardise 'animal welfare and public safety.' The Born Free Foundation and Marine Conservation Society both have "grave reservations" about the Knowlhill proposals… But a spokesman for the Dive Dome said: "We will use specially aqua-cultured fish, that have been hand-bred and are used to human interaction. They will not be taken from the sea."… (story)
Bedfordshire on Sunday 31.10.04 Steve Lowe on Sunday - Animal activists back wrong horse - ECO-WARRIORS and animal rights protesters stormed the barricades last week. Or at least the steps of Bedford Town Hall…. I love a good protest and used to participate in a few but worrying about fish not enjoying life in a purpose-built environment is a new one…. Nirah actually want to be kind to fish - certainly much kinder than the average fish and chip shop or supermarket freezer cabinet, which to my knowledge are rarely picketed…. I do not wish to dampen the ardour of political protest, but there could be better causes than fish swimming happily in old clay pits…. (story)
Bedfordshire on Sunday 24.10.04 Fish will suffer in 'evil project' - ANIMAL welfare campaigners stormed the borough council offices on Friday in protest at plans for an Eden Project-style development near Stewartby. A dozen police officers were called after placard-bearing members of Bedford Animal Action staged a sit-in on the staircase in the Town Hall's reception area. They were protesting about a number of animal welfare issues and claim the project, being put together by the National Institute for Research into Aquatic Habitats (Nirah), will cause suffering… Group spokesman Sheila Turner said: "Has the council actually asked anyone if we want it?... (story)

Western Gazette 16.12.04 KFC'S PUBLIC IMAGE 'BELIES THE FACTS' - I Was dismayed to learn that Kentucky Fried Chicken has recently submitted an application to open a restaurant and drive-through at Houndstone Retail Park, Yeovil…. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, of which I am a member, has been campaigning for two years about the cruel, inhumane practises behind KFC's public image as a cheerful, family-friendly organisation…. Elizabeth Daniels, Glenville Road, Yeovil. (story)


Taunton Times 15.12.04 MP LANDS GIVEAWAY BRACE OF PHEASANTS - Taunton MP Adrian Flook accepted the offer of four game birds when he met members of a countryside group last week. 'Give away a brace a day' has seen members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) give the product of a shoot to someone who might not normally get the chance to sample game meat…. (story)

Northern Echo 15.12.04 Tributes to keeper 'who loved this area' - TRIBUTES have been paid to a devoted countryman and gamekeeper. John Emmerson, a former gamekeeper for Lord Barnard, in Upper Teesdale, County Durham, has died, aged 77, following a long illness…. (story in archive)

The Sentinel 15.12.04 PROTECTION BID FOR FAMILY IS WELCOMED - A County rector has welcomed a High Court injunction designed to protect a family-owned guinea pig farm, its workers, suppliers and surrounding communities in the Uttoxeter area. The Church of England actually officially supported the Hall family's application for the injunction, it was revealed this week by the Reverend Jenny Lister…. Protesters affected will include members of the Save Newchurch Guinea Pigs Campaign, Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, the Speak Campaign and the Animal Liberation Front…. (story)

Cambridge Evening News 15.12.04 Unproven From Mrs Sonia Kurta, Henry Morris Road, Impington - RE: Letter from Alistair Currie, senior campaigner, Viva! (Letters, December 8): It is unproven that non-variant CJD is caused by eating anything. When Professor Peter Smith, chairman of SEAC, was asked whether to his knowledge this disease had been passed from one species to another by ingestion, as it is well known that there is a barrier between species, he said BSE had been passed to a sheep under laboratory conditions. This from one ruminant to another…. Viva! is probably well aware of these findings and is using a cynical ploy to frighten us into becoming vegetarians to further its aim of bringing about the extinction of farm animals. (story)
Sunderland Echo 10.12.04 BSE still danger - Alistair Currie, Senior Campaigner Viva! 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol BS2 8QH (letter)
Western Daily Press 3.12.04 BSE THREAT REMAINS IN COUNTRY'S CATTLE - In case the Government's lifting of the ban on the sale of cattle over 30 months old causes too much com placency, let us just remind ourselves of a few of the things we have learned about BSE/CJD recently. Firstly, a young Irish man was diagnosed with vCJD just a few weeks ago and the likeliest cause of his illness is having eaten infected beef. Scientists now believe that BSE may be related to more than one form of CJD… Alistair Currie Senior Campaigner Viva! (letter)

Horncastle News 15.12.04 The image of blood-crazed research labs is distorted - EDITOR - Having paid at least a dozen visits over the years to the research laboratories of a world-leading pharmaceutical manufacturer I feel qualified to comment on Ms J Holliday’s letter (Horncastle News, December 1) the content of which suggests that she has never observed at first hand either the work or the conditions under which that work is carried out…. should she have the misfortune to suffer a heart attack, would she prefer to be treated with an untested herbal “remedy” rather than a modern medicine whose efficacy AND SAFETY had been established by carefully controlled and regulated experiment? R B A Johns Wood Enderby (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 15.12.04 VEGAN FESTIVAL WAS FANTASTIC - I am writing a note of appreciation for the organisers of the East Midlands Vegan Festival on Saturday, December 11, in Nottingham. I went vegan a few months ago, so was really pleased to see that the Vegan Festival was to be held in Nottingham - actually in the Council House itself!... LINDA EAST Holborn Avenue Sneinton (letter)


Western Daily Press 14.12.04 LAWS ON SHOOTING TO CHANGE - The war between country sports fans and animal rights groups switched to shooting last night after the Government revealed a major overhaul of Britain's game laws. Both sides welcomed the review…. (story)

Western Morning News 14.12.04 HOW CAN GAMES BID BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Concerning your editorial comment "Protest must not ruin Games" regarding the planned protest by the Countryside Alliance and the possible effect on public opinion regarding the bid to host the Olympic Games…. I would like either a member of the government or Lord Coe to please explain how our bid can be taken seriously when one whole discipline may have to be removed due to the law in this country? I refer to full-bore pistol shooting. Under British law, any foreign athlete would be liable to be arrested when they try to enter the country carrying their weapons, which are now illegal…. Paul Denkinson, Newton Abbot (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 14.12.04 ANGLERS LINE UP TALKS WITH MPS - The opportunity to tell MPs about the commercial destruction of Britain's fisheries was welcomed today by Torquay's top angler, Ted Tuckerman. Mr Tuckerman, chairman of the National Federation of Sea Anglers, said today's Westminster meeting between five of his members and a sub-committee of the Environment Select Committee offered a good chance to air concerns…. (story)

News Shopper 14.12.04 Animal cranks still in business - For some 35 years from 1927 my late father was an RSPCA Inspector and over those years, often with the assistance of the police and the veterinary profession, he placed very many cruel persons before the magistrates. He found one of the less appealing features of his job was having to deal, from time to time, with animal cranks holding various views. From reading your stories regarding foxes, I see that the cranks are thriving… Altie Bacon, Bexley (letter)
News Shopper 14.12.04 Cunning creatures having last laugh - FOXES are having the last laugh. I'm amazed at the boldness of these creatures. I can't leave a door open these days in case one moves in…. Mrs E Reynolds (letter)
News Shopper 14.12.04 To the Point - SAME OLD STORIES: Here we go again, same old silly stories about the poor fox, now accused of ripping off a cat's head. What absolute rubbish…. Nature will prevail, long live wild animals. Mr W D Leman, Bexley (letter)
News Shopper 14.12.04 Inhuman ideas are infuriating - Reading Hunt Foxes in Towns (News Shopper, November 24) really infuriated me! We can all sympathise with this story and feel sorry for the child but unfortunately things like this happen. I've had rabbits and guinea pigs before and as long as you take the right precautions to make their hutches fox proof the animals should be safe. What gives this person the right to say foxes should be poisoned or shot between the eyes?... E Brockwell Beckenham (letter)
News Shopper 14.12.04 Help me get rid of the pests - I have read the article on the front of News Shopper about Bobbie Harris losing his pets to Foxes (News Shopper, November 24). I also tried last year to get some response from the council having lost shoes from my door step… While I wouldn't advocate fox hunting and wouldn't like to think this letter was trying to do so, I am sick of the council spokespeople advising me to remove the food source there is no food source on my property though this doesn't stop the foxes peering through my doors. One last word to Ali Harris don't bother getting a dog. It'll only catch the mange from the foxes…. Carol Morrison Email address supplied (letter)
News Shopper 14.12.04 Murdering fox caused misery - I agree with Mrs Harris (Hunt Foxes In Towns, News Shopper, November 24) and can understand how she is feeling. I have experienced something similar… Smudge was again attacked while we were on holiday and not around to protect him. This time the fox got Smudge in his mouth. There were no marks on Smudge but he had a heart attack… The only thing foxes are capable of is murder and draining happy lives to exchange them with misery. Caroline Larkins Petts Wood (letter)
News Shopper 14.12.04 Foxes don’t enjoy killing — we do! In answer to Hunt Foxes in Towns (News Shopper, November 24). I have two cats and one rabbit. The foxes come into my garden regularly and have never interfered with them. On the contrary, my cats sit there and watch them crossing the garden…. I'm very pleased fox hunting has been banned. It's a barbaric and cruel sport'. The ban is well overdue…. E Shine Orpington (letter)
News Shopper 30.11.04 Long live animals - How dare Ali Harris suggest we should allow fox hunting in the suburbs…. Joan Gregory Email address supplied (letter)
News Shopper 30.11.04 My pet was killed too - Get rid of the foxes, they are vermin. My pet rabbit was attacked and killed by a fox this year…. Myfanwy Taylor Bromley (letter)
News Shopper 30.11.04 What do you think hunting will achieve? I am a qualified veterinary nurse and cannot believe the views of these narrow-minded people. If you keep a rabbit or guinea pig in a hutch in your garden it is your responsibility to make it secure both from predators like foxes and from the animal escaping. Foxes are not aggressive, and will only kill for food…. Angela Thacker Email address supplied (letter)
News Shopper 30.11.04 Why won’t the council help? I have just read the article on the front about Bobbie Harris losing his pets to foxes. I also tried last year to get some response from the council having lost shoes from my door step, had numerous piles of excrement all over my property and the last straw having my motorbike seat bitten into as the foxes ripped the cover off my bike to get the already- chewed saddle bags…. One last word to Ali Harris: don't bother getting a dog. In my experience (or should I say my dear old Jasper's) it'll catch mange from the foxes! Name and address supplied (letter)
News Shopper 30.11.04 Support hunt ban - I am sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs Harris's pets, but I do wonder how the fox was able to get to them in the first place? Were they secured in a fox-proof cage? The fox is a wild animal and is not acting in a malicious manner, merely looking for his food. This will be taken from easily accessible sources if he can do it…. S Schofield Orpington (letter)
News Shopper 24.11.04 Hunt foxes in towns - A DEVASTATED pet owner is calling for hunting to be introduced in the suburbs after her rabbit and guinea pig were attacked by a fox. Mum-of-three Ali Harris says the bushy-tailed creatures are getting out of hand and need to be culled. Her call comes after she witnessed a fox attack her pets in the back garden of her home in The Avenue, Beckenham. The 44-year-old watched in horror as first the fox scared her rabbit to death and then broke the back of the guinea pig…. She added: "People should be allowed to hunt, as foxes are a nuisance. They foul gardens and pavements and this is a health threat to our children…." (story)

Oxford News & Mail 14.12.04 Animal protesters find a new pitch - Animal rights protesters staged a demonstration outside Oxford University's Said Business School to protest against the new biomedical research laboratory…. (story in archive)

Bromley News Shopper 14.12.04 Shock at protest for animal rights By Bede MacGowan - ANIMAL rights protesters have been blasted as "insensitive and tasteless" for holding a candlelit vigil for mice and rats which have suffered and died during cancer research…. Joyce Pritchard is co-ordinator of Bromley-based Radiotherapy Action Group Exposure (RAGE), which campaigns on behalf of women who have suffered permanent injuries as a result of radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer. She said: "Perhaps they should hold a vigil for all the people who die because there's not enough research into cures for cancer…." But Jan Yarker, of the Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group, who was at the vigil said: "Being for animal rights means public debate and passionate, intelligent opposition to cruel practices such as those funded by Cancer Research UK…." (story)

Argus 14.12.04 Letter: Moral questions - Testing drugs on animals is a difficult subject for discussion and always invites the inclusion of other - to me - associated questions. I have one question for the so-called animal activists and I will gladly take their advice. Can you recommend effective drugs and medicines which you use for all the aches and pains from which you or your loved ones suffer and which have not been tested on animals? -Mike Mitchell, Hove (letter in archive)

Western Morning News 14.12.04 OUR RIGHT TO PROTEST IS SACROSANCT - Jan Creamer, Chief Executive, National Anti-Vivisection Society (story)
North East Evening Gazette 30.11.04 An animal rights' red herring - JAN CREAMER, Chief Executive, National Anti-Vivisection Society (letter)
Dundee Courier 29.11.04 Proceed with care - Jan Creamer. Chief Executive, The National Anti- Vivisection Society. (story)
Western Daily Press 26.11.04 TRAMPLING OUR RIGHT TO PROTEST - The Government's plans to criminalise economic sabotage as a way of stopping intimidation tactics used by a small minority of animal rights campaigners must be progressed with extreme caution. While the National Anti-Vivisection Society condemns violence and intimidation - and supports any legislation that would prevent this (indeed our own offices were attacked last week), we believe there is a huge danger that this kind of policy-making will trample on the rights of the majority to campaign and oppose the actions of companies through legitimate tactics, such as the consumer boycott…. Jan Creamer Chief Executive National Anti-Vivisection Society (story)

Sunderland Echo 14.12.04 Turkey's lot - Alistair Currie, Senior campaigner, Viva! (story)
The Sentinel 2.12.04 THEIR LIVES ARE CRUEL AND DIRTY - ALISTAIR CURRIE Senior campaigner Viva! (letter)
Western Daily Press 1.12.04 GOING VEGGIE TO STOP TURKEY SLAUGHTER - With Christmas coming up, it's about time we thought about what this time of celebration and love means for the 10million turkeys who'll be killed for our tables over the next few weeks…. For three years running, Viva! has filmed inside turkey units up and down the country…. Save a turkey: eat a delicious vegetarian dinner this Christmas instead. Alistair Currie Senior Campaigner Viva ! (letter)


South Wales Echo 13.12.04 I DON'T THINK THIS IS SPORT - I Feel that I must respond to the flippant remarks of Mr Peter Harris, Llansamlet (Postbox, December 4). Mr Harris thinks it's quite funny to kill maggots, worms and so on. What a laugh he must have when squashing these poor creatures on to his fishing hook…. Does it alleviate his conscience by calling mass death of these creatures a sport? Gwynfor Thomas, Rhydwen, Rhosaman, Ammanford (letter)

Western Daily Press 13.12.04 HUMANITY AND SPEED ESSENTIAL - Some readers remain critical of research using animals. That is as it should be. The level of animal experiment-ation today is about the same as it was 50 years ago, so despite growing research programmes, scientists have been able to find non-animal methods to help them make progress…. Philip Connolly Mabledon London (letter)


Sunday Times 12.12.04 Animal scientist snubbed again in latest honours - DAVID LEPPARD AND ROBERT WINNETT - THE eminent scientist Colin Blakemore has again been overlooked for a knighthood in the forthcoming new year’s honours list. Professor Blakemore, head of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and one of Britain’s leading scientists, disclosed the snub last week…. The Oxford University scientist was famously refused a knighthood last year after a committee of Whitehall mandarins said his work on animal experiments was too “controversial”. They apparently feared a backlash from the animal rights lobby…. (story)

Independent on Sunday 12.12.04 Focus: Why Do We Still Wear Fur? - Katy Guest finds out why - and uncovers disturbing truths about coats made from cats and dogs - Ahigh-profile woman with a desire to appear fashionable 10 years ago would rather have walked out wearing nothing but Christmas tree baubles than be draped in a dead animal…. The most glamorous models in the world were falling over themselves to appear in adverts for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), promoting fake fur and damning the real thing. A decade later, some of them are exercising a model's prerogative to change her mind…. (story)


Guardian 11.12.04 An inspector calls - In cases of neglect the only power the RSPCA can rely on is persuasion. No wonder it's turned to celebrities for help. Justine Hankins joins Gail Porter on her rounds ... (story)


Post & Times 10.12.04 SHOOTING THE NEXT PROTEST TARGET - Animal rights groups have pledged to launch a campaign against the commercial shooting of game birds. With a hunting ban imminent, groups such as the League Against Cruel Sports and the Labour Animal Welfare Society are already redirecting resources previously targeted at hunting…. This week Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Heartsaid: "Fnal victory will be ours because our opponents do not oppose hunting, they hate people who hunt, and we will not be defeated." (story)

Northern Echo 10.12.04 Grouse shoots earn £2m for region - THE North-East's rural economy has received a boost of more than £2m after a record year for grouse shooting…. (story in archive)

Times 10.12.04 Extremist animal rights activists pose main threat to economy BY MICHAEL EVANS, DEFENCE EDITOR - ANIMAL rights extremists now pose one of the most serious threats to Britain’s economy because of rising intimidation of individual companies, according to a new analysis of terrorist risks…. a report by the London-based Aegis Defence Services says… (story)
Times 10.12.04 Action taken by the animal activists - October 2004: The body of Gladys Hammond, the mother-in-law of Christopher Hall, who co-owns Darley Oaks Farm with his brother, John, stolen from a grave in a Staffordshire village. Believed to have been the work of animal rights protesters… (story)

Richmond & Twickenham Times 10.12.04 Fears after animal activists daub pillar By James Adlam - RESIDENTS of a Richmond road are living in fear after animal rights activists daubed graffiti on the front of a block of flats this week. 'Puppy killer' was spray painted on the entrance to a mansion block in Onslow Avenue. It is believed that a former resident of the block used to be connected with animal experiments company Huntingdon Life Sciences, but he no longer lives there…. (story)

Argus 10.12.04 Letter: Testing drugs on animals is futile - In his role as Chancellor of Oxford University, Chris Patten extols the virtues of animal testing as justification for the new research centre under construction at the university but currently stalled by animal rights protestors…. For the sake of future sufferers and the health of the nation, let us have an honest and open debate into appropriate scientific research…. -David Hammond, Hassocks (letter in archive)

Wakefield Express 10.12.04 Thanks for support - In reference to the article 'Activists target wrong couple' in the Wakefield Express (December 3), myself and my wife would like to thank a few people for their support after our home was attacked by animal rights activists…. This attack happened because our address is on a website somewhere, but the individual they were targeting moved out of the house more than two-and-a-half years ago. I hope this is the end of the matter. Brian Peacock, Sandal (letter)

Western Daily Press 10.12.04 DON'T EAT A TURKEY THIS YEAR, ADOPT ONE - At this time of year I always remember to send a donation to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich, where my 'adopted' turkey Tessa lives. She is one of the lucky ones…. Elizabeth Howe Yeovil Somerset (story)

Aberdeen Evening Express 10.12.04 FUR STILL POPULAR - I Am saddened at the increasing popularity of using real fur for trims on clothes, toys, Christmas ornaments and even pet beds…. Carol Fraser Ruthrieston Circle (letter)


Telegraph 9.12.04 Animal welfare Bill 'threatens anglers and gamekeepers' By George Jones, Political Editor - Anglers and commercial fishermen could risk prosecution for cruelty under Government plans to improve animal welfare protection, a Commons committee warned yesterday. It also called for more consultation with animal welfare groups on whether greater protection should be given to the 20 million pheasants and partridges reared each year for shoots…. (story)
Scotsman 9.12.04 Concerns raised over draft welfare bill - VIC ROBERTSON - SCOTTISH civil servants are expected to study, with concern, a critical verdict on the government’s draft Animal Welfare Bill by the Commons Select Committee. The committee yesterday described the draft bill as "excessively simplistic" and called for more work to be done to present a more polished product, a conclusion the Scottish Parliament and Executive will be anxious to avoid…. "Before government takes its legislative plans into areas such as pet fairs, circuses and game birds, it must give a cast-iron guarantee that an obligation to consult will be enshrined in law. It must work hard to take the rough edges off its initial proposals before the bill reaches parliament."… (story)
Western Daily Press 9.12.04 MPS BLAST FISH BILL - Commercial fishermen could face prosecution under proposed laws to crackdown on cruelty to animals, a committee of MPs warned yesterday…. (story)
Country Life 9.12.04 Animal Welfare Bill is 'Work in Progress' - A Committee of senior MPs has branded the Government's draft bill on animal welfare incomplete, and has urged Defra to do more consultation before the legislation comes before Parliament. By Holly Kirkwood (story) 8.12.04 Animal welfare law 'could ban fishing' - A cross-party committee of MPs has raised a series of concerns about the government's plans to improve animal welfare protection. The Commons environment, food and rural affairs select committee indicated that current plans had not been fully thought through…. The MPs also said that the government should consider whether new protections against unnecessary cruelty should be extended to octopus, squids and cuttlefish, crabs, lobsters and crayfish. They also warned that fishing could be inadvertently caught up in the existing legislation, with the use of fishing hooks leaving anglers open to charges of mutilation…. (story)
BBC News Online 8.12.04 Anglers 'could face prosecution' - Anglers and fishermen could find themselves prosecuted under plans to crack down on animal cruelty, a committee of MPs has warned. Sloppy wording of the draft animal welfare bill could leave anglers facing court even though it was not intended, the environment select committee said…. (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 9.12.04 Anger at illegal hare coursing fines - THE National Farmers' Union has called for tougher sentences for poachers who stage illegal hare coursing events after expressing dismay at the level of fines handed out to a gang of offenders. Animal rights activists also criticised a court's decision to fine six poachers just £100 each after the gang admitted taking part in a hare coursing event on a Suffolk farm, describing the punishment as merely “a slap on the wrist”… Matthew Giles, 25, of Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, Surrey; Joe Kerry, 28, of Gurney Road, Norwich; Matthew Wenham, 20, Ellens Green, Horsham; Edward Lee, 21, of Parkers Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire; Alfred Kerry, 29, of Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, Surrey; and Wesley Butcher, 30, of Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, Surrey, all pleaded guilty to trespass in search of game at a hearing at Sudbury Magistrates' Court yesterday…. (story)

St Ives Town Crier 9.12.04 Labour is prepared to take tough measures against cruelty - I AM writing to voice my support, as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Huntingdon, for the Labour Government's policy on animal cruelty… Together with updating rules on dog and cat kennels, performing animals (such as at circuses), dog breeding, pet shops and riding stables, new regulations will be established for animal sanctuaries, livery yards, pet fairs and for racing greyhounds…. STEPHEN SARTAIN, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate, Huntingdon (story)

Northern Echo 9.12.04 FUR - I AM really sad to see some shops still selling real fur. It's banned in this country but it still comes in from abroad… M Craddock, Bishop Auckland.
I AM very sad and upset that fur is trying to make a comeback. Why? There is nothing glamorous or fashionable about wearing dead animals… Name and address supplied, Co Durham. (letters in archive)


Aberdeen Press & Journal 8.12.04 WET WEATHER LEADS TO DISMAL GROUSE SEASON - Estate managers have reported an appalling grouse-shooting season, with some running up losses of more than £100,000. Several estates were forced to cancel all their shoots, while others struggled through bad weather and a shortage of birds…. (story)

Forres Gazette 8.12.04 Letters to the Editor - I expected the same old shaky saw defending the wildfowlers in response to my letter of November 17, though I found it interesting in that it came from Australia. Ascribing ignorance of country matters in those who do not share their views is usual in persons defending the killing of the wild birds… Yours etc, ANNE SWATTON Cromarty Court, Findhorn (letter)

North Devon Gazette & Advertiser 8.12.04 'Tame pheasants shot in view of residents' SIR - This is an open letter to the brave guns who arrived in their four-wheel drives in the fields behind Lagoon View, Yelland, and shot the tame pheasants in full view of the residents, many of whom were children. These residents have come to know the pheasants very well. They flew into the gardens during the summer and enjoyed being fed by hand… I am sure I am not alone when I say that we are heartily sick of hearing about countryside pursuits from people who enjoy lamping and cubbing and bleating about livelihoods being lost…. Joan Gristwood (Mrs), West Yelland (letter)

Milton Keynes News 8.12.04 RSPCA guidelines clip charity's wings - A CONSERVATION group which accused the RSPCA of 'ripping off' animal lovers and offering advice that could kill birds has closed. Safewings Wildlife Conservation Projects (SWCP), which covers Milton Keynes and Bucks, has treated nearly 40,000 birds since it began 42 years ago. Founder Andy Meads blames new proposed Government legislation to adopt 'ridiculous' RSPCA practises, which, he claims, will make it impossible for wildlife sanctuaries to operate…. (story)


Western Mail 7.12.04 Shooters soar - Steve Dube, Western Mail - MORE than 2,000 members joined Britain's biggest shooting organisation in November - the highest total on record for that month. The 2,080 extra members meant that another 12,554 newcomers have joined, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation since January. The total number of individual BASC members stood at 122,272 on December 1.... (story)

Western Mail 7.12.04 Shooting duck on ponds the responsible way - Steve Dube, Western Mail - FOR many, an evening duck flight, with all its unpredictability, has far more appeal and excitement than any day at driven game, and even the smallest flight pond can produce good shooting.... The BASC code of practice for flight ponds is available by calling 01686 688861 or email (story)

Argus 7.12.04 Letter: Let them eat meat - I have always thought it odd that I can take a vegetarian friend to almost any mainstream restaurant in Brighton and feel confident there will be at least one dish suitable for vegetarians but he or she cannot take me to a vegetarian restaurant because there is never a dish for meat or fish eaters.... Congratulations are therefore due to Tim Cramp of the last-named restaurant for deciding to include fish and meat dishes at one of his establishments as reported... His renamed Mint Tree Cafe may well recruit me as a customer. -Peter Bailey, Brighton (letter in archive)


Gloucestershire Echo 6.12.04 SHOOTING IS A REAL 'SPORT' - Cherry Lavell bleats on about what kind of 'sport' it is when partridges are chased out of coverts for people to shoot (Letters, December 2). The answer is 'absolutely excellent'. A fast covey of partridge, breaking to one's left and right, presents a supremely challenging target for the sportsman…. Jason Chess, Cheltenham. (letter)

Oxford Mail 6.12.04 City protest demo proves hoax - A mass animal rights protest due to take place in Oxford city centre on Saturday was a decoy. At the last minute protesters from around the country were diverted to two protests at Heathrow and Manchester airports, and only about 12 anti-cruelty campaigners turned up at Carfax…. Greg Avery, spokesman for Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, a Worcestershire-based group, said: "The advertised demo in Oxford was a diversion. Over 300 people took part in what is know as a mobile demo…. The demos took place at Manchester Airport which has imported dogs and birds for Huntingdon Life Sciences and Heathrow Airport terminals two and three. Heathrow has imported monkeys and horses for Huntingdon Life Sciences…" (story in archive)
BBC News Online 5.12.04 Animal rights protest 'peaceful' - Animal rights activists demonstrating in Oxford were handed copies of an injunction barring protests near Oxford University's animal testing centre…. Ch Supt Dave McWhirter, of Thames Valley Police, said: "We had a significant number of officers in the city and on standby, and these officers could obviously be better used elsewhere. "It is unfortunate that the protest organisers did not enter into a dialogue with us so that we could police the demonstration with the appropriate number of officers. From our point-of-view it has been a successful operation as we have deterred any criminal activity." (story)

Western Daily Press 6.12.04 INDUSTRY'S GAIN, NOT MANKIND'S - Contrary to the claims in the letter by P Connolly, the British Medical Journal reports that "animal species differ from one another in their sensitivity to drugs, and estimates made from experimental animals are not reliably applicable to man"…. Nick Willims Hucknall Nottingham (story)
Western Daily Press 3.12.04 CURES ARE ELUSIVE DESPITE TESTING - Contrary to what Philip Connolly would have us believe, vivisection, and actions from animal rights extremists, will continue as long as there is lack of political will and funding for non-animal methods, sluggish regulatory bodies, vested interests and inertia on the part of the scientific community…. S Edwards Dubai UAE (letter)
Western Daily Press 3.12.04 EXPERIMENTATION ON THE INCREASE - Although P Connolly says that animal research is well conducted in this country, it appears that the Parliamentary Ombudsman is currently considering two complaints against the Home Office for failing to monitor experiments properly…. While scientific journals detailing animal experimentation can be disturbing enough, internet websites (eg Uncaged Campaign and Diaries of Despair) enable us for the first time to see leaked documents and undercover live video evidence of the barbaric treatment of all kinds of animals. Now you can judge for yourself. E Ingram Woolavington , Bridgwater Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 27.11.04 LAB EXPERIMENTS ON ANIMALS ARE AN UNFORTUNATE NECESSITY - I fear your correspondent B Crofton is much mistaken to believe that more openness would stop animal rights extremists. Can anyone think of any other aspect of life in Britain that gets as much scrutiny as animal research?... Philip Connolly Mabledon London (story)
Western Daily Press 19.11.04 COME CLEAN OVER ANIMAL TESTING - Can we please finally have some honesty over animal experiments and medical research? David Blunkett and Caroline Flint are falling over themselves in the rush to crack down on animal rights activists. Don't they realise there would probably be no such people if the multi-billion pound pharmaceutical industry came clean about their activities…. B Crofton Weston-super-Mare Somerset (letter)


Scotland on Sunday 5.12.04 Threat to wildlife - SO, all those vacuous celebrities featured on the playful First Impressions page (Spectrum, November 28) are content to flaunt so-called animal prints as high fashion statements, are they?... John Ross MacLean, Edinburgh (letter)


Cambridge Evening News 4.12.04 WOMAN FACES CHARGES IN HLS PROPERTY DAMAGES - A WOMAN accused of conspiring to cause criminal damage to property linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences has been remanded in custody. Sarah Gisborne, 39, of Pond Crofts, Yatley, Hampshire, is charged with conspiring to cause criminal damage to motor vehicles between July 13 and July 17… (story)

Scotsman 4.12.04 Shot in the dark on gun policy - SHOOTING AND FISHING - ALASTAIR ROBERTSON - Thousands of people travel to Scotland each year by train and bring their properly licensed guns with them. So what are the regulations for carrying a gun on a train? ScotRail staff haven’t a clue, neither have the British Transport Police (BTP). Both make up the rules as they go along. Last month James Gouriet … and jewellery designer Michael Fowle boarded the First ScotRail Caledonian sleeper at Euston for a weekend wildfowling in Invernessshire. Both carried shotgun certificates and their guns were in locked gun cases…. At which point, to the bemusement of the rest of the buffet car occupants, a Metropolitan Police Armed Response Unit in flak jackets and carrying Heckler and Koch sub-machine-guns arrived, decided Gouriet and Fowle were not members of a terrorist organisation and stood down the other three units heading for Euston…. The cost, including the loss of a day’s shooting, was £925. Mr Gouriet complained by letter to ScotRail which has a policy of replying within seven days and asked for compensation. Two weeks later he had yet to receive a reply. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, of which Mr Fowle is a member, had more luck. ScotRail Customer Services said it was all right to travel with a gun on a daytime service, without telling them, but sleeper travel required the shotgun owner to fax through details of his or her shotgun certificate in advance, which will come as news to generations of gun carrying rail travellers and the Countryside Alliance, of which they are both members…. (story)

Western Mail 4.12.04 Hunter jailed over illegal shotgun - Duncan Higgitt, Western Mail - A HUNTER was jailed yesterday for having an illegal shotgun to shoot foxes. Darren Burton, 35, had the shotgun pistol and ammunition hidden in his car. The court heard police searched the vehicle after he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving…. (story)

Independent 4.12.04 TV angler and wife quit conservation group in row over fund use By Cahal Milmo - To millions of armchair anglers, Bob James is the face of British fishing… When he joined forces with the Anglers' Conservation Association, the respected body which for 55 years has quietly gone about its business of prosecuting polluters of Britain's watercourses, it was assumed to be a good omen for the nation's most popular participation sport. Not any more. Ripples of consternation ran through the sedate world of British angling yesterday after it was announced that Mr James and his wife Jane, the ACA's director for 18 years, were leaving the organisation after an argument over allegations against them of misconduct…. (story)

Northern Echo 4.12.04 SNARES - I WRITE regarding articles (Echo, Nov 16 and 29) concerning the discovery of a snared fox near Stanhope. I am certain that anyone with a shred of human decency would have been as appalled and disgusted as I was to learn that a living, sentient creature died in such circumstances…. I hugely admired animal welfare campaigner John Gill for exposing this atrocity… Denise Anklam, Durham. (letter in archive)

Burton Mail 4.12.04 Blair slams protesters By NERMIN OOMER - THE Prime Minister has condemned animal rights extremists accused of persistently harassing the owners and workers of a controversial farm near Burton. Tony Blair said there was "no justification" for activists harassing and intimidating people "going about their lawful business."… (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 4.12.04 Canada must stop slaughter - CONGRATULATIONS to John Barrett, MP for Edinburgh West, for raising the issue of Canada’s cruel slaughter of over a million seals… Ross Minett, director Advocates for Animals Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (story)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 4.12.04 CHARITY HAILS MP AS 'ANIMALS CHAMPION' - North Lincolnshire MP Ian Cawsey has won a prestigious parliamentary award for his animal welfare work. The Labour MP for Brigg and Goole was nominated for the coveted ePolitx Charity Champion's Award by the Donkey Sanctuary…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 4.12.04 INSPIRATIONAL VEGANS - Congratulations to Gaby, the first lady of veganism, and thanks very much for the article… Mrs S Edwards, Dubai. (story)


Burton Mail 3.12.04 TERROR THREAT TO FAMILY by KIM BRISCOE - A DRIVER at a controversial guinea pig breeding farm near Burton has quit his job after animal rights activists informed him they would be targeting his parents over Christmas. Simon Turner, who has worked as a driver for the farm's owner, David Hall and Partners, for five years, said he could not put anybody else through what he had endured and that he had 'decided to call it a day'… (story)

Oxford Mail 3.12.04 University supports protests crackdown - Oxford University has welcomed plans for tougher crackdowns on animal rights activists, but is bracing itself for another mass protest by anti-cruelty campaigners on December 4…. (story in archive)

Birmingham Mail 3.12.04 Legal blow to villagers - Villagers who launched an ambitious legal fight to establish a 200km exclusion zone round their Midland parishes to protect themselves from animal rights militants have lost their case. Instead a judge in London granted an interim 100m cordon around the controversial guinea pig farm at the centre of the protests whose owners and associates have been subjected to a campaign of intimidation and harassment. Last night, residents vowed to continue their fight until they could "live in peace"…. Mr Justice Hodge ruled that, although the effect on the Hall family and their business had been devastating, it would be "unwise" to make such a wide interim order pending a full hearing of the case in mid-January, by which time the protesters would have had time to prepare their case…. (story)
Birmingham Post 3.12.04 Protests ban at guinea pig farm - Villagers living near a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research have failed in an initial court bid to stop animal rights activists entering a 200 square kilometre exclusion zone…. (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 3.12.04 'NO-GO' ZONE PLEA REJECTED BY JUDGE - Villagers who wanted a 30 square kilometre exclusion zone to stop a campaign of intimidation by animal rights activists have won a minor victory at the High Court. The residents failed in their initial court bid to make Newborough, Yoxall, Barton-under-Needwood, Hanbury, Tatenhill, Draycott and Hoar Cross, a "no-go zone". But Mr Justice Hodge yesterday granted a temporary order banning protesters from going within 100 metres of Darley Oaks Farm, except for the purpose of "limited peaceful demonstrations"…. (story)
Financial Times 3.12.04 Guinea pig farm wins injunction By Nikki Tait - Owners of a guinea pig farm in Staffordshire won an injunction yesterday under anti-harassment laws that will set up exclusion zones to keep animal rights activists away from employees' homes and ban them from going within 100 metres of the farm. Lawyers for Darley Oaks Farm, near Newchurch, originally sought a 200 sqkm exclusion zone but a High Court judge said the proposed no-go area was too wide…. (story)
Independent 3.12.04 Village fails to exclude animal rights campaigners By Mike Taylor and Stephen Howard - Villagers living near a farm that breeds guinea pigs for medical research have failed in an initial court attempt to stop animal rights activists entering a 200 sq km (77 sq mile) exclusion zone. A High Court judge said the proposed no-go area was far too wide, but granted a temporary order banning protesters from going within 100 metres of Darley Oaks Farm at Newchurch, Staffordshire, except for the purpose of limited peaceful demonstrations…. (story)
Guardian 3.12.04 Plea for 'protest free' zone refused - Villagers lose battle to keep animal rights protests at bay - Sandra Laville - Villagers failed yesterday to create an exclusion zone of nearly 80 square miles over seven parishes in Staffordshire to prevent hundreds of animal rights protesters from harassing and intimidating a family who farm guinea pigs for medical research. An application for the creation of the unprecedented no-go area came on the eve of a national march against the Darley Oaks guinea pig farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire, tomorrow. Residents fear it will spill over into attacks and intimidation against the farm's owners, their friends, family, suppliers and the wider community… (story)
Telegraph 3.12.04 Protests barred at guinea pig farm By Nick Britten - Animal rights campaigners were banned yesterday from going near a guinea pig farm after a five-year campaign of violence and intimidation…. (story)
Times 3.12.04 Community loses plea to keep activists away BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - A COMMUNITY has failed in its High Court attempt for the biggest anti-protest zone yet against animal-rights activists. But an exclusion zone was granted for the guinea-pig farm at the centre of the demonstrations and the homes of its staff…. (story)
Scotsman 3.12.04 No exclusion - VILLAGERS living near a farm in Staffordshire which breeds guinea pigs for medical research have failed in an initial court bid to stop animal rights activists entering a 200 square kilometre exclusion zone. (story)
Scotsman 2.12.04 Villagers Fail to Block Animal Rights Protesters By Mike Taylor and Stephen Howard, PA - Villagers living near a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research have failed in an initial court bid to stop animal rights activists entering a 200 square kilometre exclusion zone. A High Court judge said the proposed no-go area was far too wide, but granted a temporary order banning protesters from going within 100 metres of Darley Oaks Farm at Newchurch, Staffordshire, except for the purpose of limited peaceful demonstrations… (story)
The Sentinel 2.12.04 VILLAGERS FAIL IN COURT BID - Villagers living near a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research have failed in an initial court bid to stop animal rights activists entering a 200 square kilometres exclusion zone. A High Court judge said the proposed no-go area was far too wide, but granted a temporary order banning protesters from going within 100 metres of Darley Oaks Farm at Newchurch, Staffordshire, except for the purpose of peaceful limited demonstrations…. (story)
Telegraph 2.12.04 Villagers fail to block animal rights protesters - Villagers living near a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research have failed in an initial court bid to stop animal rights activists entering a 200sq km exclusion zone…. (story)
BBC News Online 2.12.04 Village exclusion zone bid fails - Residents of seven villages and a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research have failed in a bid for a large exclusion zone around the area. But a High Court judge has imposed a smaller zone preventing animal rights activists from harassing them…. The case was brought under the Protection from Harassment Act against various individuals and organisations, including Save Newchurch Guinea Pigs, SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty), Speak Campaigns, and the Animal Liberation Front…. Three individual defendants - John Curtin, Amanda King and Kevin White - were present in court…. (story)
Evening Standard 2.12.04 Farm bids to halt animal extremism - A farm breeding guinea pigs for medical research and the residents of seven surrounding parishes have sought a court injunction to halt "an unprecedented campaign of intimidation and harassment" by animal rights activists… (story)
BBC News Online 2.12.04 Villagers bid for exclusion zone - Residents of three Staffordshire villages are going to the High Court on Thursday to apply for an injunction to keep out animal rights extremists. They want an exclusion zone around Yoxall, Newchurch and Newborough, after a campaign against a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research…. (story)
Burton Mail 2.12.04 An end to the reign of terror by KIM BRISCOE - FOR the past five years residents in villages near Darley Oaks Farm have suffered at the hands of animal rights extremists…. Today the High Court was deciding if the claimants can proceed with the emergency injunction. If successful the claim will be debated in more detail in what will most likely be a five–day trial in January…. (story)
Scotsman 2.12.04 Research Farm Wants Protection from Animal Activists By Mike Taylor and Stephen Howard, PA - A farm breeding guinea pigs for medical research and the residents of seven surrounding parishes sought a court injunction today to halt “an unprecedented campaign of intimidation and harassment” by animal rights activists… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 2.12.04 WE DON'T WANT THIS ANY MORE - History will be made in the High Court today as an entire community seeks to obtain an injunction against animal rights activists…. Newborough villager and parish councillor Peter Clamp decided something had to be done to halt the relentless attacks…. The Evening Telegraph spoke to some residents who live within the proposed exclusion zone but, because of the intimidation, they did not wish to be named. One man, from Newchurch, said: "I have a young family, you understand. I can't say anything, sorry."… (story)
Ananova 2.12.04 Farm bids to halt animal extremism - A farm breeding guinea pigs for medical research and the residents of seven surrounding parishes have sought a court injunction to halt "an unprecedented campaign of intimidation and harassment" by animal rights activists…. The High Court case was brought under the Protection from Harassment Act against various individuals and organisations, including Save Newchurch Guinea Pigs, SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty), Speak Campaigns, and the Animal Liberation Front. Three individual defendants - John Curtin, Amanda King and Kevin White - were present in court…. (story)
Birmingham Evening Post 2.12.04 Farm in fight to curby protests By Staff Reporter, Evening Mail - The owners of a farm that breeds guinea pigs for medical research will ask the High Court today for an exclusion zone following the desecration of a relative's grave…. Solicitor-advocate Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden said: "The main defendant group - our opponent - is Stop Newchurch Guinea Pigs but it is our clients' case that Shac (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty), Speak Campaigns, and the Animal Liberation Front are all involved in the campaign." The representative member in the application is 50-yearold haulier Peter Clamp…. (story)
Sky News 2.12.04 VILLAGE IN EXTREMISTS BAN - An entire village hit by a grave-robbing horror is seeking a court ban on animal rights extremists. Injunction orders are being sought at London's High Court on behalf of Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire, and local residents…. (story)
BBC News Online 1.12.04 Villagers bid for exclusion zone - Residents in three villages have applied for an injunction against animal rights extremists following a campaign of intimidation. The area has been subjected to protests at a guinea pig farm in Newchurch, Staffs run by Chris Hall and family… (story)
Times 1.12.04 Village demands exclusion zone to keep animal rights protesters at bay BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK AND INGRID MANSELL - AN ENTIRE community has applied for an unprecedented injunction against animal rights extremists after a vicious campaign of intimidation that has included the theft of an elderly woman’s corpse. The move comes days after an arson attack on another company listed on an animal rights group’s website. The premises of International Product Supplies, in Wellingham, Norfolk, were firebombed on Friday night…. Peter Clamp, who runs a haulage business, is bringing the injunction on behalf of the villagers of Yoxall, Newchurch and Newborough, where he lives. If successful, the joint exclusion zone will be one of the largest granted, covering seven parishes and an area of nearly 30 square kilometres…. The main defendant named on the High Court papers is the action group Stop Newchurch Guinea Pigs. But Mr Lawson-Cruttendon said that the application would also be brought against Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac), Speak (which lobbied against a new research laboratory in Oxford) and the Animal Liberation Front, on the ground that they were also allegedly involved in demonstrations in Newchurch…. (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 1.12.04 VILLAGE BID TO KICK OUT ACTIVISTS - An entire community has applied for an unprecedented injunction against animal rights extremists who are believed to be behind the desecration of a grave…. The case is being brought against action group Stop Newchurch Guinea Pigs. A 62-year-old woman was today arrested in Burton in connection with the grave desecration. She was due to be interviewed today. (story)

Post & Times 3.12.04 POLICE ARREST WOMAN IN YOXALL GRAVE INVESTIGATION - Police investigating the desecration of a grave at Yoxall arrested a 62-year-old woman yesterday. The woman was arrested at her home in the Burton area in a pre-planned operation by Staffordshire Police. She was taken to Burton police station where she was interviewed yesterday…. (story)
Burton Mail 2.12.04 GRAVE SUSPECT: 'I DID NOT DO IT' by NERMIN OOMER - A BURTON pensioner who was arrested in connection with stealing a grandmother’s remains from her grave today pleaded her innocence. Janet Tomlinson, 62, was arrested yesterday at her home in Shobnall Close by detectives hunting bodysnatchers who stole the remains of Gladys Hammond from her grave in Yoxall…. She said she believed the crime never even occurred and blamed "dark forces" for masterminding the whole plot…. She said: "They took my computer, phones, binoculars, wellingtons and shoes and even lifted up my ornaments as though they were looking under them for things."… (story)
Telegraph 2.12.04 Woman, 62, held over stolen body - Police hunting animal rights activists who dug up and stole a grandmother's remains yesterday arrested and questioned a woman of 62. Janet Tomlinson was arrested at her flat in Burton on Trent, Staffs, over the desecration of 82-year-old Gladys Hammond's grave…. Miss Tomlinson has been an animal rights protester for 20 years. She recently denied that she was a hypocrite for taking drugs for breast cancer that had been tested on animals…. (story)
Guardian 2.12.04 Cancer patient held in grave robbery inquiry - David Ward - A 62-year-old woman who suffers from cancer and is a committed animal rights protester was arrested yesterday by detectives investigating the theft of a body from a Staffordshire graveyard. A police spokesman would not confirm the identity of a woman they said had been arrested at her home in Burton-upon-Trent and taken for questioning to a local police station…. The arrested woman is understood to be Janet Tomlinson, a member of the Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs campaign… (story)
Sun 2.12.04 Animal rights nuts arrest - A WOMAN aged 62 was arrested yesterday in the hunt for animal rights nuts who dug up a grave and stole human remains. Janet Tomlinson has campaigned against Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, Staffs, which rears guinea pigs for medical research…. (story)
1.12.04 Grave Desecration: Woman Released By Alex Thompson, PA - A 62-year-old woman arrested today by detectives investigating the theft of a body from a graveyard has been released on police bail. The woman was detained in the Burton-upon-Trent area by officers investigating the desecration, which is thought to have been the work of animal rights extremists…. A police spokesman said officers had arrested a woman at her home in a pre-planned operation this morning and that she had been released without charge this evening pending further inquiries…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 1.12.04 OAP is arrested over dug-up body - A 62-YEAR-OLD woman was arrested today by detectives investigating the theft of a body from a graveyard. The woman was detained in the Burton-upon-Trent area by officers investigating the desecration, which is thought to have been the work of animal rights extremists…. (story)
Times 1.12.04 Woman held over animal rights grave robbery - BY TIMES ONLINE, NICOLA WOOLCOCK AND INGRID MANSELL - A 62-year-old woman was arrested today by detectives investigating the theft of the body from a Staffordshire graveyard, police said. The woman was detained in the Burton-upon-Trent area by officers investigating the desecration, which is thought to have been the work of animal rights extremists. The remains of Gladys Hammond, 82, were taken between 8pm on October 5 and 8am on October 6 from the cemetery at St Peter's Church in Yoxall, Staffordshire…. Mr Hall and his family, backed by neighbours in the village and surrounding parishes, will tomorrow ask the High Court for an unprecedented injunction against a campaign of intimidation culminating in the theft of the corpse…. (story)
Daily Mail 1.12.04 Woman, 62, held over grave desecration - Detectives investigating the theft of a body from a graveyard have arrested a 62-year-old woman, police said. The woman was detained in the Burton-upon-Trent area by officers investigating the desecration, which is thought to have been the work of animal rights extremists…. (story)
Sky News 1.12.04 BODY THEFT: WOMAN HELD - A 62-year-old woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the theft of a body from a graveyard. The woman was detained in the Burton-upon-Trent area by officers investigating the desecration, which is thought to have been the work of animal rights extremists…. (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 3.12.04 NOT ALL CRUELTY HAS A WORTHY AIM - Your correspondent is right to be concerned for the welfare of animals used in research (Opinion, November 19). … Recently scientists got rats addicted to cocaine…. This is not a toss up between mice and cancer. It is a lucrative grant-driven business. Stephen Granger, Main Road, Morley. (letter)

Argus 3.12.04 Letter: It is morally wrong to test drugs on animals - Of all the disturbing issues currently in the news, one of the most distressing and seemingly insoluble must be that of scientific experimentation on animals and the consequent proposals to take stronger action against animal rights activists. Obviously, violence on the part of protesters is already illegal and cannot be condoned. But neither can the use of nine million animals in European Union laboratories every year…. -Elizabeth Syrett, Lewes (letter in archive)

Argus 3.12.04 Letter: Flesh of my flesh - Was Jesus a vegetarian and what would He eat if He lived today? The fact that Jesus was said to be a gentle man suggests violent acts such as killing animals would be abhorrent to Him… It is incomprehensible He would be party to the rivers of blood that flood from the massacred remains of others of His Holy Father's creation. -Liz Taylor, Worthing (letter in archive)

Liverpool Echo 3.12.04 Stop animal cruelty - I AM a member of vegeterian international voice for animals and was sent a newsletter telling me about the inhumane treatment that goes on in slaughterhouses…. Animals have as much right to be on this earth as we have. Please help! Jessica (aged 13), Norris Green (letter)

Northern Echo 3.12.04 TURKEYS - BEFORE your readers start planning their Christmas festive feasts, may I ask them to spare a thought for the poor turkey - it probably suffered terribly throughout its short life…. If readers are buying turkey this Christmas (or chicken) I urge them to buy free-range or organic… Mrs P Ramsay, East Cowton. (letter in archive)


Gloucestershire Echo 2.12.04 WHAT KIND OF SPORT IS THIS? While driving in country lanes in the Cotswolds recently we repeatedly came across dazed-looking young partridges dithering about in the carriageway. On inquiring about the reason we were told that these were hand-reared birds just let out in time for a shooting expedition. What kind of 'sport' can that be, when birds are chased out of coverts for (one presumes) equally inexperienced shooters to bang away at? Cherry Lavell, Cheltenham. (story)

Financial Times 2.12.04 Animal rights activists claim victory in BOC move By David Firn and Nikki Tait - Animal rights activists were claiming a high-profile victory yesterday after BOC, Europe's second largest industrial gas group, severed its ties with Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal-testing company… The move follows a campaign by Shac, the antivivisection group that is trying to close HLS, by getting suppliers and customers to stop dealing with the animal-testing company… (story)
Telegraph 1.12.04 BOC stops animal labs supplies - BOC, the industrial gases group, yesterday became the latest company to stop supplying animal testing company Huntingdon Life Sciences… (story)
Times 1.12.04 Gas firm ends supply deal after staff threats BY CAROLINE MERRELL - HUNTINGDON Life Sciences (HLS) — the research company which has for four years been under siege from animal rights activists — yesterday lost another key supplier. BOC, which provided it with bottled gas, ended the supply deal following a campaign by animal rights extremists against its staff. A BOC statement said that the company “deplored” the tactics of the extremists, which included threatening, harassing and physically attacking employees… (story)

Cornish Guardian 2.12.04 BADGERS WIN IN PLANNING ROW - Badgers have won the day for Fowey residents who campaigned to block a controversial industrial development in the town. Restormel Borough Council this week refused consent for extra business units to be built on the Windmill Industrial Estate, citing the close proximity of an established badger sett… Gemma Turner, a member of the Fowey branch of BROCK, said she had not objected to the construction of the units as such, but rather the effect they would have on the animals…. (story)


Scotsman 1.12.04 Blair Pledges Animal Rights Extremists Crackdown By Vivienne Morgan, PA Political Staff - A raft of new legislation will clamp down on harassment campaigns by animal rights extremists, the Prime Minister pledged today. He said the current law was being tightened and the Government would introduce further stringent measures if necessary…. Mr Blair said proposals in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill would create a new offence of protesting outside homes in a way to cause harassment, alarm or distress…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 1.12.04 - Ms J. Holliday (November 25) might find herself gaining more support and understanding if she did two things. Firstly, accept that the suffering that these animals go through does, In most cases, benefit mankind. The people who undertake this work are not sadists who have moved on from pulling the wings off flies. Secondly, while I'm sure that she is a decent law abiding citizen, it is an established fact that many of those who share her view are not…. HOWARD KIRBY Isleworth, Middlesex. (letter)

Derby Evening Telegraph 1.12.04 ANIMALS SUFFER FOR THE SAKE OF PROFITS - I refer to the reader's letter (November 19), which suggested that animal rights protesters should get their priorities right and that they should not target small rodent research, when animal food farming is so cruel. If most people knew where their food came from, let alone the suffering involved, they would never touch a piece of meat again…. If more people were aware of what is actually going on in laboratories there would be genuine outrage. The work continues, not in my view for the public good, medical breakthrough or to find ways of feeding the starving, but for the benefit of company shareholders and the treasury…. Romany Heath, Main Road, Smalley (letter)

Horncastle News 1.12.04 Attack won’t stop feelings - Another profound yet wholly useless media attack on animal rights campaigners on Trevor McDonald’s ITV show. But when are these autocratic media institutions ever going to realise that no amount of partisan propaganda will ever soften our emotional responses to what is happening in the Huntingdon Life Sciences, Oxford University and in labs and universities all over the world…. MS J HOLLIDAY, Horncastle (letter)

Norhern Echo 1.12.04 Fur boot protest cost shop £1,000 - AN INDEPENDENT shopkeeper in Darlington has hit back at animal rights activists who protested outside her shop in the town. On Saturday, up to 12 protestors, including someone dressed up as a giant rabbit, stood outside Ellie's shoe shop, in Skinnergate, with placards because the shop was selling rabbit fur boots. Yesterday Pam Hall, the shop owner, said she was furious because the protestors had told shoppers she was selling boots made from cat and dog fur. However, she said the knee-length boots were rabbit and the protest had cost her £1,000 in sales…. (story in archive)