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Cambridge Evening News 31.1.05 Tough sentence for harecourser - That was the firm message from a magistrate who disqualified a man from driving after he was caught trespassing on farmland. Peter Venables admitted trespassing with five or more people in the pursuit of game at Tree Farm and Roseleigh Farm in Haddenham. Six other men failed to attend Ely Magistrates' Court on Thursday but were also found to have committed the offence on October 30… (letter)

Hull Daily Mail 31.1.05 ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WELTON DALE - Gerry Wilkes letter, (Mail, January 17) on walking on the Wolds Way as "gunmen" went about their "slaughter" sounded like the Wild West in Welton Dale. I was quite surprised at the comment "helpless birds" were shot "as they flew over our heads" and "in a public place". I believe the dale is private land and the "gun men" would be in their private field…. Has Gerry Wilkes had the misfortune to run in to the most unruly syndicate of shooters I have ever heard of or used some emotive words to convey his/her thoughts on shooting game? Roger Paterson, Welton Old Road, Welton. (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 17.1.05 CALL ME SQUEAMISH, BUT I DON'T WANT TO SEE GUNMEN ON WOLDS WAY WHILE STROLLING - Call me squeamish, but I don't enjoy taking a country walk with my family on a well-established footpath to find a dozen or more gunmen shooting birds dead, or nearly dead, at my feet…. I'm no vegetarian and I realise we have to kill to eat. But there are many people who don't want to watch sportsmen relishing their task in a public place…. Gerry Wilks, Station Road, Brough (letter)

Western Daily Press 31.1.05 A COUNTRY PASTIME WITH MANY BENEFITS - For the first time in months, the hills and fields are falling relatively silent. Only birdsong and the odd dieselengined farm machine disrupt the tranquillity. The shouts and whistle of beaters, the clattering of wings and the deep staccato notes of shotguns being discharged have died away. Another pheasant season has come to an end. Leaving, in its wake, a countryside many millions of pounds richer…. (story)

Management Consultancy 31.1.05 Three-month delay for Huntingdon accounts - Paul Grant, Accountancy Age - Huntingdon Life Sciences has been given another three months to hand in its accounts for 2003, as the company searches for a way to protect its auditor from protestors…. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 31.1.05 MYTH OF TORTURE Lstorey (Viewpoint, January 17) does not want a single animal to be tortured to treat migraine. Neither do scientists. Most animal experiments are no different to procedures patients experience every day in clinics and hospitals. Details are published quite openly in scientific and medical journals. Philip Connolly, Director, Coalition For Medical Progress, London. (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 31.1.05 NO TO ANIMAL TRANSPLANTS - I Would like to support Bristol West MP Val Davey in her demand for an investigation into the animal-to-human transplant project ("MP's anger at animal transplants", Post, January 20)…. Marilyn Davis, by e-mail. (letter)

Sunderland Echo 31.1.05 Antibiotics in meat - Justin Kerswell, Campaigner, Viva! Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.1.05 FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR A CHANGE - It comes as no great surprise to Viva! that Government figures have shown that sales of growth-promoting antibiotics in animals raised for food, rose by a third in 2003, despite industry promises to cut their use. Our recent report, 'Dishing the Dirt: The Secret History of Meat' uncovered how no fewer than 20 of the antibiotics used for the treatment of ill human beings in the UK are currently administered to farmed animals… Justin Kerswell, Viva!, Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (story)


Independent on Sunday 30.1.05 Badger cull is 'not viable' against TB - LARA BRADLEY - THE slaughter of thousands of badgers every year is "immoral" and "not viable" according to scientists behind a Government funded study. But, despite being advised that badger culling is not suitable for the eradication of TB in cattle, the Minister for Agriculture has pledged that the killings will continue… author of the report and Head of CVERA Prof Simon More last night said: "We said culling badgers is not a viable solution. If you ask, 'Are badgers important in transmitting the disease?', the answer is 'Yes'. We absolutely need to work out a way of dealing with this, but if you were to say, 'Maybe we should remove them all', then the answer is 'No'. They are a protected species and to kill every badger in Ireland would bring the species under pressure."… Watch Ireland coordinator Bernadette Barrett condemned the Government practice of paying people to trap and shoot badgers…. (story)


Guardian 29.1.05 Unlikely alliance to protect pheasants - Shooters and activists unite to oppose battery cages - Paul Brown, environment correspondent …In an unprecedented alliance, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is joining forces with Animal Aid, an organisation dedicated to banning their sport, to issue a joint call on Monday for a ban on battery cages for pheasant breeding. The council of the BASC has thanked Animal Aid for providing video and other evidence that convinced it it had to take a stand against the battery cages in which millions of pheasants are reared each year so they can be shot…. Andrew Tyler, the director of Animal Aid, said that the hundreds of battery cages the organisation had filmed in Wales extended over an area of two football pitches and contained thousands of birds in poor condition - "pecked, plucked, bloody and trampled". "We think the breeding of birds for the pleasure of shooting them is an outrage anyway," he said. "Our opposition to such practices and to 'game' bird killing in general is more than vindicated, in our view, by this unprecedented and welcome public statement by the BASC." (story)

Northern Echo 29.1.05 ANIMAL WELFARE - I WRITE to express my horror at the poisoning, using a banned substance, of a red kite after it ingested food from a pheasant and a rabbit in the Tynedale area. The fact that the red kite is a supposedly legally protected species makes its death no more abhorrent to me than that of the pheasant or rabbit… I do wonder why this article wasn't more specific in its identification of where these creatures died. The Tynedale area covers a vast amount of space. Could it be that certain people are being protected, rather than the wildlife the law was introduced to oversee?... D Lister, Durham (letter in archive)

Torquay Herald Express 29.1.05 ANGLERS IMPRESSED WITH NEW COMMISSIONER - Local fishermen, anglers and conservationists were impressed with new European Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg's grasp of maritime matters when they met in private session at Churston. The Maltese lawyer-politician "has clearly mastered his fishing brief very quickly" said Rick Smith of Brixham Trawler Agents. "He responded to some very localised and technical questions in some detail."… (story)

Telegraph 29.1.05 Animal rights activists protest at Oxford - About 200 animal rights protestors have marched against Oxford University's controversial animal research laboratory. The demonstrators, some of whom were blowing whistles, carrying banners and dressed in animal suits, said they believed that work carried out at the site would be cruel and unnecessary…. (story)

The Sentinel 29.1.05 FURY OVER DEAD FOX STRUNG UP IN A TREE - Police have been called in to investigate after dead foxes were dumped and strung up in trees at a popular dog-walking spot. It comes in the same week as four dead foxes were found along footpaths at Barlaston Downs Banks. Robert Byrne reported the latest incidents at Burslem Grange to wildlife investigation officers, who believe the animals could have been killed illegally…. (story)

Bath Chronicle 29.1.05 ACTION MUST BE TAKEN ON TB NOW - This is an open letter to Ben Bradshaw MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DEFRA in London. I hope you are fully aware of the ravages now being caused by TB in dairy and beef herds. Not only is there immediate loss of animals that react to the test, but also serious consequences through regulations preventing replacement of lost animals and stand-still orders affecting calves etc that would otherwise be sold… May I urge you and the Secretary of State to take decisive action on TB and to stop deferring decision pending the results of further research. THE LORD HYLTON, Kingmans Farm House, Hemington, Radstock (story)


Cambridge Evening News 28.1.05 Hare-course charge denied - EIGHT alleged harecoursers filled the dock when they appeared before magistrates. The men - Riley Smith, 28, from Sandy Lane in Waterside, Isleham; Elijah Wilson, 54, from Hasse Road, Soham; Sean Page, 22, and Hiram Wilson, 31, from Sandy Park in Fen Road, Chesterton; James Ball, 22, from Sandy Park in Skeltons Drove, Beck Row; and Albert Smith, 20, Reginald Wilson, 51, and Terry Smith, 21, from Oxney Road Caravan Site, Peterborough - were accused of daytime trespass by five or more people in the pursuit of game… (story)

Independent 28.1.05 Fox and the city - They have noisy sex lives, they love good food and they adore the bustle of urban life. Michael McCarthy looks at the latest research into a very sophisticated metropolitan animal… (story)

Western Daily Press 28.1.05 BADGER DEFENCE AVOIDS THE FACTS - How many cattle have to be destroyed? How many farmers have to be made bankrupt, but more importantly, how many people will have to die from the increasingly drug and anti-biotic resistant forms of tuberculosis before you stop printing the dangerous, pro-badger, anti-cattle and anti-farming propaganda from Eunice D. Overend?... Charles Henry Address withheld (letter)

Yorkshire Post 28.1.05 Factory farming From: I Foster, Pasture House, Coxwold, York. I found your new Country Week supplement very interesting, particularly the article about the intelligence of pigs. Chris Benfield informed us that Compassion in World Farming is organising a conference to study animal sentience. This academic and scientific approach to our relationship with animals is long overdue….(letter)

Lynn News 28.1.05 - W Norfolk duo battle tsunami rabies threat - A West Norfolk couple have been working in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami to launch a programme of vaccinating dogs against rabies. Vet Ian Robinson, and his wife Dawn Smith, a veterinary nurse, flew to Sri Lanka with an animal welfare charity team where dogs along 30 miles of coast in the worst-hit areas are being vaccinated to stop the spread of disease. He works for the The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) which organised the response in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tragedy…. (story)


Strathspey & Badenoch Herald 27.1.05 Gamekeepers blast at capercaillie claim - CAPERCAILLIE could be extinct within 15 years because conservation experts are deliberately ignoring the threat posed by predators. The Scottish Gamekeepers' Association has claimed this will happen if Scottish Natural Heritage and the Capercaillie Biodiversity Action Plan Group continue their present stance…. (story)

Cornish Guardian 27.1.05 SAVE OUR PRECIOUS PARTRIDGES - I read with interest Alastair Wreford's article (January 13) on saving the grey partridge and noted that he reported that grey partridges were down 86% in 25 years and were facing extinction in 1995. I therefore find it amazing that this bird is still treated as a game bird under the Game Acts as though its sole purpose in life is to be killed by so-called "sportsmen" and not as a creature in its own right and one that gives pleasure to all who see it not just those who kill it…. Arthur Boyt Davidstow (letter)

Western Morning News 27.1.05 Wrong sort of cull - I AM concerned, as is the RSPB, with the legal culling of cormorants that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has sanctioned. This cull is to placate recreational anglers on the basis that cormorants are "the wrong sort of wildlife", and being sea birds, have the temerity to eat fish, denying anglers their sport…. Theo Hopkins, Lifton West Devon (letter)

Staffordshire Newsletter 27.1.05 Resident's 'disgust' at deer culling By Pat Lees - CONSERVATION experts in Stafford have defended a decision to shoot deer on Cannock Chase as essential for the survival of wildlife in the area…. The move has angered some local residents including Mark Judkins, of Weston Road, who claims the action is "disgusting." Mr Judkins says it is unacceptable that deer are still being killed on the Chase in the 21st century…. (story)

Cornwall Packet 27.1.05 Will Labour keep its promise on show tax? Councillor Stuart Cullimore, Rural Affairs spokesman for Mebyon Kernow, Troon, Camborne (letter in archive)
Western Morning News 19.1.05 Government U-turns - THE Government's U-turn on taxing rural shows, if genuine, is to be welcomed, although, let us remember, that this government and in particular this Prime Minister's reputation for honesty is far from perfect… Far more worrying is that they proposed to introduce this tax in the first place, apparently because of the alcohol consumed at country shows, while at the same time proposing to allow 24-hour drinking in cities and towns. To me, it indicates this government's attitude to the countryside and country people underlined by Defra's view that there is "no bottom line" on the number of working farms, indeed, self sufficiency in food production has declined by 10% and the dairy sector by 30% since 1997… Coun Stuart Cullimore, Rural Affairs spokesman for Mebyon Kernow (story)

Scotsman 27.1.05 'BNP and animal rights activists face house arrest' - GERRI PEEV - CONTROVERSIAL new laws to tackle international terrorism could be used to put British National Party members and animal rights activists under house arrest without criminal trial, a government adviser said yesterday…. (story)

Guardian 27.1.05 Wider still and wider - Leader - First the good news. The home secretary signalled yesterday he does not want a continuing battle with the law lords - or with the opposition parties - over where the line between security and liberty should be drawn… The bad news is serious. Where the previous act was confined to foreign nationals with links to groups involved with the al-Qaida terrorist network, the new order will be wider in scope (animal rights extremists, suspected Irish terrorists and others will be covered) and applicable to all British subjects. More seriously still, the orders will be imposed by a politician, the home secretary, on security service evidence that will be both untested and unknown to arrested suspects or their lawyers…. (story)

Western Daily Press 27.1.05 FURY OVER KNIFE IN GOLDFISH BOWL ... BUT IS IT ART? - Animal rights campaigners reacted angrily yesterday to an art installation which features live goldfish swimming in a bowl that has a six-inch kitchen knife stuck into it. The piece, by Greek artist Jannis Kounellis, has been condemned by Animal Aid, which says that live animals should not be used in art…. (story)
Oxford Mail 26.1.05 Animal Aid condemns art display - An animal rights group has attacked a controversial art exhibition featuring live goldfish swimming around a knife as a "sick spectacle". The exhibit, at Modern Art Oxford, in Pembroke Street, features two goldfish swimming in a bowl with a kitchen knife resting in the water…. Animal Aid spokesman Sara Tyler said: "It is a sick and pointless spectacle…." MOA director Andrew Nairne said Mr Kounellis's work had been displayed at important galleries around the world since the 1960s… (letter in archive)
BBC News Online 26.1.05 Row over use of fish in artwork - An art exhibition which shows goldfish swimming around a six-inch knife which is stuck into their bowl is "sick and pathetic", says an animal rights group. The piece, by Greek artist Jannis Kounellis, is on show at Modern Art Oxford and has attracted criticism for the use of animals in art… Claudia Tarry, of Animal Aid, said: "It's sick, it's pathetic and it shows a complete poverty of imagination and a vast amount of callousness. It's not art."… (story)

Bucks Free Press 27.1.05 Animal aid for stricken areas - Major General Peter Davies, Director general, WSPA, London SE1 7TP (story)
Bristol Evening Post 20.1.05 HUMANS COME FIRST IN TSUNAMI TRAGEDY - I Write in answer to the appeal of the Director General of WSPA, Major General Peter Davies ("Let's remember tsunami animals", Open Lines, January 12). Being an animal-lover myself, I ask whether it wouldn't be more humane to put those animals to sleep, rather than building up their hopes of survival. In a tragedy such as this, humans must come first… B Edgar, Westbury-on-T rym (story)
Wiltshire Times 14.1.05 Tsunami's animal victims also suffer MAJOR GENERAL P DAVIES CB Director General WSPA 14th Floor 89 Albert Embankment London SE1 7TP www.wspa-international.org (letter in archive)
North Devon Journal 13.1.05 DON'T FORGET THE ANIMALS MAJOR GENERAL PETER DAVIES, Director General WSPA, Albert Embankment, London (story)
Ilkley Gazette 13.1.05 For animals - WSPA, 14th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP. (letter in archive)
Bath Chronicle 12.1.05 THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS ARE WITHOUT FOOD AND WATER - I Was interested to read a recent letter in which it stated that few animals had died in the tsunami as they had a 'sixth sense' which had led them to seeking higher ground. I was discussing this issue with some colleagues and have learnt that, while this was the case when the wave struck, the aftermath of the tsunami has left thousands of dogs, cats and farm animals diseased and without food and water…. The World Society for the Protection of Animals is co-ordinating other animal welfare organisations in an international relief effort, and has sent food and veterinary supplies to the region for starving and sick animals…. M HOLMES, Weston, Bath (letter)
Bath Chronicle 7.1.05 DON'T FORGET THE ANIMAL VICTIMS - MAJOR GENERAL PETER DAVIES, Director general, Albert Embankment, London (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 6.1.05 Bid to aid animals caught up in chaos - AN international animal welfare charity today called on the world not to ignore the plight of livestock, pets and wildlife caught up in the Asian tsunami. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) said the devastating tidal waves and earthquake had left many dogs, cats and farm animals diseased and without food and water. The charity is co-ordinating other animal welfare organisations in an international relief effort, and has sent food and veterinary supplies to the region for starving and sick animals…. (story)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 6.1.05 Animal aid - The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is coordinating animal welfare organisations around the world in an international relief effort to help the animal victims of the Asian tsunami disaster. Helping animals has a real impact on the long term process of people rebuilding their shattered lives, particularly in farming communities… MAJOR GENERAL PETER DAVIES, Director General, WSPA, London (letter in archive)

Sevenoaks Chronicle 27.1.05 HELP FORGOTTEN ANIMALS - An AID organisation is striving to help animals desperately in need throughout Asia since the tsunami struck and is appealing to Sevenoaks residents for vital donations…. Andrea Gamby-Boulger, director of Wetnose Animal Aid in Norfolk, said: "Aid is slowly getting to the people, but animals are desperate for fluids, medicines and fodder. They must not be forgotten at such awful times…" (story)


Hunts Post 26.1.05 Protestor is given no-go restriction - AN animal rights activist has been banned from going near Huntingdon Life Sciences in Woolley and Phytopharm in Godmanchester. Heather Nicholson, 38, from Woking, Surrey, has been given a five-year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) to prevent her from going within 500 metres of either business…. Nicholson, who also uses the surnames Avery, Barwick and James, was the recipient of one of the most wide-ranging ASBOs ever given to an animal rights activist. She is now banned from going within 500 metres of Phytopharm, Huntingdon Life Sciences research centres in Alconbury and Suffolk, Oxford University's Halifax House and Darley Oaks Farm in Staffordshire…. (story)

Hunts Post 26.1.05 Schools under terror threat claims MP Report by IAN MacKELLAR - ANIMAL rights activists threatened to wreck two Cambridgeshire schools last year, Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly told the House of Commons. Speaking during the committee stage of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill, he said: "It is not just companies that the protesters attack. In the past six months, they have brutally threatened to disrupt two schools in Cambridgeshire that had invited Huntingdon Life Sciences to their jobs fairs. That is how low those people will go."…(story)

Horncastle News 26.1.05 God’s no ally in vivisection defence - I was surprised that R B A Johns of Wood Enderby (Letters, January 12) being a scientist, quotes God as an ally in his defence of vivisection. The creation story to which he refers has no scientific basis…. JULIA HOLLIDAY, Horncastle
Views on the issue in brief - In reply to R B A Johns of Wood Enderby: I take exception to the letter from the above person who wrote in your paper (Letters, January 12). He is using the Bible as a justification for animal experiments. What nonsense!... C PARKER (Mrs), Binbrook
I am appalled at the arrogance of your correspondent Mr John (Letters, January 12) who claims that the Bible gives him carte blanche to do whatever he likes to animals in the name of science…. M SHARP, Market Rasen
Editor’s Note: Again we received several other letters on this subject. Space only permits us to publish those from local correspondents.
Medical science and tradition does not give us real proof - Since it has been a tradition of western medical science to use animals widely in most areas of research for at least 150 years, it is very easy for defenders of animal experiments to claim they have been vital to medical progress…. it is perfectly feasible to present a convincing case that the abolition of animal research today would not result in any desperate collapse of human health; in fact, quite the reverse. S EDWARDS, Dubai (former local resident)
A question of quotes - It would appear your letter writers Messrs Johns and Wilkinson have not been reading their own literature (Letters, January 12)…. When the efficacy of animal use is so poor perhaps they will tell us why they need animals at all? S R WILKINSON (Mrs), North Somercotes
Astonished - Philip Connolly and those he represents share the same vested interest in animal research and campaign to see it continue (Letters, January 12). Therefore his admission that “animals are not expected to mimic human diseases completely” was astonishing to say the least… The way forward is to put people’s health and well-being first and invest in the superior non-animal techniques, a wealth of which we already have at our disposal - advances in technology that have nothing to do with animal experimentation. PATRICIA WICKHAM (Mrs), Caistor (letters)

Daily Post 26.1.05 Animal rights protest threat to industry By Deborah James Daily Post Staff - EXTREMIST animal rights campaigners could threaten the future of pharmaceutical research across the region, industry leaders warned last night. It follows national reports that an increasing number of suppliers to British drug companies are being scared off by intimidation and harassment… (story)


Eastern Daily Press 25.1.05 Law change seen as fair game - They were meant to stop the poor poaching from the estates of rich landowners. More than 170 years later, the Government is preparing to repeal the game laws, which restrict when game can be sold and by whom… The Countryside Alliance is campaigning for the abolition of game licences and the Sunday shooting ban…. (story)

Western Mail 25.1.05 Sheer excitement of the Scottish wild goose chase - Steve Dube, Western Mail - OCCASIONALLY shooting sports drag me away from Wales. A couple of weeks ago, two companions and I headed north for our annual wildfowling excursion on the east coast of Scotland… (story)

Western Morning News 25.1.05 PROSECUTION WON'T STOP THE BIRD POISONERS - Your article "Calls to protect birds of prey from poisoning" (WMN, November 11) covered the RSPB's response to the Government's consultation on its proposed changes to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Part of the RSPB's response was to seek a tightening of the law on the possession of certain pesticides that are commonly used by gamekeepers to poison birds of prey. This is not enough, and the protection of birds of prey will only come about if there is a complete change of attitude by all involved in shooting…. The only ways of stopping poisoning are for the shooting world to accept the environment and wildlife is not theirs alone to "manage", and to hit shoots run by criminals is where it hurts - in their wallet. Theo Hopkins, Lifton (story)

Jersey Evening Post 25.1.05 From Tony Banner WITH reference to Saturday's article on 'Planet Jersey'… Why, then, do the States allow imported pheasants - an Indian bird - to roam without check? As someone who has hunted and shot for my whole life in the UK, I see more pheasants in Jersey than in UK - and I go looking for them over here. 136 Sandway Road, St Mary Cray, Orpington, Kent (letter may be in archive)

Daily Record 25.1.05 GET OUTER HEBRIDES - Environmentalists culling mink that have terrorised wildlife in North Uist and Benbecula after escaping from farms say the entire population should be dead within 15 months (story)
Scotsman 25.1.05 Islands winning battle to wipe out wild mink - JOHN ROSS - AMERICAN mink’s destructive days on the Western Isles, killing poultry, raiding fish farms and threatening internationally important bird colonies, are numbered…. The latest report from the Hebridean Mink Project, now in its third year, shows that the remaining population of mink on North Uist and Benbecula has become increasingly fragmented with very few males left…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 25.1.05 'WE MUST KILL THE BADGERS' - A cull of badgers is the only way to stop the spread of tuberculosis in cattle, the Government's chief vet for Gloucestershire has told farmers…. After the meeting, Pat Holland, of the Gloucestershire Badger Group, said: "There will be an absolute outcry if they do this and I don't think the Government will do it before the next election. They would lose a lot of votes."… (story)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 25.1.05 Slow down to save the badgers - I AM writing to express my total agreement with the views expressed by K Head in the Adver regarding the unnecessary slaughter of wildlife on our roads…. V FAIRCLOUTH, Blunsdon (letter in archive)

Western Morning News 25.1.05 ETHICAL CHARITY USES CASH EFFECTIVELY Thank you very much for highlighting the excellent work of the vegetarian and vegan charity Vegfam on January 13…. Even if you are one of the few people left in the UK who hasn't worked out yet that veganism makes sense for the sake of people, animals and the planet, it's still a good idea to make your donations go further. Tony Bishop-Weston, Croydon (letter)
Western Morning News 12.1.05 FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES AROUND THE REGION - A West Devon vegan famine relief charity, Vegfam, is raising money to help the victims of the Asian tsunami…. (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 25.1.05 Don’t be cruel to pigeons’ - I AM writing to complain about the story you published concerning the use of anti-pigeon netting on a building in Peterborough. It was nasty what you said about pigeons, I know pigeons as tame and friendly animals, not vermin… Clare Goodman, Scotts Road, Glinton, Peterborough (letter)


Burton Mail 24.1.05 MP backs farm protest exclusion zone by TOM SLOAN - BURTON’S MP has given her backing to court action by villagers who want to keep animal rights activists away from their homes. Janet Dean has written to the solicitor who is arguing in favour of an 18-mile exclusion zone around the Darley Oaks Farm, in Newhchurch. In the letter Mrs Dean slams the protesters for the "climate of fear" they have created in rural parts of her constituency. … (story)

Burton Mail 24.1.05 Scared cleaner quits farm job by DAVID POWLES - A CLEANER who has quit her job at a controversial guinea pig farm due to animal rights activists has revealed she is so scared of what they might do that she has installed a CCTV camera over her husband’s grave. May Hudson, 67, has given up her cleaning job at the Darley Oaks Guinea Pig Farm, in Newchurch, after suffering years of attacks and abuse by campaigners against the business. Matters came to a head when Staffordshire Police intercepted a letter from activists threatening to dig up her late husband’s grave, as they did with Gladys Hammond, 82, a relative of Christopher Hall, one of the farm owners…. (story)


Guardian 22.1.05 Why animal activists forced widow, 67, to give up her fight - A high court judge will rule next week over intimidation against anyone linked to Staffordshire guinea pig farm - Sandra Laville - Halfway down a remote country lane in Staffordshire, May Hudson leads an unremarkable life in a rented cottage, passing the time with word puzzles, television and walking her terrier dog. Yet for the last five years Mrs Hudson, a 67-year-old widow, has attracted the attention of an international animal rights campaign. Her name, address and phone number are posted on a Florida-based activists' website, identifying her as a legitimate target in the fight to close a controversial guinea pig farm owned by the Hall family in Newchurch, Staffordshire… So Mrs Hudson resigned from her £100 a week job last week. At first she contemplated remaining silent, but after her first seven days of unemployment, she said she was filled with anger about what had happened. "I have always stuck it out, I always just thought: 'I am not going to bow down to you'," she told the Guardian… (story)

Guardian 22.1.05 Lab rats versus home cats - If your pets can benefit from medicines developed as a result of animal research, does that leave you with a moral dilemma? Justine Hankins reports (story)

Times 22.1.05 Huntingdon animal activists face terrorism charges in US BY BOB GRAHAM AND NICOLA WOOLCOCK - ANIMAL rights activists face trial on terrorism charges in America next month for their campaign against a British research centre. The seven members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) are all from America, but at least one trained as an activist in Britain…. The seven have been named as Darius Fullmer, 27, a paramedic, and John McGee, 25, both from New Jersey; Kevin Kjonaas, 26, Lauren Gazzola, 25, and Jacob Conroy, 28, all from Pinole, California; Joshua Harper, 29, from Seattle; and Andrew Stepanian, 25, from New York. Mr Kjonaas, the president of ShacUSA, lived in Britain for two years, taking command of the British arm of Shac while its founders served jail sentences in 2002. In an interview with an internet magazine, “Kevin Jonas” said: “I spent a year in England working full-time on animal rights campaigns and there really cut my teeth on some ‘true grit’ activism…" (story)

Cambridge Evening News 22.1.05 'Protect our firms against terrorists' - JONATHAN Djanogly MP today urged the Government to tackle animal rights terrorists as he revealed how Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) activists targeted a small bio tech firm in his constituency. The Huntingdon MP said the animal extremists use subtle means to bully firms into giving up animal experiments or trading with companies who do… (story)

Mirror 22.1.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS FANATICS TARGET MINISTERS' HOMES By Jeff Edwards Chief Crime Correspondent Exclusive - A HATE-campaign against Government ministers is being whipped up by animal rights extremists. Home Secretary Charles Clarke and Trade Secretary Patricia Hewitt are among those whose houses and families may be at risk. Special Branch is investigating an internet website, believed to be the work of the Animal Liberation Front, which has published home addresses of the two Cabinet figures and 11 junior ministers. The site - under the name of Badgers Unknown Anarchist Ventures - urges followers: "Never do anything to an animal abuser they wouldn't do to an animal."… (story)

Bolton Evening News 22.1.05 Fair prizes are not fair to goldfish - IT has recently been announced that Ministers are "watering down" the Animal Welfare Bill, by insisting that plans to make it illegal to give live goldfish away at fairs as prizes be dropped. Why? Don't goldfish suffer?... Sara Lee, Bury Old Road, Whitefield (letter in archive)

Guardian 22.1.05 Animal risk - Pet fairs were prohibited by a 1983 amendment to the Pet Animals Act but some have continued to occur (Letters, January 21). The Captive Animals' Protection Society has investigated many of these fairs and exposed a variety of welfare problems and health risks to the public… Craig Redmond, Caps (letter)

Bedford Times & Citizen/Biggleswade Chronicle, Dunstable Gazette, Luton News, Herald & Post 22.1.05 Mayor dismisses NIRAH animals rights protest - Mayor Frank Branston has dismissed calls from animal rights protesters to break off talks aimed at bringing the world's largest freshwater aquarium to Bedford. Two weeks ago the borough council announced the county consortium was entering exclusive talks with the National Institute for Research into Aquatic Habitats (NIRAH) over its bid to bring an Eden Project-style centre to Stewartby brickpits. The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) wants Bedford to pull out of the negotiations, claiming the project has "no place in modern society". Campaigns officer Craig Redmond said: "Bedford residents have already shown their opposition to having this aquarium in their area…." (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 22.1.05 Stamp out cruelty to elephants - I AM sure that many readers despaired to learn of elephants ridiculed by being trained to use a toilet in Chiang Mai, Thailand (News, January 19)…. Boycotting these repulsive spectacles will discourage this and other similar shows and hopefully help put an end to them for good. Lynda Korimboccus, campaigns manager, Advocates for Animals, Edinburgh (story)

Plymouth Evening Herald 22.1.05 DO WE NEED IT? - Re. the report in the Evening Herald (January 7) of a further grant of £3.6 million for the National Marine Aquarium to set up a science and technology project… With the quite superb videos or films of creatures of the world's oceans on TV in their natural environment, is it necessary to entomb large creatures in artificial tanks for humans to gawp at?... MIKE STANLEY, St Budeaux (story)


Western Morning News 21.1.05 OUTRAGE AT INCREASE IN CORMORANT CULLING - Westcountry conservationists have attacked the Government for licensing the killing of up to 1,500 cormorants and branded it a "misguided attempt to protect the sport of angling". Last September Ben Bradshaw, the Fisheries Minister and Exeter MP, announced a relaxation in the licensing process to shoot cormorants, which often create problems for fisheries. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has been outraged by the increase in culling… (story)
Western Daily Press 21.1.05 CULL OF 1,500 CORMORANTS - Wildlife charities were furious last night after the Government gave the go-ahead for the slaughter of 1,500 of the West's seabirds. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said they were outraged at the death sentence for cormorants in a "misguided attempt" to protect anglers…. (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 21.1.05 CRUELTY THAT'S STILL LEGAL - In the reply to my letter about the treatment of a falconer's bird, I. Addison asks if I reported it to the RSPCA (Letters, January 15). Well, the answer is - of course not. This is because such treatment of animals in field sports is still legal…. T. SMALLEY Elford Rise, Sneinton (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 15.1.05 HUNTING FOLK JUST GUILTY OF ENJOYING THEMSELVES - I am heartily fed up of the bigoted abuse sent in by the anti-field sports lobby seemingly favoured in the Post. I shall, however, leave the name-calling to them. Brian Torr (Letters, January 7) seems to fear the hunters following legal routes will find a way to overturn the banning act. As the act was based on prejudice and malice, not on facts, he is probably right… J. ADDISON Woodthorpe Court Chestnut Walk Nottingham (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 21.1.05 Add falconry to list of cruel sport - Most sensible people now think fox hunting is cruel. Many of us think fishing and shooting are cruel. But what about falconry? Over the holiday our walking group saw a hawk being flown on a line, like a kite in the wind, which had become entangled in the top of a tree. So what did the owners do? Tug on the line as the bird pitifully fluttered about… Of course I am just a "townie" so what do I know! I'm sure the countryside lobby will write in to tell us how much these birds enjoy being treated like this. T. SMALLEY Elford Rise Sneinton (letter)

Leicester Mercury 21.1.05 SHOWS ARE THREATENED - Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, is proposing to make substantial taxation increases on the agricultural shows and events which are of course vital to the running costs of our historic houses. These events include point-to-point meetings, outdoor concerts and charity fund-raising events… Why does this Government insist on thrusting on us these out-of-touch ministers who seem hell-bent on penalising the good things people do, especially in our rural English countryside… G Allen, Cossington. (letter)
Cornish Guardian 20.1.05 LISKEARD SHOW MAY ESCAPE FEES - Jerry Masters is hoping Liskeard Show will avoid potentially crippling licensing fees proposed in new Government legislation…. (story)
Birmingham Post 18.1.05 Country shows will escape big licensing charges By Staff Reporter, Birmingham Post - Country shows and agricultural events will not face huge charges proposed under new licensing laws, the Government has said. Licensing Minister Richard Caborn has reassured business leaders that shows will not pay a new levy of up to £50,000 for safety checks… (story)
Yorkshire Post 15.1.05 FARMING SHOWS SPARED NEW FEES - Robert Benson - AGRICULTURAL shows have secured a Government reassurance they will not be subject to fees for large outdoor events proposed during a review of the licensing system…. licensing Minister Richard Caborn has confirmed that only large events which fall under the Licensing Act will need to pay the additional fee… (story)
Western Morning News 15.1.05 SHOWS SET TO ESCAPE 'DEATH KNELL' TAXES - Ministers last night signalled a U-turn over controversial new taxes that threaten to "sound the death knell" for many of the Westcountry's traditional agricultural shows. In a brief statement, licensing minister Richard Caborn suggested that the Government would back down over plans to levy massive new charges on some of the Westcountry's best-loved country events…. (story)
Eastern Daily Press 14.1.05 County shows not hit by new licensing - CAT BARTMAN - County shows and agricultural events in the region will be spared potentially crippling fees proposed during a major review of the licensing system… After discussing the possible fees at a South Norfolk Council scrutiny meeting, a letter was sent to Mr Caborn urging him to re-think the legislation. Both the ruling Liberal Democrats and opposition Conservative group called for such events to be exempt from the fees (story)
Yorkshire Post 14.1.05 COUNTRY SHOWS 'EXEMPT FROM TAX' - Robert Benson - Agricultural Correspondent - COUNTRYSIDE organisations yesterday received "strong indications" from a Government Minister that agricultural shows will be exempt from a new plan to tax larger licensed events…. Country Land and Business Association officials, along with the National Trust, the Historic Houses Association, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and the Visitor Attractions Forum, yesterday met Culture Minister, Richard Caborn, the MP for Sheffield Central, to seek clarification. The CLA came away from the meeting saying that what they had heard was "great news for the rural economy"… (story)
The Shields Gazette 14.1.05 New fees threat to annual show - THE biggest agricultural show in the Scarborough area is in danger of being scrapped because organisers could be forced to pay new charges of thousands of pounds. Burniston Show was crippled financially last year because it had to be called off due to flooding. The government has suggested that events attracting more than 6,000 people could be hit with a new minimum £5,000 fee, rising on a sliding scale to a maximum of £50,000… (story)
Newport Advertiser 14.1.05 Newport Show facing the axe? BY GARY SCATTERGOOD - Newport’s popular agricultural show could face the axe if government plans to impose a £50,000 tax on outdoor events becomes law, worried organisers claimed this week…. (story)
South Shropshire Journal 13.1.05 Cash-starved food fair could be sunk By LIZ TINSLEY - South Shropshire’s second largest food festival, which attracted 4,000 people last year, is “fighting for survival” after losing a third of its funding and being threatened by a new Government events tax…. (story)
Matlock Mercury 13.1.05 Future of rural shows in doubt - THE future of a number of traditional Dales events could be under threat if alterations to the Licensing Act proposed by the Government go ahead. Shows using temporary accommodation and which attract a minimum of 6,000 people may have to pay extra fees – primarily to ensure public safety – with the likes of the Bakewell Show, Ashover Show and the Great Peak District Fair among those that will have to pay up…. (story)
North Devon Gazette & Advertiser 19.1.05 New licensing laws 'threat to shows' - NORTH Devon's premier summer attraction, the North Devon Agricultural Show, is among leading countryside and charity events that could be under threat from proposed Government changes in the licensing laws…. Initial reaction from North Devon Show secretary Tim Webb was: "This is the Government going for the countryside again. I don't see how else to read it." If the figures being quoted were correct it would be an enormous threat to their event, he said… (story)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 12.1.05 New tax `could kill off shows' by Claire Metcalfe - AGRICULTURAL shows in Ryedale could face extinction if a newly-proposed tax comes into force, organisers have warned. Malton, Ryedale and Thornton-le-Dale shows would all be under threat if imminent changes to licensing laws mean they are forced to pay a minimum £5,000 fee to go ahead… (story in archive)
Yorkshire Post 12.1.05 Rough deal for rural shows From: Jean Searle, Hillcrest Rise, Cookridge, Leeds. ONCE again, this Government is penalising our countryside. I was appalled to learn about the proposal of a new tax levy on the agricultural shows (Yorkshire Post, January 8)…. Is this another example of New Labour being out of touch, and alienating our rural communities? (story)
Western Morning News 11.1.05 ANOTHER BLOW FOR RURAL LIFE AND CULTURE - Tessa Jowell is Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This is, by definition, an impertinent, needless and silly job… Now, however, Ms Jowell has found something substantial to get her teeth into. No one can claim that it is for the benefit of the public, of culture or of sport. On the contrary, it will prove gravely deleterious to all three, but it is a wheeze which may just raise a few quid for the Chancellor. She proposes that all public gatherings offering temporary accommodation and serving alcohol, at which 6,000 or more people are expected, should pay her government a range of fees from £5,000 to £50,000 for the privilege… The isolation of the rural dweller has increased a hundredfold since Tony Blair came to power. Post offices and village pubs have closed. The public transport network is no net but a few threadbare strands. Fuel taxes have increased until now only a fortunate few can consider more than an occasional trip to town or to equally isolated neighbours. Hunting has been sacrificed for the sake of a few votes. And now the Party of the (Our Sort of) People is about to make the occasional fairs and festivals at which country people gather prohibitively expensive…. We will all be outlaws by the time that this government is done, but then, that, Ms Jowell, is rural culture for you. (story)
Bristol Evening Post 11.1.05 MORE MEDDLING BY GOVERNMENT - Yet another area of our lives which seems to work perfectly well is being forced to undergo changes, thanks to the Government. The changes to licensing arrangements for public events are simply another example of a stealth tax by the chancellor…. Why on earth should Tony Blair and his colleagues have anything to do with the licensing charges for events in Bristol? For heaven's sake, let councils run their own affairs. Local people know far better how to manage their own events than the ludicrously named Department for Culture, Media and Sport… Brilliant, isn't it? Whichever way we turn, this government manages to screw more out of us. And will we be safer as a result? Of course not. (story)
Western Morning News 10.1.05 LOCAL TRADITIONS MAY BE THREATENED - Some of the Westcountry's most historic events could be left to find thousands of pounds with the overhaul of the licensing system. The Royal Cornwall Show, which has been running since 1793, attracted 119,000 people last year and is concerned about how much extra cash it could be forced to find… (story)
Western Morning News 10.1.05 RISING POLICE CHARGES ARE ANOTHER BLOW - One of the biggest concerns for non-profit making community events is the introduction of police charges to provide cover. Last month Richard Younger-Ross, MP for Teignbridge, raised concerns for the future of historic gatherings such as Widecombe Fair and Dawlish Carnival. The fair has been quoted £2,000 for police cover for this year's show - said to be a 50 per cent reduction on the normal fee - while it is understood Dawlish Carnival may have to pay around £6,000 for 25 officers for 12 hours. Although Dawlish Carnival would not have to pay the latest Government fees, Widecombe Fair may have to find another £5,000 to cover the costs for 2006…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 8.1.05 TAX LEVY 'PUTS FUTURE OF YORKSHIRE SHOWS AT RISK' - Robert Benson - Agricultural Correspondent - THE future of at least 20 agricultural shows in Yorkshire and other outdoor functions could be threatened under Government tax plans. Under the proposals any public entertainment event attracting more than 6,000 people that involves using temporary structures and serving alcohol could be subject to a levy of up to £50,000. The minimum tax is £5,000, and this would rise on a sliding scale depending on the attendance figure. The money raised through the levy would be payable to the local council to cover the costs of health and safety checks by officials at the event… (story)
Northern Echo 7.1.05 New taxes could affect country shows - New taxes proposed by the Government could wipeout the region's traditional country shows, organisers fear. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has outlined plans to levy a minimum £5,000 tax on public events attracting more than 6,000 people. Organisers of traditional country and agricultural shows across the North-East and North Yorkshire claim the charge could force many events to be cancelled…. (story in archive)
Western Morning News 6.1.05 MASSIVE TAX THREAT TO OUR RURAL SHOWS - Government plans to levy a huge tax on large licensed events could sound the death knell for dozens of rural shows across Devon and Cornwall, it has been warned. Traditional agricultural events, which have been a staple of the Westcountry calendar for generations, could be charged fees of up to £50,000 as part of an overhaul of the licensing system. The taxes, which come into force in November this year, will apply to any public entertainment event attended by more than 6,000 people that involves using temporary accommodation and serves alcohol. The minimum fee is £5,000, and this rises depending on the attendance figure…. (story)

Telegraph 21.1.05 Bio-industry welcomes crackdown By Christopher Hope - The Government is planning to make it illegal for animal rights activists to target suppliers to animal testing companies in a bid to drive them out of business. The news was hailed as "very significant" by the bio-industry…. (story)
Guardian 21.1.05 New law against animal activists Tania Branigan, political correspondent - The government is to rush through a measure to protect British companies from vociferous animal rights extremists, a new criminal offence relating to "economic sabotage". Ministers are expected to announce the measure, to be introduced as an amendment to the organised crime bill going through parliament, within weeks…. (story)
Financial Times 20.1.05 Law targets animal rights militants By Jean Eaglesham and Lydia Adetunji - A law creating a new type of criminal offence, which targets "economic sabotage" by animal rights activists, is expected to be announced by the government within weeks. Ministers intend to ensure the offence becomes law ahead of May's expected general election by including it as an amendment to the organised crime bill going through parliament…. (story)

Argus 21.1.05 Letter: Stop the killing - I was distressed to hear of the accident at Ringmer when 20 pregnant cows were either killed or had to be put down… Isn't it about time this practice was stopped. Surely there are nearer places these poor creatures can go? It's about time we woke up to the fact animals are sentient beings, not cabbages. -Sylvia Harwood, Hove (letter in archive)

Isle of Wight County Press 21.1.05 A DOG'S LIFE BEING VEGAN From J. Maynard, 57 Greenlydd Close, Niton: THE Rev J. Williams (CP, letters 14/01/05) speaks of a future age "when natural laws will be restored to their perfect state" and "the wolf will lie down with the lamb and the lion eat straw like the ox". A start has already been made by vegans, who find that dogs thrive and often live to a great age on a vegan diet…. (story)


Leicester Mercury 20.1.05 I WILL FEED FOXES AND IGNORE BAN, VOWS PAM BY TIM SMITH - An animal lover says she is dismayed after council officials banned her from leaving out food for foxes. Pamela Chamberlain has been feeding wildlife outside her home for the past 10 years, but environmental health officials contacted her this week to say she had to stop it to avoid attracting vermin…. Mrs Chamberlain - who calls herself "the voice of the fox" - has vowed to continue feeding the animals, even if it lands her with a court appearance… (story)

North Devon Journal 20.1.05 TRIALS SHOW IT IS TIME FOR ACTION - Trials in Ireland over a five-year period have found that culling badgers reduces the risk of outbreaks of Bovine Tuberculosis in cattle by 96%... The UK Government, however, still refuses to act, saying it must wait for the findings of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB and the "Krebs trials" - this could mean a further two-year wait before the industry sees any action…. The Government said it would base hunting legislation on the findings of the Burns Inquiry, but reneged on its word. Now we have sound science reinforcing practical knowledge on badgers and TB and our political "masters" again refuse to accept the findings. How many more times will Blair, Beckett and their cohorts sacrifice science and the countryside on the altar of the votes of their urban supporters?... (story)

Cambridge Evening News 20.1.05 Animal rights campaigner will fight on despite ASBO - LEADING animal rights activist Heather Nicholson has vowed not to give up her fight, despite being banned from going near research centres in Cambridgeshire…. Peterborough Magistrates' Court handed down the order after Nicholson, who also uses the surnames Avery, Barwick and James, was convicted of common assault and aggravated trespass relating to an incident at Phytopharm in West Street, Godmanchester… (story)
20.1.05 DEMO: Court ban for animal activist - AN animal rights activist has been banned from going near certain pharmaceutical and research firms after being convicted of assault. Heather Nicholson, who uses the aliases Avery, Barwick and James, was also found guilty of aggravated trespassing at Phytopharm, in Godmanchester, near Huntingdon…. (story)
BBC News Online 20.1.05 Animal rights protester gets Asbo - A leading animal rights activist has been given a five-year anti-social behaviour order to keep her away from animal research laboratories. Heather Nicholson, 38, of Woking, Surrey, is barred from going within 500 metres of Huntingdon Life Sciences' sites in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk… (story)
Scotsman 19.1.05 Animal Rights Activist Handed Wide-Ranging Asbo Curbs By Neville Dean, PA Crime Correspondent - A leading animal rights activist has been given a five-year anti-social behaviour order to keep her away from one of the country’s foremost animal research laboratories, it emerged today. Heather Nicholson, 38, of Woking, Surrey, has been barred from going within 500 metres of Huntingdon Life Sciences, at either of its sites at Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, or Occold in Suffolk… Nicholson, who has also used the surnames Avery, Barwick and James, is leading member of the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) group, which campaigns for an end to animal testing and the closure of Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)

Independent 20.1.05 Animal rights lobby deters more firms By Stephen Foley - Animal rights protesters are forcing a growing number of suppliers to stop trading with companies involved in animal testing, according to new statistics from the pharmaceuticals industry…. (story)
Medical News Today 20.1.05 Animal extremists' intimidation scares off companies' suppliers, UK - Increasing numbers of suppliers are being forced to stop providing their services to those engaged in animal research, figures released by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) today show… (story)
Reuters 19.1.05 UK animal protests scare off drug firm suppliers - Increasing numbers of suppliers to British drug companies are being scared away by extremist animal rights protesters, threatening the future of research in the country, industry leaders said on Wednesday…. (story)
Yahoo! 19.1.05 Animal protests scare drug firm suppliers - Increasing numbers of suppliers to drug companies are being scared away by extremist animal rights protesters, threatening the future of research in Britain, industry leaders say. In the last quarter of 2004 there were 42 such "capitulations" by firms supplying essential goods and services to companies engaged in animal research, according to figures from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)…. (story)

Scotsman 20.1.05 Minister Warns Animal Rights Extremists By Trevor Mason, PA Parliamentary Editor - The Government vowed today to act against animal rights’ extremists who break the law to harass those involved in legal experimentation… Ms Harman was responding to Labour’s Ben Chapman (Wirral S) who said a report published yesterday by the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries listed 177 cases of damage to company, personal and private property and 100 threatening phone calls to companies involved in animal research…. (story)

Oxford Mail 20.1.05 Union looks at lab issue - Debaters do battle over animal testing The controversy over the use of animals in research will get a full airing in the debating chamber at the Oxford Union tonight. Speakers due to argue the motion that "This House would use animals in medical research" include former MEP Stanley Johnson and Dr Simon Festing, of the Research Defence Society… (story in archive)

Western Gazette 20.1.05 ANIMAL VICTIMS OF TSUNAMI - In regard to the tsunami disaster, I would like to inform readers that, during the week of 22-29 January, street collections will take place up and down the country for Asian animal charities working to alleviate the suffering of animals…. Alan Cooper, address supplied. (letter)


Western Mail 19.1.05 Poacher problem - Moc Morgan's recent angling article was very interesting and full of good news and information, but there is a problem that is rarely discussed, in fact it is seldom acknowledged. The problem is poaching. The Environment Agency and the National Assembly are putting millions of pounds into improving habitats, creating fish passes and stocking rivers to promote annual runs, of salmon and sewin, but the poachers are having a field day…. ROBIN WOODYATT, Secretary, Rhymney River Federation of Angling Clubs, Park Road, Maesycwmmer (story)

Westmorland Messenger 19.1.05 Wild deer facing control - The Government has launched a new strategy aimed at controlling exploding numbers of wild deer in the UK…. The new strategy has been launched following a public consultation and sets out how the Forestry Commission, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and English Nature aim to work together to encourage the sustainable management of deer over the next three years…. (story)

Birmingham Post 19.1.05 Animal rights campaigners accused of terror tactics By Staff Reporter, Birmingham Post - Animal rights activists were accused in the High Court of conducting a "campaign of terrorism" in the area surrounding a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research. Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, lawyer for the owners of Darley Oaks Farm at Newchurch, Staffordshire, and their families and neighbours, said: "This is not a campaign of mild civil disobedience, but a campaign of terrorism which needs to be met harshly…." The judge reserved judgment.(story)
Burton Mail 19.1.05 Exclusion zone decision delay by PETE RICHARDS - A HIGH Court judge is to delay a decision on whether villagers have won the bid to keep animal rights campaigners away from their homes. Mr Justice Owen will rule on an as yet unspecified date whether Christopher and John Hall, who run Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, and residents from seven surrounding parishes will be granted an unprecedented exclusion zone which demonstrators, who they say have made their lives a misery, cannot enter… (story)
BBC News Online 18.1.05 Activists branded as 'terrorists' - The High Court has heard that animal rights activists conducted a "campaign of terrorism" in the area around a farm which breeds guinea pigs for research. Local parish councillor Peter Clamp has applied for a 75 square kilometre (27 square mile) exclusion zone in a bid to stop harassment by protestors… The defendants named in the action include SNGP (Save Newchurch Guinea Pigs), Shac (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty), Speak (Campaigns), and the Alf (Animal Liberation Front)…. (story)
Guardian 18.1.05 Extremists 'targeting community' - Sandra Laville - Animal rights extremists are targeting a whole community in a "reckless and indiscriminate" campaign which affects nearly 4,000 households, a court heard yesterday. Lawyers for the Hall family, who breed guinea pigs for scientific research, are applying for an unprecedented injunction to ban anti-vivisectionists from 47 sq miles of countryside in Staffordshire…. Simon Dally, a lay spokesman for the defendants, will argue that Mr Clamp does not have a sufficient mandate to represent the residents of seven parishes - some 9,000 people. The case continues (story)
Scotsman 18.1.05 Animal Rights Group 'Conducting Terrorism Campaign' By Mike Taylor, PA - Animal rights activists were accused in the High Court today of conducting a “campaign of terrorism” in the area surrounding a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research... (story)
Burton Mail 18.1.05 OAP ACCUSED OF STALKING by DAVID POWLES - A PENSIONER on police bail over the theft of a woman's body from a churchyard has been accused in the High Court of 'stalking' the owners of a controversial guinea pig farm. Janet Tomlinson, 62, of Shobnall Close, Burton, has been involved in more than 90 incidents at Darley Oaks Farm in Newchurch, the London hearing was told yesterday. Tomlinson is one of several individual protesters named in the ground-breaking legal action by John and Christopher Hall, the owners of the farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research…. (story)
Birmingham Post 18.1.05 Partial win for guinea pig farm owners By Staff Reporter, Birmingham Post - The beleaguered owners of a farm, which breeds guinea pigs for medical research, have reached a partial agreement in their High Court battle with animal- rights activists. But villagers, living near Darley Oaks Farm at Newchurch, Staffordshire, still faced an uphill struggle in their attempt to secure a wide no-go area - up to 200 square kilometres (77 square miles) - around their parishes…. (story)
BBC News Online 17.1.05 Activists agree to limit protests - The owners of a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research have reached a partial agreement in their dispute with animal rights activists… Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden, QC said on Monday that some of the 17 defendants were prepared to have limitations on their protests…. Others who would not agree should be ordered by the court to abide by the same "clinical conditions policed by the Staffordshire Police force", he said. One of them, Janet Tomlinson, had been involved in 91 known protests as part of the Save Newchurch Guinea Pigs, (SNGP) campaign and was currently on police bail after being questioned about the grave desecration…. (story)
Scotsman 17.1.05 Animal Rights Activists Agree to Limited Protests By Mike Taylor, PA - The beleaguered owners of a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research reached a partial agreement today in their High Court battle with animal rights activists. But villagers living near Darley Oaks Farm at Newchurch, Staffordshire, still faced an uphill struggle in their attempt to secure a wide no-go area – up to 200 square kilometres (77 square miles) – around their parishes. A judge in London heard some of the defendants named in the action brought by the farm owners, brothers Christopher and John Hall, had agreed to their protests outside the farm entrance being limited in time, frequency and the number of demonstrators. But an application by local parish councillor Peter Clamp for the right to represent people living in the parishes of Newborough and Yoxall, and the suppliers and contractors of Darley Oaks Farm over a much wider area, was disputed…. (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 17.1.05 VILLAGES BACK TO COURT IN ZONE BID - Villagers living near a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research are renewing their court bid today to stop animal rights activists from entering an exclusion zone… (story)
Sun 17.1.05 Activists' farm agreement By SUN ONLINE REPORTER - OWNERS of a farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research today reached a partial agreement in a High Court battle with animal rights activist. But villagers near the farm will have to persist for a 77 square-mile no-go area…. (story)
Guardian 17.1.05 Community back in court to bar guinea pig protests - Sandra Laville - A parish councillor leading a community battle to ban animal rights protesters from 80 square miles of countryside has received death threats from extremists as he prepares to begin a high court fight… Peter Clamp, who runs a haulage business, has agreed to be the figurehead for the community's application. "Harassment and intimidation has continued over Christmas and the New Year," he said. "I have received two death threats myself which were in letters intercepted by the police. Everyone around here has letters intercepted since the grave robbing incident and the residents are extremely frightened."… Amanda Richards, spokeswoman for the Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs Campaign denied involvement in recent incidents. "We are a peaceful campaigning group and we have had no part in any death threats or intimidation." (story)
Birmingham Post/Mail 17.1.05 Villagers in new action against activists - Villagers living near a farm in Staffordshire which breeds guinea pigs for medical research are renewing their court bid today to stop animal rights activists entering a 200-square kilometre exclusion zone… (story)
Sky 17.1.05 EXCLUSION ZONE BID - A group Staffordshire villagers are asking the High Court to impose a five-mile exclusion zone around their homes to keep animal rights protesters at bay…. (story)
Burton Mail 17.1.05 Villages in High Court battle by DAVID POWLES - VILLAGERS living near a controversial guinea pig farm were today renewing their High Court bid to stop animal rights activists from entering the area — despite receiving death threats from extremists…. (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 19.1.05 RESEARCH WORKS - I Agree with the sentiments expressed by Phillip Connolly of the Coalition For Medical Progress (Viewpoint, January 3). People are often very loud in attacking medical research but are remarkably quiet when it boils down to telling us what we should use instead of animals to give hope to people with serious illnesses… Thomas Bromley, SIMR Executive Secretary. (letter)
Grimsby Telegraph 17.1.05 PAIN BETTER THAN SUFFERING OF ANIMALS - In reply to Mr Connolly of the Coalition for "so-called" Medical Progress, who thinks migraine sufferers are grateful to scientists conducting animal research - I am here to tell him that this migraine sufferer would rather continue having the pain than have one innocent animal tortured in my name… L Storey, Patrick Street, Grimsby. (letter)
Grimsby Telegraph 3.1.05 UNACCEPTABLE RISKS WITHOUT ANIMAL TESTING - Since only about 10 per cent of medical research uses animals, it's hard to see how it can be the force for delay that Pat Wickham (Viewpoint, December 12) suggests. It's also hard to see how progress would be made at all, if she had her way, without putting people at unacceptable risk…. Philip Connolly, Director, Coalition For Medical Progress, Hamilton House, London. (letter)

Horncastle News 19.1.05 Can’t we see through the emotional propaganda of the anti-vivisectionists - Some of your readers may have noticed recent correspondence on the subject of medical research (Letters, January 5) were very loud in attacking the use of animals where necessary but were remarkably quiet when it boiled down to telling us what we should use instead of animals to give hope to people with serious illnesses… THOMAS BROMLEY, Executive Secretary, Seriously Ill for Medical Research (story)
Horncastle News 12.1.05
There is an alternative to animal testing - For anyone wanting to support medical research without the use of animals, there is a very successful charity - The Humane Research Trust… AMARYLIS MIDGLEY, Woodhall Spa
It’s not animal cruelty which motivates any medical - It is gratifying that my letter has attracted responses from three readers (Letters, January 5), but saddening to find therein an assortment of emotionalism, obduracy, ignorance and mis-representation…. Dealing with all three could fill a page of your newspaper, so I must sacrifice elegance of expression to brevity and respond only to Ms Holliday, and that too briefly…. Would she opt for aspirin to relieve intractable pain, or one of the narcotics which she referred to (erroneously) as having been developed at the cost of millions of animal lives? R B A JOHNS, Wood Enderby
TV crew ARE visiting Life Sciences Centre this week - Recent correspondents to the News on animal experiments share the same misunderstanding. Animals are not expected to mimic human diseases completely…. If something goes wrong, then the computers, test tubes, animals and people themselves have altogether failed to spot it - why just blame the animal tests?... I rang Huntingdon Life Sciences and they have a national TV crew visiting them this week. PHILIP CONNOLLY, Director, Coalition for Medical Progress (story)
Horncastle News 5.1.05 We don’t have the right to abuse other beings - I would like to respond to the letter from R B A Johns of Wood Enderby (Letters, December 15). Mr John’s letter neatly side-steps the moral and scientific arguments about animal testing. The fact of the matter is we do not have the moral right to abuse other sentient beings in this way…. MS J HOLLIDAY, Horncastle
Editor’s Note: We received several other letters echoing the sentiments expressed by Ms Holliday. Space only permits us to publish those from local correspondents.
Animal experiments are of no human value - If R B A Johns believes ‘carefully controlled and regulated’ animal experimentation - even if that were true - guarantees ‘efficacy and safety’, then he has been lulled into a false sense of security (Horncastle News December 15). Animals and people react differently to medicines so there is no way of telling whether the human effects will be similar or totally different… PATRICIA WICKHAM (Mrs), Caistor
Will the public be allowed to see testing shame? Having read about how Mr Johns thinks vivisection is OK (Letters, December 15). Will Huntingdon Life Sciences allow a camera team in to show the public what really goes on? I don’t think so!! JIM GREENSLADE, Metheringham (letters)

Yorkshire Evening Post 19.1.05 RSPCA reveals centre closure date BY SOPHIE HAZAN - ANIMAL charity bosses made a shock announcement last night that the Leeds-based RSPCA will shut in less than a fortnight. Job redundancies were also declared ahead of the permanent closure of the Cavendish Street site on Tuesday, February 1… (story)

Argus 19.1.05 Letter: This protest made me a vegetarian - I was one of many who attended the reunion of campaigners who protested about live animal export shipments from Shoreham Port. It was as heart-warming to be among so many right-thinking people as it was when we were there ten years ago to show our disgust and try to stop this cruel and immoral trade… -Elizabeth Taylor, Worthing (letter in archive)

Horncastle News 19.1.05 We must not forget animals suffered in the tsunami too - In the midst of so much human suffering caused by the Tsunami disaster it is easy to forget that animals have been suffering too. Of course it is right that we should put human lives before those of the animals, but they should not be totally forgotten… JULIA HOLLIDAY, Horncastle (letter)


Western Mail 18.1.05 Experts meet to combat decline of black grouse - Steve Dube, Western Mail - GLOBAL experts on black grouse will congregate at Llysfasi Agricultural College, Denbighshire, in March to discuss how best to stop the European decline of this shy, enigmatic bird. The conference, organised by local specialist Ron Plummer, will be centred on Llandegla Forest, which has a healthy black grouse population…. Conference sponsors include UPM Shotton and the Countryside Council for Wales, the RSPB, Forestry Commission, Game Conservancy Trust, Subbuteo Natural History Books and Tillhill, who manage Llandegla Forest… (story)

Oxford Mail 18.1.05 Lab should be dropped - I am astounded to learn that Oxford University wishes to build a new biomedical research facility - more fruitless waste of creatures' lives, animal and human… CLARE FORDHAM, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire (letter in archive)

Dunstable Gazette 18.1.05 Fur dog's sake make it a fake - Parliamentary candidate in fashion plea - The high fashion fur trimming on 'must have' items of clothing you've set your sights on may look the business – but a dog or cat may have suffered horribly to put it on your back. Joyce Still, Labour's would-be MP for South West Beds, has issued an alert about the source of animal fur used in fashion clothing and urged buyers to be on their guard…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 18.1.05 Large turkeys suffering pain - SIR, - I write in reply to M. Green's letter (the Press and Journal, January 3). The claims by animal campaign group Viva that a 74lb turkey would be in pain comes from sound scientific fact…. Justin Kerswell, Viva campaigner, 8 York Court, Bristol. (story)


Independent 17.1.05 A dog's life ain't what it used to be - Animal rights protesters want 'brutal' greyhound racing outlawed - and are targeting the punters to bring about its downfall By Jonathan Brown …Last month at Caerphilly Magistrates Court in a case brought by the RSPCA, Andrew Gough, a greyhound track groundsman, was sentenced to six months in jail for his treatment of Rusty and banned from keeping animals for life… Campaigners say Rusty is merely the tip of the iceberg. A recent study said that because of the shortage of suitable homes for retired dogs, a similar fate threatens thousands of greyhounds and lurchers discarded in Britain each year as they reach the end of their racing lives… Tony Peters of Greyhound Action believes that most of the dogs running on the independent tracks are those disposed of by licensed track trainers… (story)

Reading Evening Post 17.1.05 Face of tsunami swindler - Court: shoppers gave Julian Hodgkins cash thinking it was going to the tsunami appeal… He was found to have collected £12.01 from members of the public, and in interview admitted that the money would have been used to supply him and his girlfriend with drugs for the day… Hodgkins, from Alder Close in Lower Earley, had done bona fide charity work for Greenpeace and for anti-vivisection groups in the past…. (story)
Scotsman 17.1.05 Addict Used Tsunami Collection to Buy Drugs By John Bingham, PA - A bogus charity collector today admitted cheating shoppers out of cash they thought was going to the tsunami appeal to feed his drug habit. Former IT worker Julian Hodgkins, 37, was overheard saying “I will make some money out of this” as he stood in the centre of Reading, Berkshire, with a collecting bucket marked for the appeal on January 4. Reading Magistrates Court heard today that Hodgkins of Alder Close, Lower Earley, Reading, who had worked as a “bone fide” collector in the past for Greenpeace and animal rights charities, collected around £19 in his bucket but had given approximately £7 to beggars…. (story)

Northern Echo 17.1.05 Group stages cruelty protest - PLACARD-waving demonstrators targeted a fast food restaurant yesterday in a protest about alleged animal cruelty. The protest marked the second anniversary of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal's (Peta) boycott of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants worldwide…. Activist Claire Nugent, of Stockton, said: "If we change the mind of just one person, we will have been successful…" (story in archive)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 17.1.05 Concern at fate of penguins - We were distressed to read that Dudley Zoo plans to send several Humboldt's penguins to Beijing Zoo in your article headlined "Zoo's birds take trip to Far East." The Born Free Foundation deals with hundreds of reports each year from British tourists visiting animal attractions around the world, including an increasing number from China… The funds and effort spent propagating animals in captivity in the UK and abroad should be diverted to protecting wildlife where it belongs - in the wild. Chris Draper, Zoo Check Researcher, Born Free Foundation, Foundry Lane, Horsham. (letter)


Observer 16.1.05 No words from our sponsors - Stephen Pritchard, Readers' Editor - Journalists striving to be balanced and fair are used to accusations of bias when their writing doesn't chime with the views of a particular pressure group or lobby. When their work is linked to advertising the problem multiplies 10-fold. The Observer doesn't run 'advertorials', but occasionally our specialists edit sponsored reports which appear in our Business section… 'Science and sensibility', which appeared in our Business section last month, has a curious history. Our advertising department invited the Coalition for Medical Progress, a pro-vivisection organisation, to co-sponsor a report on animal testing alongside an anti-vivisection group. It chose to take a full-page advertisement. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), which the advertising department approached in the interest of balance, said it could not afford the £20,000 co-sponsorship fee… The irony is that 'Science and sensibility' wasn't sponsored by anyone. Those putting the pages together wrongly assumed, because of the full-page ad, that CMP was the sponsor and mistakenly labelled it as such. (story)


Telegraph 15.1.05 Gamekeepers jailed for firing at illegal rave By Stewart Payne - A gamekeeper and her assistant were jailed for three months yesterday for firing their shotguns when they encountered an illegal rave. A judge said that he recognised that many law-abiding people would take the view that the organisers and revellers got what they deserved when the pair shot at speakers and car tyres…. But he could not overlook the fact that Jessica Allinson, 46, and her under-keeper, Alexander Szyndel, 28, discharged their "potentially lethal" double-barrelled guns where people were present… (story)
Dorking Advertiser 6.1.05 Gamekeepers punched by illegal ravers By Court Reporter - A CROWD of illegal ravers punched a gamekeeper and smeared her with blood after she tried to break up their party with a shotgun. Jessica Allinson, 46, and her 28-year-old underkeeper Alexander Szyndel confronted revellers after stumbling across the party while out hunting for rabbits… After a week-long hearing Judge John Bull QC found on Thursday December 23 that they had pointed their weapons at some of the partygoers but said it was not possible to be sure whether the guns were loaded at the time…. Szyndel, a tree surgeon, wept as he told the court that he felt shame for what he had done but was angry at the time…. After Allinson marched into the crowd, Szyndel felt he that he couldn't let anything happen to her and took his gun "for security". But he said he didn't want to hurt anybody…. (story)
Telegraph 24.12.04 Gamekeepers who broke up rave 'could be jailed' - A woman gamekeeper and her assistant were told yesterday that they faced a possible jail sentence for opening fire with shotguns to try to break up an illegal rave. However, a judge accepted that the pair had felt a sense of "impotence" at being unable to prevent their private property being trespassed upon by a group of people who "couldn't care less" what damage they did or what nuisance they caused to others. Jessica Allinson, 46, and Alexander Szyndel, her 28-year-old under-keeper, who were out hunting rabbits at dawn, shot at loudspeakers and car tyres and levelled their guns at party goers who had been dancing to amplified music since midnight at Netley Heath, Surrey, a court heard… Allinson, from Peaslake, Surrey, and Szyndel, from Haslemere, Surrey, were remanded on bail until next month for sentencing (story)
Telegraph 15.12.04 Gamekeepers 'shot cars to break up illegal rave' By Stewart Payne - A woman gamekeeper and her assistant opened fire when they came across an illegal rave, shooting the tyres of party-goers' cars and blasting speakers pumping out music that could be heard for miles around, a court was told yesterday. The actions of Jessica Allinson, 46, and Alexander Szyndel, her 28-year-old under-keeper, were said to have terrorised the 600 revellers. Allinson grabbed an organiser by the throat during a fierce argument and Szyndel fired in the direction of a car that was being driven around woods…. (story)

Dundee Courier 15.1.05 Nature needs helping hand - Unfortunately, Mr. Ramsay’s suggestion (January 8) to let wildlife flourish by allowing nature to take its course, is somewhat misguided… where fields are simply left unsprayed for a time, changes take a long time to happen and the resulting habitat is rarely of any great value to most insects, birds and mammals that we are interested in conserving…. The Game Conservancy Trust is not motivated by the need to provide hunters with more to kill. Our aim is to encourage the management of the countryside in a sustainable way that results in more wildlife. Dr David Parish. Lowland Research Scientist The Game Conservancy Trust. Couston, Newtyle. (story)

Western Daily Press 15.1.05 BADGER CULLING TRIED AND FAILED - Badger extermination is not a viable way to control bovine tuberculosis in cattle, researchers in Ireland have concluded…. The National Federation of Badger Groups contacted the paper's correspondence author, statistician Dr David Williams, to establish why the researchers had concluded that culling was "feasible" but "not viable." He said: "It would be technically possible to try and do it if it were legal or desirable or moral. But it's neither legal nor morally justified, or anything like that, especially when there are alternatives."… Ireland's futile badger slaughter has simply confirmed that badger culling will never be a solution to the problem of bovine TB. Dr Elaine King, Chief Executive National Federation of Badger Groups (story)


Bradford Telegraph & Argus 14.1.05 Regarding the letter concerning game birds. How can it be natural and wild when I have seen hundreds of young birds bred and brought up in cages before being released?... What a load of rubbish to say hunting, shooting and fishing benefits the countryside. Nature sorts itself out if left alone. How does rearing birds to shoot them, and rearing fox cubs to hunt them help nature?... SAMUEL MOSS, Thornhill Avenue, Oakworth (letter in archive)

Kilmarnock Standard 14.1.05 Devoted Flora just loves cats - KILMARNOCK woman Flora Fleming has devoted her whole life to animal welfare and Standard staff all agreed she deserved one of our ‘gongs’. Flora was only 12 when she joined the Scottish Anti-Vivisection Trust and later as an adult she served on the charity’s board and was also involved with the now defunct charity ‘Beauty Without Cruelty’. But it was in 1992 that Flora’s work on behalf of animals really took off. Flora, who is married with a grown-up daughter, set up a branch of ‘Cat Action Trust 1977’, a London based charity focusing on the needs of street cats, becoming only the second person in Scotland to do so…. (story)

Ham & High Express 14.1.05 When sending aid, don’t forget suffering animals - When disasters occur, be they floods, famines, wars or waves, animals are casualties, too…. International Animal Rescue (www.iar.org.uk) has just sent an ambulance plus two vets and £5,000 from its rescue centre and clinic in Goa to Tamil Nadu in south east India to help with livestock and the clean-up operation… Angela Humphery, Willoughby Road, NW3 (story)


Ely Standard 13.1.05 Tough warning to illegal coursers - ELY magistrates have issued a tough warning to all would-be illegal hare coursers -- such activities on local farms will not be tolerated, and any offenders will face tough penalties. On Thursday two hare coursers were each fined £500 with £150 costs for operating on farms in Ely. That sentencing followed hot on the heels of another case just a couple of days before Christmas, when another hare courser was fined £650 and banned from driving for six months for operating at Haddenham. Both prosecutions were brought as part of Operation Dornier, the police crack down on illegal hare coursing throughout the county… Patrick Connors, 41, of Banstead, Surrey, and Francis Coyle, 45, of Thurrock, Essex, both admitted daytime trespass in pursuit of game… (story)

Daily Post 13.1.05 Population out of control - VETS for Wildlife Management, representing 570 UK vets, maintain the badger is a classic example of a population out of control. But the National Federation of Badger Groups insists a culling policy to control bovine TB would exterminate badgers in hotspot areas…. (story)
Daily Post 13.1.05 Up to 96% success rate increases cull demand By Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - WALES should sanction the culling of badgers until a vaccine for bovine TB is found, farmers and landowners have demanded…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 13.1.05 FARMERS WANT LICENCE TO CULL - Badger campaigners have attacked fresh calls from farmers urging the Government to allow them to cull the animals in a bid to prevent bovine tuberculosis. The Gloucestershire Badger Group have condemned research carried out in Ireland which claims killing the animals virtually eradicated the disease in cattle. "Culling badgers just makes the situation worse. It makes me sick that they are suggesting this," said group member Pat Holland…. (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 13.1.05 NO-GO ZONE VOTE IN VILLAGES - A law firm is balloting 16,000 homes in seven parishes to gain support for a 30-square-kilometre exclusion zone to stop a campaign of intimidation by animal rights activists. Lawson-Cruttenden & Co, from London, is acting on behalf of villagers to make Newborough, Yoxall, Barton-under-Needwood, Hanbury, Tatenhill, Draycott and Hoar Cross a "no-go zone" for animal rights protesters who have targeted Darley Oaks Farm, in Newchurch, which breeds guinea pigs for medical research…. (story)
Burton Mail 13.1.05 Residents to vote on ban by KIM BRISCOE - THOUSANDS of leaflets were due to arrive at homes in seven parishes near Burton today, asking residents to take part in a vote to help ban animal rights protesters from their area... London law firm Lawson-Cruttenden, on behalf of the Hall family who run the farm, hopes the "mini referendum" will give it the evidence it needs to persuade the High Court to grant the landmark injunction for the 28.5sq km area…


Fleet News & Mail 13.1.05 Rachel tells of tsunami horror - AN ANIMAL welfare volunteer has spoken of her horror at being caught up in the Asian tsunami disaster. Rachel Lee (pictured), 24, is a volunteer with Fleet-based Home and Abroad Animal Welfare… Rachel was one of six volunteers in Negombo during the Christmas period working with the animals…. On Boxing Day she and two other volunteers were travel-ling along the main road opposite the beach front when the tsunami struck… Volunteers with Home and Abroad Animal Welfare fund the small organisation by weekly car-boot sales and street collections so are always in need of good quality bric-a-brac items such as clothes, books, CDs, videos and furniture. Anyone who would like to help with fundraising should contact Janice Down… (story)


Kent Messenger 12.1.05 Row over suspended greyhound trainers - CAMPAIGNERS are calling on animal lovers to boycott Sittingbourne greyhound stadium after five trainers were banned from the track for refusing to run their dogs in icy conditions…. Anne Holmes, spokeswoman for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “The people of Kent and dog lovers everywhere should boycott this this track until the trainers are reinstated.” (story)

Guardian 12.1.05 Work to resume on animal lab - Sandra Laville - Scientists at Oxford University have been given assurances that work on a controversial animal research laboratory will resume within weeks and be completed this year…. For any contractor a key concern is insurance, according to Dr Simon Festing from the pro-vivisection group, the Research Defence Society… The suspension of work last July was a coup for Speak, the animal rights group opposed to the building of the laboratory (story)

Worcester Evening News 12.1.05 It's time to go veggie - KELLY SLADE, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid. (letter in archive)
Ulster Herald 6.1.05 Veggies have more fun and they‘re healthier! - Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent
Hillingdon Times 6.1.05 Why not become a veggie? Kelly Slade, Campaigns Officer (story)
Horncastle News 5.1.05 Turn over a new leaf: go veggie - KELLY SLADE, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (story)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 3.1.05 KELLY Slade claims "going veggie" saves animals lives. Simply not true. It would leave most chickens, pigs, sheep, cattle etc extinct… I have no doubt she is right, in her own mind. I just do not think it would do animals any good in the long run…. G SCOTT, Okus Road (letter in archive)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 3.1.05 Make a veggie resolution KELLY SLADE, Campaigns officer, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent. (letter in archive)
Cambridge Evening News 28.12.04 Veggie new year - From Kelly Slade Animal Aid Campaigns Officer, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 28.12.04 Why not resolve to go veggie? - Kelly Slade Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (letter in archive)
Western Daily Press 27.12.04 TURN A NEW LEAF WITH THE R ESOLUTION TO GO VEGGIE - If readers have taken every opportunity to eat, drink and be merry over the festive season, and had their fill of Christmas indulgence, they are probably considering making some New Year's resolutions. Why not put going veggie top of the list?... Kelly Slade Campaigns Officer Animal Aid (letter)

Redditch Advertiser/Alcester Chronicle 12.1.05 Rats! Blame and deal with the real culprits - APPARENTLY, Redditch Council is going to take action regarding the suspected increase in the number of rats in the town. It's about time the authorities recognised and punished the real culprit - the human being…. Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter in archive)


Western Mail 11.1.05 Tricky Sunday shooting rules that still keep hunters at bay - Steve Dube, Western Mail - SUNDAY has long been a special day of the week for the people of Wales. It was once regarded as very much a sober day and not one to indulge in frivolous pleasures…. Well, most of us cannot, and not in pursuit of most of the quarry species. Under section 3 of the Game Act 1831, it is an offence for any person to kill or take any game or use any dog, gun, net or any other engine or instrument for the purpose of killing or taking any game on a Sunday or Christmas Day…. (story)

Western Morning News 11.1.05 SHOOTING WILL HAVE TO CHANGE - William George, the member of a shoot syndicate, wrote an article in the WMN on November 3 that extolled how game shooting benefited wildlife. As the conservation manager of a 50-acre ancient semi-natural oak woodland near Exmoor, I have had some dealings with shoots. I wish I could share William's enthusiasm for the conservation work done by shooting folk, but sadly, I cannot… The shooting world has a very simple view of conservation. There is "good wildlife" such as pheasants and grouse. There is "nice wildlife", such as the charismatic - but harmless - Alice in Wonderland dormouse. Finally, there is "bad wildlife" that needs to be killed to "keep nature in balance"…. Theo Hopkins, Lifton (story)

Western Morning News 11.1.05 MINISTERS AVOID TB CULL DECISION - The Government has been accused of dragging its feet over the issue of controlled badger culls in bovine tuberculosis hot spots. The WMN revealed yesterday that trials in Ireland over five years found that culling badgers reduced the risk of TB outbreaks in cattle by 96 per cent. The report is based on evidence gathered since 1997 from four different trial areas in the country. However, the Government has said that while it would not rule out supporting a policy in favour of controlled culls, it would have to wait for the findings of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB, and the so-called Krebs trials, and that could take another two years…. (story)
Belfast Telegraph 11.1.05 Republic's badger cull 'not effective' By Michael Drake - Badger extermination is not a viable way to control bovine tuberculosis in cattle, according to researchers in the Republic. In the first major paper on the Republic of Ireland's badger culling trial, published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, the researchers state: "Although feasible, we acknowledge widespread badger removal is not a viable strategy for the long-term control of tuberculosis in the Irish cattle population."… (story)
Newcastle Journal 11.1.05 Badger culling 'not the way' - Killing badgers is not a viable way to control bovine tuberculosis in cattle, researchers in Ireland have concluded. In the first major paper on the country's Four Areas badger culling trial, published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, the researchers stated: "Although feasible, we acknowledge that widespread badger removal is not a viable strategy for the long-term control of tuberculosis."… (story)
Western Mail 11.1.05 Irish badger-culling trial fails to bring long-term solution - Steve Dube, Western Mail - THE latest research into the effects of culling badgers on bovine tuberculosis has failed to bring the two sides of the argument together. The first major paper on the Republic of Ireland's Four Areas badger culling trial, published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, concluded that eliminating them virtually eradicated the disease in cattle but was not a viable strategy for long-term control.… (story)
Telegraph 10.1.05 Study 'proves case for badger culls' By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - Ministers came under pressure last night to allow farmers to cull badgers after a scientific study in Ireland showed that systematic control can virtually wipe out tuberculosis in cattle…. (story)
Telegraph 10.1.05 A time to cull …The case against badgers has now been vindicated. A new study in Ireland demonstrates that reducing the badger population is the best way to contain tuberculosis in cattle. Every year, the Government spends on bovine TB compensation as much as it has spent on the tsunami crisis. Ministers could save themselves this sum, and relieve our farmers from a nuisance, simply by allowing them to cull badgers, whose numbers have anyway hugely increased… (story)
Telegraph 10.1.05 Let us cull badgers, farmers urge ministers By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - Farmers last night demanded that they be allowed to cull badgers in areas where bovine TB is rife following research in Ireland which found that killing them virtually eradicated the disease in cattle. Jan Rowe, the National Farmers' Union's spokesman on badgers and bovine TB, said: "The Irish study gives a very strong indication that proactive culling is about the only thing that is going to make an impression on the disease…." Dr Elaine King, the chief executive for the National Federation of Badger Groups, said: "This trial suggests that badger culling only reduces TB in cattle if every single badger is exterminated. Even if you exclude the moral and political implications of such a strategy, the Irish study does not show whether the effect is large enough to warrant the massive economic cost of the slaughter."… (story)
Western Morning News 10.1.05 BOVINE TB REPORT 'PROVES' BADGER LINK - Farmers have renewed calls on the Government to order culls on badgers in bovine tuberculosis hot spots, following new research. A report on trials lasting five years in Ireland - to be published later today - has shown that by culling badgers the risk of TB outbreaks in cattle can be reduced by up to 96 per cent…. (story)

Worcester Evening News 11.1.05 EU testing on animals - THE European Commission has recently put before the European Parliament a proposal that will sicken the animal-loving people of Britain. This is the REACH directive and it says that all chemicals and metals in general use have to comply to an EU standard for safety…. An estimate for the number of animals needed for this testing given by a British civil servant is 12.8 million. RICHARD CHAMINGS, UK Independence Party. (letter in archive)

Northern Echo 11.1.05 Row over plans to control pigeon population - A ROW has erupted over attempts to control Darlington's pigeon population with animal welfare groups saying hundreds of birds could be killed in a mass cull. Darlington Borough Council has denied claims by the Pigeon Control Advisory Service (Picas) that nesting birds will be killed in an effort to reduce numbers… (story in archive)

Western Morning 11.1.05 ANIMALS HAVE SAME RIGHTS AS HUMANS - The United Nations devised the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10 1948…. Internationally peaceful animal rights campaigners are working towards, in the centenary of the Declaration of Human Rights in 2048, a Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (an initiative of the Sheffield based campaign group Uncaged)… This year is the 7th annual day for animal rights, and there will be candle-lit vigils across the world at locations where billion of defenceless animals are systematically (and often lawfully) abused. Gail Woolfenden, Animal Information Bureau, Liskeard (letter)

News Shopper 11.1.05 Save the seals from this awful slaughter - Every spring, the world watches in horror at the mass slaughter of baby seals on the ice floes of Canada. While attention is focused on Canada, another mass killing of newborn babies takes place a slaughter which has little publicity. This is in the White Sea region of north west Russia…. Gravesham-based North Kent Animal Welfare (NKAW) and Folkestone-based European Animal Welfare (EAW) have been working together to highlight the plight of the Russian baby seals….EAW and NKAW ask all readers to write to the ambassador in London to voice their opposition to this killing and to have it replaced with eco-tours in the region to show the real beauty of these creatures… Mark Johnson North Kent Animal Welfare (story)


Sunday Times 9.1.05 McDonald’s chickens sent to gas chamber - JONATHAN LEAKE, SCIENCE EDITOR - MCDONALD’S is trialling the use of gas chambers that it claims may be a more humane way to kill the 10m chickens needed each year for its McNuggets and other ranges in Britain…. Sean Gifford, director of European campaigns at Peta, said: “Chickens have short miserable lives and the established methods of slaughter by electro-stunning and throat-cutting make their deaths even worse. We have been pushing for a switch to gas and welcome this move by McDonald’s.”… This week Peta is to launch a global week of action against KFC, a rival chain, which has dismissed calls to adopt humane killing. Gifford said: “Their sales will fall and we’re going to make them fry.” (story)


Telegraph 8.1.05 Guy Ritchie chances his arm - I've always suspected that Guy Ritchie's commitment to the Kabbalah faith doesn't quite match that of his wife. In particular, rumours have persisted that he resented having to give up shooting as part of the Jewish sect's demands. Which leaves me all the more intrigued to hear that the mockney film director recently dusted down his shotguns for the odd bit of sport at his Wiltshire estate, Ashcombe… (story)

Leicester Mercury 8.1.05 LEAVE THE FUR ON THE ANIMAL - A few years ago, a lot of publicity made people change their views on wearing clothes made from real fur, although they now seem to be "creeping" back into some wardrobes. People need to be aware that real fur is a product of dreadful cruelty, whether it is farmed or caught in the wild… Mrs D Lyons, Knighton. (story)


Isle of Wight County Press 6.1.05 'SAVE GREY PARTRIDGE' CALL TO FARMERS By Richard Wright - ISLAND farmers have been urged to play their part in saving a rare game bird from extinction. The Game Conservancy Trust, which said the Island is prime territory for the grey partridge, is urging more landowners to join its partridge count to find if the Island has reached its biodiversity action plan target of 486 partridge pairs by this year…. (story)
Bedford Times/Citizen 27.12.04 Are you game to help the partridge? - Landowners urged to back conservation project - Landowners in Bedfordshire are being urged to join a campaign to save one of Britain's most endangered birds. The year 2005 will be a landmark for wild grey partridges, which have suffered a massive population decline over the past 25 years…. On farmland in Hertfordshire, where the Game Conservancy Trust manages a demonstration site specifically for grey partridges, numbers have increased sevenfold. In 2001 there were 7.6 birds per 100 hectares, but this rose to 53.4 birds per 100 hectares in 2004… (story)

Keighley News 7.1.05 Further to Douglas Batchelor's letter in his capacity as Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports. He claims that pheasant and partridge are neither wild nor natural and are not an alternative to factory farmed meat. His letter is unusual in that he offers no substantive proof of this… I suspect, given his position, Mr Batchelor is more concerned with the method of killing rather than the pros and cons of game versus farmed meat. It's ironic that he would prefer people to eat some previously cooped up broiler chicken rather than a game bird that has experienced absolute freedom during its life because he is opposed to sport…. Richard Linkogel, Greenburn Laithe, Cowling Hill (letter in archive)
Falkirk Herald 6.1.05 Game farming - With reference to Mr Douglas Batchelor’s letter of December 23, regarding game bird farming (i.e. pheasant, partridges), I found this letter most misleading and extremely biased. The big sporting estates are striving to produce only the most challenging shooting between game birds and wild deer. They produce just about the last of organically enriched meats, not waste, as is Mr Batchelor’s opinion… NAME AND ADDRESS, SUPPLIED (story)
Craven Herald 24.12.04 Sir - In the run-up to the holiday season, supermarkets across the country are stocking pheasant and partridge products… Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter in archive)
Gloucestershire Gazette 23.12.04 You don't need to eat turkey at Christmas - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London SE1 (letter in archive)
Warminster & Westbury Standard 23.12.04 NO ALTERNATIVE IN GAME BIRDS - People buying turkeys and other birds for Christmas have for years been aware of and sickened by the intensive farming methods behind battery-raised animals. Thankfully, public awareness has gone some way to eradicating this cruelty - with one exception: game birds…. A League Against Cruel Sports' investigation has revealed the overcrowding and neglect suffered by the tens of millions of pheasants and partridges bred to supply commercial shooting estates… Supermarkets owe it to their customers to make it clear that intensively reared game birds are neither wild nor natural…. DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief executive League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 7.1.05 Six charged with hare coursing offences - SIX men accused of taking part in illegal hare coursing are due to appear at Ely Magistrates' Court next month. All six men have been charged with daytime trespass in pursuit of game on October 22, last year, at Common Farm and Coldmoor Farm, Ely. Those charged are Larry Connors, 21, of Crop Common, Hatfield, Hertfordshire; Francis Connors, 23, of Pilgrims Lane, Thurrock, Essex; Thomas Connors, 26, of Carshelton Road, Surrey; Martin Hanrahan, 33, of The Avenue, Bentley, Doncaster; Felix Connors, 41, of Brookwood Lane Road, Guildford; and a 17- year-old man from Banstead, Surrey… (story)

Irish Examiner 7.1.05 Benetton is baaad for sheep, claim activists By Louise Hogan - BLINDFOLDED activists staged an eye-catching protest outside a Benetton clothes store yesterday to highlight what they claim is a ‘gruesome’ abuse of millions of lambs and sheep by the Australian wool industry. Members of the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) were attempting to convince the retail chain not to sell garments made with Australian wool until live exports are banned and other farming methods stopped. John Carmody, who led the banner-wielding group outside Benetton on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green, claimed a “gruesome” procedure called mulesing was being used on the lambs…. (story)

Kent/Sussex Courier 7.1.05 RESCUED ANIMAL BECOMES A SYMBOL OF HOPE - While relief workers face the enormity of trying to help the survivors of the worst natural disaster in living memory, a band of people have been giving aid to animals caught in the tsunami in India. An orphaned calf has become a symbol of hope to Wildlife SOS, the Delhi-based charity that has sent two vets and an animal ambulance to Tamil Nadu in the extreme south, where the death toll has hit more than 8,000…. The Uckfield-based International Animal Rescue, which works closely with WSOS, has already sent out £5,000 and is asking for donations… (story)


The Sentinel 6.1.05 WE ARE NOT CRUEL TO BIRDS - Mark Richards, letters December 29, needs to get his facts correct on game birds. Firstly, he quotes tens of millions of game birds being slaughtered. I could lay a bet that the number is not even tens of thousands. Secondly, he states that they are reared in terrible conditions. Incorrect… As David Bellamy said on the TV, game birds have a much better life than battery-reared chickens. OWEN WORRALL Kidsgrove (letter)

Ely Standard 6.1.05 Hare courser fined and banned - A HARE courser caught operating on two farms in Haddenham has been fined £650 and banned from driving for six months. Danny Mobey was arrested as part of Operation Dornier -- the county-wide crackdown on illegal hare coursing -- and brought before magistrates at Ely before Christmas…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 6.1.05 ACTIVIST CAN KEEP HER HOUSE A Judge has overturned a court order brought by Britain's biggest testing laboratory threatening to seize the home of a former animal rights activist. Huntingdon Life Sciences took out the order against Lynn Sawyer, of Boat Lane, Evesham, because of her involvement with Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. The Cambridgeshire company is demanding more than £200,000 costs from the group, which has been the target of SHAC activists since 1999. But at a court hearing a judge overturned the costs order…. (story)
Hunts Post 29.10.04 Protestor anger over court order Report by AMANDA BREEN - AN animal rights activist who protested against Huntingdon Life Sciences faces a bill for more than £200,000 if a court order allows the company to seek proceeds from her property. Lynn Sawyer's home in Evesham, Worcestershire, is the official address of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) and, as such, is the object of an interim charging order which may entitle HLS to claim £205,551 if the property is ever sold…. The activist, who claims she is no longer involved with SHAC and has returned to work as a midwife, told The Hunts Post: "For them to come after me and publicly take me for everything I've got is just nasty and vindictive…." (story)
Evesham Journal 28.10.04 Campaigner claims firm trying to make her homeless - AN Evesham animal rights activist has claimed that the drug-testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences is trying to make her homeless by laying the £200,000 cost of an anti-harassment case at her door. Lynn Sawyer, a midwife based in Evesham, said she would "rather die" than pay the £205,551 HLS has said is owed to them following the court case…. (story in archive)
Cambridge Evening News 22.10.04 Protester's £200,000 bill - A BILL of £200,000 has landed at the door of an animal rights activist at the centre of protests against drug-testing group HLS. The company, based at Woolly, near Huntingdon, is hoping to recoup the costs of a legal battle to enforce injunctions on protesters at the site. Lynn Sawyer, the woman ordered to pay the bill, has said she would "rather die" than pay the £205,551 that HLS says it is owed following the court case…. It is understood Ms Sawyer claims she is no longer involved with SHAC, although she allows the group to use her address. (story)
Worcester Evening News 22.10.04 Drug-testers `trying to make me homeless' - A WORCESTERSHIRE animal rights activist has claimed that the drug-testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences is trying to make her homeless by laying the £200,000 cost of an anti-harassment case at her door. Lynn Sawyer, a midwife based in Evesham, said she would "rather die" than pay the £205,551 HLS has said is owed to them following the court case…. (story in archive)
Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 22.10.04 ANIMAL PROTESTER MAY FORFEIT HOME - A Former animal rights activist from Evesham could lose her house in a landmark case brought by Britain's largest testing laboratory. Huntingdon Life Sciences has obtained a court order threatening to seize the home of Lynn Sawyer, of Boat Lane, for her involvement with Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty…. Lynn said she had no links to other people named on the court order, which included the Animal Liberation Front and London Animal Action…. (story)
Telegraph 21.10.04 Animal test firm 'wants my home' By Rosie Murray-West, City Correspondent - An animal rights activist claimed yesterday that the drug-testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences is trying to make her homeless by laying the £200,000 cost of an anti-harassment case at her door. Lynn Sawyer, a midwife, said she would "rather die" than pay the £205,551 that HLS says is owed to it following the court case. Brian Cass, the chief executive of HLS, said: "These people have cost our shareholders millions of pounds. They have reached into the pockets of shareholders and taken out their money...." Ms Sawyer has sought legal advice over an interim charging order that the company obtained over her property in Evesham, Worcestershire, this week.... (story)
Times 21.10.04 Move to seize HQ of animal activists BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - ANIMAL rights activists have been served with a £200,000 legal bill in a landmark case brought by Britain’s largest testing laboratory. Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) has obtained a court order giving notice that it may seek to seize the headquarters of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) to try to gain possession of the property…. The £205,000 costs order was served on several activists including Lynn Sawyer, who owns 6 Boat Lane in Evesham, Worcestershire, the address given for Shac on its website. It also applies to London Animal Action, the Animal Liberation Front, Joseph Dawson, Sarah Brown, Donald Currie and Sarah Gisbourne…. (story)


Gloucestershire Echo 5.1.05 SHOOT COULD HURT DRIVERS - A Woman has called for a pheasant shoot to stop near a busy main road. Janet Cummings had to swerve when a bird fell in front of her car on the A429 Fosseway, near Moreton-in-Marsh. The 58-year-old said: "I'm worried about the safety aspect on the road. I also don't want to witness the suffering of these poor birds…" (story)

Manchester Evening News 5.1.05 Work on animal lab to start again - OXFORD University says work on its controversial animal research laboratory will resume this year - but it has still not revealed if it has found a contractor willing to brave fierce opposition from animal rights activists…. Mel Broughton, of animal rights group Speak, insisted that they were conducting a legal campaign and would continue to protest once a week against the lab, as they are still entitled to do…. (story)

Milton Keynes 5.1.05 Safewings to fight animal welfare Bill - A CONSERVATION group which closed in November says it will fight on - after receiving 3,000 signatures of support. Safewings Wildlife Conservation Projects (SWCP), which covers Milton Keynes and Bucks, has treated 40,000 birds since it began 42 years ago…. "Sadly, having read the 700-page Parliamentary Committee response to the Animal Welfare Bill draft, it appears that ALL sanctuaries will have to become fully-licensed, no matter how small. "This will certainly see almost all small wild bird sanctuaries close. Even the little lady helping the odd injured bird will sadly become a thing of the past. Founder Andy Meads blamed new proposed Government legislation to adopt 'ridiculous' RSPCA practises, which, he claimed, made it impossible for wildlife sanctuaries to operate…. (story)


Irish Independent 4.1.05 €10m hooked from visiting anglers - EXPENDITURE by visiting anglers is worth around €10m to communities on one of Ireland's top salmon rivers, writes Tom Shiel. Figures released by the North Western Regional Fisheries Board show an additional €5m is spent on brown trout, sea trout and sea angling surrounding the River Moy in Co Mayo. … (story)


Scunthorpe Telegraph 3.1.05 POLICE LAUNCH CRACKDOWN ON HARE COURSING - Lincolnshire Police are warning they are waging a war on gamblers and poachers who trespass on farmers' land in the region. They are convinced poachers are travelling into northern Lincolnshire from outside the area, because of the region's flat and plentiful farmland. Richard Barnett, the manager of the Jerry Green animal sanctuary in Broughton, has previously told the Telegraph of the problem of hare coursing in North Lincolnshire. He described the sport as 'barbaric' and backed the police's effort to combat the crime…. (letter)

Daily Record 3.1.05 FOX HUNT BOY, 15, SHOT IN THE FACE By John Mceachran - A BOY of 15 was seriously ill in hospital last night after being blasted in the face by a shotgun. Alexander Kerr had been out hunting foxes on a farm when the accident happened. A 47-year-old man, Donald Morrison, was also injured in the accident. The two had been part of a group who were out tracking foxes on the farm at Eaglesham, near Glasgow, on New Year's Day…. (story)

Daily Telegraph 3.1.05 'Let public shoot deer for the pot' By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent - A leading conservationist has called for people living in the Highlands to be allowed to shoot red deer and take the meat home to their freezers. Dick Balharry, the chairman of the John Muir Trust, a charity which owns thousands of acres of wilderness, said this would help tackle high deer numbers. Mr Balharry said a collapse in venison prices meant it was not financially viable for estate staff to cull hinds in winter to meet targets for reducing deer populations. There was also widespread anger over "rapid-fire culling" of large numbers of deer by government agents…. (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 3.1.05 Vegetarians face blaze dilemma - IS it safe to assume that vegetarians trapped in a burning building will turn down the offer of help from Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade if appliances arrive armed with their latest weapon - eco-foam made from horns, hooves and animal blood (News, December 31)? Terrence Stafford, Ferry Road, Edinburgh (letter)

North East Evening Gazette 3.1.05 Halting animal cruelty - Our New Year's Resolution. Let's actually do something about animal cruelty… Why do people hurt pets who give unconditional love… Surely as a nation of supposed animal lovers we could really do something before we humans are harmed, and heaven forbid that. MRS D JONES, Middlesbrough (letter)


Sunday Times 2.1.05 Ministry labs paid £1 a cat for research - PETER DAY - GOVERNMENT scientists used a criminal network of “cat-snatchers” to supply animals for laboratory experiments, according to files kept secret for 50 years. The thieves stole the cats from their owners and sold them to the Medical Research Council (MRC) for £1 to £2 each…. The MRC believed it had legitimately bought the cats from dealers who had purchased the animals from poor owners in east London….(story)


Grimsby Telegraph 1.1.05 ETHICS OF ANIMAL RIGHTS - In His letter No Interest In Hunting (Viewpoint, December 10) Jack Ellis conveniently ignores the ethics of animal rights by getting caught up with the media hysteria about "animal extremists". This only serves to promulgate misleading emotive material which obstructs any meaningful debate on the issues…. The alleged theft, by animal rights activists, of human remains from a grave in Staffordshire continues to be a mystery. No one has yet been charged. Readers might be interested to know that the most recent "animal rights extremist" arrested in connection with this was a 60-year-old lady, who is undergoing long-term chemotherapy treatment. She has since been released without charge…. Julia Holliday, Hemingby Way, Horncastle (letter)