December 2010

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Darlington & Stockton Times 31.12.10 Eager for the chase - HUNTSMAN David Jukes of the Zetland Hunt with the pack of hounds which gathered on the green in Aldborough St John for the traditional Christmas meet in the snow on Monday (story)

Bury Free Press 31.12.10 Annual hunt goes ahead –minus horses - HUNDREDS of people braved the chill for the Suffolk Hunt, which is believed to have been held for the first time in 30 years without horses.... (story)

ThisIsKent 31.12.10 Hunt stays on foot because of weather - A BOXING Day hunt attracted hundreds of spectators from across the West Kent area, many from Sevenoaks. The icy conditions meant members of the Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt at Chiddingstone Castle had to remain on foot rather than mount their horses, but senior master Jeff Pegrum said the event had been a success, attracting 1,500 to 2,000 spectators.... (story)
ThisIsKent 31.12.10 MPs would back foxhunt reform By Lee Moran - AS the first Boxing Day Hunt since the Tories returned to power swung into action at Chiddingstone Castle, local MPs said they would support lifting the law which outlawed the practice.... (story)

Malvern Gazette 31.12.10 No horses - but hunt meets in Upton despite the ice - THE traditional Christmas Eve hunt in Upton-upon-Severn took place on foot rather than on horseback this year because of the icy and snowy conditions. The Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt met on Friday morning outside the Kings Head on Riverside where there was a brass band playing carols... (story)

Nottingham Post 31.12.10 Peaceful protest against hunting - NEWARK town councillor Laurence Goff will lead a peaceful protest when the South Notts Hunt visits the town on Monday. Hunting enthusiasts will turn out at Newark Town Hall, after accepting the invitation of the Town Mayor of Newark, Councillor Tony Roberts, to hold their New Year meet in the town... (story)

Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 31.12.10 Hunt at Lacock brought many supporters - Joint master Simon Robinson appealed to hunt supporters to lobby for a repeal in the Hunting Act at the traditional Boxing Day meet of the Tedworth.... Mr Robinson thanked the landowners and keepers who welcomed the hunt over their land and the staff at the Tedworth kennels at Burbage for looking after the hounds... Although the Tedworth failed to attract large crowds, in Lacock police estimated that around 1,500 supporters braved the cold to see the Avon Vale Hunt move off amid chocolate box scenes from the Red Lion... (story)

Leek Post & Times 31.12.10 Riders hope for end to ban on fox hunts as event is cancelled By Abbey Buxton - A TRADITIONAL Boxing Day hunt was cancelled for the second year running after freezing conditions made it unsafe for riders. Staffordshire Moorlands Hunt met at Dale Farm, in Rue Hill, Cauldon, for its post-Christmas event on Monday.... (story)
The Sentinel 28.12.10 Huntsmen expect laws to be repealed through free vote - SENIOR hunters say there is more support than ever for fox hunting after it was banned six years ago. The Staffordshire Moorlands Hunt and its supporters met yesterday at Rue Hill, Cauldon, near Leek, for the annual Boxing Day meet.... (story)

ThisIsGloucestershire 31.12.10 Crowds turn out to see hunt riders - AROUND 3,500 people flocked to watch the traditional Berkeley Hunt holiday meet. The crowd braved the cold weather on Boxing Day to watch the hunt riders and hounds when they assembled in Thornbury.... (story)
Gloucestershire Gazette 29.12.10 Thousands attend annual Berkeley Hunt Meet in Thornbury By Liza-Jane Gillespie - THE BERKELEY Hunt Boxing Day Meet attracted large crowds despite the freezing conditions. Around 3,500 people braved the cold weather to watch members of the Berkeley Hunt take part in the traditional Boxing Day Meet held in Thornbury High Street.... (story)

View Online 31.12.10 SEAVINGTON: Hunts with no horses By Marion Draper - SEAVINGTON Hunt was reduced to hounds only for the traditional Boxing Day meet in Crewkerne this year, along with many others across the country... A similar scene was laid out in Chard and Ilminster as both the Cotley Harriers and the Taunton Vale Hunt also left their horses in the stables. ... (story)

Sheffield Star 31.12.10 Campaigning against snares - THE case of fell runners being snared on the moors (Dec 29) is a good reason for readers to write to their MP and Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs... Until snares are outlawed great suffering will be caused, not least because they are set on private land and no official ever checks on what is going on... Simon Wild, National Anti-Snare Campaign (letter)

Hull & East Riding Mail 31.12.10 We will be ready for illegal hunters - POLICE are preparing to tackle a surge of illegal hunting on East Riding farmland following the widespread thaw. Offenders who hunt illegally with dogs were kept at bay by the heavy snowfall. But police are now expecting a resurgence of wildlife crime and poaching now the snow has melted in rural areas of the county... (story)

Bournemouth Echo 31.12.10 New Year Honours for Dorset and New Forest personalities By Steven Smith and Jim Durkin - THE husband and wife co-founders of cosmetics giant Lush are among Dorset and New Forest personalities recognised in the New Year's Honours list. Mark and Mo Constantine, who in 1994 opened their first store in Poole, both receive OBEs... The Constantines are known for supporting environmental causes and opposing animal testing.... (story)

Worthing Herald 31.12.10 Worthing woman’s fox shock - A WORTHING grandmother who found an intruder in her home said she was angered after the police, RSPCA and council refused to help her. The intruder – a cunning fox – got inside Valerie Macquarrie’s Wenban Road home through a cat flat in her front door.... The RSPCA said the charity can remove foxes from people’s homes on some occasions, but said the animal was better dealt with by the organisation The Fox Project or Worthing and District Animal Rescue Service.... (story)

View Online 3.12.10 DORCHESTER: Promoting a compassionate Christmas By Anita Harries - Compassionate Dorset is an animal welfare group promoting compassionate living to both raise awareness and funds for charity.... And on a bitterly cold morning, Compassionate Dorset brought that message to shoppers in Dorchester as the run up to Christmas starts to gather momentum... (story)


ThisIsCornwall 30.12.10 Hunt maintains its special festive traditions - A CHRISTMAS tradition was upheld in Madron on bank holiday Monday when Master of the Western Hunt Ben Sparrow led out the Western Hunt... (story)

ThisIsCornwall 30.12.10 Icy weather depletes hunt at Carn Brea - THE news that the vote to repeal the Hunting Act will not go ahead in 2011 did not dampen spirits at the Four Burrow Hunt on Monday... Cury Hunt also met in Helston on Monday morning, with some riders decorating their horses for the occasion... (story)

Retford Times 30.12.10 Safety concerns halt hunt in their tracks but supporters out in force - HUNDREDS of people turned out to see the Grove and Rufford Hunt's traditional festive meet in Retford.... (story)
Retford Times 23.12.10 Traditional festive hunt moved due to holiday falling on a Sunday - THIS year's traditional festive hunt meet will take place a day later than usual, on Monday December 27. Grove and Rufford Hunt's Boxing Day meet will take place next Monday as the festive holiday falls this year on a Sunday, when hunts do not traditionally take place... (story)

ThisIsDorset 30.12.10 Hounds turn out as horses stay at home - ICY conditions on Monday failed to stop a centuries-old tradition of hunt supporters gathering across Somerset and Dorset to celebrate Boxing Day.... Only about a dozen horses were present at the meet of the Portman in Blandford.... The South Dorset meet was attended by two anti-hunt protestors, Sheila Biddlecombe from Dorchester and her brother from Weymouth. In Chard campaigners greeted the Cotley Hunt with a more vocal protest, with the slogan "hunt bankers, not foxes." Supporters came out in force too, with 400 people attending the meet of the South and West Wilts in Motcombe, and more than 300 gathered in Beaminster to greet Cattistock master Will Bryers and his whipper-in and hounds.... In Castle Cary, the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale met on foot and hunted for several hours, as did the Seavington Hunt, meeting in Crewkerne.... (story)

Irish Independent 30.12.10 Jumping for joy as hunt finally meets By Fiona Ellis - DOZENS of riders donned their hunting pinks yesterday to take part in a festive tradition that is more than 200 years old. The Kildare Hunt has met in Dunlavin, Co Wicklow, on St Stephen's Day since 1793. But this year, the meet was postponed because of the weather... (story)

ThisIsGloucestershire 30.12.10 You agreed to vote on fox hunting – so let's have one, say campaigners - COUNTRYSIDE campaigners in Gloucestershire have urged the Government to press ahead with plans for a free vote on whether to scrap the controversial ban on fox hunting.... Rosie Vestey, joint master of the Cotswold Hunt, urged Mr Cameron to fulfil his promise.... Members of the Beaufort Hunt echoed the call.... (story)

Isle of Wight 30.12.10 Tantivy! Boxing Day hunt to stay By Jon Moreno - DESPITE the government putting a vote to repeal the controversial hunting ban on hold, the traditional Boxing Day hunt will continue for years to come regardless, said a defiant former Isle of Wight Hunt master.... (story)

Evesham Journal 30.12.10 Hunt supporters not put off by icy conditions - HUNDREDS of people braved the wintry weather to show their support for local hunts... About 200 people came to Broad Street in Pershore to see the Croome and West Warwickshire hunt walk through the town led by master Tim Allen.... More than 150 people came to give their support to the North Cotswold Hunt on foot while Heythrop and Warwickshire hunts also reported good turnouts.... (story)

Ludlow Advertiser 30.12.10 Hounds get festive run-out in Ludlow (From Ludlow Advertiser) - A REDUCED version of the Ludlow Hunt did take place despite the weather – but not on Boxing Day as tradition normally dictates... (story)

Halstead Gazette 30.12.10 Hunt cancelled due to ice By Anna Faro - A hunt due to take place this morning was cancelled due to frozen conditions. The East Essex Hunt, which can attract about 70 people to its meets, cancelled the event at Dyne's Hall, Great Maplestead, as the ground was too icy for horses to ride on. Its Boxing Day drag hunt in Sible Hedingham took place on foot, for the same reason... (story)

North Devon Journal 30.12.10 Hunts meet in North Devon - LAST year hunt supporters hoped the new government would repeal legislation outlawing the sport. But, as hundreds gathered across North Devon for the Boxing Day meets, the ban on traditional hunting methods remained.... Tod Marshman, chairman of the Torrington Farmers' Hunt, said supporters were realistic and appreciated the government had more pressing problems than hunting at the moment... Jenny Richardson, secretary of the Tetcott Hunt, also described the act as unworkable.... Torrington Farmers' Hunt presented cheques of £1,250 to Northam Lodge and £150 to the Devon Air Ambulance. (story)

Grantham Journal 30.12.10 Crowds gather at annual Belvoir Hunt meet - DOZENS of families turned out in the cold on Monday to see the spectacle that is the Belvoir Hunt in Grantham.... (story)
Leicester Mercury 28.12.10 Crowds turn out to cheer on traditional Boxing Day hunt By Dan Martin - Thousands of people turned out to see Boxing Day hunts this year – but icy weather prevented the huntsmen and hounds from riding out. The frozen ground made it too dangerous for riders from the Fernie, Atherstone and Quorn Hunts to carry out their planned trail hunting.... Some 300 hunt supporters also gathered in Oakham to support yesterday's Cottesmore meet. The Belvoir hunt met in Grantham,,, (story)

West Cumberland Times & Star 30.12.10 WEST CUMBRIA'S BLENCATHRA HUNT GATHERS BUT STAYS OFF FELLS - Dozens of people turned out to support the Blencathra bank holiday hunt on Monday, despite it never making it onto the fells... (story)
Carlisle News & Star 28.12.10 CUMBRIAN XMAS HUNT CANCELLED By Thom Kennedy - DOZENS of people turned out to support the Blencathra bank holiday hunt yesterday – despite it never making it onto the fells.... (story)

Leicester Mercury 30.12.10 Hunting belongs firmly in past - In your story "Crowds turn out to cheer on traditional Boxing Day hunt" (Mercury, December 28), Sarah Smith said: "You can't erase hundreds of years of tradition with one rubbish law." Thank goodness Ms Smith and her ilk didn't live in the 19th century, otherwise we'd still have slavery... Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (letter)

Yorkshire Post 30.12.10 Vital work of gamekeepers From: Chris Ramus, Duchy Road, Harrogate. IN recent years, game shooting has had its critics. During this very harsh weather, gamekeepers work in all kinds of rough conditions to make sure pheasants, partridges and water fowl have all the food they need, not just to stay alive, but to stay in top condition. However, it isn't just these game birds that benefit from the gamekeepers' hard work.... Next time you go walking in the countryside and you see all your favourite birds, remember their survival may have been due entirely to the hard work of gamekeepers. (letter)

Western Gazette 30.12.10 I AM sure that many people who are aware of the proposed badger cull in England are as concerned as I am. I was therefore appalled to read the recent article that WFU's Devon branch are producing leaflets to persuade both non-farming adults and school children of the necessity of the cull... We cannot let a minority of people override the wishes of the majority and further denude our wildlife. To send out this propaganda to the children is immoral and could destroy their openness to our wild animals and stop them seeing them as beautiful creatures but rather as vermin... Sheila Biddlecombe, Dorchester (letter)


Huntingdon News & Crier 29.12.10 Hunt is on for good weather after festive meet is called off - Cambridgeshire's traditional Boxing Day Hunt was cancelled due to the weather.... The frozen ground prevented the Cambridgeshire Hunt and Enfield Chace from heading out for the annual event in Eltisley, St Neots, which usually attracts hundreds of riders and spectators. The master of the hunt did not want to disappoint the crowds who had turned up in support and so took to the village green with a pack of hounds to sound the horn ... (story)

Wrexham Leader 29.12.10 Hunt meets frozen out but there’s still a barrel of laughs - CROWDS turned out for the traditional Flint and Denbigh hunt meet on Monday even though it could not go ahead because of the weather.... Elsewhere the Wynnstay Hunt was also cancelled because of the frozen ground... (story)

Chester Chronicle 29.12.10 Tarporley residents get a look at horses as hunt is frozen off by Carmella de Lucia, Chester Chronicle - FREEZING weather put a stop to the annual Cheshire Hunt on Monday – but Tarporley residents still got a look at the horses and hounds.... Residents in Malpas braved the cold and turned out for the village's annual Boxing Day Wynnstay Hunt.... (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 29.12.10 Hunt goes ahead without the horses due to icy conditions - TRADITIONAL Boxing Day Hunt meetings went ahead despite icy conditions – but without a horse in sight. For the first time in 25 years, riders turned up to both the South Wold and Brocklesby meets on two legs, fearing the icy conditions would be too treacherous for their mounts to join them.... (story)
Grimsby Telegraph 28.12.10 Traditional Boxing Day Hunt meetings go ahead - on quad bikes - TRADITIONAL Boxing Day Hunt meetings went ahead despite icy conditions – but without a horse in sight. For the first time in 25 years, riders turned up to both the Brocklesby and South Wold meets on two legs, fearing the icy conditions would be too treacherous for their mounts to join them. But some Brocklesby Hunt members got into top gear on quad bikes – with huntsman John Goode and whipper-in Will Hampson tearing across the fields to greet their spectators, accompanied by 23-and-a-half couples of hounds... (story)

ThisIsCornwall 29.12.10 Horses left behind but crowds gather for Camelford Hunt - THE welfare of the horses took precedence above all tradition as the master of Camelford Hunt decided to leave them behind... (Photo: North Cornwall) (story)

Oxford Mail 29.12.10 Hundreds turn out to support hunt - HUNDREDS of people gathered in Chipping Norton on Monday to support members of the Heythrop Hunt.... (story)

Westmorland Gazette 29.12.10 Hunters hope for ban law repeal - OPTIMISTIC hunt supporters still believe there will be a repeal of the controversial act that outlawed hunting five years ago... “We’re obviously hoping for a repeal and it’s something we will work towards, but understandably with the global recession there are so many important things that this government will get on with so we just have to wait our turn,” said Clive Richardson, master of the hounds with the Vale of Lune Harriers. Roger Westmoreland, master of the hounds with Coniston Foxhounds, said: “The repeal will definitely come but I think we have got to put the country first... (story)

Ledbury Reporter 29.12.10 Crowds turn out for hunt - DESPITE the snow and ice, Ledbury Hunt brought its hounds to the Feathers Hotel in the High Street for the traditional Boxing Day Meet, which is believed to have taken place since 1833.... (story)
Ledbury Reporter 20.12.10 Hunt date released - LEDBURY’S traditional Boxing Day Hunt will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, December 27, this year. The Boxing Day Hunt is an annual tradition but is moved to the Bank Holiday Monday any year that Boxing Day falls on a Sunday... (story)
Ledbury Reporter 18.12.10 Hunt will continue annual tradition - LEDBURY’S traditional Boxing Day Hunt will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, December 27, this year.... (story)

Somerset County Gazette 29.12.10 Lack of public support for Hunting Act repeal - A NEW poll published to coincide with Boxing Day, the biggest hunting day of the year, has shown a lack of public support for lifting the hunting ban... In West Somerset hunts braved the harshweather to press ahead with their traditional Boxing Day hunting. Andrew Turner, a spokesman from theMinehead Harriers, said: “It was very cold but despite that several hundred people turned up.”... (story)

Droitwich Spa Advertiser 29.12.10 Hundreds gather to cheer on Boxing Day hunt in Droitwich - HUNDREDS of people gathered in Droitwich Spa to welcome huntsmen and women during the annual Boxing Day meet. Worcestershire Hunt members wearing traditional red riding jackets were greeted by more than 200 people outside the town’s Raven Hotel in St Andrews Street... (story)

Horse & Hound 29.12.10 Robert Oliver's show cob The Duke retires to hunt with the Belvoir - Robert Oliver's lightweight show cob The Duke has been retired. The 11-year-old will be hunted by Robert's daughter Sophie with the Belvoir, Leicestershire... (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 29.12.10 Firearm holders have to conform to rules - I WOULD like to reply to the very emotive letter from Pat Wickham (December 16). First, I will state that I am a meat eater and as such I realise that birds and animals must be killed and I make no apology for this statement. You clearly have no knowledge of the strict gun laws in this country and have attempted to draw attention to yourself with your poor and flippant remarks... John Stockton, Kirkstead Crescent, Grimsby. (letter)

The Sentinel 29.12.10 Halal method is animal cruelty - CRUELTY: In relation to the debate about halal meat being served in schools, I would like to add support to previous letters to the editor, written against the use of halal meat.... This halal way of killing animals is disgraceful and needs to be banned. No animal should suffer such dreadful pain and cruelty... JENNY BELL, Trentham (letter)

Oxford Mail 29.12.10 Meat is unhealthy - HUMAN AID charities and environmental groups do not appear to be giving out the right message when it comes to the western diet. While we indulge in our seasonal dinner parties which, by and large, consist of animal produce, it takes half of the world’s grain, soya and water supplies to feed the animals we then kill to eat, while children in the Third World die through lack of the very same food and water..... It is a statistical fact that the longest living and healthiest communities are vegetarian. EDWARD SANDERSON, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford (letter)


Melton Times 28.12.10 New Year’s Day hunt meeting - THIS year it’s the Cottesmore Hunt’s turn to host Melton’s traditional New Year’s Day meet. The hunt will meet in Play Close at 11am... (story)

Louth Leader 28.12.10 South Wold hunt - THE traditional Boxing Day hunt meeting went ahead on Monday this year - but without horses. The South Wold Hunt met at Louth Cattle Market to raise a glass to the season but it was understood conditions were too icy to take the horses along.... (story)

Independent 28.12.10 Fake fox is on the menu on a delayed Boxing Day - Delayed boxing Day hunts, such as the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt – pictured making its way through the streets of Battle in East Sussex... (story)

Manchester Evening News 28.12.10 Chilly weather puts the freeze on hunts - Two historic hunts in Cheshire fell victim to the weather yesterday for the second year running. The Cheshire Forest Hunt, which meets at the Duke of Portland pub in Northwich, was unable to ride because of the frosty conditions. But it did not stop huntspeople and well-wishers turning out in force... Organisers of the Cheshire Hunt at the Swan Hotel in Tarporley were also unable to ride out after snow and ice made it unsafe for horses and hounds... (story)

South Wales Argus 28.12.10 Hundreds gathered for annual hunt - ONE thousand spectactors gathered in Abergavenny town centre for the annual Monmouthshire Hunt yesterday. Riders and their hounds made their way to Cross Street, which was closed to traffic, where they were met by the event’s host William Griffiths of The Angel Hotel.... A crowd of around 300 people gathered in Bassaleg to welcome the hounds from the Tredegar Farmers' Hunt, but the weather was deemed too dangerous for them to go much further... (story)

Worcester News 28.12.10 No horses, but crowds show support for hunts By Alicia Kelly - RIDERS at a traditional Worcestershire Boxing Day hunt meet have said the Government is “on trust” to hold a free vote on the hunting ban, as the coalition promised.... Also meeting yesterday were huntsmen from Croome and West Warwickshire foxhounds, who set off from the centre of Pershore.... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 28.12.10 No vote on hunting in 2011 as Balmer Lawn Boxing Day hunt is cancelled By Bethan Phillips - Hunting enthusiasts in Hampshire have been left frustrated by a Government decision to shelve a promised vote on repealing a controversial ban... It was a double disappointment for the New Forest Hunt who also had to cancel their Boxing Day meet because of icy conditions.... (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 28.12.10 East Anglia’s hunts outfoxed by weather and political cold shoulder By Chris Bishop and Emily Dennis - As Boxing Day meets got under way yesterday, politicians went to ground over pledges to repeal the Hunting Act. But supporters still believe you can’t run with the fox and hunt with the hounds... Frozen ground put paid to yesterday’s Boxing Day meet for the West Norfolk Foxhounds... Some 2,000 people turned out at Bungay to see the Waveney Harriers, where hunt staff paraded their hounds on foot... (story)

Telegraph 28.12.10 Boxing Day hunts across the UK become the latest victims of the big freeze - The hunts - which were due to take place this year on Monday December 27 because they do not ride out on Sundays - have been called off across the country. But many hunters still donned their traditional garb and met local people for the Boxing Day stirrup cup... (Photos: Ashford Valley, West Norfolk, East Sussex & Romney Marsh, Heythrop, Beaufort, Quorn, Albrighton Woodland, Warwickshire) (story)

Belfast Newsletter 28.12.10 Icy spell hits Ulster hunts - ULSTER'S Boxing Day hunts had to be cancelled for the first time in living memory yesterday because of the severe cold snap... Instead some hunt packs across Northern Ireland settled for parading through their local villages... Killultagh Hunt paraded in Killylea, Co Armagh yesterday afternoon, but their hounds and horses were unable to venture beyond for the traditional chase... Master of Iveagh Foxhounds Bob Wilson also talked of his disappointment at not being able to get out to hunt.... (story)

The Sentinel 28.12.10 Freezing weather halts traditional trail hunt By Ciara Hill - HUNTSMEN paraded their hounds through a village after icy conditions meant an annual trail hunt could not go ahead. More than 1,000 people turned out for the North Staffordshire Hunt gathering in Woore yesterday... A collection for the Air Ambulance was held at the event (story)

ThisIsSomerset 28.12.10 Hunting supporters out in force as ban battle goes on - Thousands of people turned out for the traditional Boxing Day hunt meets yesterday and were told to "be patient" in their five-year wait to repeal the hunting ban... In an interview on the pro-hunting website The Master's Voice, Alice Barnard called for patience in the fight for repeal, and attempted to curtail calls from pro-hunt grassroots for a breakaway hunting organisation to take on the fight from the Alliance... (story)

Newcastle Journal 28.12.10 Hunts defy bad weather conditions to meet by Brian Daniel - HUNTS defied the continuing poor conditions to meet across Northumberland and England yesterday.... The Tynedale Hunt met as ever at Corbridge Market Place, with riders and hounds taking to the village’s streets – but going no further because of the conditions... The Morpeth Hunt went out on foot from Dyke Neuk while the Haydon Hunt was also out. The Border Hunt was unable to go out due to the bad weather. Around 50 members instead gathered at the intended starting point, the Percy Arms in Otterburn, for drinks (story)

Daily Post 28.12.10 Farming and rural news in brief - by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - Hunting repeal vote ‘shelved’ - THE Countryside Alliance has called on the government to revisit the “farcical” Hunting Act – or at least clarify what is legal... (story)

Somerset County Gazette 28.12.10 Riders stay out of town centres for annual hunting gathering By Steve Sowden - THERE was disappointment for hunting supporters on Monday when riders and their horses were unable to gather in the town centres of Chard, Crewkerne and Ilminster because of safety fears... But large crowds gathered in the town centres for the Cotley Hunt in Chard, the Seavington Hunt in Crewkerne and the Taunton Vale Hunt in Ilminster and there were cheers as the hunt staff raced off with some of the hounds... (story)

ThisIsCornwall 28.12.10 Hunt enthusiasts brave the cold to show their support for a Christmas tradition - Hunt supporters were out in force across the Westcountry yesterday for their traditional post-Christmas meets.... Mike Hext, 43, joint master of the East Devon Hunt, said he could not remember the Boxing Day event being cancelled before. Nevertheless, a crowd of about 80 people turned up at Woodbury Castle to support the hunt.... In Cornwall, hardy huntsmen and women braved the conditions to ride out from Carn Brea, near Redruth.... (Photo: Dartmoor Hunt) (story)

South Wales Evening Post 28.12.10 Cold can't stop hunt members gathering - HUNDREDS of spectators braved the cold to watch the festive meeting of the Banwen Miners' Hunt in Neath... (story)

Liverpool Daily Post 28.12.10 Cheshire Hunt’s Boxing Day meet falls victim to frozen weather by Ben Schofield - A CENTURIES-OLD hunt was cancelled yesterday because the ground was frozen solid. Organisers of the Cheshire Hunt ruled it was unsafe for the hounds, horses and riders.... (story)

Hull & East Riding Mail 28.12.10 Festive hunt attracts hundreds to Westwood, despite icy conditions - Not even a blizzard could stop hundreds of hunt supporters heading out onto Beverley Westwood. Resplendent huntsmen and their excited hounds were joined by a huge crowd for the annual Boxing Day tradition. Surveying the crowd from the back of his mount, joint master of Holderness Hunt William Bethell was delighted that the age-old gathering was as popular as ever.... (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 28.12.10 Suffolk: Hunts meet without horses By Tom Potter, Hollie-Rae Merrick ?and Mariam Ghaemi - HUNDREDS braved frosty conditions to attend traditional hunts across the region yesterday... Richard Ames, senior master of the Suffolk Hunt, said it was probably the first time in 30 years the Boxing Day meet, which is held in Hawstead, near Bury St Edmunds, had taken place without horses.... Chris Amatt, huntsman with the Thurlow Hunt, said their ride, which meets at Great Thurlow Hall, had also taken place without horses this year due to the ground frost.... Dominic Parravani, joint master of Waveney Harriers, said: “Unfortunately because the ground is so hard and it is too icy it would be dangerous to take the horses out.” (story)

Yorkshire Post 28.12.10 Big freeze conditions easing but more snow on way for region By Mike Waites and Alexandra Wood - Yesterday hundreds of hunt supporters braved the wintry weather to attend festive meets but numbers were well down on previous gatherings. Senior joint master of the Holderness Hunt William Bethell turned out on a snowy Beverley Westwood for a canter with a dozen other riders but the ice and snow made it impossible to hunt.... (story)

Western Mail 28.12.10 Boxing Day hunt goes ahead, but with no horses by Rachael Misstear, Western Mail - THE Boxing Day Hunt in Cowbridge was a strange sight yesterday because there weren’t any horses. Treacherous road conditions meant the Glamorgan Hunt gathering was without its usual 100 horses – barred to prevent injury.... (story)
Western Mail 28.12.10 Boxing Day Hunt: In Pictures - Pictures from the Glamorgan hunt in Cowbridge (story)

Western Mail 28.12.10 Hunt vote unlikely this parliament by Tomos Livingstone, Western Mail - A VOTE on whether to repeal the hunting ban is unlikely to go ahead in this Parliament, the Western Mail has learned... George Guntrip, joint master of Banwen Miners Hunt, said the decision to postpone the vote on a repeal “hasn’t come as a great surprise to us”.... Patrick Thomas, a member of South Pembrokeshire Hunt, said support for a repeal was growing.... (story)

Malton Gazette & Herald 28.12.10 Boxing Day hunts create a spectacle despite bad weather By Dan Bean - SOME of the annual tradition of Boxing Day hunts went ahead in North Yorkshire, despite freezing conditions... The pack of the Middleton Hunt, at Malton, gathered in the town’s market place at 11am. In Easingwold, the York and South Ainsty Hunt also turned out. However, David Jukes, of the Zetland Hunt in Richmondshire, said weather conditions were too dangerous for hunting to go ahead... (story)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 28.12.10 Hunts hit by the big freeze - Hardy hunters on horseback gathered for their traditional meetings amid scenes unchanged for hundreds of years – despite being hit by the big freeze.... The Albrighton Woodland Hunt started off on foot from the 350-acre Hagley Park, near Stourbridge, yesterday morning with the horses left in stables... Meanwhile hundreds gathered for the Meynell and South Staffordshire meet at Blithfield Hall in Admaston, near Rugeley, in keeping with a tradition dating back to the 18th century... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 28.12.10 Big freeze puts stop to hunt's meet By Caroline Abbott - EAST Devon's traditional Boxing Day hunt was called off due to ice... Mike Hext, 43, joint master of the East Devon Hunt, said he could not remember the Boxing Day event being cancelled before.... (story)

ThisIsGloucestershire 28.12.10 Hunt too cold for horses - HORSES were left at the stables during the biggest event in the Cotswold Vale Farmers' calendar. The hunt had to leave its horses behind for the first time in 14 years at the annual festive gathering due to the adverse weather conditions... (story)

ThisIsGloucestershire 28.12.10 Snow and ice stops Glos hunts from riding out - COUNTRYSIDE enthusiasts turned out in force to show their support for the traditional Boxing Day hunts across Gloucestershire... Horses and hounds of the Cotswold Hunt arrived at the Frogmill in Shipton Oliffe to greet their supporters... Meanwhile, members of the Beaufort Hunt, which met at Worcester Lodge in Didmarton, observed a similar ritual... Elsewhere the Vale of the White Horse hunt met at Cirencester Park, as is tradition (story)

Western Daily Press 28.12.10 Hunting vote will come - The long-standing tradition of Boxing Day hunting, curtailed to some extent yesterday by the frozen ground, has become, in recent years, an opportunity for anyone who supports hunting and regrets the ban to show solidarity..... There is value to the argument for another vote on this law which – whatever side of the debate you stand – is a bad law that has the distinction of failing both sides. We accept, however, that making a priority of the hunt vote in the current economic and political climate would not be sensible. Mr Cameron gave his word. A vote, we are sure, is coming. Just not quite yet. (story)

Western Morning News 28.12.10 Be patient on hunting vote - The long-standing tradition of Boxing Day hunting, curtailed to some extent yesterday by the frozen ground, has become, in recent years, an opportunity for anyone who supports hunting and regrets the ban to show solidarity... The Western Morning News has consistently argued for another vote on this law which – whatever side of the debate you stand – is a bad law that has the distinction of failing both sides.... (story)

Shropshire Star 28.12.10 Hunts parade, but no riding on frozen ground - Hunts across Shropshire and Mid Wales made do with parades of hounds for their annual festive meets, but there was virtually no horse riding because of dangerous icy conditions across the region.... Oliver Dale, joint master of Ludlow Hunt said: “There were no horses out because of the weather, the frost and the snow.... The North Shropshire Hunt met at the Burlton Inn, Burlton, near Ellesmere, and organisers said the turnout was strong despite the harsh weather.... The Wheatland Hunt was to meet at Morville, near Bridgnorth, but planned to be on foot. Albrighton Hunt was also planning to put on a parade of hounds. Oliver Hill, one of the masters of the United Pack based in Bishop’s Castle, said members would hold a short parade, but would not a full event due to the adverse weather conditions.... (story)

Hereford Times 28.12.10 Organ donation campaign launched in memory of Talgarth horsewoman Sandra Harvey - EFFORTS to make organ donation a more common occurrence have been stepped up in memory of a courageous horse rider from the Welsh border. Hundreds of people signed up as donors after loved ones launched a campaign to honour 68-year-old Talgarth resident Sandra Harvey. Friend and campaigner Liz Rose said the Brecon and Talybont Hunt master, who suffered multiple head injuries when she fell from her horse last month, felt strongly about helping others after her death.... (story)
Horse & Hound 22.12.10 Death of Welsh joint-master prompts organ donation campaign - Hundreds of people have signed up to support organ donation following the death of a Welsh rider. Sandra Harvey, 68, from Talgarth (pictured front), suffered a fall while out riding last month... After her death her organs were used to transformed the lives of five people. Since her death riders from all over Britain have been inspired to become organ donors thanks to an awareness campaign on Facebook.... Sandra, a retired headmistress, had been joint-master of the Brecon and Talybont Hunt for eight years... (story)
Horse & Hound 27.11.10 Farewell to Sandra Harvey - Sandra Harvey, joint-master of the Brecon and Talybont, has died after suffering head injuries in a riding accident... Roger Price, one of her joint-masters, said: "Sandra was an unsung hero. She leaves an enormous hole in our hunt.".. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 28.12.10 Exercising my rights under Magna Carta - THE authors of your letters I didn't have vote for Head of State and There is no excuse for breaking the law (Echo, December 21 and December 18) both make the mistake of assuming that because Acts of Parliament are arrived at through a democratic process they are legitimate. In actual fact, under article 61 of the Magna Carta, we have the right to enter into a state of "lawful rebellion" if we are being governed unjustly. The Hunting Act as it applies to me is without doubt an absurd law... I have every right to continue breaking the conditions of this Act and I do so with the effective consent of the Government, the police and the RSPCA who have been fully aware of my activities for the last five years and allow them to continue... Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 21.12.10 I didn't have vote for Head of State - YOUR anonymous correspondent writes "We have the most democratic free country in the world" (There is no excuse for breaking the law, Letters, December 18.) Hunting wild mammals with dogs for sport would have been banned many years ago if we had a democratically elected parliament... John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Independent 28.12.10 Tally ho! It is a traditional time of year for fox hunting... Given the ever-increasing numbers of foxes in north London I am disturbed that yet again the local Conservative Association has resisted the idea of organising a Tottenham hunt... Keith Flett, London N17 (letter)


Guardian 27.12.10 David Cameron set to delay free vote on lifting hunting ban - Vote may 'skew' perception of coalition priorities says No 10 insider, with polls also suggesting it would be unlikely to succeed - Patrick Wintour and Helen Carter - David Cameron is likely to postpone a free vote on lifting the ban onhunting with dogs indefinitely in the face of overwhelming evidence that the ban would be retained if MPs did vote, and that a vote might possibly tighten the current law... (story)

BBC News Online 27.12.10 Delayed Boxing Day hunts go ahead - Hunt supporters across the country are taking part in what is traditionally the biggest date in the hunting diary.... Around 300 hunts around the country were due to head out, weather permitting, with some of the biggest including the Beaufort Hunt and the Quorn Hunt.... (story)

Express 27.12.10 HUNT SUPPORTERS URGE REVIEW OF ACT - Hunt supporters have been out in force for the traditional post-Christmas meets and called on the Government to revisit the "farcical" hunting act. Jill Grieve, from the Countryside Alliance, said the decision to continue the ban on hunting with dogs into next year, despite David Cameron's personal commitment to ending it, was understandable because of other matters facing the country due to the deficit, but said ministers needed to at least make clear what was legal or not under the existing Act.... (photo: Cheshire Hunt) (story)

Telegraph 27.12.10 Hunting ban to remain in place during 2011 - The ban on hunting with dogs will remain in place during 2011 despite David Cameron’s personal commitment to ending it, ministers have confirmed. By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent - Given the pressing demands of tackling the deficit and introducing reforms in health, education and welfare, no time will be found in the parliamentary time table to hold the promised free vote on the ban, introduced by Labour in 2005... (story)

Telegraph 27.12.10 I haven't let bone cancer hold me back - Despite serial amputations of her leg, Caroline Smail tells Victoria Lambert that she - accompanied by her trusty horse, Jigsaw - has no fears about taking part in the Boxing Day hunt. By Victoria Lambert - WHEN Caroline Smail heads off to take part in the Boxing Day meet of the Heythrop Hunt in the Cotswolds today, she’ll be hoping that Jigsaw, her cheeky gelding, just over 14 hands high, doesn’t play up too much. Earlier this summer, in a tussle with that much loved pony, who was trying to munch through a hedge, her foot got caught in a bramble. Unfortunately, for Caroline, in the ensuing scramble, her entire left leg fell off... (story)

Mail 27.12.10 Hunt supporters out in force for traditional Christmas meetings... as David Cameron delays plan to repeal ban - Hunt supporters were out in force today for the traditional post-Christmas meets and called on the Government to revisit the 'farcical' hunting act.... The South Devon Hunt was cancelled because of heavy snow. Hunt secretary David Ellis said: 'We're very disappointed we've had to cancel but we've no choice. The weather has been too bad.... Tony Blumenau, joint master of the Four Burrows Hunt that runs from The Lizard Peninsula to Bodmin in Cornwall, said his hunt would go ahead today despite the weather.... (photos: Beaufort, Albrighton Woodland, Southdown & Eridge, East Sussex & Romney Marsh, Zetland (story)

Evening Standard 27.12.10 Hunt supporters urge review of Act - Hunt supporters have been out in force for the traditional post-Christmas meets and called on the Government to revisit the "farcical" hunting act.... (photo: Cheshire Hunt) (story)

AboutMyArea 27.12.10 Grafton Hunt Boxing Day Meet At Whittlebury - Huntsman Mick Wills right in his 16th season with the Grafton Hunt leads the hounds at Whittlebury Golf Club this morning, the traditional Boxing Day meet could not be held on a Sunday ... (story)

ThisIsDevon 27.12.10 Winter weather hits hunts, as Government prepares to delay new legislation until 2012 By Petra Mann - The season’s traditional hunts are facing a double blow this year after they were told the Government is to shelve a promised vote on repealing the ban on fox hunting while many of the planned annual meets have been forced to cancel, due to freezing weather.... The South Devon Hunt is among hunts that have been cancelled after snowfall of 20cms in parts... Tony Blumenau, joint master of the Four Burrows Hunt that runs from The Lizard Peninsula to Bodmin in Cornwall, said his hunt would go ahead today despite the weather and agreed with Jim Paice’s sentiments.... The South West Branch of the Countryside Alliance has produced a video featuring the Quantock Staghounds, based at Bagborough, near Taunton, calling for supporters across the country to lobby their MPs with cards showing a cartoon Tony Blair in hunting pinks.... (story)

Worcester News 27.12.10 Hounds keep the crowd entertained By David Paine - IT might have been too cold and slippery under foot for horses but hounds kept children and adults entertained at a traditional hunt meeting... As more hunts gather across the county and the rest of the country today, Croome and West Warwick-shire’s event has been hailed a success... (story)

Newbury Weekly 27.12.10 Duck race and annual hunt on today - Head to Bagnor to take part in a plastic duck race or to Lambourn to watch the Vine and Craven Hunt today (Monday)... The annual Vine and Craven Hunt, usually held on Boxing Day, is also being held today and hunting on Sundays is banned.... (story)
Newbury Weekly News 26.12.10 What's on today (Boxing Day) By John Garvey, Reporter ...the traditional Vine and Craven Hunt’s Boxing Day hunt will not be held today, as hunts do not meet on Sundays. Instead, it will be held today (Monday). The hunt will gather at 11.30am at Windsor House Stables in Lambourn... (story)

ThisIsDorset 27.12.10 'We can't carry on' say hunts - Hunt leaders in the West have issued a desperate plea to their colleagues in the rest of the country to keep trying to overturn the Hunting Act, after admitting they 'cannot keep going for the long term' under a ban.... So a hard-hitting video has been produced by the south west branch of the Countryside Alliance, featuring the only hunt in Britain that has been caught by hunt monitors and successfully prosecuted twice for breaking the ban, the Quantock Staghounds, based at Bagborough, near Taunton... (story)

Manchester Evening News 27.12.10 Boxing day hunt cancelled for second year running - The Boxing Day Holcombe Hunt meet was cancelled for the second year running due to the snow and ice... Instead, only hounds were taken out and huntmaster Sue Simmons held a meet and greet session with huntsmen and women and the public at Rivington Barn... (story)
Lancashire Telegraph 23.12.10 Rivington hunt on Boxing Day snowed off - THE Holcombe Hunt’s Boxing Day meet at Rivington has been snowed off for the second year in a row. The hunt usually sets off from Rivington Barn and attracts hundreds of spectators. But this year the horses will be replaced with a parade of hounds... (story)

Leicester Mercury 27.12.10 'Don't turn back clock on cruelty' By Tom Mack - A poll has found that nearly two thirds of people in the East Midlands want fox-hunting to stay illegal. The poll was carried out by YouGov for the League Against Cruel Sports and asked people if they supported a change in the law to make hunting foxes with dogs lawful again.... Alice Barnard, spokesman for Leicestershire's Quorn Hunt and chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: "We're spending lots of time talking to MPs from across the house about why the Hunting Act has failed... A Leicester supporter of the Fernie Hunt, who did not want to be named, admitted it was unlikely the ban would be repealed during the current parliament... (story)

Mirror 27.12.10 Hunt supporters urge review of Act - Hunt supporters have been out in force for the traditional post-Christmas meets and called on the Government to revisit the "farcical" hunting act.... (story)

Belfast Telegraph 27.12.10 Hundreds of hunt meets called off - Hundreds of post-Christmas hunts across the country were called off because of freezing weather conditions... In Northumberland, hundreds of people braved sleet and snow to show their support for the Tynedale Hunt but only the most experienced riders took part... (Photo: Heythrop) (story)

Oxford Times 27.12.10 Hunt supporters urge review of act - Hunt supporters have been out in force for the traditional post-Christmas meets and called on the Government to revisit the "farcical" hunting act.... (story)

Norwich Evening News 27.12.10 Norfolk and Suffolk Boxing Day hunts outfoxed by weather By Emily Dennis and Chris Bishop - Boxing Day hunt meets across East Anglia were outfoxed by the weather today.... Some 2,000 people turned out at Bungay to see the Waveney Harriers, where hunt staff paraded their hounds on foot.... Hundreds more braved the cold for the West Norfolk Foxhounds meet at Fakenham Racecourse.... (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 27.12.10 Hunt supporters out for post-Christmas meets - Hunt supporters were out in force today for the traditional post-Christmas meets and called on the Government to revisit the "farcical" hunting act.... Around 300 hunts around the country were due to go out today, weather permitting, with some of the biggest including the Beaufort Hunt and the Quorn Hunt.... (story)

ThisIsDorset 27.12.10 Ministers in talks over the police costs of cull protest - Farming Minister Jim Paice - Ministers are weighing up the costs of policing a proposed cull of badgers against fears the controversial plan to combat bovine TB could cause angry protests. But farming unions have moved to underplay fears that a targeted cull of sick animals will cause major public disorder... (story)


Horse & Hound 26.12.10 Turn out tomorrow to support your local hunt - Charlotte White, deputy news editor - Hunting supporters are urged to rally for their local packs at Boxing Day meets today and tomorrow. Draghunts and bloodhounds will meet today (26 December) but foxhunts and harriers, who traditionally do not hunt on Sundays, will wait until tomorrow for their festive meets.... (story)

Independent on Sunday 26.12.10 Tories abandon promise of early vote on hunting - Anti-hunt lobby scents first blood as officials admit there will be no repeal next year By Matt Chorley and Jonathan Owen - The Government is to shelve a promised vote on repealing the ban on foxhunting until 2012 at the earliest, in a move likely to dismay countryside campaigners as they attempt to set out for Boxing Day meetings... A minority of MPs – 253 out of 650 – are committed to repealing the Act, and 22 Conservative MPs are among more than 300 who would vote against repeal, according to the League Against Cruel Sports (Lacs).... 57 people convicted for offences under the Hunting Act in 2009 – compared with 33 in 2008. But the vast majority of offences are unrelated to fox-hunting, claims the Countryside Alliance. "More people have been convicted of hunting rats than chasing foxes," a spokesman said.... (story)

Observer 26.12.10 Eagle owl spreads across British Isles and divides conservationists - Jamie Doward - A potential cull of the largest owl in Europe has placed the government at the centre of an increasingly bitter row between conservation groups. There are fears that the eagle owl, a non-native species seen in growing numbers in the British Isles, poses a serious threat to established wildlife... There is speculation that some of the owls may have escaped from hunts. About 20 hunts bought golden eagles and eagle owls in an attempt to bypass the 2004 Hunting Act that permits dogs to flush out wild mammals for a bird of prey to hunt... (story)

Wales on Sunday 26.12.10 Gun laws blasted after child, 10, given shotgun licence by Ciaran Jones, Wales On Sunday - MORE than 250 Welsh children hold shotgun certificates – including one child aged just 10. The figures were revealed as MPs said gun law is “a mess” and called for a review on the minimum-age limits on the use of firearms.... (story)


Telegraph 25.12.10 Big freeze wipes out festive hunts - The traditional Boxing Day hunts have become the latest victims of the big freeze By David Harrison - The hunts – due to take place tomorrow this year because they do not ride out on Sundays – have been called off across the country.... Diana Pyper, a master of the Puckeridge hunt in Hertfordshire, said: "It's frustrating but we can't take the horses out because the ice is really hard and the horses will fall over and injure themselves... (story)


Yorkshire Post 24.12.10 Cracker of a horse ready for Boxing Day outing By Jill Armstrong - At the age of 26, Mr Cracker still enjoys a day out hunting and is sure to be on his toes for the Middleton Hunt's Boxing Day meet at Malton on Monday. This veteran hunter is currently being ridden by UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom with Godfrey's wife, Katie, keeping a watchful eye on the pair.... The grey horse belongs to Mary Rook, a former master of the Holderness Hunt, and was originally imported from Ireland by David Nicholson. Mrs Rook hunted and field mastered on Mr Cracker with the Holderness and he also went to Pony Club camp with her daughter, Amy... "He and Godfrey just clicked – it's just like watching two blokes go to the pub – and now they hunt with the Brocklesby and the Middleton, where Mary is a master."...
A reminder from Emma Richardson, MFH of the Holderness Hunt, that their traditional Boxing Day meet will be held on Monday, December 27 rather than on Boxing Day itself which is a Sunday. The meet will be at 10.45am on Beverley Westwood... (story)

Dundee Courier 24.12.10 Too frosty for horses at Fife Foxhounds' festive hunt - Fife foxes can sleep easily in their dens this year after the traditional Boxing Day hunt was cancelled due to the weather. Plummeting temperatures have meant the ground is too frosty to bring out the horses this year, so the Fife Foxhounds are holding a social gathering instead... (story)

York Press 24.12.10 Middleton Hunt to gather despite the Arctic weather - Hunts in North Yorkshire will gather for Boxing Day meets despite being hampered by the big freeze.... Joanna Newitt, secretary of Middleton Hunt, which meets in Malton Market Place on Monday, said: “The ground isn’t fit to hunt on... Sarah Morley, of Derwent Hunt, which meets at the Manor House at Brompton, said: “It affects everything unfortunately, but we will definitely put on some sort of display.” Nicol Bilsland, treasurer of York and Ainsty North Hunt, which will meet in Boroughbridge, said: “It is just too dangerous to hunt... Paul Roberts, kennel huntsman for the York and Ainsty South Hunt, which meets in Easingwold, said: “We’ll just be meeting and then going home again unless there’s a big thaw.” (story)

Kent & Sussex Courier 24.12.10 Saddle up for historic hunt - WHAT: Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt VENUE: Chiddingstone Castle, near Edenbridge, Kent DATE: Monday December 27... (story)
ThisIsTotalEssex 23.12.10 Monday's hunt is back at castle for second year - CHIDDINGSTONE Castle will play host to the traditional Boxing Day hunt a day later this year. The Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt will take place at 10am on Monday, December 27, because Boxing Day falls on a Sunday... (story)

ThisIsDevon 24.12.10 Big freeze threatens festive hunting date - THERE may have been a few chilly paws but it was also a chance for some welcome exercise as the East Devon hunt pack went out in the snow. Ordinarily at this time of year, the hounds would be preparing for the annual festive meet but the event is in some doubt this year because of the freezing conditions.... (story)

ThisIsDevon 24.12.10 Snow forces postponement of Golden Button Challenge - The Hayes Golden Button Challenge, the Ledbury's New Year's Eve hunt ride, has been postponed due to snow and ice.... (story)
Western Daily Press 22.12.10 Ledbury's Golden Button Challenge postponed - The Ledbury Hunt's Hayes Golden Button Challenge, for which 60 horses had been entered, has been postponed due to snow and ice.... (story)
Horse & Hound 21.12.10 The Ledbury's Hayes Golden Button Challenge postponed - Catherine Austen, hunting editor - The Hayes Golden Button Challenge, the Ledbury's New Year's Eve hunt ride, has been postponed until 15 January... (story)

Irish Examiner 24.12.10 Hunts killing off our precious heritage - IN this Christian and supposedly civilised country there will be widespread cruelty inflicted on wild animals over the Christmas holiday season. This reaches a peak on St Stephen’s day, which is a traditional time for hunts meets and hare coursing events... No Christmas respite is given to wildlife by bloodsports followers who ruthlessly violate them by their obscene actions... John Tierney Association of Hunt Saboteurs Dublin 1(letter)

ThisIsSouthWales 24.12.10 Assembly in birds appeal - HUNTERS have been asked by the Assembly to voluntarily restrain from shooting wildfowl and water birds during the cold snap... The RSPB, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the British Trust for Ornithology and other organisations have also asked their members and the public to minimise disturbing birds. (story)

Farmers Guardian 24.12.10 CLA calls for ‘fairer and faster’ HS2 compensation By Alistair Driver - THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has called for ‘faster and fairer’ compensation for people affected by the planned high-speed rail line linking London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.... The Countryside Alliance called for the project to be reappraised from an economic, social and environmental perspective. Alliance chief executive Alice Barnard said this week’s statement ‘fails to reassure communities affected by the line and criticised the ‘deeply flawed’ HS2 business model’.... (story)
Mail 24.12.10 MIDSOMER MASSACRE: The new high-speed rail link will blight some of England's most beautiful countryside - including the location for TV's Midsomer Murders By ROBERT HARDMAN - Poor Detective Chief ¬Inspector Barnaby had better cancel all Christmas leave... Officially, nothing has been decided. The HS2 project was the idea of the last Government, but the Coalition likes it, too... Here in the Chilterns, it is seen as yet more bla-bla-bla from a metropolitan elite which has already made up its mind.... This project could almost be described as ‘Cameron’s Hunting Ban’ — an exhausting battle which polarises swathes of society and drags on for years. Many key figures in the new HS2 Action Alliance were active in the Countryside Alliance’s long-running defence of the hunts. .... (story)
Farmers Weekly 22.12.10 Rural anger at high-speed rail link - Johann Tasker - A proposed high-speed rail link will run through the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh, even though other parts of the route have been redrawn…. The Countryside Alliance said the government had failed to reassure communities affected by the line… (story)
Birmingham Post 20.12.10 High Speed Rail opponents to keep battling despite revised route By Jonathan Walker - Opponents of a planned high speed rail line between London and Birmingham have vowed to continue their fight despite a series of changes to the planned route.... Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: “Despite rural people being most affected by the proposed HS2 route, communities living in the countryside will see no local benefits.... (story)

Daily Mail 24.12.10 Prison? It’s just like a holiday camp: Animal rights terrorists gloat on website about ‘fantastically easy, blissful’ life behind bars By TOM KELLY - Animal rights extremists jailed for a campaign of terrorism have mocked their punishment, describing prison as a ‘holiday camp’. Seven fanatics were sentenced to a total of 50 years for their ruthless intimidation of workers connected to a laboratory which used animals in experiments... Natasha Avery, one of the founder members of the gang, says she is ‘blissfully happy’ in jail... Former public schoolgirl Gerrah Selby, 22... writes: ‘Everything here is great. My days are always fun and eventful but also busy, so it’s quite nice to be locked in at night to relax, read and write letters.... Dan Amos, 24, the son of a bank manager from Swindon, who was jailed for four years after admitting conspiracy to blackmail, revels in the decision to send him back to Guys Marsh Category-C closed prison in Dorset from Ford open prison in Arundel, West Sussex... Heather Nicholson... writes: ‘I’m blissfully happy working in the gardens here and doing lots of exercise, including five or six-mile runs every week.’.... (story)


ThisIsDorset 23.12.10 Hunting still stirs passions on both sides as wait goes on - THIS time last year, hopes were high that a change of Government might lead to a U-turn on the ban on hunting with dogs. But when the Tories joined forces with the Liberal Democrats, it was clear to the pro-hunt brigade that pushing the issue during widespread financial cuts would not win them any friends. Will Bryer, Master of Foxhounds of the Cattistock Hunt, said: "We had been hoping for a quicker result around the election but we appreciate that there is no way we can push the agenda at the moment because we would look rather foolish... Cattistock, which goes out three times a week, will gather in the Square at Beaminster for the annual Boxing Day meet at 10.45am on Monday to trail hunt on farmland... Charles Frampton, joint Master of Foxhounds for the Portman Hunt in North Dorset, agreed that pursuing the repeal agenda at a time when the economic climate of the country was affecting everyone would be "pretty selfish".... He said the Portman would be meeting as usual at 10.45am on Monday on Crown Meadows in Blandford... Meeting at 11am are the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale at Castle Cary, Seavington at Crewkerne, Taunton Vale at The Square, Ilminster, and Cotley in Chard High Street. (story)

ThisIsSomerset 23.12.10 Plans to end hunt ban put on hold - Mid-Somerset hunt supporters will be disappointed with the Conservative-led coalition's decision to put plans to lift the hunting ban firmly on the back burner.... Mendip Farmers' Hunt master of hounds Richard Standing said: "Once the Government came to power as a coalition we never thought it was going to be done quickly... (story)

Westmorland Gazette 23.12.10 Cold ‘won’t stop hunts' - HUNTS will take place in South Lakeland and north Lancashire over the Christmas period. Vale of Lune hunt will be at the Longlands Hotel at Tewitfield, on Monday, at 11am.... Coniston Foxhounds will meet at The Cross in Ambleside at 9.30am on Monday. There will also be a New Year’s Day hunt from the Drunken Duck, near Hawkshead (story)

South Wales Argus 23.12.10 Thousands set to see Gwent's Boxing Day hunts - THOUSANDS of people are set to turn out for one of Gwent's longest-running traditions: the Boxing Day hunts... The Monmouthshire Hunt, organised by the Abergavenny Hunt Committee, has been taking place since the 1700s.... The Tredegar Farmers' Hunt will leave at the same time from outside the Tredegar Arms in Bassaleg.... (story)

Express 23.12.10 THE BIG THAW IS PUT ON ICE AS FRESH BLIZZARDS SWEEP IN .... Many of Britain’s 360 Boxing Day hunts, which attract 300,000 supporters, could also be axed. Countryside Alliance spokeswoman Chloe Finch said: “It’s the biggest day in the hunting calendar but if hunt areas have frozen ground or it is snowing, the hunts will be weathered off. It’s too dangerous.”... (story)

Irish Times 23.12.10 Respite for game birds, not foxes - JOHN FITZGERALD, Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports, Lower Coyne Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)
Irish Examiner 21.12.10 When will we finally see an end to blood sports? ALL God’s creatures have a place in the choir. So sang the late Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem.... The Department of the Environment has imposed a temporary ban on the shooting of game birds, effective until December 30, owing to severe weather conditions. While this brief respite from man’s inhumanity is welcome, there is to be no let-up in the hounding of foxes and hares.... John Fitzgerald Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

Farming UK 23.12.10 Bad weather suspends waterfowl shooting in NI - Legal suspensions of the shooting of waterfowl in Northern Ireland and Scotland which were put in place because of the severe winter weather have been extended. The Northern Ireland Environment Minister Edwin Poots has approved a second statutory suspension in relation to the shooting of ducks, geese and waders until 23.59pm on Wednesday 5th January.... The current suspension of the shooting of ducks, geese and waders in Scotland is also to be extended ... Dr Colin Shedden, BASC’s Scotland director, said: "This is the first time in Scotland that two statutory suspension orders have run consecutively, indicating the severity of the current weather conditions... Tommy Mayne, BASC’s Northern Ireland director, said: "Everyone who shoots respects their quarry ... (story)

Derby Telegraph 23.12.10 MPs clash in fiery Commons debate over gun law reform - FIERCE debating over reform of the UK’s gun laws has seen Labour and Conservative MPs from the city and county locking horns in Parliament. Derby North’s Labour MP Chris Williamson advocated a complete ban on all firearms, whereas Tory South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler – a shotgun owner herself – called for shooting as a sport to be protected.... (story)

Standard 23.12.10 Student fees protester: I'm on riot wanted list. That's funny - Felix Allen - A suspected rioter wanted for questioning over violence during the Parliament Square student protests today said he finds it “pretty funny”. Ethan Race, 20, an award-winning film-maker who was given a £3,000 bursary by the BBC, was among suspects pictured in a police line-up this week... Mr Race said he had been to many animal rights and climate change protests but had never been arrested... (story)

Leigh Journal 24.12.10 What's wrong with eating turkey? Richard Mountford Development Manager Animal Aid (letter
(*) Ealing Gazette 22.12.10 Spare the turkeys this Christmas - RICHARD MOUNTFORD Development manager Animal Aid (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 23.12.10 A seasonal sacrifice - Richard Mountford, Development Manager, Animal Aid (letter)
Uttoxeter Post & Times 13.12.10 Show goodwill to all creatures - If you want to make your Christmas a festival of goodwill to all living creatures, then please choose a vegetarian Christmas dinner instead of a turkey... Richard Mountford, Animal Aid (letter


Grantham Journal 22.12.10 Belvoir Hunt meet on Monday - THE annual Belvoir Hunt meet in Grantham will be held on Monday, December 27 and not Boxing Day.... (story)
Grantham Journal 22.12.10 Hundreds came for the Belvoir Hunt - SEVERAL hundred people were in St Peter’s Hill in 2000 for the Boxing Day Belvoir Hunt meet.... Grantham Mayor Mike Williams chose to remain in the Mayor’s Parlour rather than greet the fox hunters in protest at the hunt... (story)

West Cumberland Times & Star 22.12.10 SNOW AND ICE CAUSE HAVOC ACROSS WEST CUMBRIA - Snow and ice have continued to cause havoc across West Cumbria this week... Boxing Day hunts are likely to be affected, with the Blencathra Hunt planning exercises for its hounds instead if the freezing weather continues. Melbreak Foxhounds hunt master Johnny Vickers remained positive and said the group hoped to take the hounds up Low Fell if the weather permitted... (story)

Irish Independent 22.12.10 Barbaric 'sport' must be stopped - Hare coursing is a barbaric activity carried out in 75 clubs throughout Ireland. It involves capturing wild hares and releasing them to be chased by greyhounds in a sickening blood sport.... Hare coursing was brought to Ireland by British soldiers and ironically it has already been banned on the entire UK mainland... The Irish Council Against Blood Sports are running a campaign which aims to eradicate hare coursing from this country... Justin Kelly Edenderry, Co Offaly (letter)

Ilkley Gazette 22.12.10 Walkers reminded of priority over shooting parties on Ilkley Moor By Suzy Poole - Conservationists have made fresh allegations that walkers have been denied access to parts of Ilkley Moor by shooting parties. The Friends of Ilkley Moor (FOIM) say they have received “credible” reports of confrontations during the grouse season but the head of the Bingley Moor Partnership, which owns shooting rights on Rombalds Moor, has said there have been no recent conflicts.... (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 20.12.10 Walkers report being kep off parts of Ilkley Moor - Walkers say they are being denied access to parts of Ilkley Moor by shooting parties. The Friends of Ilkley Moor (FOIM) say they have received “credible” reports of confrontations during the grouse season, from August to December. But the head of the Bingley Moor Partnership, which owns shooting rights on Rombalds Moor, said there had been no recent conflicts... (story)

Shetland Marine 22.12.10 Lochhead dismisses resignation call - Pete Bevington - FISHERIES secretary Richard Lochhead has bit back at campaigners calling for his resignation over remarks concerning Scotland’s track record on mackerel conservation. On Tuesday welfare charity Animal Concern said Mr Lochhead’s claim at the weekend that Scottish fishermen had sustainable managed the mackerel fishery for the past 10 years was “misleading”.... On Wednesday Mr Lochhead said Mr Robins’ statement was “ill informed” and his resignation call was “ridiculous”.... (story)

News Shopper 22.12.10 Mum living in fear after fox attack in Catford By Nalini Sivathasan - A MUM-OF-TWO fears for the community’s safety after a fox attacked her at the family home in Catford. Dawn Elimlahi, 49, said the fox bit her hand outside her front door in Bourneside Gardens, Flower House Estate, on the evening of December 8... (story)

Bolton News 22.12.10 Do not give cash to charities which sponsor experiments - I WISH to highlight the plight of animals in laboratories around the world that are experimented on, on behalf of manufacturers of products such as drugs, chemicals household and industrial substances, and which some medical charities are involved with.... Organisations like The Dr Hadwen Trust are working to develop such techniques as well as reliable medical research without the use of animals... Mrs Alison Yates Union Street Egerton (letter)

Derby Telegraph 22.12.10 We can all take steps to stop animals suffering - ALL animals, not just humans, are individuals in their own right.... Yet we are surrounded by the most horrific cruelty and extermination: we bring animals into the world purely for cosmetic research, where a new shade of lipstick is valued over life; we kill animals for food in barbaric and inhumane ways; we propose industrial-scale dairy factories... Gail Anthony, Portreath Drive, Allestree (letter)

Stroud News & Journal 22.12.10 Stroud ape activist injured in collision with 'camouflaged' bollard By Nick Wakefield - STROUD-based wildlife activist Ian Redmond OBE has complained to councillors in South Gloucestershire after crashing his bike into a ‘camouflaged’ bollard near Bristol. Mr Redmond, who is chairman of The Ape Alliance – an organisation dedicated to ape welfare, suffered cuts to his face.... (story)


South Devon 21.12.10 A hunting we will go - THIS Boxing Day the South Devon Hunt will meet as usual continuing a tradition going back 200 years... (story)

Bolton News 21.12.10 Respect us vegetarians - I AM writing in support of M Houlston of Horwich who wrote about getting the facts right on vegetarians.... Vegetarians would have more respect if we were so because of religious beliefs but as it’s for the concern of the welfare of animals, it seems okay to belittle. We’ll be having a Christmas lunch without turkey and it will be far from bland. Joanne Whitehead Bolton (letter) br>Bolton News 21.12.10 Real veggies do not eat fish -I regret not being able to see the review of Max Max Restaurant by Steven Thompson on December 9. However I get the jist of the article from M Houlston’s excellent letter. Many people, believe that eating fish makes them a vegetarian... A Cartmell (letter)


Carlisle News & Star 21.12.10 ‘Cumbria killings highlighted gun law loopholes’, says inquiry By Nick Griffiths Crime Reporter - The massacre carried out by Cumbrian killer Derrick Bird highlighted gaps in the national gun licensing set-up, a parliamentary committee said today..... (story)
BBC News Online 20.12.10 Gun laws are a 'complex and confused' mess, say MPs - Gun laws are a "complex and confused" mess and tighter controls on firearms licences are required, MPs have said. Replacing 34 laws applying to England and Wales with one system to cover all firearms could help cut gun crime, the Home Affairs Committee reports.... The committee's suggestion of including shotguns in the tougher firearms restrictions would not be warranted, according to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.... Countryside Alliance campaigns director Robert Gray said many of the proposals would penalise the law-abiding shooting community and do little to protect public safety... (story)
Telegraph 20.12.10 Cumbria shootings: laws controlling the use of guns are complex and confused, MPs say - Criminals who escape with suspended sentences should not be allowed to keep firearms licence, MPs have suggested. By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor - The Commons' Home Affairs Committee also urged ministers to simplify the minimum age when children can legally fire guns. It warned that current laws controlling the use of guns are “complex and confused”.... (story)
Daily Mail 20.12.10 The 5,000 children given a licence to fire guns: MPs demand changes to firearm laws By TIM SHIPMAN - MPs today demand changes to firearm laws after ¬exposing how nearly 5,000 ¬children - some as young as ten - are licensed to use guns. The Home Affairs Select Committee calls for minimum age limits to be imposed on shotgun certificates and wants tighter controls over gun -owners with criminal records.... Robert Gray, Countryside Alliance campaigns director, called the ‘proposed restrictions on shotgun owners and young shooters … hugely disproportionate’.... (story)
Yorkshire Post 20.12.10 MPs call for tighter gun licence laws after Cumbrian massacre - Criminals who receive suspended jail terms should be stripped of any gun licences they hold, MPs reviewing firearms law in the wake of the Cumbria shootings have urged.... Bill Harriman, Basc director of firearms, said: "This is not the end of the road in terms of the political battle to secure effective law which serves both public safety and firearms users."... (story)
ThisIsDorset 20.12.10 Firearms law reforms spare farmers' guns - Shooters in the West have largely welcomed the recommendations on changes to Britain's firearms laws in the wake of the Cumbria shootings. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation said it was pleased suggestions to make it harder for farmers to continue using guns had been rejected.... (story)

Essex Echo 20.12.10 I shot men by accident when I tried to kill fox By Jon Austin - A DISABLED farmer lost his firearms licence after two men suspected of burgling a cannabis factory on his land were allegedly shot.... Essex Police confirmed two licences held by Mr Tibbs for more than 20 years were revoked. A spokesman said the two guns had been in the force’s possession since the raid. He said grounds for the revocation were that the holder was: “Unfit to be entrusted with a firearm and may present a danger to public safety or the peace.” According to Mr Tibbs, police also said he had too much ammunition and should have had licences for two other antique guns.... (story)
Express 18.12.10 FARMER MISSES FOX BUT SHOOTS PROWLERS By John Twomey - A FARMER was arrested and accused of attempted murder when he shot at a fox and accidently hit two suspected burglars. Edward Tibbs blasted three shotgun cartridges in the dead of night at what he thought was a fox – but missed every time.... (story)
Daily Mail 17.12.10 Armed police squad raided my farm after I took potshot at fox... and hit two intruders By ANDREW LEVY - A disabled farmer who took a potshot at a fox described yesterday how his house was stormed by armed police after he unwittingly hit two burglars. Edward Tibbs, 63, went out on his mobility scooter in the dead of night when he heard his geese becoming distressed. After spotting the fox and firing at it, he returned to his home at Elm Farm in Crays Hill, near Basildon in Essex, and went to bed. It was only when 16 armed officers arrived hours later as a police helicopter hovered overhead that he learned two people had been treated at hospital for gunshot wounds to their backs and legs.... Mr Tibbs complained he was now without his shotguns after police withdrew his firearms licence... (story)

Waltham Forest Guardian 20.12.10 CHINGFORD: Council to 'independently' assess Stow bid By Daniel Binns - THE council has said it wants to help calm the furore over the future of Walthamstow Stadium by independently evaluating a proposal to reopen it as a dog track. The venue, which closed in 2008, has been the subject of an increasingly fierce dispute between its new housing association owners London and Quadrant (L&Q) and campaigners, including those from the Save Our Stow (SOS) group, who want it to reopen with greyhound racing.... Meanwhile animal rights groups have also called on L&Q to "stand firm" and have demanded that the arena never be used for greyhound racing again.... (story)
Waltham Forest Guardian 7.12.10 CHINGFORD: Stow owner 'will continue consultation' By Daniel Binns - THE owner of Walthamstow Stadium insists residents will be given the opportunity to shape its plans for the site despite the last-minute cancellation of consultation events... the Waltham Forest Green Party has added its support to a call by animal rights group Greyhound Action for L&Q to not "give in" to campaigners. They argue greyhound racing is cruel, a claim denied by the industry (story)

Daily Mail 20.12.10 From sitting in the House of sleeping in a shed: how Sara Ross sacrificed it all for the animals she loves By NATASHA COURTENAY-SMITH - As the trusted personal assistant to life peer Lord Houghton of Sowerby, Sara Ross led a charmed life... In the circles in which she moved, Sara made quite a name for herself. For 15 years, she worked alongside Lord Houghton on legislation to improve animal welfare, and their efforts formed the bedrock of the ¬Animal Welfare Act. Then, in 1994, Sara, 50, set up The Horse Refuge, a sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals that has gained the support of celebrities including Leona Lewis, Joanna Lumley and Simon Cowell. But Sara’s devotion to her work has come at a high price... she and her husband Alan are virtually homeless, and living in a draughty outbuilding on a farm in Kent, having sold their £200,000 home and everything they own for the sake of their project... I started working with the writer Carla Lane, who’d set up her own sanctuary. And, in 1998, I took six months out to help her out while rescuing animals for my own refuge. I just never went back to work... (story)

The Sentinel 20.12.10 Halal meat must be labelled the same as free-range eggs - MISLEADING: I write with frustration at the contempt shown for the wishes of the British people by certain segments of the media regarding the religious slaughter of animals... Religious slaughter is given an exemption to animal cruelty laws, but the fact that it is allowed here in Britain isn't the biggest controversy. What is controversial is the blatant misleading of the public on this issue. All religiously-slaughtered meat should be labelled as such... Furthermore, as a vegetarian, I hope this also makes people more conscious of the food they eat and how it is produced. MARK DAWSON, BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY ORGANISER Cheddleton (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 20.12.10 Be kind this Christmas - As the Christmas season approaches and readers begin planning their festive food, veggie group Viva! is here to say catering for a vegetarian or vegan guest has never been easier.... Viva! has plenty of mouth-watering free recipes available on their Christmas pages online... All the recipes have been put together in a handy mini guide to a veggie Christmas, which is available to download for free from the website or for £1 for a hard copy... Helen Rossiter, Viva! cookery writer, Viva!, York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol (letter)


London SE1 19.12.10 Snowmen assemble in Jubilee Gardens for anti-fur protest - Animal rights campaigners gathered in Jubilee Gardens on Sunday to build an army of snowpeople holding signs that read: "Don't Be Cold-Hearted: Go Fur-Free". "The fact that it's cold outside doesn't mean that we have to have cold hearts", says PETA special projects coordinator Mandy Carter... (story)

Scotland on Sunday 19.12.10 Letter: Confusion over animal products - IF MILK and meat from the offspring of cloned animals is to be sold without identifying labels (News, 5 December) this will cause further confusion for buyers of animal products.... Cloning causes terrible suffering. For each normal animal born many more have a variety of serious malformations.... As well as identifying products associated with cloned animals, meat from ritually killed animals should also be identified at point of sale.... John F Robins, Animal Concern Advice Line, Dumbarton (letter)


Horse & Hound 18.12.10 Melton Hunt Ride postponed again - Catherine Austen, hunting editor - The Melton Hunt Club Ride has been postponed for a second time and hopes now to take place on 30 January. The famous hunt race, held over three miles of natural hunting country in Leicestershire, was due to be hosted this year by the Cottesmore at Knossington. It was originally scheduled for 27 November, but snow meant it was moved to last Sunday (12 December). However, Melton Hunt Club chairman Joey Newton walked the course on Friday and found parts of it untraceable... (story)

Portsmouth News 18.12.10 She's a kind of magic! Queen star names MP Caroline as his hero By RORY O'KEEFFE - QUEEN guitarist Brian May has gone ga ga over Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage - saying she's his hero. The rock icon turned animal rights campaigner praised the Gosport Tory MP for her stance against hunting with dogs... She admitted that when she first met Mr May at a League Against Cruel Sports dinner she had to work to keep her emotions under control.... (story)
Guardian 17.12.10 Conservatives Against Fox Hunting: when animal welfare beats party loyalty - These brave MPs show that keeping foxes free from the torture of hunting with dogs is more important than party politics - Brian May - My new heroes are Conservatives Against Fox Hunting, founded by Chris and Lorraine Platt, and led in the Commons by MPs Caroline Dinenage, Dominic Raab, Mike Weatherley and Simon Kirby. These brave MPs are standing by their moral conviction that hunting with dogs is cruel and inexcusable, and must never again be legal in this country... (story)


Horse & Hound 17.12.10 Northern Irish politicians vote against hunting ban - Hunting will not be banned in Northern Ireland, members of the assembly government have agreed... (story)
Belfast News Letter 16.12.10 Bill to ban hunting with dogs is rejected - A GREEN Party bill which called for an end to hunting with dogs was opposed by almost every other political party in Stormont yesterday... DUP Newry and Armagh MLA William Irwin slammed the bill as a "waste of assembly time and resources" as the debate opened.... Ulster Unionist South Down MLA John McCallister said it is unfair to criminalise hunters when police have so many other pressures on their service.... DUP Strangford MLA Jonathan Bell told the chamber that the Veterinary Association of Wildlife Management contend that the most humane way is through the natural hunt... Ulster Unionist South Antrim MLA Danny Kinahan slammed Mr Wilson's bill as an "election gambit". ... Sinn Fein Newry and Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan said the proposals were not enforceable... SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley said if the bill was passed into law it would make the house a laughing stock... However, Alliance South Belfast MLA Anna Lo backed the bill and said she found hunting to be "a barbaric, inhumane and cruel bloodsport which has no space in a modern society".... (story)
Belfast Telegraph 16.11.10 Bid to extend foxhunting ban to NI - A bid to extend the Great Britain ban on foxhunting to Northern Ireland has been tabled in the Stormont Assembly. The move by the Green Party aims to see the region adopt the same prohibition on hunting foxes with horses and hounds that has been introduced in England, Wales and Scotland over the last decade. Brian Wilson, the party`s only representative in the devolved administration proposed the Bill, which will be debated by Assembly members at a later date... (story)

Horse & Hound 17.12.10 Sinnington not guilty of breaking the Hunting Act - Charlotte White, deputy news editor - A Hunting Act prosecution against three members of the Sinnington Foxhounds has failed.... (story)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 15.12.10 Fox hunting trial ends with aquittal for Anthony Graham Winter, Caroline Scott and Wilfred Gamble - THREE leading members of the Sinnington Hunt were cleared by a judge this week of allegations made under the 2004 Hunting Act, at the end of a three-day hearing... (story)
Malton & Pickering Mercury 15.12.10 ‘Fox was not being hunted’ - THREE leading members of a North Yorkshire hunt were cleared yesterday of allegations of fox hunting after a three-day hearing. Anthony Graham Winter, 44, Master of the Sinnington Hunt, of Sykehead Lane, Nawton, in Helmsley, his partner, Caroline Scott, 37, whipper in of the hounds, and hunt follower, Wilfred Gamble 65, of Beckett Close, Nawton, had each pleaded not guilty to hunting a fox with dogs in December last year, contrary to the Hunting Act.... The court was told on the opening day of the trial that the The League’s head of operations, Paul Tildsley, had been waiting with binoculars, camcorder and three assistants all equipped with two-way radios, when the Sinnington Hunt rode out on the former Wombleton Airfield, last December 16, following complaints from the landowner about the hunt’s previous behaviour... (story)
York Press 15.12.10 Fox hunting trial ends with aquittal for Anthony Graham Winter, Caroline Scott and Wilfred Gamble - THREE leading members of the Sinnington Hunt were cleared by a judge this week of allegations made under the 2004 Hunting Act, at the end of a three-day hearing... Steve Taylor, of the LACS, said following the case: “We are very disappointed. We believe the members of the hunt were acting suspiciously, though we have to respect the outcome.... (story)
Yorkshire Post 14.12.10 Trial clears three hunt members By Grace Hammond - THREE leading members of a North Yorkshire hunt were cleared yesterday of allegations of fox hunting after a three-day hearing... District judge Simon Hickey adjourned the case last Friday after submissions were made by Robert Woodcock, QC for the defendants and the Countryside Alliance, that the three had no cases to answer... Mr Woodcock described the evidence as "weak", adding that a fox seen on video taken by a LACS officials showed it wandering across the former Wombleton Airfield near Kirkbymoorside while the hounds went in the opposite direction. "Clearly the fox was not being hunted," he said (story)
Northern Echo 13.12.10 Hunt members cleared of ulawful fox pursuit By Andy Walker - THREE hunt members have been cleared of unlawfully pursuing a fox after a three-day court hearing. The case, at Scarborough Magistrates' Court, centred around allegations that members of Sinnington Foxhounds hunt had pursued the fox near Wombleton Airfield, near Pickering, in December last year.... The court ruled that whipper-in Caroline Scott had no case to answer, with not guilty verdicts returned on huntsman Tony Winter and hunt supporter Wilf Gamble. Employees of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) covertly filmed the hunt and gathered evidence upon which the prosecution was based. The court ruled, however, that hunt was not pursuing a fox seen crossing the airfield in the video, and that their activity was consistent with legal trail hunting... (story)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 17.12.10 Shooters to hold fire - DUE to severe weather, the UK's largest shooting organisation, the British Association For Shooting And Conservation (BASC) is calling for shooters in England and Wales to exercise restraint in the shooting of ducks, geese and waders... (story)

ThisIsDevon 17.12.10 New £1.6m boost to country sports across the region - THE new £1.6 million Country Sports South West project is now under way – and rural businesses are being invited to make contact with the development team to find out how the project could add value to their business... (story)


Manchester Evening News 16.12.10 Hunters bid farewell to keen rider - Chris Jones - Huntsmen paid their respects to a town solicitor and passionate anti-blood sports campaigners who died last month. Eric Taylor spent almost 50 years working in Middleton as a partner at Temperley Taylor in Suffield House. Mr Taylor, a former secretary of the drag hunt, where riders chase dogs who follow a scent rather than a fox, died on November 22 from heart disease and pneumonia, aged 79... (story)

RTE 16.12.10 Marco Pierre White Interview - The Godfather of modern cooking, Marco Pierre White talks to RTÉ.ie's Taragh Loughrey-Grant about his kids, his bad-boy rep, why he has never had a driving license and his new book 'Marco Made Easy'... Deer stalking - explain what exactly it is that you do, do you hunt or do you also shoot? I do shoot them from time to time, I manage my herd... Having said that, I'd never shoot anything unless I had a home for it, in the sense of eating. I don't believe in killing for the sake of killing that's why I stopped pheasant shooting because I couldn't justify some of the bags that we shot so therefore I take six days a year now with my boys and all the birds go back to the restaurants and I'm very happy... (story)

ThisIsSomerset 16.12.10 Union's attack on cull protests - The RSPCA has been accused of using "X Factor style tactics" after the animal charity revealed it submitted nearly 40,000 objections to the badger cull consultation. The National Farmers Union said the responses should be judged on "quality not quantity" and that the RSPCA had been "whipping up emotions" over the plans to halt bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle by culling badgers... (story)

Western Morning 16.12.10 In the badger cull debate it is the hard facts that count - It is relatively easy, in the digital age, to orchestrate a massive response to a consultation exercise. But how equal are the opportunities to influence debate when access to fast broadband connections are so patchy in rural areas like our own? The question has special relevance today with the news that the animal welfare charity the RSPCA was able to collect 40,000 messages of objection to the Government's plans to cull badgers... We are certainly not suggesting the RSPCA has in any way 'cooked' the figures.... But it is valid to ask – when the means to make one's voice heard, via the electronic media, are so concentrated in the hands of the urban-dwelling masses – whether the 40,000 anti-cull sentiments, expressed through the RSPCA, deserves any special consideration? Should those 40,000 voices mean more than the far more modest number of livestock farmers who are calling for a selective cull of sick badgers in the hope of reducing outbreaks of this devastating disease that is causing such heartache and misery on the farm? We suggest not... (story)

Reading Post 16.12.10 ‘Andrea would be thrilled by memorial bench’ By Alan Bunce - The parents of murdered Tilehurst woman Andrea Waddell paid tribute to their daughter as they made a first visit to a new bench in her memory at Blagrave Park. Andrea, 29, was killed on October 15 last year by satellite engineer Neil McMillan at her flat in Brighton while she was working as a prostitute.... “It’s just another gesture of remembrance for her. The other thing is we continue to raise money for the Lord Dowding Fund [for Humane Research].”... Andrea, a vegan and passionate animal rights campaigner, suffered scoliosis, fibromyalgia and ulcerative colitis, yet could not resist helping other people in need... (story)

East Lothian Courier 16.12.10 Cash to aid bears by Kirsty Gibbins - A FOUNDATION created by an animal rights campaigner from Tranent to help prevent cruelty to bears has made its first donation to a project in Pakistan. The Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears, launched in October, has gifted £700 to a sanctuary in Balkasar, Pakistan, run by the World Society for the Protection of Animals to aid bears rescued from bear-baiting... Created by Tranent woman Lesley Winton, the foundation has raised about £1,000 since its launch and the next project set to benefit from its fundraising efforts in 2011 is International Animal Rescue’s sanctuary in India for rescued ‘dancing’ bears.... (story)

Irish Examiner 16.12.10 Force feeding is cruel - MAY I make two points in response to Jeremie Pageot (Dec 13) who is anxious to defend his national delicacy, foie gras... To make a duck’s liver expand to 10 times its normal size is bound to cause suffering... I simply abhor cruelty to any creature, human or animal, as I’m sure do the majority of decent, sensible people in this country. Margaret Baker Cobh Co Cork (letter)

Irish Times 16.12.10 Animal killings at Christmas - The Christmas festive season is an apt time to reflect on how we treat our farm animals. This is the period, after all, in which the industry goes into overdrive, slaughtering several billion animals across the planet over a four-week period.... Animals are complex, sentient beings, yet we treat them as if they had no rights. In truth, they are more like us than many of us care to contemplate. – Yours, etc, GERRY BOLAND, Keadue, Co Roscommon (letter)

Newark Advertiser 16.12.10 Slaughter laws - I recently read yet again that the laws of this country are still being flouted by suppliers of halal-killed animal meat.... why is the Foods Standards Agency turning a blind eye to this most cruel of slaughtering methods... ERIC KIRTON, Marsh Lane, Farndon (letter)


ThisIsDevon 15.12.10 Hunts delayed - DEVON hunts which traditionally take place on Boxing Day will be meeting a day later this year. Because this year Boxing Day falls on a Sunday... (story)

Guardian 15.12.10 Venison: more bang for your buck - There are many good reasons to make venison a regular feature of your table. Why do we show so little appreciation for it in this country? I've done some strange things in pursuit of lunch in my time – riding a recalcitrant camel across the Kalahari for an al-fresco feast of gritty chapattis springs to mind – but clambering halfway up a tree in the dead of night, and sitting there for two hours, motionless, silent, and absolutely bloody freezing, has to take the biscuit.... (story)

Halifax Evening Courier 15.12.10 Not so fast on young guns - Your article refering to the granting of shotgun licences to young people was extremely well balanced. The headline, however - 'Kids of 14 are told; you can have a shotgun', and your invitation to the general public to air their opinions on the matter, are less well judged, since they both clearly imply there is some controversy here. What controversy, exactly?... Alan Brooks, (Birstall, but working in Elland) (letter)

ThisIsSouthWales 15.12.10 More talk of badger culls - THERE is still more talk of badger culling! Does no one know what the farms that are clear of TB in their animals are doing that is different from the ones that have contracted it? It seems quite a large percentage of farms are clear, so what are they doing? Is it down to good husbandry? Has anyone looked into this?... P Chissell, Cwmann, Lampeter (letter)

Express 15.12.10 MAY JOINS MONKEY CAMPAIGN - QUEEN rocker BRIAN MAY is the latest star to sign up for a campaign to save baby monkeys from animal testing labs, calling on the government to "cut all ties" with the industry. Officials at the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) is pressing for a ban on the international trade in monkeys for research, insisting current laws are not stringent enough to protect primates in the wild. And animal-loving May has joined funnyman Ricky Gervais in backing the campaign... (story)


Evening Standard 14.12.10 Upper-class warriors - are you a Charlie or an Otis? - Only one person has ever come up with a sensible retort to the hereditary principle. Jesus said (Luke 12:48): “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.”.... But what of Charlie Gilmour, the Byronic, porcelain-skinned Cambridge undergraduate who has female students swooning? The 21-year-old adopted son of the extremely wealthy Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, who, in his defence, recited poetry to the police, seems destined to be the definitive image for years to come of the indulged offspring who embraces radical politics. At the weekend, Gilmour was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage and further charged on suspicion of theft, before being released on bail yesterday. In comparison with him, the previous poster boy of toff activism, the pro-hunting campaigner Otis Ferry, 28, now looks strangely sympathetic, a model of restraint and good faith, despite urban disdain for his unfashionable cause.... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 14.12.10 Royal hunters had become the hunted - MOST national newspapers have published photos of Prince Charles and his wife in their car with headlines along the lines of "Camilla – terror in her eyes." While I'm not someone who would ever condone violence, there is something ironic about the whole thing, when you think of the terror Charles and Camilla have regularly inflicted on wildlife while involved in hunting for fun... Y Street, Saddlers Way, Okehampton (letter)

Northern Echo 14.12.10 RSPCA'S court fight over £2.4m will "regrettable" - A MOTHER said it was "regrettable" the RSPCA had fought to stop her inheriting a £2.4m family farm after appeal judges gave their reasons for overturning a will leaving it to the animal charity. Dr Christine Gill said the charity had chosen to "fight me all the way".... The RSPCA now faces an enormous bill after costs orders for the case were mainly made on the indemnity basis... (story)
Yorkshire Post 14.12.10 'Why RSPCA was wrong to fight me over my mother's will' A UNIVERSITY lecturer said today it was "regrettable" the RSPCA had fought to stop her inheriting a £2.4 million Yorkshire family farm after appeal judges gave their reasons for overturning a will leaving it to the animal charity... (story)
Northern Echo 2.12.10 ‘My mother loved me and I loved her’ By Joe Willis - University lecturer Christine Gill speaks to Joe Willis about her battle to reclaim the £2m family farm left to the RSPCA by her mother... (story)
Northern Echo 1.12.10 Christine Gill wins will battle By Joe Willis - A UNIVERSITY lecturer last night spoke of her delight after winning a four-year legal battle to reclaim her £2m family farm left to the RSPCA by her mother. The animal charity now faces huge legal costs after failing to overturn an earlier ruling that handed 287-acre Potto Carr Farm, in Potto, North Yorkshire, to motherof- one Christine Gill.... (story)
Mail 29.11.10 'My £2m has gone to the dogs!' University lecturer battles RSPCA over parents' decision to leave fortune to animal charity - The RSPCA today challenged a ruling which overturned a will leaving it a £2million estate. University lecturer Christine Gill won a High Court battle last year to overturn the will, which left her parents' 287-acre North Yorkshire farm to the charity... Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, for the RSPCA, told the court that one of the issues for decision was whether the judge was 'wrong to find that Mr Gill unduly influenced Mrs Gill into executing her will'. Another question was whether the judge was 'wrong to find that Mrs Gill knew and approved of her will'... (story)
Northern Echo 3.3.10 Charities backing RSPCA in legal fight By Joe Willis - THREE charities have spoken out in support of the RSPCA, which has refused to concede defeat in its three-year legal row over a £2m farm. The charities say they are concerned about the implications of the High Court ruling that handed 287-acre Potto Carr Farm, in Potto, North Yorkshire, to university lecturer Dr Christine Gill… The three charities are the Charities Aid Foundation, the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association…. (story)
Times 6.2.10 RSPCA ordered to pay lecturer's £1.3 million legal costs - Andrew Norfolk - The RSPCA was ordered to pay the bulk of £1.3 million legal costs yesterday after losing a lengthy court battle over the bequest of a family farm. Christine Gill, an only child who was disinherited by her mother’s gift to the animal welfare charity, wept with relief last year when a judge ruled that she was entitled to inherit the £2.3 million property.... (story)
Times 5.2.10 RSPCA ordered to pay lecturer's £1.3 million legal costs - The RSPCA was today ordered to pay the bulk of the £1.3 million legal costs of unsuccessfully waging a lengthy court battle with a woman who was disinherited by her mother’s decision to leave their family farm to the animal welfare charity. Christine Gill, an only child, wept with relief last year when a judge ruled that she was entitled to inherit the £2.3 million, 287-acre (116 ha) North Yorkshire farm on which she had laboured for many years to support her elderly parents... (story)
Northern Echo 5.2.10 RSPCA facing £1m legal costs over Northallerton contested will - The RSPCA has been ordered to pay a huge legal bill after losing the case of an estate left to it in a will. The animal charity is facing paying out costs of up to £1m after Dr Christine Gill, from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, overturned her parents will last year.... (story)
Northern Echo 10.10.09 Disinherited after years of sacrifice and care - After eight months of deliberation, a judge yesterday ruled that a daughter could reclaim the £2m farm her parents left to the RSPCA. Joe Willis looks at the events that led up the extraordinary case.... Another apparent mystery is why the farm was left to the RSPCA. Dr Gill says her mother would openly criticise the animal charity and her father allowed the local fox hunt onto their land.... (story)
Sun 10.10.09 Mum wins dogfight over £2m RSPCA will By ROBIN PERRIE - A WOMAN was celebrating last night after overturning her mum's will which left a £2million farm to the RSPCA....(story)
Times 10.10.09 Daughter defeats RSPCA ‘townies’ after inheritance battle over £2m farm - Andrew Norfolk - A woman disinherited by her mother’s decision to leave the family’s £2.3 million farm to the RSPCA celebrated victory yesterday when a court declared the will invalid....(story)
Guardian 9.10.09 Judge overturns couple's £2.3m will and awards farm to daughter - Court accepts that husband bullied wife into signing will giving RSPCA their estate - Helen Carter - A woman who contested her parents' will after they left their £2.3m estate in North Yorkshire to the RSPCA today won her legal battle to inherit their farm. The RSPCA said it would appeal against the decision. Christine Gill, 58, a university lecturer from Northallerton, started legal action in July to challenge the will, which she claimed her father had forced her mother into making... (story)
Independent 9.10.09 Daughter wins RSPCA inheritance battle By Jonathan Brown - A university lecturer today won her three-year legal battle against the RSPCA over the right to inherit her parents’ £2m farm. The bitterly-contested courtroom tussle has left both sides with enormous legal bills and could have important ramifications for charities which rely heavily on bequests to fund them...Neither of her parents, John and Joyce Gill, expressed support for the charity, she said. Her mother had been an avowed opponent of the RSPCA’s stance on hunting. But the court heard that Mrs Gill, who suffered from agoraphobia and panic disorder, was bullied into changing her will by her husband... (story)
BBC News Online 9.10.09 Woman wins RSPCA will challenge - A woman who contested her parents' will after they left their £2.34m estate in North Yorkshire to the RSPCA has won her legal battle. Christine Gill, 58, claimed her father forced her mother into making the will and she had been assured she would inherit the farm near Northallerton... (story)
Telegraph 9.10.09 Woman wins inheritance battle after parents left £2 million farm to RSPCA - A university lecturer has won a three-year legal battle to inherit her parents’ £2 million farm which they had bequeathed to the RSPCA. By Paul Stokes - Christine Gill, 59, claimed that her late father coerced her mother into making a will which cut her out and left everything to the animal charity... (story)
Northern Echo 9.10.09 Daughter wins RSPCA will fight By Joe Willis - CHRISTINE Gill who contested her parents' will after they left their £2m estate to the RSPCA has won her legal challenge.... (story)
Yorkshire Evening Post 16.7.08 Legacy battle daughter said mum disliked RSPCA - A lecturer contesting a £2.34m bequest to the RSPCA has claimed her mother had a distaste for the animal charity labelling them a 'bunch of townies'. Mum-of-one Dr Christine Gill, 58, has launched a High Court challenge after her parents' sprawling 287-acre farm estate bypassed her completely despite her being given repeated assurances by mother Joyce that it would be hers.... "Both my parents disagreed with the RSPCA's stance on hunting and they allowed the local hunt to pass over the farm."... (story)
Daily Mail 16.7.08 Woman who left her fortune to RSPCA 'labelled its members a bunch of townies' By Chris Brooke - A woman who left her family fortune to the RSPCA instead of her only child disliked the animal charity and labelled its members 'a bunch of townies,' a court was told. University lecturer Dr Christine Gill, 58, has launched a High Court challenge to her mother's will, which cuts her out of the £2.34 million estate... 'Both my parents disagreed with the RSPCA's stance on hunting and they allowed the local hunt to pass over the farm.'... (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 15.12.10 Cruelty-free Christmas - Kelly Slade, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)
Derby Telegraph 8.12.10 Think of animals to have a cruelty-free Christmas - Kelly Slade Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)
Northern Echo 6.12.10 Animal cruelty - CHRISTMAS is meant to be a season of peace and goodwill. Yet for many animals it is a time of extreme suffering and exploitation. Millions of turkeys are slaughtered for Christmas dinner, along with ducks, geese, pigs, lambs and chickens... Rabbits and foxes have their fur stripped from them to be turned into clothing and accessories... Send for Animal Aid’s Guide to a Compassionate Christmas... Kelly Slade, Animal Aid, Tonbridge (letter)


Irish Examiner 13.12.10 Hunting them out - I AM bemused by the fact that all those Fianna Fáil TDs who objected so strongly to having to vote for a ban on stag hunting last summer didn’t undergo any crisis of conscience over punishing the blind, the disabled, family carers, low-paid workers and social welfare recipients in the budget.... John Fitzgerald Lower Coyne Street Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

Scotsman 13.12.10 Shooting and fishing: 'They assume that they and their friends are better shots than they really are' By Alastair Robertson - I went shooting the other day near home with a rather jolly retired superintendent from the Metropolitan Police who has his own shoot in Hampshire. But what was interesting was not so much how he came by the readies for a shoot in Hampshire, but his attitude to letting days. He is now the third person I have come across who deliberately does not advertise the size of bag that a client can expect if he or she rents a day's shooting.... But if shooting is to survive in the long term, everyone is going to have to focus more on the quality of the day and not the quantity of the birds (story)

Oxford Mail 13.12.10 Green Fair draws a crowd - HUNDREDS of Christmas shoppers descended on Oxford Town Hall on Saturday to celebrate the city’s 30th annual Green Fair. More than 100 environmental and ethical stalls were enjoyed by shoppers at the event organised by the Oxford Green Party... Among the organisations taking part was the Oxfordshire Badger Group. (story)


Horse & Hound 12.12.10 Equestrian stalwart Hugo McGhee dies - Hugo McGhee, one of the most popular equestrian and hunting personalities in Derbyshire, has died aged 80. Mr McGhee, formerly of Oxton Rakes, Barlow, died peacefully on 22 November in Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield. He hunted for many years with the Meynell and South Staffs and the High Peak Harriers and was a joint-master of the former from 1976-78... (story)


Exeter Express & Echo 11.12.10 Why can hunters keep foxhounds? - A FOXHOUND is defined in my Chambers Concise Dictionary as a hound used for chasing foxes. The Hunting Act 2004 makes it unlawful for packs of dogs to chase foxes. I wonder, therefore, why the hunting fraternity is allowed to continue to breed and train foxhounds for a purpose that may be unlawful... John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Telegraph 11.12.10 Foxes behind brake cable vandalism, experts warn - Animal experts have warned motorists that fox cubs have developed a taste for brake fluid which could dangerously affect the performance of their cars. By Andy Bloxham - A couple discovered the problem when they took their car to a mechanic after noticing “small bits of debris” on the ground under the spot where they park their car.... The mechanics then remembered a spate of similar problems being reported to them and the damaged parts were sent off to wildlife experts, who found teeth marks similar to those made by a juvenile fox... (story)


Belfast Telegraph 10.12.10 Urge your local MLA to back anti-hunting bill - The Green Party's MLA in Northern Ireland, Brian Wilson, is bringing a bill before the Assembly on December 15 to extend the law to Northern Ireland banning the hunting of wild mammals - particularly foxes - with dogs. This law is already in place in England, Scotland and Wales. I urge all MLAs to support this Bill as this is a barbaric and abhorrent practice that causes unnecessary suffering to foxes and other wild animals... JO CAMPBELL, By Email (letter)

Irish Independent 10.12.10 Kevin Myers: When one of our ghastly bird-killing savages is caught, we will see how much support they have - The bogs are frozen hard, so the snipe are in the fields... The snipe is the unintended author of one of the most commonly-used English words in other languages: "sniper". It is good to see that the Department of the Environment this week placed a ban on shooting it, or any wildbird, while the freeze lasts. Sportsmen will of course obey the ban; people who shoot are generally conservationists... That a full 20 eagles have been poisoned in what is still a young programme suggests that we are not faced with a couple of demented bird haters, but a fairly numerous group of barbaric hillbillies who know almost nothing about nature, or the land they live on... (story)

Bristol Evening Post 10.12.10 Culling is useless - A GREAT many areas of evidence about the bovine tuberculosis epidemic have remained shamefully underplayed. Two leading scientists, members of the team who conducted the biggest field trial ever mounted in Britain, attacked the misuse of their work by both the Westminster and Welsh governments... Sadly, the politicians have seen the NFU and its friends coming. They have even persuaded the English ones to pay for powder and shot to shoot themselves in the foot. David Williams, Badger Trust (letter)


Wirral Globe 9.12.10 Labour apologise to Wallasey election candidate over 'misleading' leaflet By Geoff Barnes - Ex-Conservative parliamentary candidate Leah Fraser has won an apology from labour for misleading claims in a leaflet issued before the last General Election. Cllr Darren Dodd has also paid the £3,500 legal costs of the former Wirral councillor. In a leaflet distributed by the Labour Party in the Wallasey constituency, it was claimed that Leah Fraser was a supporter of fox hunting and saw this as a priority, over all other issues, including the economy... In his letter to Leah Fraser, Cllr Dodd said: “We accept that this was a completely unfounded submission... As part of the settlement, the Labour Party will also print a statement retracting their remarks in a leaflet to be delivered in the constituency.... (story)

Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 9.12.10 Sherston's tally ho ... here’s to charity - The Beaufort Hunt met at Pyke Boarding Kennels, Sherston where a large crowd enjoyed the generous hospitality of Mrs Kitty Goddard and Mrs Angela Stanley. Two cheques of £750 each were presented at the meet on November 20. One was to Athelstan House Amenities in Malmesbury which cares for the elderly and those who are suffering from dementia. The other cheque was given to the Watershed Riding for the Disabled... (story)
Bristol Evening Post 3.12.10 Hunt members present cheques to local causes - Members of the Beaufort Hunt have presented two cheques to local charities... Two cheques of £750 each were presented to Athelstan House in Malmesbury, which cares for the elderly and those suffering from dementia, and to the Watershed Riding for the Disabled group based at Coates... (story)

Shropshire Star 9.12.10 Decision due on Shropshire hounds site - The fate of a controversial scheme submitted by hunt bosses to house up to 86 hounds at a farm in north Shropshire will be decided by Shropshire Council planning bosses next week. Members of the North Shropshire Hunt have found a permanent site to house their hounds at Hine Heath Farm, Stanton upon Hine Heath, and are now seeking planning approval.... (story)
Horse & Hound 23.5.09 Blow to North Shropshire hunt as kennel plans stall - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - The North Shropshire hunt is "taking stock" after planning permission for new kennels was revoked. The hunt won permission to build kennels for 80 hounds and accommodation for staff at Whixall in February, but it was retracted on 6 May after pressure group No Hunt Kennel threatened High Court action… (story)
Shropshire Star 6.5.09 Kennels permit revoked - Planning permission to build hunt kennels for up to 80 dogs in north Shropshire has been quashed, it was revealed today. Shropshire Council has overturned the decision made by the former North Shropshire District Council to grant permission for the kennels at Greenfields, Ossage Lane, Whixall.The kennels, for the North Shropshire Hunt, would have accommodated up to 80 dogs and included on-site accommodation for workers…. (story)
Shropshire Star 21.4.09 Kennels row legal move - Shropshire Council is seeking legal advice as campaigners against proposed hunting kennels in Whixall prepare to take their fight to the High Court. Objectors to the proposed kennels for 80 dogs at Greenfields in Ossage Lane, have warned the council they will call for a judicial review over a decision to allow the kennels to be built, unless it quashes the decision by tomorrow… (story)
Shropshire Star 12.2.09 Kennels get go-ahead - Controversial plans for hunting kennels for up to 80 dogs in a village near Whitchurch have been given the go-ahead – for the second time. The plan is for kennels for the North Shropshire Hunt in Whixall... (story)
Shropshire Star 24.11.08 Villagers eye court move to block kennels - Campaigners against plans to site hunt kennels in a Shropshire village may apply for a judicial review in a bid to block them. The No Hunt Kennel campaign is challenging the relocation to Whixall… (story)
Shropshire Star 4.9.08 Hunt kennels move backed by planners - Plans for new hunt kennels in north Shropshire have been approved despite concerns from residents. North Shropshire District Council’s development control committee approved the plans for a site at Greenfields, Ossage Lane, Whixall, yesterday…. (story)
Shropshire Star 18.8.08 Hunt says kennels would not be noisy - Bosses at the North Shropshire Hunt have assured neighbours of a proposed kennels for up to 80 dogs near Whitchurch they will not be disturbed… (story)
Shropshire Star 17.7.08 Meeting on plans for hunt kennels - Angry villagers living near the proposed site of new hunting kennels to house up to 80 dogs in north Shropshire are expected to turn out in force at a meeting tonight. People from Whixall will attend the public meeting to discuss plans for the kennels, for the North Shropshire Hunt, to be sited in the village on Greenfields, Ossage Lane… (story)
Shropshire Star 29.4.08 Proposal to build kennels rejected - Controversial plans to build hunt kennels for up to 80 hounds in north Shropshire have been thrown out… proposals have been rejected by planning officers without even reaching the committee stage, because developers have not submitted enough information… (story)
Shropshire Star 9.4.08 Silent protest at plans by hunt By Abigail Bates - Disgruntled residents staged a silent protest at a council meeting against the North Shropshire Hunt’s plans to build a new base near their homes. More than a dozen villagers from Whixall armed with placards stood in silence outside the council offices in Wem yesterday to show their frustration at Wem Rural Parish Council’s decision to support the controversial application… (story)
Shropshire Star 8.4.08 Villagers protest over kennels plan - Dozens of angry Whixall residents are set to lobby a parish council meeting tonight in a bid to stop dog kennels being built in their village… The North Shropshire Hunt last month announced plans to build the kennels, for 80 dogs, at Greenfields on Ossage Lane, near Whixall… (story)
Horse & Hound 22.3.08 North Shropshire hunt faces opposition to moving kennels - Plans to move the hounds of the North Shropshire hunt to a new site are being opposed by members of the community... (story)

North Devon Journal 9.12.10 Funds raised - A SHOOT in honour of North Devon soldier Chris King, who was killed in Afghanistan, raised £2,020 for charity.... Proceeds will be split between Help For Heroes and the North Devon Army Cadets. (story)

Western Gazette 9.12.10 Rising cost of living puts life in rural areas at risk - LIVING in a picturesque and tranquil area of Dorset or Somerset carries a financial penalty that puts community life in rural areas at risk. If readers of the Western Gazette have not heard, social policy research compiled by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that the cost of living in rural areas is 20 per cent higher than in urban areas.... Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: "For many families in rural areas, it is a constant struggle to make ends meet, meaning they often have to spend 20 per cent more than their urban counterparts to match their standard of living... (story)

Evesham Journal 9.12.10 Shocking footage of slaughterhouse - I have watched some of the film footage of British slaughterhouses, which was filmed secretly by Animal Aid. I say I only watched some of it because it was too shocking to watch... I will demand action from Defra, and will be taking personal responsibility, too. I can no longer eat meat. Roger Arnold, Pershore (letter)

ThisIsCornwall 9.12.10 Animal rights - ANIMAL rights campaigners are staging a candlelit vigil in Truro's city centre tomorrow, Friday, to raise awareness of animal cruelty and to offer advice on buying ethical festive products. Members of Cornwall Saving Animals From Exploitation, based in Newquay, will be meeting on Pydar Street, dressed in animal costumes. Staff from the Lush shop and members of Greenpeace and the Green Party will also join the vigil. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 9.12.10 Animal rights campaigners to hold vigil - ANIMAL rights campaigners are holding a candle-lit vigil in Bristol city centre tomorrow to mark International Animal Rights Day... (story)
Bristol Evening Post 8.12.10 Animal rights campaigners to hold city vigil - A VIGIL will be held in the city centre to remember animals that have suffered cruelty. The ceremony in St Augustine's Parade will mark International Animal Rights Day on Friday... A spokesperson for Bristol Animal Rights Collective said: "All animals, not just humans, are individuals in their own right, and can suffer emotional and physical pain... (story)

Bournemouth Echo 9.12.10 Be a compassionate shopper - Residents of Dorset please spare a thought for factory farmed animals. Four Paws, the animal protection organisation, is encouraging people to think about the animals who suffer cruel factory farm practices like debeaking... Angelique Davies, Four Paws, London (letter)

Bolton News 9.12.10 How RSPCA came to help children - IN answer to Dr Gibson’s letter of December 4 (Where is cruelty in culling badgers?), I quote here extracts from “Who Cares for Animals”, by Antony Brown, which describes the first successful Parliamentary Bill to prevent animal cruelty... The animal welfare movement soon spread to the continent, but it was not until 1866 that the United States had any similar cruelty laws. However, there was still no such help for children in either country... Soon so many cases of child cruelty were being brought before the courts that a New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was formed and, within 12 months, a similar organisation was started in London, largely through a John Colam and the RSPCA... Katherine M Kay (Mrs) Branch Administrator Bolton RSPCA (letter)


ThisIsDevon 8.12.10 Farmer claims hunt came onto his land despite ban By David Shepherd - A FARMER is furious after a hunt which is barred from his land in the Culm Valley "terrified" his cattle – possibly causing one heifer to abort her calf in fright. Stephen Owen claims the East Devon Hunt has been banned from his farmland in Dunkeswell, near Cullompton, for more than 30 years because of the wildlife that thrives within it. But on Saturday, November 20, he says he returned to his farm to find that a pack of hounds and riders had been "tearing" through his 100-acre site during a trail hunt.... (story)
North Devon Journal 25.11.10 Farmer's fury as banned hunt 'tears through' site causing heifer to lose her calf - A farmer is furious after a hunt which is barred from his land "terrified" his cattle – causing one heifer to abort her calf in fright. Stephen Owen says the East Devon Hunt have been banned from his farmland for more than 30 years in a bid to protect the wildlife that thrives within it... (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 24.11.10 Furious farmer claims East Devon Hunt invaded his land - A FARMER is furious after a hunt which is barred from his land 'terrified' his cattle – possibly causing one heifer to abort her calf in fright. Stephen Owen claims the East Devon Hunt have been banned from his farmland for more than 30 years because of the wildlife that thrives within it. But on Saturday he says he returned to his farm in Dunkeswell, near Honiton, to find that a pack of hounds and riders had been 'tearing' through his 100-acre site during a trail hunt.... The Joint Master of The East Devon Hunt has apologised to the farmer but said he 'could not comment' on whether their hounds entered Mr Owen's land.... (story)

Country Life 8.12.10 The best ways to spend Boxing Day - After a day of extreme indulgence Boxing Day is a chance to redeem oneself by getting outdoors and doing something fun - Oliver Moody .... Unfortunately Boxing Day falls on a Sunday this year, and hunting on a Sunday is not the done thing. But packs will be meeting across the country on Monday 27th for the biggest day in their annual calendar, and newcomers are invariably welcome. Find your local hunt, and prepare for an exhilarating yomp through your local countryside... (story)

BBC News Online 8.12.10 Poots announces short ban on shooting of some wildfowl - The shooting of certain species of wildfowl is to be temporarily suspended due to the severe weather. Environment minister Edwin Poots said species such as ducks, geese, and waders had difficulty in obtaining enough food to survive as ground and water areas were frozen... Mr Poots said the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) and the Scottish Association Country Sports (SACS) had been consulted on the suspension and were supportive of this measure to conserve local wildlife (story)

Farming UK 8.12.10 Cold weather brings legal restrictions on shooting - The shooting of ducks, geese and waders is to be suspended in Scotland for the second time this year because of severe weather. From one minute past midnight on the morning of Friday 10th December it will become illegal to shoot ducks including reared mallard, geese, woodcock, snipe and golden plover.... Dr Colin Shedden, director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) Scotland said: "The legal suspension of the shooting of wildfowl and wading birds offers extra protection when an extended period of severe weather is likely to disrupt the birds’ feeding and roosting patterns... (story)

ThisIsDorset 8.12.10 Set your sights away from wildfowl during cold snap, shooters warned - People who shoot wildfowl birds are being told by their sport's governing body to exercise restraint during the cold snap. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is calling for all shooters to ease off shooting ducks, geese and waders, including reared mallard, who will be affected by ice... (story)

Northern Echo 8.12.10 Christmas cruelty - ALTHOUGH Christmas is a very special time of the year, I wonder if any of your other readers feel the same as I do about the thousands of birds and animals that are slaughtered in the name of Yuletide celebrations?... Perhaps people should think about the geese and turkeys that are force-fed so they reach a satisfactory weight?... I Pearson, Norton (letter)


Watford Observer 7.12.10 Watford trio make Who's Who list By Michael Pickard - Three Watford-born figures have lined up alongside X Factor judge Simon Cowell in the 2011 edition of Who's Who.... There is also room for John Cooper, 52, a barrister, writer and broadcaster and chairman of the League Against Cruel Sports, who lives at Dairy Way, Abbots Langley.... (story)

ThisIsDevon 7.12.10 Group postpones estuary shooting - THE Devon Wildfowling and Conservation Association has voluntarily suspended shooting on the Exe and Teign estuaries because of the cold weather... (story)

ThisIsDevon 7.12.10 Big freeze may prompt ban on shooting waterfowl - Another week of freezing weather in England will trigger a ban on shooting waterfowl, Britain's biggest game shooting organisation said yesterday. The British Association of Shooting and Conservation urged wildfowlers to show voluntary restraint immediately because the cold weather was putting some species under pressure.... (story)

Scotsman 7.12.10 Letter: Snare defence - The SNP's anti-snaring campaigner George Leslie is wrong when he describes snares as indiscriminate and cruel (Letters, 4 December). On the contrary, not only are gamekeepers skilled at targeting the location of foxes but modern snares are simply holding devices: they do not choke or cause suffering to an animal... Alex Hogg Scottish Gamekeepers Association Arran Road Perth (letter)
Scotsman 4.12.10 Letter: Snare cruelty - Congratulations to our parliament on planning the essential prosecution of both gamekeepers and landowners for the poisoning of iconic raptor birds such as the golden eagle (your report, 3 December). However, you failed to mention that the same bill is going to permit - and in fact encourage - the indiscriminate use of snares... George Leslie, SNP Against Snaring, North Glassock Farm, Fenwick (letter)

Westmorland Gazette 7.12.10 'Watch out for poachers' call to Lancashire residents - POLICE in Lancashire are asking residents and visitors to help hunt down deer and game poachers in the run-up to Christmas. The number of incidents usually rises around this time of year as poachers look to fill their festive tables with stolen meat.... (story)

Farmers Weekly 7.12.10 Government pledge on rural broadband - Johann Tasker - Rural leaders have welcomed government plans to speed up internet connections in the countryside - but warned that they must go further... But the Countryside Alliance said the provision of public funds for "digital hubs" in particularly remote areas provided reassurance that rural communities would not be overlooked in broadband delivery... (story)

Mail 7.12.10 Foxes have killed TWO of my cats and ripped off the catflap trying to get into my house, claims distraught owner By CLAIRE ELLICOTT - When Sue Barton entered her kitchen early one morning, she found her cat flap ripped off the door. Determined not to be outfoxed, she drafted in animal experts who discovered scratches and gnawing around the door. They told her it was probably a hungry fox lured by the scent of food - or possibly the smell of the family cat. Mrs Barton, who said she suspected that two of her cats had been killed by a fox in the past, is convinced they are right.... (story)

The Sentinel 7.12.10 I know which way I prefer - I CANNOT understand what all the fuss is about regarding the serving of Halal meat to children in our schools. After all, in a society which is apparently against the pursuit of wild animals in the name of sport what is wrong in encouraging the practice of slitting a tame helpless animal's throat and allowing it to watch and feel its life blood ebb away... MALCOLM PEACH Meir (letter)

Leicester Mercury 7.12.10 It's time to give thought to the animals as annual rights day approaches - December 10th sees the 13th annual International Animal Rights Day when the innocent victims of human tyranny are commemorated... Many MPs would like to see a repeal of the Hunting Act. The coalition government has proposed a policy to allow farmers/landowners to kill badgers on their land... Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)


Hexham Courant 6.12.10 Master cleared of firearms offence By BRIAN TILLEY - A master of foxhounds from Stamfordham, who left a loaded rifle on the back seat of his car in the middle of a busy city, has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Frank Houghton-Brown – joint master of the Tynedale Hunt – came to the attention of police in York when passers-by expressed concern that his labrador dog had been left in his car on a warm spring day... (story)
Horse & Hound 4.12.10 Tynedale master cleared of firearms offence - A joint-master of the Tynedale hunt has been cleared of breaching his firearms certificate by the High Court, after leaving a loaded .22 rifle in his car. Frank Houghton-Brown appeared at York Magistrates Court in November 2009 after police broke into his Subaru car in April last year and found the rifle under coats on the back seat.... (story)
Malton Gazette & Herald 1.12.10 Master of Hunt avoids gun rap - THE former master of Middleton Hunt who left his .22 rifle on the backseat of his car in York city centre has escaped conviction. Police prosecuted Frank Houghton-Brown after breaking into his parked Subaru Forester in Piccadilly after a passer-by expressed concern about his Labrador dog being left inside on a warm day. Mr Houghton-Brown, a former master of Middleton Hunt which met at Malton, who is now Joint Master of Northumberland’s Tynedale Hunt, had left his car to attend a hearing at the nearby county court in April last year.... The Crown Prosecution Service challenged that decision. The case came before Mr Justice Silber in London’s High Court. CPS barrister Jerome Silva said the magistrates’ decision sent out the wrong message on firearms safety. But the judge said their decision to clear the huntsman was “reasonable”.... (story)
Newcastle Journal 27.11.10 Huntsman cleared of firearms offence - A JUDGE has told a Northumberland hunt master to consider himself “fortunate” after he was cleared of a firearms offence. Frank Houghton-Brown, joint master of the Tynedale Hunt, found himself in trouble with police during a cross-country vermin-shooting expedition. Officers found the weapon when they broke into his car in York, following a call from a concerned passer-by who spotted his pet Labrador locked in the Subaru Forester vehicle on a warm day.... A police officer aided by an animal health officer, broke into the car and noticed one of the windows was open to provide ventilation. They also spotted the lethal firearm... (story)

Daily Post 6.12.10 One person convicted of hunting in three years in North Wales by Steve Bagnall, Daily Post - ONLY one person has been convicted of the illegal hunting of an animal with dogs in three years in North Wales, despite 90 alleged reports. That was in 2007 where the person was convicted of hunting a fox with hounds, new Freedom of Information figures from North Wales Police revealed... Local animal rights campaigner Judy Hewitt said North Wales Police were failing to enforce the ban, which she called: “the most important piece of legislation ever brought in to protect foxes, deer and hares.” .... (story)

ThisIsSomerset 6.12.10 Hunting ban repeal looks a long way off as vote 'shelved' - The prospect of the hunting ban being repealed took a blow last night with suggestions the Conservative pledge to give MPs a free vote on the matter had been shelved indefinitely.... (story)
ThisIsDevon 6.12.10 Tory pledge on hunt ban vote 'shelved indefinitely' - A Conservative pledge to give MPs a vote to repeal the hunting ban has been shelved indefinitely, according to reports... (story)
Mail 5.12.10 Coalition backs down on free vote by MPs to repeal the hunting ban By JASON GROVES - A Conservative pledge to give MPs a vote to repeal the hunting ban has been shelved indefinitely, amid fears that it would be lost.... The pledge was included in the coalition agreement with the Liberal Democrats, although officials stressed that an immediate vote was unlikely because of the pressing need to deal with the economic crisis... But now the vote has been shelved indefinitely, amid growing concern among hunt supporters that they may not have the Parliamentary numbers to win. The Tory 1922 committee, which represents backbenchers, has advised members not to try and push through a vote independently.... (story)

ThisIsSouthWales 6.12.10 Residents' creature comforts By Ben Wright - A CAST of family pets have been providing some creature comforts for residents at a city nursing home. Three Cliffs Care Home has recently started pet therapy sessions... Manager Karen Woods described the pioneering scheme was "working wonders" with the people living at the home.... "The next plan is to extend the scheme to our sister home in April Court. And we also hope to have some people from the hunt on horseback here.... (story)

Guardian 6.12.10 Morrissey supports Johnny Marr in David Cameron row - Singer praises former bandmate for 'forbidding' David Cameron to like the Smiths, citing the prime minister's stance on hunting - Sean Michaels - Almost a quarter century after their band split up, Morrissey can agree with Johnny Marr about one thing: David Cameron is not allowed to like the Smiths. Following Marr's recent comments "forbidding" the prime minister to like their band, the former Smiths frontman has echoed the sentiment, citing Cameron's support for hunting.... (story)

Scotsman 6.12.10 Shooting and Fishing: 'I find it rather heartening that Crumpet has a fan club of at least one' By alastair Robertson - I was standing in some bracken urging on Crumpet to find a woodcock at the end of the second drive of the day when a voice asked, "Is that Crumpet?"... "Well, well," said the voice, "Very nice to meet her". And, as an afterthought: "You too."... I find it rather heartening that Crumpet has a fan club of at least one among Moray beaters, clearly a very upmarket crew compared to some of the cider-quaffing riff-raff found closer to our larger cities... (story)

Lancashire Telegraph 6.12.10 150 Lancashire children have gun licences - MORE than 150 children in Lancashire hold a shotgun licence — including one aged 10. Home Office figures released in the House of Commons showed a further 10 children aged 11 have also been grated a certificate to use the weapon... (story)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 6.12.10 Be quick to help badgers - I’M always saddened to hear that there are people who stoop so low as to kill wild animals for their own selfish pleasure. (‘On the trail of the badger baiters’, Examiner, November 30) Currently these protected animals are under an even worse threat, incredibly, from Westminster. The Coalition Government plans to slaughter thousands of badgers, many of them perfectly healthy, in the misguided belief that this will arrest the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis.... M Whitehead, Honley (letter)


Horse & Hound 5.12.10 Countryfile's Ellie Harrison runs with the bloodhounds - Charlotte White, deputy news editor - Derbyshire's Four Shires Bloodhounds gave BBC Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison a taste of the chase when she joined quarry Lee Mansfield at their meet on 21 November. Countryfile filmed the meet at George Spencer's Tudor House Farm, Kirk Langley, for an edition to be aired today (Sunday 5 December) at 6.30pm... (story)

Telegraph 5.12.10 Robert Vallance - Robert Vallance, who died on October 30 aged 63, was chairman of the Secretaries of Foxhounds Association, having served for 26 years as secretary of what is now the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase. Vallance was widely admired in the field for his immaculate turn-out, perfect manners and accomplished horsemanship. Having begun his hunting career in his native Nottinghamshire, he moved to Oxfordshire to become assistant secretary of the Bicester and Warden Hill in 1984, when Captain Ian Farquhar was hunting hounds, and went on to serve 23 Masters in all.... (story)


Express 4.12.10 CLARISSA DICKSON WRIGHT BLASTS FOX-HUNTING HORN - Tally ho! Fearsome Two Fat Ladies’ star and fox-hunting supporter Clarissa Dickson Wright, 63, says she would die for her beliefs after receiving threats from animal rights protesters. The outspoken TV chef, who describes herself as “an anarchist at heart”, says in a TV interview this weekend: “I can understand why people don’t like fox hunting and they’re entitled to their views but that doesn’t give them the right to stop other people doing it.”... (story)

Horse & Hound 4.12.10 Pytchley huntsman Matthew Puffer to retire - Matthew Puffer, who has hunted the Pytchley for the past six seasons, is retiring at the end of the season... (story)

Guardian 4.12.10 Experience: I'm proud I worked in an animal testing lab - It was a surprise to me that I ended up working in an animal testing facility. I've been a vegetarian most of my life and I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger. Animal testing wasn't something I saw in my future... Then I met my partner at university and when we graduated, he started working as a toxicologist, testing drugs that might potentially go on to be used for humans.... Having a bunch of people so set against you can make you become more determined. I thought: "You might not agree, but I'm doing the right thing." I was proud of my contribution, helping to test out potentially life-saving drugs.... (story)


Lancashire Evening Post 3.12.10 Starving game birds in garden - As far as I am aware there has never been any public consultation on the regular commercial game shoot that takes place within a few hundred yards of my home at Woodplumpton... I have a great fear that someone will be injured on the public footpaths which crisscross the land... I have starving pheasants in my garden and they eat all the food I put out for the wildlife... More than 45 million pheasants and partridges are mass-produced to serve as feathered targets for wealthy ‘guns’... Killing animals for fun has no place in a civilised society. Beverly Kirwan, via email (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 3.12.10 Raise your voice against badger cull - IF OTHERS, like me, are sickened by the Government plan to license farmers and landowners to carry out a wholesale, indiscriminate cull of our native badgers, they can take part in the Defra public consultation.... Sharon L Howe, Fortescue Road, Sidmouth (letter)

(possibly) Blackmore Vale Magazine 3.12.10 I WONDER how many people in the Blackmore Vale are aware of the impending danger to our lovely badger communitities. Although a protected species, the badger is in imminent danger from the dairy industry who blame them for the spread of Bovine TB... Viviane Horne, Stalbridge (story)

ThisIsGloucestershire 3.12.10 Call to oppose cull - THE county Wildlife Trust is asking animal lovers to fight against the proposed badger cull. Dr Gordon McGlone, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is urging those who care about wildlife to oppose the cull.... (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 3.12.10 About-turn hard to understand - A FRONT page story in the Independent on Saturday, November 13, was headlined "Animal rights betrayal" and referred to plans drawn up by the previous Labour Government to improve the care of animals and birds on farms, circuses, shooting estates... It is hard to understand how any reasonable person would oppose the introduction of these long overdue measures. NORMAN JOWETT, Musters Road, West Bridgford (letter)


Malton & Pickering Mercury 2.12.10 Gamekeepers’ charity cheer - A TEAM of gamekeepers who set out to raise £1,000 in aid of cancer charities surpassed all their expectations when they collected a staggering £30,000. Jill and George Thompson, who are based near Pickering, held a charity auction, pub quiz, clay pigeon shoot and a sponsored ride for horse riders and mountain bikers... (story)

Evesham Journal 2.12.10 The taste of game - THE national Taste of Game Fortnight organised by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation was a success. Simon Hamlyn, BASC director of operations, said: “We have encouraged many more people to enjoy eating game which is fantastic.”... (story)

South Devon Herald Express 2.12.10 Study shows badger vaccine reduces TB infection by 74% - Vaccination of badgers could prove a good way to tackle the spread of TB in the Westcountry, a new study shows. In a four-year project, scientists found that vaccinating the animals with the newly licensed BCG vaccine reduced the incidence of TB infection in badgers by 74 per cent... Robert Speechley, of the Cornwall Badger Rescue group, said: "This sort of proportion is very good and shows it will be far better to vaccinate rather than to try to shoot and cage free-running badgers."... (story)

ThisIsSomerset 2.12.10 Wildlife charity backing calls to halt badger cull - A WILDLIFE charity that opposes culling badgers to stop bovine TB is firmly backing a campaign to raise awareness about Defra's consultation on the disease. Secret World, based in East Huntspill, supports the Badger Protection League's independent website to make people aware of the consultation on bovine TB in cattle... (story)

North Devon Journal 2.12.10 It's wrong to eradicate - PUTTING the unproven scientific evidence that the cull will eradicate TB aside, I believe it is morally wrong to even think about virtually eradicating a native species because they upset our greedy desire for cheap food.... MARY HOWES, Yelverton (letter)

Bucks Free Press 2.12.10 Princes Risborough Town Council criticises forum about badger policy By Rebecca Cain - A TOWN council has hit out at a rural forum for approving the “slaughtering” of badgers without, it says, gaining approval from the district. Princes Risborough Town Council criticised the Wycombe District Rural Area Forum for sending a letter to ta government minister giving full support of the culling of diseased badgers with bovine tuberculosis. Councillor Reg Orlser said: “When someone is called to a forum it is a time when people get around the table and discuss matters. This seems to have gone a bit further than that in this case... (story)

Oxford Times 2.12.10 Badgers under threat - When badgers were finally protected under law in 1992 the Government was responding to the biggest mailbag on any issue in the country at the time. But English badgers are again under threat by the Coalition’s latest plan to allow the killing of thousands of badgers in the name of controlling TB in cattle.... The Oxfordshire Badger Group has been working with local farmers. We, like badger groups around the country, believe that badger vaccination and better cattle controls and testing are the only way forward... Julia Hammett, Chairman, Oxfordshire Badger Group, Oxford (letter)


Leinster Express 1.12.10 No hunting plea - THE National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), Ireland's largest hunting organisation, is urging its members, and all hunters, not to hunt game birds during the current cold weather conditions... (story)

Kent & Sussex Courier 1.12.10 Children could be next warns pet owner whose rabbit was killed by fox - Sian Hewitt - A WORRIED animal lover has warned pet owners and parents of young children to be extra vigilant after his rabbit was mauled to death by a fox. As Richard Symonds comes to terms with his beloved pet, Dexter, being killed he fears the animal that did it will strike again.... (story)

View Online 1.12.10 BRIDPORT: Concerns over badger cull proposals - THE Dorset Badger Group are urging animal lovers to share their views about a proposed cull.... Group chairman, Elizabeth James explained: “What people may not realise is that the government now proposes to licence farmers to shoot free running badgers. This will result in many animals being wounded and suffering painful and lingering deaths... (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 1.12.10 Don't blame badgers - I WRITE with concern about one of our country's most loved wild creatures, the badger. Badgers are under fire from many within in the farming community who claim they spread TB to cattle... I think the blame for the spread of this disease belongs with the intensive farming methods in which these creatures are forced to live... Jo Penny, Easton (letter)

Northern Echo 1.12.10 Animal brutality - I HAVE just watched footage of British slaughterhouses filmed secretly by Animal Aid. As someone who was brought up on a farm and keeps hens and sheep, I have to say that it is shocking almost beyond belief... The meat-buying public could make an enormous difference by not only asking about how the animals are reared, but also how they are slaughtered. James W Alderson, Grinton, Richmond, North Yorkshire (letter)

Skegness Standard 1.12.10 Letter: Very cruel way to kill rabbits - The Skegness farmer who is calling for the nationwide killing of rabbits by his new method is very cruel and must be stopped immediately by the RSPCA. He places scores of house bricks amongst his crop, on which he places chopped carrot – which is heavily peppered – then when the rabbits commence to eat the carrot, the pepper gets up their tender nostrils, forcing them to sneeze and bash their brains out on the bricks... Myself and volunteers attend the scene and bandage many up. We plead to all night time motorists, when they see these bandaged rabbits slowly crossing the road, to ease up so as to give these poor animals a second chance.... PETER GREEN, Grimsby Road, Louth (story)

Buckinghamshire Advertiser 1.12.10 Animal gift may not be the best way - CHRISTIAN Aid, Oxfam and other aid agencies are once again tapping into public disquiet about the existence of plenty in the midst of hunger and asking you to make a Christmas gift of a farmed animal to an impoverished person in Africa, or in another of the world's poorest regions. This is despite mounting evidence demonstrating that animal farming is environmentally destructive; an inefficient user of agricultural land, water and energy; and that it generates disproportionately high volumes of global warming gases... There is also the very real issue of animal suffering. Where people are unable to provide adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care, animals get sick and die wretched deaths... Please support agencies that help people, animals and the environment. For details contact Animal Aid. ANDREW TYLER Via email (letter)