July 2007

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Western Daily Press 31.7.07 MASTER OF ITS OWN DESTINY I see Chris Gale and Helen Weeks keep writing in complaining about hunts and how cruel fox hunting is. A foxhound kills a fox, a fox kills a chicken, and in their eyes one is cruel and one is not.... Just remember, Chris and Helen, that a fox is the master of his own destiny, unlike the caged rabbit, and I don't think a fox for one minute would swap his life for that of a pet rabbit. S Saunders, Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 31.7.07 STRENGTHEN LAW - In my opinion the law on fox hunting is ridiculous. When the ban came in people were very happy to think that this barbaric sport was at last banished. Unfortunately, this law was a very weak one, as we have since found out. The Countryside Alliance has taken no notice of the law as it stands.... N Pound, Address supplied (letter)

Irish Examiner 31.7.07 Where Sir Paul can give to cancer research - SIR Paul McCartney is not alone in feeling frustrated by his strong desire to support a cancer charity but at the same time not wanting to see his money channelled into research using animals (News, July 19). Many people have contacted us at the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection with the same dilemma, which is why we’ve created The Health with Humanity Charities Guide... Zoe Holt Development Manager British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection 16a Crane Grove London N7 8NN (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 31.7.07 Have a go girls - Being a female vegetarian for the past 17-plus years, I looked into the use of HRT patches (or whatever) but could not bring myself to use them because of the nature of how this medicine' worked..... Rita Robertshaw, Dalecroft Rise, Bradford (letter)

Gloucestershire Gazette 31.7.07 Hotel protest by animals rights activists By Jeff Weaver - ANIMAL rights activists have been demonstrating outside Thornbury's luxury Castle Hotel as part of a campaign targeting establishments serving foie gras... Castle Hotel general manager Brian Jarvis said the hotel was conscious of animal welfare issues and sourced its foie gras only from carefully selected suppliers... "The only guests who passed it were a couple who thought it was so ridiculous that they made a point of ordering foie gras that very evening," said Mr Jarvis. A spokesman for Bristol Animal Rights Coalition said: "Production of foie gras is banned in this country and if it's called foie gras on the menu then it has to come from France where it's made from the diseased livers of ducks or geese that have been force-fed....(story)

Southern Daily Echo 31.7.07 Tiger skins - THERE are estimated to be only 5,000 tigers left in the wild, protected as endangered species, so this means they shouldn't be killed nor skins imported… The Captive Animals' Protection Society thinks zoos are selling and killing inmates before they reach "expensive-illness" age, "and to make room for babies, which zoos believe the public refer to see."… S CLAYTON, Southampton (letter)


Western Morning News 30.7.07 HSBC INSURING HUNTS AGAINST PROSECUTION - JOHN KIRK - ... A row has erupted after it was revealed hunts are being insured by Britain's biggest bank to cover them if they are prosecuted for illegally pursuing foxes.The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) claims HSBC bank will pay legal fees associated with hunt employees taken to court for breaking the law - even if they are found guilty. The Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA), which represents 174 packs of foxhounds in England and Wales and a further ten in Scotland, says it has always had insurance in place ... Carolyn Johnson, secretary of Dartmoor Hunt, said having insurance in place was nothing new.... Michael Bickell, chairman of Lamerton Hunt which hunts in Cornwall and Devon, said the league was "dredging from the bottom of the barrel... (story)
Sunday Times 29.7.07 HSBC insures foxhunters against cost of court action - HOLLY WATT - BRITAIN’s biggest bank is insuring dozens of hunts against the costs of a court case if they are prosecuted for illegally hunting foxes... According to figures collected by the League Against Cruel Sports, the bank is insuring as many as 125 hunts... John Cooper, a barrister and chairman of the league since 1995, said he was “shocked” at HSBC’s actions: he would be writing to the bank’s chief executive to query the arrangement... (story)

Oxford Mail 30.7.07 Twin threat to our rights - Three cheers for Tony Anchors (Oxford Mail, July 21). The smoking ban is as much about public health as the hunting ban is about animal cruelty... ALAN PAGE Guildford Surrey (formerly Iffley Road, Oxford) (letter)

Scotsman 30.7.07 Mountain hares slaughter - Birds of prey are not the only wildlife persecuted to maintain artificially high grouse populations on Scottish shooting estates. Mountain hares, too, are shot and snared in thousands because they host ticks carrying the louping ill virus, alleged to kill up to 80 per cent of grouse chicks... RODNEY HALE Chairman, Hare Preservation Trust Crediton, Devon (letter)

Guardian 30.7.07 Canteen culture - Andrew Shanahan - August 12, or the Glorious Twelfth as it is known, traditionally marks the start of the grouse shooting season, but also serves as a good point to celebrate an underused culinary delight. Game - which includes rabbit, venison, partridge and pheasant - might not be one of the first things people think about when it comes to lunch, but it has a lot to recommend it.... (story)

Dundee Courier 30.7.07 Call for bird cull at nature reserve - A CULL of large birds and rats on the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve is just one of the suggestions being made by users as part of a wide-ranging consultation process. The controversial call for predator and vermin control comes from angler Michael C. Smith, who said the action was vital if both wildfowl and the fishery were to flourish.... Mr Smith said SNH staff had underestimated the predation undertaken by carrion crows, jackdaws and in particular by gulls and rats.... (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 30.7.07 I guess Jenny Sampson's life-line is due to finish shortly. With her opposition to all things "not nice to animals" she will be unable to do, have or eat anything at all. Cosmetics - virtually all these items have been made after testing them on animals and not in a "nice" way. Medicines - most have been tested on rhesus monkeys prior to use on humans.... Phil Boase, Elizabeth Street, Wyke (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 13.7.07 Less cruelty - Much has been written about animals suffering cruelty in foreign lands... However, shouldn't we first put our own house in order. In this country we still allow fox hunting, although it's illegal; we still have animals slaughtered without pre-stunning... Jenny Sampson, Cat Watch Rescue, Rossmore Drive, Allerton (letter)

Irish Examiner 30.7.07 Fashion for fur survives protests of rights lobby By Evelyn Ring - IT used to be that when the man of the house got promoted, the woman got a fur coat. Nowadays, young businesswomen, celebrities and models like Katy French are treating themselves to fine furs.... Caroline Barnardo, owner of Barnardo Furs in Grafton Street, Dublin, said all their furs came from animals which were well looked-after and humanely killed... Ms Barnardo also said she was not bothered by animal rights activists who stood outside her shop from time to time, handing out leaflets... Animal Rights Action Network campaign coordinator John Carmody said celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Pink and Stella McCartney were refusing to wear real fur because there were many alternative ways to stay warm and fashionable that did not involve killing animals... (story)

Argus 30.7.07 Make a stand to save China’s bears - COMEDIAN Bill Bailey found nothing to laugh at when he witnessed the suffering of bears in India... While China carries on treating bears in this way we should join with Sir Paul McCartney in refusing to visit China and boycott next year's Olympic Games in Beijing... David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks (letter)

Argus 30.7.07 Fund fur - THE Animal Protection Agency (APA), a Brighton-based organisation campaigning to stop the trade in exotic wildlife for the pet industry, would like to thank everyone who supported their street collection in Brighton town centre on Saturday July 7... Animal Protection Agency, Middle Street, Brighton (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 30.7.07 MP BACKS CAMPAIGN TO RID BEAR SKIN CAPS - Torbay Lib Dem MP Adrian Sanders has signed a new Early Day Motion to stop real fur being used on the ceremonial bearskin caps worn by the Five Guards' Regiments. The motion, tabled by Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe and supported by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Europe, calls for the House of Commons to recognise public opinion polls which show 70 per cent of the British public want the Ministry of Defence to stop using the fur... (story)


Wales on Sunday 29.7.07 FOLLOWING Sally Jones’ letter last week, does she seriously believe the majority of race-goers are interested in the welfare of dogs once they have stopped earning them money?... LOUISE CLARK, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Wales on Sunday 22.7.07 I BREED, own and race greyhounds and I read last week’s article about healthy greyhounds being put to sleep. I was absolutely disgusted. How dare you let everyone who owns these dogs be condemned by the action of the very small minority... SALLY JONES, via e-mail (letter)
Wales on Sunday 15.7.07 Healthy dogs are being killed by James McCarthy, Wales On Sunday - FIVE ruthless killers in Wales are slaughtering hundreds of healthy racing dogs every year, according to an animal rights group. Campaigners at Greyhound Rescue Wales say they know the identity of the executioners and have passed their names to the RSPCA, which has pledged to investigate the practise of putting down dogs who are no longer fast enough to compete.... (story)

Scotland on Sunday 29.7.07 Change the rules on circus animals - THANKFULLY, unlike Anthony Staines ('Three-ring circus over elephant', Letters, July 22), I am sure that most people find it unacceptable for the Bobby Roberts circus to traipse a 54-year-old arthritic elephant around the country in the name of entertainment in 21st-century Scotland.... Ross Minett, campaigns director, Advocates for Animals, Edinburgh (letter)

Observer 29.7.07 Anne: last of the circus elephants all alone at 54 - Animal rights activists say that it's cruel for the elderly star of the ring to appear in public, even to pose with children for photos. But others say that she needs people around her - Paul Kelbie (story)

Sunday Herald 29.7.07 Elephant sparks new row over circus animals - Call for total ban as group claims ageing Anne was used to make money By Adam Forrest - SCOTLAND MAY have seen the last of wild animals in the circus, as an animal rights group claimed a circus violated local authority agreements not to use Anne, the last touring elephant in Britain, for commercial gain. The 54-year-old animal, believed to have arthritis, is no longer able to perform in the ring but the Advocates for Animals campaign group claims to have witnessed a breach of licensing conditions when the audience was invited to pay to see Anne at an end-of-show zoo at the Bobby Roberts Circus.... (story)


Western Daily Press 28.7.07 CRUEL PRACTICE - Recent letters on cub hunting are a reminder that foxes have been deliberately bred to have cubs, so that new hounds can be trained by killing the young cubs... Rev H W Jones Swindon (letter)

Derby Evening Telegraph 28.7.07 DEER ACCIDENT - Police had to call out a gamekeeper to put down a deer after it was hit by a car and landed in the back of the vehicle.... (story)

Crewe & Nantwich Guardian 28.7.07 Police organise fishing contest for youngsters - A FISHING contest for youngesters is expected to attract hundreds of children and teenagers across the county as it goes bigger and better than ever. More than 200 youngsters turned out for the contest, organised by Cheshire Police, when it launched last year. This year police officers expect the contest, which is organised specially for the summer holidays and open to all under-17s, will attract up to 300 youngsters.... (story)

Evening Standard/Daily Mail 28.7.07 RESIDENTS TURNED AWAY FROM RUBBISH SITES UNLESS THEY CAN PROVE THEY LIVE LOCALLY - Householders are being turned away from rubbish tips unless they can prove they are local residents. The crackdown is among measures brought in by local authorities to stop businesses and builders using "civic amenity sites" and recycling centres intended only for domestic waste.... Tim Bonner, of the Countryside Alliance, said the crackdown on rubbish tips would encourage illegal dumping of rubbish in the country.... (story)


Scotsman 27.7.07 Stop all wildlife killing - The root cause of the killing of raptors is the shooting of game birds for fun. If this were banned as a cruel and unnecessary activity, the perceived "need" for killing these birds would not be there... ANGUS MACMILLAN Meikle Boturich near Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)

Harborough Mail 27.7.07 Wildlife hit by tree destruction - HAVING read the report in today's Harborough Mail (July 19) about the fiasco with David Wilson Developments at Kibworth I felt I must comment on their pathetic attempts at 'ecological interest'... If readers remember in May of last year I crawled through a hedge to rescue a nest of wrens that were in imminent danger of destruction by Alpha Homes who were building in Kibworth.... In my experience builders do not care about the destruction they cause, they damage trees 'accidentally', they renege on promises to preserve trees and at the end of the day are only interested in getting the job done and making money and to hell with the consequences to wildlife... Jean Bird (Mrs) Harborough Animal Concern Cedar Close, Kibworth. (letter)

Essex Gazette 27.7.07 Clacton: Boycott call over circus animal acts By Dom Bowers - An animal welfare campaigner has called for the public to boycott a circus that uses tigers, lions and other animals. The Great British Circus has been performing in Clacton since Tuesday and will contiue until August 5…. Annette White, a member of North Essex Vegans, called for residents to support charities working to ban animals in circuses instead of buying a ticket… (story)

York Press 27.7.07 Circus sparks animal protest By Gavin Aitchison - ANIMAL welfare campaigners are preparing to target a controversial circus when it arrives in York next month. Zippos Circus, which features horses and birds, including budgies, will be on Knavesmire from August 7 to 12. York Action For Animals (YAFA) has emailed supporters, asking them to demonstrate against the event.... (story)


Denbighshire Free Press 26.7.07 Foxes help to farmers - I RESPOND to the criticism aimed at R Sixsmith by Jeff Goff, who accused Mr Sixsmith of making false claims regarding fox numbers. It may have escaped Mr Goff's attention, but if he knew anything about foxes other than supporting the killing of them, he would know these animals are territorial and so do not breed out of control…. some farmers actually encourage foxes onto their land, because vulpines help to keep down the rodents that scoff up an enormous amount of grain…. if this farmer and others I've spoken to get no trouble from foxes, then how come others do? It's obvious to me that those that bemoan the fox do so because they support the hunt… JUDI HEWITT, North Wales Animal Rights (letter)
Denbighshire Free Press 20.7.07 Lambs and foxes - I MAY be a little naïve in thinking that when I read the letters in the Denbighshire Free Press I will read something constructive and well researched, and not the diatribe forwarded by R Sixsmith on the farmers that help keep him fed. May I ask him from where he obtains his information on lamb deaths and fox numbers, and how he arrives at his conclusions?... I look forward to his answers and information, and hope they are a little more accurate than his predictions for the last Welsh Assembly elections. JEFF GOFF Cae Isa Afonwen (letter)
Denbighshire Free Press 13.7.07 Bad farming is to blame, not foxes - Despite what the Countryside Alliance would have you believe, it's a fact that most lamb losses are due to bad husbandry on the farmer's part and not to predators…. The new DEFRA Minister Hilary Benn is quite right when he says eating meat is morally wrong… R Sixsmith, Denbighshire (letter)

Irish Independent 26.7.07 Ban this cruel stag hunting - This month, the Department of the Environment will decide whether to yet again grant a licence to the country's only carted stag hunt.... We hope the Department of the Environment will heed the explicit, well-documented and compelling evidence against carted stag hunting. There is simply no need or justification for the practice. Cruelty aside, it has no conservation or pest control value whatsoever. So let's protect our majestic stags and safeguard a precious part of our wildlife heritage. JOHN FITZGERALD, LOWER COYNE STREET, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)

Barking & Dagenham Post 26.7.07 Foxes making life a misery - A PENSIONER is waking up to the stench of used nappies and rotting rubbish as foxes play havoc with his garden overnight. Patrick Felton is despairing at the destructive animals which have turned the pride and joy of his retired life into a dumping ground... (story)

Guardian 26.7.07 The ethics of animal experiments - In his comments on rise in the number of animal experiments (Report, July 24), Professor Michael Balls fails to mention a key factor contributing to the recent increase. The steady decrease in the number of animal experiments from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s was achieved against a backdrop of stagnant funding for science.... Tom Holder, Spokesman, Pro-Test
This is the fifth year in a row that the number of animal procedures has risen.... Aside from the cruelty of inflicting pain and suffering on our closest genetic kin, the experiments are unreliable.... Kate Fowler-Reeves, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid
Professor Michael Balls is correct to note that the 15-year high in the scale of UK animal experimentation signifies the Home Office's failure to implement the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 as originally intended... In exacerbating their bias towards commercial and professional interests, the government is riding roughshod over the recommendations of its own advisory committee and the public, who both wish to see effective independent scrutiny of animal experimentation proposals and targeted action towards the end of animal experimentation. Dr Dan Lyons, Campaigns Director, Uncaged
The Home Office informs us that the rise in animals used in experiments is "almost entirely accounted for by increases in the number of mice and fish used". That's all right then - as long as you are not a mouse or a fish... Joseph Cocker, Leominster, Herefordshire (letters)

Guardian 26.7.07 Animal rights extremists on the wane - A new report shows that police tactics on curbing violent attacks on scientists is working - Attacks by animal rights extremists have reached record lows, according to a survey by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). The biggest drop was in the number of capitulations - instances where companies or individuals cave in to pressure from extremists not to work with organisations that use animals in research. These fell to just two incidents in the first half of this year, compared with 24 in the same period last year... (story)

The Shields Gazette 26.7.07 Scrap cruel experiments - Kate Fowler-Reeves, head of campaigns, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Daily Post 26.7.07 Animal experiments - THE Home Office has announced that British researchers conducted more than 3m experiments on animals in 2006. This is the fifth year in a row that the number of animal procedures has risen... Kate Fowler-Reeves, head of campaigns, Animal Aid (letter)

Irish Examiner 26.7.07 Born to be wild: free ‘performing’ circus animals - I CAN’T understand why travelling circuses feel the need to have wild animals such as tigers forced to ‘perform’ for audiences. This is wanton cruelty and one must wonder why it hasn’t been outlawed long ago... Vic McKeever, Churchtown, Dublin 14 (letter)

Bath Chronicle 26.7.07 MANY THANKS FOR HELPING ANIMALS - I Would like to thank the people of Bath for raising £102.29 during my street collection on Saturday July 14 in aid of Compassion In World Farming... ROGER CHALLONER GREEN Church Lane Wingfield Trowbridge a target=main href="http://www.thisisbath.com/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=180730&command=displayContent&sourceNode=216020&contentPK=17927401&folderPk=89161&pNodeId=216023">(story)

Halifax Courier 26.7.07 My shock over trade in turtles - G. Markey - The Grove, Hipperholme - I am a weekly customer of Tesco. After reading the letter headlined "Join fight to stop cruel sale of turtles (Your say, July 20) I was disgusted and appalled that the firm would treat these defenceless animals in such an horrific manner.... (letter)
Halifax Courier 20.7.07 Join fight to stop cruel sale of turtles - Joy Morris, Park View Avenue, Stump Cross, Halifax - ON Saturday some members of South Pennine Animal Rights group handed out leaflets outside the Tesco store in Market Street, Halifax, to inform members of the public about Tesco's stores in China selling live turtles. This is part of the Viva campaign to highlight the sale of these animals, which are gathered in large quantities, transported in sacks over huge distances and then sold, live, to be either butchered in the store or taken home to be boiled alive.... (letter)

The Forester 26.7.07 VIVA VEGETARIANS - Carmen is aiming to bring a taste of sunshine to Chepstow this Saturday.Dressed as Carmen Miranda, vegetarian Oriel Begg will be part of a Veggie Roadshow which comes to the town's Beaufort Hotel from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The event is organised by Bristol-based animal welfare and vegetarian action group Viva!... (story)


Western Morning News 25.7.07 SHOOTING FRATERNITY COULD WIPE OUT HARES - John Rimington, Brown Hare Preservation Society Leighton Buzzard, Beds (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 19.7.07 HARE POPULATION IS NOT UNDER THREAT - Regarding the letter We mustn't dilute hares' protection, Points of view, July 16, hares are in no way threatened nationally, and there is no doubt that the population has been stable or increasing slightly for the last 15 years or so.... By far the biggest threat to the hare population comes from the massive increase in the number of predators, especially foxes, in many parts of the country.... William Proudfoot, Kent
Comparing the numbers of hares to rabbits is as ridiculous as comparing hares to Tasmanian tigers... If there are calls for the removal of the Hares Preservation Act, and I haven't heard them, then it will probably have more to do with the invention of the freezer than a wish to kill hares in their breeding season. Liam Thom, Isle of Wight (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 16.7.07 WE MUSTN'T DILUTE HARES' PROTECTION - We have learned of a move by the shooting faction to seek the repeal of the 1892 Hares Preservation Act, the only legislation standing between this iconic symbol of our countryside and its further demise as a nationwide species... The shooting clique, who demonstrate little interest in animal welfare and to whom the hare's electric speed provides an irresistible challenge, are the major threat to even partial attainment of the BAP objective and must not be allowed any further latitude.... John Rimington, Brown Hare Preservation Society (letter)

Scotsman 25.7.07 Slaughter of predator birds will go on until we crack down on rogue estates - Yet again research has linked the persecution of birds of prey to shooting estates... It is well known that gamekeepers kill large numbers of wild birds and mammals with snares, poison, guns and traps in the name of "predator control programmes" to keep grouse populations artificially high and protect the financial interests of estates. ROSS MINETT Advocates for Animals Queensferry Street Edinburgh
The Scottish Countryside Alliance condemns any illegal persecution of birds of prey, and if this is a factor in preventing the spread of golden eagles into eastern Scotland that is a great pity... Professional, responsible gamekeepers and land managers work in a way that enhances wildlife populations, including non-quarry species. The few who do not, or who poison and persecute, are a disgrace to the whole shooting community and undo the good work of countless others. TONY ANDREWS Scottish Countryside Alliance Ingliston Edinburgh (letters)

The Shields Gazette 25.7.07 Donor opt-in to cut cruelty - Dr Katy Taylor, scientific co-ordinator, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, London. (story)
York Press 23.7.07 End organ cruelty - Dr Katy Taylor, Scientific co-ordinator, BUAV, Crane Grove, London (letter)
Halifax Courier 19.7.07 Opt-out donor scheme is good news for animals too - We were delighted to hear the Government's chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson is calling for the organ shortage crisis to be solved through the use of an 'opt-out' policy... Not only is this great news for human health, but it should also mean a reduction of suffering for animals in UK laboratories... Dr. Katy Taylor, BSc PhD, Scientific Co-ordinator, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) (letter)

Western Morning News 25.7.07 BETTER WAY TO PRODUCE FOOD - Chris Anderson, Animal Aid (letter)
Southern Daily Echo 18.7.07 Animal farming harms the world - ANIMAL farming produces 18 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it a major cause of climate change... Christian Aid is organising a series of rallies under the slogan Cut the Carbon. Good news, but the charity also promotes animal farming to impoverished people. They should be backing sustainable, plant-based farming... CHRIS ANDERSON, Animal Aid. (story)

York Press 25.7.07 Store protests - Justin Kerswell, Campaigns manager Viva!, York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol (letter)
Bath Chronicle 20.7.07 TESCO SELLS LIVE TURTLES TO BE BUTCHERED AT HOME - The recent turmoil at Tesco stores disguised the true purpose of Viva's national Day of Action against the chain.The national animal group organised more than 160 peaceful and lawful events around the country on Saturday, July 14 to highlight the suffering of turtles sold by Tesco at their 39 Chinese stores. Both Tesco and the police acknowledge that the security alerts were in no way connected to the campaign.... JUSTIN KERSWELL, Campaigns manager, Viva!, York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 19.7.07 OUR DAY OF ACTION WAS PEACEFUL EVENT - The recent turmoil at Tesco stores disguised the true purpose of Viva!'s national Day of Action against the chain.The national animal group organised over 160 peaceful and lawful events around the country on Saturday, July 14, to highlight the suffering of turtles sold by Tesco at their 39 Chinese stores.... Justin Kerswell, Campaigns manager, Viva! Bristol (letter)

Rhyl Journal 25.7.07 Tesco must put an end to this turtle cruelty - Omitted from the article about Tesco's sale of live turtles in China is the fact that these turtles take a long time to die.... Jean Bennington, Knowles Avenue, Prestatyn (letter)
Rhyl Journal 18.7.07 Turtle protests at Tesco By David Waddington - NORTH Wales animal rights campaigners were out in force as part of a national protest against supermarket giants Tesco. Organised by Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (VIVA), the national Day Of Action was a response to the supermarket selling live turtles for food in their overseas chains.... (story)


Western Morning News 24.7.07 DIARIES DISCLOSE REASON FOR HUNTING BAN - Mr batchelor (WMN, Views, July 10) maintains MPs concluded that "banning hunting with dogs for sport and recreation was a proportionate and reasonable thing to do". Just one of the more credible reasons, we learn from Alastair Campbell's diaries, was that the Government chief whip warned if the Hunting Bill was not brought back for a third reading soon the Government would not have a "hope in hell" of winning the foundation hospital vote.... David Lowes (letter)

Western Daily Press 24.7.07 ENFORCE THE HUNTING LAW - Foxhunters have sworn to carry on hunting just as before the ban and, believe me, they are carrying on.If not, why when they have had plenty of time to retrain their hounds, are hounds still killing foxes?... Helen Weeks West Coker Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 24.7.07 Is this the end for the Alliance? (July 19) - How dare this archaic organisation speak for me. I live in the countryside and I also care about animals.... Kathy Musker Cheshire (letter)

Western Mail 24.7.07 Heroes’ victory in rural battles by Steve Dube, Western Mail - WINIFRED MORGAN, who runs Llangadog Stores and Post Office has been chosen as a rural hero to help the Countryside Alliance to celebrate its 10th anniversary.... Win, who runs the shop and post office with her husband Richard, has already been honoured in the Countryside Alliance’s Best Rural Retailer competition... Adrian Simpson, Countryside Alliance Regional Director for South Wales, said the 10 rural heroes had been picked because they represent others in similar roles... (story)
Worcester News 17.7.07 Sally picked as one of 10 rural heroes for work in community - SALLY Stringer, who owns Beckford Stores and post office in the vale village just south of Evesham, has been picked as one of 10 national Rural Heroes' to represent a decade of rural change and determination. Sally is among the list of heroes selected from across Britain by the Countryside Alliance to tell their story and represent rural life as it is now.... (story)
Western Daily Press 14.7.07 CHAMPIONS OF THE COUNTRYSIDE OR A CYNICAL CHARM OFFENSIVE? BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - They are the "rural heroes" who champion the country way of life and symbolise the on-going battle to preserve everything from village shops to dairy farms. That is how the Countryside Alliance (CA) presented the 10 people chosen to mark the 10th anniversary of the organisation which has battled the Government over the countryside since the summer of 1997. But to their old enemies the League Against Cruel Sports, it is the inclusion of one West huntsman in the list of 10 that is the most telling... Among the 10 were a village shopkeeper in north Gloucestershire, a Somerset farmer who was forced to sell his dairy herd, and Curtis Thompson, a huntsman with the Avon Vale hunt in Wiltshire... (story)
Farmers Guardian 13.7.07 Rural Heroes mark 10 years By Sarah Jones - THREE farmers, a gamekeeper and a huntsman are among the recently named Countryside Alliance Rural Heroes, chosen on the CA’s 10th anniversary to represent the face of a decade of change in the countryside... Curtis Thompson, originally from inner city Bristol, is the only black kennel huntsman in the UK. Employed by the Avon Vale in Wiltshire, he chose his career through a life-long love of horses.... Stuart Riddell is a game farmer and gamekeeper from Hexham, and a founding member of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation... The other Rural Heroes include: .... a 20-year-old angler Sakina Haleem, from Stoke-on –Trent (story)
Eastern Daily Press 11.7.07 Arable farmer named as a 'rural hero' - AN East Anglian farmer has been named among 10 national “Rural Heroes” selected by the Countryside Alliance to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The heroes have each been chosen to reflect the experience of a different aspect of rural life during a decade of significant change, with Graham Downing, from Chediston, near Halesworth, chosen to represent arable farming.... (story)


Somerset County Gazette 23.7.07 Hunt supporters go for the full Monty By Chris Alder - SUPPORTERS of the Quantock Staghounds have gone for the full Monty for a new calendar. The 2008 calendar will feature fine fillies and saucy stags bearing almost their all in aid of the hunt kennels… (story)

Western Morning News 23.7.07 ANTI-HUNT SQUAD POSTS SUSPECTS ON INTERNET - JANE OMARA - Video footage which claims to show a West hunt breaking the foxhunting ban has been posted on the website YouTube... (story)
Western Morning News 21.7.07 ANTI-HUNT SQUAD POSTS SUSPECTS ON INTERNET - JANE OMARA - Video footage which claims to show a West hunt breaking the foxhunting ban has been posted on the website YouTube by anti-hunt campaigners eager to mount a prosecution.The League Against Cruel Sports says it needs the huntsmen featured in the video footage to be independently identified before it can mount another private prosecution, or hand their files over to the police.... Louise Robertson, a spokesperson for the League, said the clip had been posted on YouTube this week, and it was awaiting responses from the public.... (story)
Western Daily Press 17.7.07 ANTI-HUNT CAMPAIGN PUTS TRUST IN YOUTUBE - Video footage which claims to show a West hunt breaking the foxhunting ban is to be posted on the website You- Tube by anti-hunt campaigners desperate to mount a prosecution.The League Against Cruel Sports says it needs the huntsmen featured in the video footage to be independently identified before it can mount another private prosecution, or hand their files over to the police... The video footage was shot by LACS anti-hunt monitors on January 20 this year on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.... (story)

Times 23.7.07 Maureen Auriol Francis Wright, of Tettenhall, Wolverhampton... She left £5,000 to the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, £1,000 each to League Against Cruel Sports and to Animal Cruelty Investigation Group; and £200 to Animal Aid. (story)

Scotsman 23.7.07 Grouse-moor estates killing off golden eagles, new survey finds - CRAIG MACLAGAN - GOLDEN eagles are on the verge of disappearing from their natural habitat in north-east Scotland because grouse moor managers illegally kill them, a new study claims... The study published by the British Trust for Ornithology reports that the eagle's current status is threatened by "continued illegal persecution associated with grouse moor management in eastern and central Scotland".... Logan Steele, a spokesman for the Scottish Raptor Study Groups, said: "We need to make it clear through stiffer sentencing that the killing of golden eagles and all birds of prey will not be tolerated in a civilised society."... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 23.7.07 RAIN HAS MADE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR WILDLIFE - As well as causing large amounts of human misery and damage to property, the heavy rainfall has taken a terrible toll on our wildlife.... So when you pick up a copy of one of the 'country sports' magazines, do we find empathy for the problems faced by wild animals in these conditions? No! Instead of concern for wildlife, there are woeful tales of how half or more of the young birds once destined for this year's shoots have already died... Kathy Moyle, Collins Park, East Budleigh (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 23.7.07 Saving the Moon Bears - ON May 23, Moon Bear Rescue, Southampton, held a bric-a-brac stall at the Winchester Covert. Once again the people of Winchester showed us tremendous support as we raised the wonderful sum of £549.90 to send to Animals Asia Foundation... LINDA JANE BURR, Moon Bear Rescue, Southampton Group (letter)

Daily Post 23.7.07 Culling fields of Snowdonia By Carl Butler - PROTESTERS will demand an end to the culling of wild goats in Snowdonia today. Animal welfare campaigners plan to gather outside the headquarters of the National Trust Wales at Trinity Square, in Llandudno, between 11am and 1pm.... The petition was collected in the two charity shops run by Freshfields Animal Rescue, and will be handed in by manager of the Caernarfon shop Roy Allen... (story)

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 23.7.07 Turtle controversy at Tesco By Tom Shepherd - ANIMAL welfare campaigners demonstrated outside Tesco in Cirencester town centre last Saturday to protest against the store's trade in live turtles in China… Animal rights group VIVA has launched a national campaign to put pressure on the international supermarket chain to stop selling the animals over the counter as food… Protester Joyce Moss, from Cirencester, said: "The leaflets went out quicker than any leaflets I have ever distributed…. (story)

Plymouth Evening Herald 23.7.07 'TURTLES' PLIGHT' - I would like to extend a very big thank you to the many people who offered kind words and support during a small, but effective, leafleting outside Tesco Metro in Plymouth city centre on July 14.... JENNIFER HYNES, Stonehouse (letter)

Scunthorpe Telegraph 23.7.07 STOP EXPLOITING NATURAL RESOURCES - Bernard Regan has pointed out it is over-fishing which has caused the crash in cod numbers, and it is pointless and childish to blame other nations for causing this situation, when the real cause is too many fish which form the breeding stock have been taken out of the sea.... Robin Downs, Berkeley Street, Scunthorpe. (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 23.7.07 PRODUCING ANIMAL PROTEIN INEFFICIENT - With reference to Francis Kirkham's letter, Hollywood origin of Ice Age scenario, Points of view, July 20, I think that he has missed the point of the inefficiencies of producing animal protein.Very few ruminant animals are raised on a pasture-only diet, the majority have their diets supplemented or completely replaced by cereal, grain and pulse products... A reduction of one per cent in ruminant animals would have the effect of releasing seven percent vegetable protein to be used for human consumption.... Paul Harding, Alphington, Exeter (letter)


Scotland on Sunday 22.7.07 Three-ring circus over elephant - REGARDING the article concerning the circus elephant ('Anne in jumbo-sized circus row', July 15), I saw the show with my family in England this year and I can honestly say that it is superb... I wrote to the Captive Animals Protection Society (Caps) and expressed my disgust at its crusade against Bobby Roberts' circus.... From meeting Mr Roberts the bond between him and this elephant - which was, in my opinion, in great condition and seemed very content - is obvious... Antony Staines, via e-mail (letter)

Sunday Times 22.7.07 ‘For a price I can get you any animal’ - DANIEL FOGGO AND HALA JABER - JEAN-PIERRE GERARD walked between the ranks of elk antlers stacked neatly against the walls of his taxidermy warehouse... Three tigers, a cheetah and two lynx had recently died to provide the colourful spectacle that Gerard now proudly unveiled to his British guests... The “clients”, who were actually undercover reporters for The Sunday Times, had been referred to him through his British partner, Andre Brandwood... Gerard had a network of contacts with zoos throughout Europe that provided him with animals, it was disclosed... Craig Redmond of the Captive Animals’ Protection Society said: “Despite the British government saying they have the strictest laws, once the skins are in the EU there’s very little they can do about it.”... (story)

Sunday Telegraph 22.7.07 A wealth of scientific studies have shown that caged hens can suffer terribly from frustration, severe bone weakness and osteoporosis. Ross Minett, Advocates for Animals, Edinburgh (letter)


Edinburgh Evening News 21.7.07 Why we need to wipe out internet pet trade - ROSS MINETT - POTENTIALLY lethal and able to grow up to 30ft long, the reticulated python is not the kind of animal that anyone would want to keep as a pet. It was this very creature that Barry Cowan, of Bathgate, unwittingly brought into the home he shares with his three-year-old daughter after making the unwise decision to buy a pet online.... We believe the internet is an inappropriate place for any live animals to be traded as pets.... Ross Minett is the campaigns director at Advocates for Animals. (story)

Western Daily Press 21.7.07 ACTIVISTS WIN OVER SCIENCE - It is very unfortunate that Professor John Bourne, who had such a high-profile position in the Institute for Animal Health during the BSE inquiry, has now set himself against veterinary colleagues and farmers and aligned himself with animal rights activists in the Mycobacterium bovis and badgers, and bovine tuberculosis controversy... Charles Henry Somerset (letter)


Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser 20.7.07 Bishop's Castle UNITED PACK PUPPY SHOW: The United Pack Hunt recently held their annual puppy show. A sunny afternoon attracted a good crowd and the results were as follows.... (story)

Western Daily Press 20.7.07 NAME CHANGE - I Hope Chris Gale is right and the Alliance is on its way out... George Bailey Address supplied (letter)
Western Daily Press 19.7.07 IS THIS THE END FOR THE ALLIANCE? - The Countryside Alliance clearly is not universally popular in the countryside, given that it reported a loss of £232,000 in 2006 at its recent AGM, and called for an urgent increase in membership.It is my experience that the majority of country people intensely dislike being bracketed together with bloodsports fanatics, who misrepresent the views of the majority of the populace in rural Britain.... The CA, together with its whole sordid agenda, is thankfully doomed.... Chris Gale Chippenham Wiltshire (letter)

Northern Echo 20.7.07 Grouse moor on market with expected price tag of millions SPORTING rights on one of the North-East's most famous grouse moors have been put up for sale -and the price is expected to run into millions of pounds. Many titled people and millionaires have regularly shot on the 11,200 acres of moorland on offer at Bowes, near Barnard Castle.... (story)

Leicester Mercury 20.7.07 AWARD IS FINE RECOGNITION - Leicester City Council has been named most progressive council for banning products tested on animals. The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) handed out the accolade at the second annual Proggy Awards.... Sarah Dickinson, of the pressure group, said: "We hope the council's compassionate approach will be followed by others... (story)
Leicester Mercury 18.7.07 COUNCIL WINS AWARD FOR ANIMAL-FRIENDLY POLICIES - Animal rights campaigners have praised the city council for its animal-friendly policies. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has given Leicester City Council a Proggy award recognising its work to fight animal cruelty.... Carlym Sandringham, a former city councillor who chaired the council's animal-friendly workers' group, pushed for the policy to be introduced.... (story)

Glasgow Herald 20.7.07 Moorlands need holistic approach to ecological management - Katrina Candy of the Game Conservancy Trust states the rather obvious effect of removing top predators from an ecosystem - their prey species will tend to have greater breeding success (letters, July 18). However, if the prey populations could be sustainable within a more naturally managed habitat, does this mean that "better" breeding success means anything more than creating a bigger surplus to be predated, whether that surplus be of meadow pipits, golden plover or red grouse?... A new, holistic approach to ecological management is required, and our magnificent moorlands and their biodiversity should be regarded as natural heritage to be enjoyed by all, not just killing grounds for the few. Iain Gibson, 8 Kenmure View, Howwood (letter)
Glasgow Herald 18.7.07 Success of game-bird management - It is with interest that the Game Conservancy Trust (GCT) has been monitoring the correspondence in The Herald... Key findings from our Upland Predation Experiment (final data to be collected in spring next year) indicate that waders and meadow pipits show a tendency for greater breeding success on sites with predation control. Waders are regarded by many conservation bodies as a good barometer of upland biodiversity.... Katrina J Candy PR & Education (Scotland), The Game Conservancy Trust, Newtyle, Perthshire (letter)
Glasgow Herald 16.7.07 Reality of keepering on grouse moors - I suspect the real reason for Niall McKillop's continued unjustified attempts at discrediting the Scottish Raptor Study Group (Letters, July 14) is due to the fact that this body has its eye closely focused on what is actually happening in the field and on grouse moors in particular, and it paints a completely different picture to his.... As someone who is out frequently on the hills and moors I see with my own eyes buzzards and kestrels trapped in crow cages and left to die, despite the requirement for these traps to be checked on a daily basis; dead raptors slumped over rabbits laced with poison; the decapitated carcass of a female hen harrier spread out close to its nest in a macabre ritualistic manner; and a gamekeeper shooting a short-eared owl. All this has been reported to the police.... Kenny Sludden, Castleview, Colonels Entry, Douglas, South Lanarkshire (letter)
Glasgow Herald 11.7.07 Study reveals a rather different story - Ross Minett of Advocates for Animals quotes a few statistics and a lot of generalisations about the link between grouse moors and birds of prey... A study of all moorland birds in the Peak District was published in 2005. It showed that over the previous 15 years all species of moorland birds of prey had increased, some dramatically... The Peak District moors are extensively used for grouse shooting and a second study was done in 2006 to measure how that form of integrated management related to on those population increases... Ross Minett would do well to spend a few days with some members of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association on the ground to find out what management of moorland birds is really all about, rather than selectively quoting other organisation's work to make a case which fits the Advocates for Animals extremist agenda. Tim Baynes, Moorland Policy Officer, The Scottish Countryside Alliance, 367 Kennington Road, London.
Mr Hogg (Letters, July 7) is incorrect in stating that stringent rules are not applied to raptor reintroduction schemes in Scotland. In fact, years of planning, scientific review and approval and licences must be given by the appropriate government bodies before raptors are released into the countryside... An estimated 1.5 million birds (including rooks and jays), and three million mammals (stoats, weasels, etc) are legally destroyed on lowland shoots in the UK each year in the name of game management... Wendy Mattingley, Cluny House, Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Ross Minett continues his anti-gamekeeper campaign by quoting results from the Scottish Raptor Study Group, an organisation without a shred of credibility among serious ornithologists.... Niall McKillop, Ford Cottage, Badabrie, Banavie, Fort William. (letters)
Glasgow Herald 10.7.07 Deaths of birds of prey highest for 12 years Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, questions claims regarding the damaging effects on populations of birds of prey of persecution by shooting estates (No proof red kites are killed by gamekeepers, Letters, July 7). Scottish Raptor Study Group data consistently identify poorer breeding performance by peregrine falcons on managed grouse moors than on other upland land-use areas.... Ross Minett, Campaigns Director, Advocates for Animals, 10 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)
Glasgow Herald 7.7.07 No proof red kites are killed by gamekeepers - Ross Minett attacks gamekeepers on suppositions, not facts (Letters, July 6). The Scottish Gamekeepers Association, too, condemns the use of poison, but let's get this matter into perspective. Hundreds of predatory birds are being released into Scotland's skies with no environmental or impact assessments being carried out before the schemes are allowed - that few of these birds manage to survive should really come as no surprise... (letter)
Glasgow Herald 6.7.07 It is truly outrageous that barely a week goes by without yet another report of our birds of prey being poisoned... It is no coincidence that studies repeatedly find lower populations of birds of prey on or around shooting estates. It is well known that gamekeepers kill huge numbers of our wild animals in an attempt to protect the financial interests of these estates... (letter)


Western Morning News 19.7.07 REFLECTING on his ten years in power, Tony Blair should be proud of Parliament's achievements in outlawing the cruel and outdated "sport" of hunting with dogs... Tania McCrea-Steele, IFAW Campaigner London (letter)

Western Daily Press 19.7.07 URBAN FOX WILL DIE IN THE WILD - Thirty years ago my father would have called me a vulpicide for killing a fox.He said he would rather shoot his grandmother than a fox!... Nowadays, foxes are caught in towns and cities and released into the countryside. Last summer, I shot eight foxes which were helping themselves to ducks and chickens in the middle of the day, seemingly unafraid of humans. Three of the dog foxes had been castrated and one of the vixens was minus its front left leg. It had obviously been injured and the leg had been properly amputated, and where the stitches had been was plainly visible... N Bucknall Lydeard St Lawrence Somerset (letter)

Evesham Journal 19.7.07 Countryside - Changes to game restrictions are welcomed - NEWS that laws banning the sale of game meat during the close season will be removed from the statute book has been welcomed… (story)

Guardian 19.7.07 Rise in deaths puts summer jumps under renewed pressure - Neil Clark - There are few sights more distressing in racing than the erection of the familiar green screens around a stricken horse but that sight has become common for fans of summer jump racing this year... "The welfare of horses is severely compromised by summer jumping," says Dene Stansall, horse racing consultant for the pressure group Animal Aid....(story)

Worcester News 19.7.07 I agree with John Phillpott (Seven Days, July 7) - rats have just as much right to exist as us polluting humans ... GEORGE COWLEY, Worcester (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 19.7.07 Boycott Spain over bull cruelty - HOW can any civilised country tolerate and justify such an event as the nine-day Pamplona Festival... SHEILA CLAYTON, Southampton United Animal Charities, 16. (letter)


Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 18.7.07 Coroner hears of hunting tragedy By Tom Shepherd - A RIDER was left paralysed after falling from his horse in the Cotswolds, an inquest has heard. Experienced rider Christopher Bennett died following a broken neck after his horse slipped while out hunting in Poulton, near Fairford.... He was riding with the Vale of The White Horse Hunt (VWH) at Paton's Copse near Fairford on November 11 when his horse slipped and fell... (story)
Sun 14.7.07 Huntsman blinked to death By JOHN COLES - A HUNTSMAN paralysed after falling from his horse told doctors to switch off his life support machine — by blinking a message. Christopher Bennett — paralysed from the neck down — developed a code to communicate with his wife Alison, an inquest heard yesterday.... (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 30.11.06 Rider dies after hunting accident By Nigel Kerton - THE funeral takes place tomorrow of challenging sports enthusiast and father-of-two Christopher Bennett who lived in Savernake Forest... Mr Bennett, from Durley, was riding with the Vale of the White Horse Hunt at Poulton Fields, near Cirencester, on November 11 when his horse slipped on a muddy track and he was thrown.... (story)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 23.11.06 Huntsman dies in the field By Nigel Kerton - Huntsman Chris Bennett from Savernake near Marlborough has died following a fall while riding with the Vale of the White Horse Hunt in Gloucestershire.... (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 23.11.06 HUNTSMAN LOSES FIGHT FOR LIFE - A Huntsman injured in a riding accident in the Cotswolds has died in hospital.Chris Bennett, 62, was in intensive care after being knocked unconscious when his horse slipped in Poulton, near Cirencester.... Members of the Vale of White Horse hunt gave first aid before paramedics arrived and spent 30 minutes attempting to revive him. He was airlifted to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, where he remained in intensive care until he died at 5pm on Sunday with his family by his side.... (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 22.11.06 Hunt in shock over tragic riding accident By Tom Shepherd - THE hunting community in the Cotswolds was left in shock this week after hearing of the death of Chris Bennett, a member of the Vale of the White Horse Hunt. Mr Bennett, from Marlborough, died on Sunday at Swindon's Great Western Hospital after falling from his horse while out hunting near Poulton last weekend.... (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 20.11.06 HUNT RIDER INJURED IN ACCIDENT A Huntsman is fighting for his life after a riding accident in the Cotswolds.Two quick-thinking members of the hunt near Cirencester used their army training to provide first aid. Chris Bennett is currently recovering in intensive care in Wiltshire after his horse slipped in the mud, and he was knocked unconscious. He had been taking part in the Vale of the White Horse Hunt in Poulton Fields.... (story)
Wilts & Glos Standard 15.11.06 Hero huntsmen tell of riding accident in Cotswolds By Tom Shepherd - A COTSWOLD huntsman was left fighting for his life following a freak riding accident at the weekend. His horse slipped in the mud while out hunting with the Vale of the White Horse Hunt in Poulton, near Cirencester. He was knocked unconscious and stopped breathing, although hospital staff say he is now in a stable condition. But fellow riders have applauded two quick-thinking members of the hunt who stayed calm in the crisis and used their army training to adminster emergency first aid.... Members of the VWH, which met at Poulton Fields on Saturday, have praised the two ex-army huntsmen and wished Mr Bennett a speedy recovery.... (story)

Western Morning News 18.7.07 WHAT does Alison Hawes mean by "proper pest control"? The fox shot up with an airgun suffered cruelly, but so does a fox caught by hounds and torn about with bites and tears in its flanks, chest and abdomen.... K Watson, Stockport (letter)

Farmers Guardian 18.7.07 Game goes from moor to menu - TO celebrate game and to promote it to food industry buyers as year-round, versatile, delicious and healthy produce, a promotional event, hosted by the Moor to Menu group, was held recently at Ogle Hill Head, Belsay, Newcastle... Countryside Alliance North of England regional director Richard Dodd, who hosted the event, commented: “The Moor to Menu Group consists of the Countryside Alliance, Country Landowners Association and The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation... (story)

Argus 18.7.07 Teenager dies in tragic shooting accident By Rachel Wareing - A teenager has died after he was blasted in the head by a friend while out shooting. Alex Bailey died from his terrible injuries after he was hit while out hunting pigeons with two friends at Itford Farm in Southease, near Lewes... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 18.7.07 In memory of greyhounds - GREYHOUND racing in the UK began on July 24, 1926, at Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester. Every year, on the nearest Saturday and Sunday to this date, we stage Greyhound Remembrance Weekend in memory of the hundreds of thousands of dogs that have been killed by the greyhound racing industry since that day.... ZELDA RAND, Totton (story)

Glasgow Herald 18.7.07 Anne the last touring elephant has packed her trunk - CAROLYN CHURCHILL - THE last touring elephant in Britain has been banned from appearing at a circus after objections by animal welfare campaigners. Anne was scheduled to appear at the Bobby Roberts Super Circus in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, during its six-day run which began yesterday... at a special meeting of East Ayrshire Council's licensing committee, it was agreed the elephant should not take part in any public performance or other commercial venture... (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 18.7.07 LAMB NEEDED VET'S TREATMENT - - I respond to the article about farmer Roger Pritchard escaping conviction for allowing a lamb to be eaten alive by maggots because the court was not convinced it belonged to him (Echo, July 11)I'm amazed Mr Pritchard can be described as being a man who clearly cares about animals.... Sarah Woods, Cheltenham (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 18.7.07 Are farmers really the guardians of the countryside? PETER Lacy (Letters) thinks farmers are "the guardians of the countryside" and are suffering hard times. Are these the same farmers who make their money from subsidies, factory farmed animals reduced to a short life of hell - before being hauled thousands of miles to overseas slaughterhouses?... Guardians of the countryside - are you having a joke Mr Lacy? There's no such thing as a poor animal farmer - so think again.... ROBERT HEWITT, North Wales (story)
Southern Daily Echo 13.7.07 Rural community deserve better than Hilary Benn - So Hilary Benn is the new head of DEFRA. Is Gordon Brown kidding? Has he not been listening to the rural community?... The guardians of the countryside (our farmers) have been hit with nightmare after nightmare - BSE, foot-and-mouth, rural payments fiasco, the hunting ban, 4x4 tax increases, rocketing rural house prices, cutbacks in local rural services. to name but a few... Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against vegetarians, I'm sure one will summon the energy to respond. This appointment is clearly wrong.... PETE LACY, Shirley, Southampton. (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 18.7.07 Buying pets online not smartest move - ADVOCATES for Animals agrees with Barry Cowan that selling dangerous animals on the internet should be prohibited... Libby Anderson, political director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (story)

South Wales Echo 18.7.07 Exported calves face a journey of suffering - MANY Echo readers may not be aware that lifting the ban of exports of British beef has allowed the live export trade in young calves from the UK to resume. I was unfortunate to be travelling to Cardiff behind a cattle lorry full of calves being transported to Europe and dreaded to think of the suffering they were to face... RM Rees, Wyndham Crescent, Bridgend (letter)

Eastbourne Herald 18.7.07 Boycott the bullfights - I WRITE to ask any readers who intend to holiday in Spain, not to attend bullfights or support the running of the bulls... Puttee and M Hodges, The Triangle, Lower Willingdon (letter)


Somerset County Gazette 17.7.07 Fallers raise £2,000 By Alex Cameron - A CHEQUE for £2,000 was presented to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at a puppy show held by the Taunton Vale Foxhounds…. (story)

Telegraph 17.7.07 Crime in rural areas - Your report (July 16) that robbery and violence have risen alarmingly in rural areas will be no surprise to those living in the countryside, who also know why crime is on the rise. The closure of local police stations, officers buried by paperwork and the urban focus of target-driven policing strategies have all contributed... Of all the wasteful laws that rural police have to deal with, the Hunting Act takes precedence. From Cornwall to Cumbria, rural police officers are having to deal with allegations of illegal hunting and are wasting hours of their time trying to interpret a pointless law... Simon Hart, chief executive, Countryside Alliance, London SE11 (letter)

Western Daily Press 17.7.07 CUB-HUNTING IS CARRYING ON - So the Countryside Alliance says it found the disgusting shooting of the fox cubs at West Hatch "sickening".This is the same organisation that promotes barbarous cruelty. One activity that Western Daily Press readers may not be aware of, that the hunt fraternity engages in, is called "cub-hunting".... Chris Gale Chippenham Wiltshire (letter)

Western Morning News 17.7.07 COUNTRYSIDE PROBLEMS IGNORED This is not a letter against hunting…. Ms Hoey recently was given space in the Western Morning News to write an article on the failings of the ban on hunting with hounds. However, I would like to see another article from her. I would wish to read how she can justify the hundreds of hours of Parliamentary time, in committee and on the floor of both Houses, that was wasted on the hunting issue… Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter)

Western Morning News 17.7.07 THE only way Kate Hoey (July 5) and her organisation, which misleadingly calls itself the Countryside Alliance… will see the Hunting Act repealed is if the Tories win the next election. As Ms Hoey is an elected member of the Labour Party, could she enlighten readers how she will be voting…. Chris Gale, Chairman, Chippenham Branch Labour Party (letter)

Western Morning News 17.7.07 LET NATURE SORT IT OUT - It seems to me the badger debate is becoming very similar to the hunting debate - no one is prepared to listen to the commonsense opinions of those who live and work in the countryside… Why not make the badger an unprotected species and let nature sort it out,… Mike Wright, Barnstaple (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 17.7.07 No need for animal circus - THIS morning I received ‘flyers’ which are half-price tickets to get into the Bobby Roberts Circus in Carlisle. Needless to say I am placing them in my recycling box as there is no need for a circus with animals in the 21st century... whoever owns the Albert Cottage Fields is responsible for staging a circus that – in effect – promotes animal cruelty... JANE INCE, Alexander Street, Carlisle (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 17.7.07 Makro becomes latest retailer to halt sale of ‘unethical’ foie gras By Martin Hickman - The cash and carry chain Makro has become the latest retailer to call a halt to sales of foie gras after protests from animals rights campaigners... Viva! welcomed Makro’s “ethical decision” to not sell French foie gras and called on consumers to reject the product. The campaigner Justin Kerswell said: “Foie gras is torture in a tin..." (story)

Argus 17.7.07 Bill helps dancing bears - Comedian Bill Bailey has joined forces with International Animal Rescue in an appeal to help end the suffering of dancing bears on the streets of India.... Carrie Colliss, development director, International Animal Rescue, Regency Close, Uckfield (letter)


Western Daily Press 16.7.07 FARMERS NOT ALL ANTI-FOXES - I was amazed by your editorial "No excuses for the Act" (Comment, July 11). Where on Earth did you get the idea that "few animals (are) more universally loathed in the countryside by farmers than the fox"?... Landowners allow hunts on their land for tradition, for sport. They are such inefficient killers of foxes that they have practically no effect on the fox population. Peter Bunce, Haddenham, Bucks (story)

Times 16.7.07 Talon spotting: Britain’s first falconry festival takes off – with Arab help - Bird handlers from Kazakhstan take part in the first international falconry convention to be held in Britain. The convention, which featured more than 100 magnificent birds of prey, including golden eagles and saker falcons, at the Englefield estate at Theale, Berkshire, was attended by enthusiasts from 30 nations... Meanwhile, more than 40 hunts in England and Wales have acquired a bird of prey in an attempt to exploit what they believe is a loophole in the Hunting Act 2005 which bans hunting with dogs... (story)
Coventry Evening Telegraph 12.7.07 Falconer Bob is flying high for festival - FALCONER Bob Edwards will be flying the flag for Warwickshire at an international hawking event. The professional bird handler is to represent the county at the Festival of Falconry at the Englefield Estate, near Reading.... (story)

Gloucester Citizen 16.7.07 BOYCOTT THE BULLFIGHT CITIES - With the poor British summer so far this year, many of your readers could be considering the alternative option of a holiday abroad.Year on year, more and more cities around the world are banning the evil 'sport' of bull-fighting. Just like fox-hunting, cock-fighting and bear-baiting, there is no place in a civilised society for this barbaric practice… Steve Haines (letter)

Weston & Somerset Mercury 16.7.07 Demand for badger cull - as charity calls for protection - FARMERS in the Cheddar area are calling for tough new laws to let them get rid of sick badgers that are threatening their livelihood… However Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill is concerned if the law is changed thousands of badgers could be gassed or snared… (story)

Hartlepool Mail 16.7.07 Don't be so beastly - SO many wondrous beasts/Are not respected in the least, They're shot by someone with a gun/The trigger pulled just for fun!... R M Gibb, Thornhill Gardens, Hartlepool (story)

Western Daily Press 16.7.07 ANIMAL ACTIVISTS DENY MAKING BOMB THREATS BY JANET HUGHES - Detectives say they do not believe a West animal rights group made the threats that closed Tesco stores across the country at the weekend, even though it staged a nationwide protest against the supermarket giant on the same day. Bristol-based charity Viva! held demonstrations outside 150 stores on Saturday, the same day that 14 supermarkets, including two in Herefordshire, were shut in a security scare…. (story)

Mirror 16.7.07 TESCO 'BOMBS' BLACKMAIL by Stewart Maclean - POLICE ordered Tesco bosses to immediately evacuate 14 stores after a series of chilling letters claimed bombs had been planted in them... Animal rights charity Viva, which has Heather Mills as patron, had organised a day of action against Tesco on Saturday because it is selling live turtles in Chinese stores. But spokesman Justin Kerswell yesterday said theirs was a peaceful protest and was not linked to the hoaxes... (story)
Sunday Telegraph 15.7.07 Tesco stores reopen after threats - All fourteen Tesco stores that closed following a security alert yesterday have reopened. The supermarkets were closed in what some reports said was a bomb scare. Reports said the motive could range from a financial one to threats by the animal rights lobby. Yesterday was designated a national day of action against Tesco by animal rights groups including Viva who claim the store has been selling live turtles at outlets in China.... (story)
Metro 15.7.07 Tesco back to normal after alert - Trading returned to normal at Tesco after a security alert forced 14 stores to close across the UK... Eyewitnesses claimed they had been told of a bomb scare, while reports ranged from a financial motive to threats by the animal rights lobby.... Officers from Hertfordshire, where the firm has its headquarters, said there was no link to any form of extremism but urged the public to remain vigilant... (story)

Scotsman 16.7.07 Pizza restaurant 'animal-friendly' - PIZZA Express has been named the most vegan-friendly food chain by an animals rights group. Its cheese-free pizzas earned the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) accolade.... (story)


Midlands Radio 15.7.07 Animal rights group criticise Laois man's invention - A Laois man's award winning mouse trap is being described as cruel and unlawful by the Irish Council Against Blood Sports. DJ Doheny from Mountrath won a bronze medal at the British Invention show in 2004 for his trap. The Mouse Master uses cheese to lure mice into a bucket which can be filled with water.... (story)


Southern Daily Echo 14.7.07 Countdown to New Forest Show By Chris Yandell - ORGANISERS of the New Forest Show have issued a "keep off the grass" warning to the army of workmen putting up a host of marquees... The New Forest Hounds will also be making an appearance... (story)

Western Daily Press 14.7.07 HUNTING CONTROLS FOX POPULATION (JULY 12) I Parsons is quite right that local hunts used to pay farmers money if they lost hens to the fox... I seem to remember that it was accepted as a bribe to encourage farmers to leave foxes alone so that they wouldn't spoil the "sport" of hounding them to death later in the hunting season... Gill Purser, Cheltenham (letter)
Western Daily Press 12.7.07 HUNTING CONTROLS FOX POPULATION - Recently, an elderly lady who had been born on my farm in 1925 told me that whenever a fox rampaged through their large flock of free-range hens, the local hunt compensated them for their loss... I say bring back hunting, as "foxy" frequently takes my chicks. I Parsons, Shipham, Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 14.7.07 A HEARTLESS ACT - The heartless act of shooting fox cubs in a pen was a cowardly act, although no less so than hunters who encourage foxes to breed for their "sport".... Miss E A Smith Bristol (letter)

Irish Examiner 14.7.07 Town v country — the myths and realities - ON the issue of farmers v walkers, your leader writer (July 7) claimed there was an “almost complete rural/urban disconnection” in England and perpetuated the media myth concocted by the hunting and agri-business lobby of an urban/rural divide... Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether people are pro- or anti-hunting has nothing to do with where they live; it is a question of the sort of people they are, and education... One sees far more cruelty to animals and environmental damage from rural than from urban dwellers... Michael Job, Rossnagrena, Glengarriff, Co Cork (letter)
Irish Examiner 7.7.07 Farmers v walkers - Foot dragging on land access row must end - Many farms are in places of great natural beauty, especially those in upland or coastal regions, and some, in lakelands or river valleys, are places of idyllic calm. Most farmers and their families have a strong emotional attachment to their land... In Ireland, we are a generation away from the almost complete urban/rural disconnection that can be seen in England, a chasm brought to light in the contrasting reactions to the foot-and-mouth crisis, six years ago.... Labour’s hunting ban deepened the urban rural divide, as will the current proposal to allow access to the entire British coastline — irrespective of usage or ownership... (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 14.7.07 POSH DISH DOESN'T GO DOWN WELL AT PROTEST - Animal rights activists say they are stepping up their campaign against Cheltenham restaurants selling foie gras.They targeted The Queen's Hotel and Monty's restaurant on Thursday night. Police were called to Monty's, in St George's Road, following a complaint of customer intimidation... A 23-year-old activist from Cheltenham called Chris, who refused to give his full name, said: "We spoke to the manager and he said foie gras would be coming off the menu in August, but it's a seasonal dish so it wouldn't be sold then anyway.... The group, from Gloucestershire Animal Action, said it was against any type of animal exploitation and vivisection... (story)

Carlisle News & Star 14.7.07 Circus does not need a boycott - MY family went to the circus last night and it was a superb show. In my opinion, the animals are well very looked after and I don’t see why people want to protest or boycott the circus when no cruelty befalls the animals whatsoever. MR OSGOODHenderson RoadCarlisle (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 12.7.07 Animal society urges boycott of the circus By Pam McClounie - ANNE the circus elephant is in town – but an animal welfare group is urging people to boycott the show. The Bobby Roberts Super Circus opened in a field at Harker, near Carlisle, yesterday with horses, camels, dogs, jugglers, clowns – and a 54-year-old elephant. It is performing until Sunday. The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) which opposes the use of all animals in the ring, wants Bobby Roberts to let the veteran performer Anne pack her trunk and say goodbye to the circus.... (story)


Denbighshire Free Press 13.7.07 Cameron is hunters' ally - PRO-hunt Tory leader David Cameron may have most of the press on his side, but it's the public that will make or break him. Since much of the progressive media consider hunting to be a civil liberty, they refuse to inform the public about Cameron's real agenda which is to overturn the ban on hunting. So it's left to people like me to get out onto the streets and tell the public about Cameron's urgent desire to help the disgusting Countryside Alliance get their sick sport back.... JUDI HEWITT, NORTH WALES ANIMAL RIGHTS (letter)

Western Daily Press 13.7.07 GROUSE OVER - Restrictions on shooting and selling game dating back to the 1830s will end in August.Game licences will no longer be needed and pheasants, grouse and other game will be able to be sold all year round.... (story)

Hexham Courant 13.7.07 Trust attracts artists' support By WILL GREEN - A LOCAL sculptor is taking part in an exhibition of sporting and wildlife art at Mowden Hall School organised by a conservation charity. The Game Conservancy Trust’s Northern Wildlife Art Exhibition is taking place at the school, near Newton, later this year, and will feature work by artist Ashley Boon, from Castle Carrock, and Ian Greensitt, from Stocksfield.... (story)

Lancashire Evening Post 13.7.07 Help racehorses have happy retirement - Dene Stansall, horse racing consultant, via email (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 27.6.07 Give old horses a sporting chance DENE STANSALL, Horse Racing Consultant, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (story)
Southern Daily Echo 26.6.07 Race horses need help - SINCE mid-Marchr, 50 horses have died on racecourses across the country. During each season, for every 31 horses who start racing, one will become a death statistic. Apadi is an 11-year-old chestnut gelding who has raced 99 times in a nine-year racing career… Animal Aid is calling for horses like Apadi to be allowed to enjoy a safe and happy retirement. Currently, an insultingly small amount of money is provided for horses at the end of their racing careers… DENE STANSALL, horse racing consultant, Animal Aid (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 13.7.07 CHARITY BLASTS WILDLIFE PARK OVER LACK OF CONSERVATION - The Highland Wildlife Park at Kingussie has been blasted by a wildlife charity for not doing enough to support conservation projects in the wild. The criticism came from the Born Free Foundation who have published a report saying UK zoos only spent about 5% of their gross income on conservation in the wild... (story)
Western Daily Press 13.7.07 ZOO: WE'RE JUST WILD ABOUT CONSERVATION BY TIM FOREMAN T.FOREMAN@BEPP.CO.UK - Bristol Zoo has hit back after a report criticised the West tourist attraction for failing to do enough to protect threatened species.According to the report by the Born Free Foundation, the zoo, based in Bristol's affluent Clifton area, does not give enough support to conservation projects in the wild.... (story)
BBC News Online 12.7.07 Zoos 'failing' over work in wild - A wildlife charity has criticised Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park for not giving enough support to conservation projects in the wild. The zoos were named in a list of 13 highlighted by the Born Free Foundation... (story)

Argus 13.7.07 I am from a Jewish family and the word "holocaust" doesn't offend me one bit. It has always been used to describe a wiping out or destruction and I don't feel that any race, religion or group should have a monopoly on it... Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-91), the greatest Yiddish writer and winner of a Nobel Prize for literature, referred to what we do to animals as "an eternal Treblinka" and said that for animals we are all Nazis. If he can make the analogy then I'm sure we can forgive Caroline Lucas... Baumgardt, Stoneham Road, Hove (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 13.7.07 DON'T SUPPORT CRUEL BULLFIGHTS - May I - through your pages - appeal to people travelling to Spain, not to support the "tradition" of bullfighting?... MARTYN R WHITE, Gloucester (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 13.7.07 IF IN SPAIN, BOYCOTT BULLFIGHTING PLEASE - If you are going to Spain for your holiday, please do not go to bullfights or support the cruel Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.... For more information and details of how you can help end bullfights, and the Running of the Bulls, please visit the website of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals... Francis Wick, Alphington Road, Exeter (letter)

Church Times 13.7.07 ‘Shoelace petition’ to Brown by Rachel Harden - A PROTEST march lasting 11 weeks, from Northern Ireland to Downing Street, starts this Saturday to urge the Government to legislate more effectively on climate change. The Cut the Carbon march has been organised by Christian Aid. It involves a 1000-mile trek across the UK... The campaigning group Animal Aid said this week that it will be at each of the Christian Aid rallies with banners reading “Cut the Crap”. The group said that a recent UN report showed that livestock farming contributes 18 per cent of all man-made greenhouse gases; and yet Christian Aid promotes gifts of farm animals to destitute communities... (story)

Argus 13.7.07 Four legs good - I do trust that when the vile drunken creatures who forced two beautiful shire horses to bolt on Sunday outside a pub in Peacehaven are apprehended they feel the full weight of the law... Sylvia Harwood, Old Shoreham Road, Hove (letter)

Sussex Express 13.7.07 Kittiwake shot by crossbow bolt - A KITTIWAKE skewered by a crossbow bolt was found alive and suffering on Newhaven beach on Wednesday. A car parking attendant, who collects money near the West Beach, contacted East Sussex Wildlife Rescue who came to collect the bird.... Maz Marriott, a duty co-ordinator with wildlife rescue, said... " We unfortunately decided it was only fair to put it to sleep.'... (story)


Independent 12.7.07 PANDORA - Fury at pro-hunting peer's animal welfare brief By Henry Deedes - Since Gordon Brown shuffled the ministerial deck at the Department of Farming and Rural Affairs, he has learnt that when it comes to the inflamed passions of the countryside, it's nigh on impossible to keep everyone happy... Now, he's awarded the portfolio of Animal Health and Welfare to Lord Rooker, a Labour peer and now a major bête noire of the animal rights lobby... despite the predominantly "anti" sentiments among his party, he voted in favour of regulated hunting rather than the outright ban in 2004. "Jeff Rooker really hasn't been a great friend to animal welfare in the past,' says a spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports. "However, we hope policy will be shaped by the department head, Hilary Benn, who has been good to us"... (story)

Northern Echo 12.7.07 Ex-master charged with race cheating By Joe Willis - A FORMER hunt master is among a group of five to have been charged by horse racing officials with cheating. Charles Gundry, the former master of Middleton Hunt, has been accused of entering a ringer in a point-to-point race last year.... (story)

Waterford News & Star 12.7.07 Waterford News & Star 12.7.07 - Foxes have a role to play in countryside - Hunting with hounds is not a method of fox control In a recent letter printed in a national newspaper a farmer made a claim that he has seen hunts go through his farm for many years and has never heard of them catching a fox. Such a claim blows a hole in the argument that hunting with hounds is a method of fox control... FROM John Tierney, Campaigns Director, Association of Hunt Saboteurs, PO Box 4734, Dublin 1 (letter)

Western Daily Press 12.7.07 BAN CAUSES MORE SUFFERING - In response to the letter by Penny Little, "Exploding the myth about fox numbers and diseases" (Your Say, July 5), I shall not repeat my views on fox self-regulation... Given the fact they are vermin, the reality is that in many rural areas the population will simply be down to the tolerance of local landowners, farmers and gamekeepers... Ray Bird, Acton Turville, Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 12.7.07 Make hunt Act watertight - Penny Little has not demolished my arguments at all. The fact is that the Hunting Act is a thoroughly bad law. It is ridiculous to try to ban people from flushing out and chasing wild mammals. I disagree strongly with the law and have carried on openly breaking it. No-one will stop me breaking the Hunting Act because everyone knows that it is ridiculous to make what I do illegal.... Giles Bradshaw, Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 11.7.07 MAKE HUNT ACT WATERTIGHT - What an excellent response to Giles Bradshaw from Penny Little... The bloodsports brigade must be gnashing their teeth in fury as Ms Little demolishes Mr Bradshaw's pathetic excuses and falsehoods for hunting foxes with dogs... Helen Weeks, Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 6.7.07 CLARIFICATION - A Photograph of foxes used to illustrate the letter "Exploding the myth about fox diseases and numbers" (Your Say, July 5), was taken by reader Ray Bird... We would like to make it clear that Mr Bird does not subscribe to the views contained in the letter. (story)
Western Daily Press 6.7.07 EXPLODING MYTHS ABOUT FOX DISEASES AND NUMBERS - The urban fox is rather like the urban seagull; a manifestation of 20th-century urban living where the people's new way of life attracted them in as they piled up their rubbish and forgot how to be self-sufficient... Charles Henry, Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 5.7.07 EXPLODING THE MYTHS ABOUT FOX DISEASES AND NUMBERS - Giles Bradshaw is clearly a man with a mission to stir up hatred of British wild animals, and promote cruel bloodsports and, as such, a disgusted silence is usually the best response to him.... Many urban foxes are killed by cars. Many rural foxes are killed by ignorant and cruel morons who should never be allowed possession of a gun or a pack of dogs. In both cases, the fox population continually adjusts to the situation via their reproductive mechanisms, which are affected by availability of food and territory, and the structure of their social group.... Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.6.07 LOCK UP POULTRY AND LAMBS TO KEEP THEM SAFE FROM FOXES (JUNE 27) Where the rural fox has an average life expectancy of about four-and-a-half years, in towns it tends to be barely more than two.Sarcoptic mange is prevalent among urban foxes because of poorer food quality, overcrowding and the fact that diseased foxes are not eradicated. Where foxes are culled by hunting the remaining population is generally stronger.... Giles Bradshaw, Devon (letter)

Glasgow Herald 12.7.07 Time for shooting estates to be licensed - Tim Baynes' attempt (Letters, July 11) to compare a rather small area of the Peak District with the extensive grouse moors of Scotland is somewhat disingenuous... The millions of released pheasants in this country have recently been linked with the absence of reptiles such as the common lizard and slow worm, over areas of Scotland where shooting is commonplace. Native fauna should be encouraged to flourish, not be wiped out by alien releases and the selfishness of those involved... Bernard Zonfrillo, Ornithology Unit, Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, Glasgow University
With the relentless persecution of birds of prey, it is surely time to license grouse moors, which are the main source of these illegal actions.... Kenny Sludden, Castleview, Colonels Entry, Douglas, South Lanarkshire (letter)

East Anglian Daily Times 12.7.07 - RSPCA concern over circus - PROTESTS may be held next week when a travelling circus containing a large number of performing animals arrives in Colchester. The Great British Circus is set to pitch its big-top in Stanway on July 17... Animal rights campaigner Annette White, who lives in Nayland, said she would back any protest when the circus stops in Stanway's London Road... (story)


Western Morning News 11.7.07 TRESPASSER KILLS FOX CUBS IN FARM SANCTUARY - Three fox cubs have been killed by a trespasser who went on to private land in Somerset and shot each of them twice in the head.The cubs were being cared for by a farmer in a pen at Wellisford, near Wellington, when they were shot... Barry Hugill, a spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports, added: "It beggars belief that someone could get pleasure from the slaughter of young fox cubs." The farmer, who did not want to be named, was looking after the cubs as part of the RSPCA's "soft release" process in which they are gently encouraged back into the wild... Alison Hawes, South West director of the Countryside Alliance, added: "Anybody involved in correct pest control would never shoot foxes using an air rifle, which indicates that this is nothing to do with proper vermin control carried out in the correct manner." (story)
Western Daily Press 11.7.07 WHATEVER YOUR VIEWS ON THE FOX POPULATION, THIS IS SICK BEHAVIOUR BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - The RSPCA last night said the person responsible for shooting four fox cubs in a pen was "despicable".These shocking images were released by the Society yesterday as the war between the two sides of the animal welfare argument took a dark turn in deepest Somerset... THE RSPCA is not specifically pointing the finger of blame at organised foxhunts, who in years past may have actually wanted foxes to be released into the wild to maintain numbers for the hunt. A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said: "We could only condemn whoever carried out this attack - whatever your views on the fox population, this is sick behaviour."... (story)
Western Daily Press 11.7.07 NO EXCUSES FOR THIS ACT - THE arguments for and against fox hunting have been well documented on both sides of the great divide.... The RSPCA has described the person responsible for the act as despicable and the Countryside Alliance has said the shooting was a sick act. And, remarkably, it seems no laws have been broken by the perpetrators... (story)
Somerset County Gazette 11.7.07 Young foxes killed by trespasser By Alex Cameron - THREE captive fox cubs were killed, and a fourth had to be put to sleep, having been shot in the head by a trespasser near Wellington. Six fox cubs were being cared for by a landowner, in a pen, on private land at Wellisford, as part on a RSPCA soft release' scheme... (story)

Bucks Free Press 11.7.07 Anti-hunting campaigner gets bravery award - SUPER gran Judy Gilbert has been rewarded in the House of Commons for her bravery during hunting rallies. The 60 year-old was presented with the Gwen Barter Award for Bravery on June 29 by the League Against Cruel Sports president, One Foot in the Grave star, Annette Crosbie... (story)

Western Daily Press 11.7.07 IN THRALL TO THE PRO-HUNTERS - So, Conservative MP Quentin Davies defects to Labour... David Cameron is very clear on the fact that hunting will return, landowners' rights will be restored and the urban dweller can return to the towns and cities as they do not understand the countryside and their ways. It's for the special hunting people!... Graham Forsyth, Chard, Somerset (letter)

Irish Examiner 11.7.07 Cruel sports: politics and foxhunting - FEW would disagree with your editorial on puppy farms... Third on his list of five chief causes of the collapse of the Roman Empire, Gibbon listed “the mad craze for pleasure, sports becoming every year more exciting and more cruel”. A similar craze on the part of 18th century England’s newly-enriched squires gave us what Arthur Young called “the cricket of savages” : foxhunting.... Dick Power, Boherload, Ballyneety, Co Limerick (letter)

BBC News Online 11.7.07 Call to close zoo after attacks - Animal rights campaigners have called for the closure of Camperdown Wildlife Centre in Dundee following an attack on a number animals.... Masked campaigners have given a letter of concern to Dundee City Council, which runs the visitor attraction. Representatives from Advocates from Animals and Dundee Animal Rights handed over the letter at the local authority's headquarters at Tayside House.... (story)

Dundee Courier 11.7.07 Cage rage - A SIX-FOOT battery hen called Hetty joined campaigners from Advocates for Animals to hand footage to the store managers of the Perth and Dundee branches of Tesco yesterday in a bid to encourage the supermarket to end the sale of eggs from caged hens.... (story)
Aberdeen Evening Express 10.7.07 SIX-FOOT CHICKEN AT TESCO - Animal rights campaigners will host a demo at an Aberdeen superstore tomorrow... Advocates for Animals plan to hand footage of hens in battery cages to the manager of Aberdeen branch at Tesco's Danestone. It is part of the organisation's national GoCage-Free! campaign tour... (story)


Western Morning News 10.7.07 BLAIR WANTED TO BACK DOWN ON HUNTING PLEDGE - MATT CHORLEY LONDON EDITOR - Tony Blair tried to find a "way out" of his pledge to ban foxhunting because he "didn't instinctively feel" it was right, according to the diaries of his media chief Alastair Campbell.... A picture emerges of division at the top of the Labour Party over the issue - with key ally and Cabinet Minister Peter Mandelson launching a "big defence" of foxhunting while the chief whip Hilary Armstrong warned if the ban did not proceed, Labour rebels would throw out measures to introduce foundation hospitals..... Diana Scott, joint master of Devon and Somerset Staghounds, said it suggested he was manipulated by a minority pressure group.... John Lucas, spokesman for Tiverton Staghounds, said: "He didn't even turn up to vote on the Bill on one or two occasions."... Mr Blair was clearly rattled by the mood in his party, illustrated by the comments of senior MP Gerald Kaufman in March 2002. He told Mr Campbell "he would never see himself as a loyal TB supporter again if we back-tracked on this. I said I never realised he was so passionate about it and he said he was, adding: 'If the Tony who stood up to Milosevic and bin Laden can't stand up to the Countryside Alliance, I can't support him.'" (story)

Daily Post 10.7.07 Lamb losses - DESPITE what the Countryside Alliance would have you believe, it’s a fact that most lamb losses are due to bad husbandry on the farmer’s part and not to predators... (story)

Western Morning News 10.7.07 PRO-HUNTERS FAIL TO ADDRESS THEIR MOTIVES - It comes as no surprise that Kate Hoey MP, chairman of the pro-blood sports lobby group the Countryside Alliance, does not like the Hunting Act, which makes it a crime for anyone to set a dog on a wild mammal for sport.... Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

Western Morning News 10.7.07 IS THE BBC NOW JUST AN AGENT OF GOVERNMENT? - While watching a third-rate drama on BBC television on a Sunday evening it was quite evident that the BBC propaganda machine, no doubt in collusion with the Government and animal rights groups, was yet again working to influence viewers on their concepts of animal welfare.A character in this production purporting to be a veterinary surgeon with a "customer" said something along the lines of "we used to dock dogs' tails before we realised that it was inherently cruel".... A tremendous amount of evidence has been collated to the effect that in some cases, especially in working dogs, it is certainly a benefit to the dog to have a short tail.... W T Sweet Mawgan, Helston (letter)

The Sentinel 10.7.07 ANGLERS HOOK LOTTERY GRANT - Hundreds of teenagers who are keen on fishing are to be given the chance to enjoy the sport after they scooped a £24,600 grant.The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will take place at Rudyard Lake and is aimed at 14 to 16-year-olds.... (story)

Western Morning News 10.7.07 MEDICAL RESEARCH SHOULD NOT USE ANIMALS - Those of us who find animal experimentation unacceptable in medical research might like to write to their MEPs... are asking them to please sign the written declaration on primates in scientific experiments. We must keep chipping away to end all animal experiments in medical research.... Louise Piddington, Plymouth (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 10.7.07 More help to fight animal cruelty - ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Shirley, Southampton, for their generosity in raising £137.24 at a street collection on June 30… MRS MARJORIE KEMISH, Animal Aid collection co-ordinator (letter)

Western Daily Press 10.7.07 FARMERS' FAULT - It is dirty farming practices which spread TB, ie, spreading "muck" from cow- sheds when cattle are still grazing in the fields. Farmers, clean up your act and TB will go.... C H Angus, Somerset (letter)

Mirror 10.7.07 MACCA: VEG WILL SAVE US By Mark Jefferies - PAUL McCartney wants the world to turn veggie to halt global warming. After stars including Madonna, Genesis and Duran Duran highlighted the problem at Wembley's Live Earth gig, Macca says everyone can do their bit by ditching meat... (story)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 10.7.07 Bomb find in house: two held - POLICE have found a bomb in Kirklees. But they are stressing the find has nothing to do with terrorism. Police swooped on a house on Firthcliffe Road at Six Lane Ends in Liversedge at 10.50am yesterday (Mon) after getting reports that a suspect device was there. A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman confirmed this morning that a 30-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man had been arrested at the scene…. (story)
BBC News Online 10.7.07 Arrests after bomb found in house - A man and woman are being questioned by police after a home-made bomb was found in their West Yorkshire house.... A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "We would like to reassure people that there was no threat to those living in the area and that at this time this is not being treated as a counter-terrorism incident..." (story)


BBC News Online 9.7.07 Police crack down on rural crime - A 10 week police-led operation to combat illegal off-road biking, grass fires and fly-tipping has begun in the south Wales valleys... More than 2000 incidents of fly-tipping at a cost of more than £110,000 was reported in the Caerphilly region alone between April 2005 and 2006, a Countryside Alliance investigation found.... (story)

Gloucester Citizen 9.7.07 TONY'S BADGERS SET FOR TV - Badgers from Stroud are about to become even bigger TV stars.The nocturnal creatures watched by local expert Tony Dean from Whiteshill, and his wildlife groups, have been photographed and filmed many times before.... (story)

Western Daily Press 9.7.07 VACCINE IS ONLY ANSWER TO TB - Chris Rundle is wrong in thinking Defra, previously MAFF, has "kow-towed" to badger trusts regarding a mass badger cull.... He should face the fact that years of badger and cattle killing has not wiped out bovine TB. You can only wonder what this has cost the taxpayer... P Dean, Stroud, Gloucestershire (letter)

Northern Echo 9.7.07 Animals - WE need to have a basic rethink about the way we treat animals. There are two main areas of concern in this country: meat production and medical research. Both are necessary, but just how necessary?... Tony Kelly, Crook, Co Durham. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 9.7.07 MAILBOX: REALITY OF FACTORY-FARM FOOD PRODUCTION - I read with interest the article "Youngsters enjoy a farm tour" (Mercury, July 3) which stated that schoolchildren where shown "how a typical farm works" and learned more about crop and livestock production. I have serous doubts over this claim. If the children had been shown a typical farm related to meat (livestock) production, then they would have had to have visited a factory farm... The dairy trade has also spawned the ugly live export trade. Did the youngsters see baby calves loaded on to lorries for their journey to Dover and on to veal production?... V H Sheppard, Leicester. (letter)


Oxford Mail 8.7.07 Two-faced abusers - In reply to Alan Page (Oxford Mail, June 27), I can assure him that those of us who have long opposed fox hunting are genuinely compassionate about wanting to see an end to the suffering of these animals. Although I do not know Bea Bradley, she and I, to use an expression I heard from a friend, are apparently singing from the same hymn book when it comes to this issue..... GILLIAN WHITTY Oxford (letter)
Oxford Mail 6.7.07 Barbarous past - In his latest neurotic attack against the opponents of hunting, Alan Page first has to apologise to readers for not knowing that it was illegal to poison foxes... As for his moronic declaration that the opponents (the majority of the British public) are all "irrational bigots", I will simply dismiss his vitriolic comments as the words of a sad and pathetic fanatic who remains stuck in a shameful and barbarous past. Jim Crawford, Burton Place, Oxford (letter)
Oxford Mail 3.7.07 Cruel exploitation - It would do well for Alan Page to refrain from sharing his faulty knowledge regarding wildlife.. Those of us who actively campaign for the total abolition of sports that entail cruel exploitation of other species, also abhor and decry the abominable conditions in which many farmed animals, birds and fish are kept... BEA BRADLEY, Cuxham Road, Watlington (letter)
Oxford Mail 26.6.07 Fanatics fill me with dread - Bea Bradley accuses me of trying to find some reason for fox hunting (Oxford Mail, June 21). Nothing could be further from the truth... It matters little to an animal whether it is killed for sport or for food. Both are recreational activities. A fox has a better chance of escaping its fate unscathed than a battery hen or a lamb at a slaughterhouse... Graham Butler (Oxford Mail, June 20) argues that the fox population is self regulatory and increases and diminishes depending on the amount of food available. Presumably the same is true of wasps, rats and fleas, yet I hear little complaint when they are killed... Alan Page Iffley Road Oxford (story)


Western Daily Press 7.7.07 PUPPY PARADE - The Avon Vale Hunt held its annual puppy show at Spye Park near Chippenham this week when the bitch hound Mistress, walked by Mrs T Radbourne, took top honours... (story)

Western Daily Press 7.7.07 LAW OF COUNTRYSIDE RULES IN THIS HOUSE - The Lissacks' Wiltshire home is a haven from high-pressure work in London and a perfect base for the whole family's riding pursuits, writes Kate Edser. Pictures: Martin Phelps - Carolyn Lissack and Harry Meade have formed a very happy relationship as an event horse owner and a professional rider respectively.... hanging on a wall is a model head of Seamus which Carolyn, who comes from an artistic family, made for a performance at the South and West Wilts Hunt cabaret evening. This involved twin daughters Holly and Lucy, aged 12, dressing up as their father's horse and reading a humorous and touching poem about him. It was a delightful surprise for Richard, who is the hunt's president..... (story)

Gloucester Citizen or Gloucestershire Echo 7.7.07 WHY IS A FOX SO FANTASTIC? - Remember Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox? This is just one of the fictional personalities given to the red fox... Their population in cities is now stable because foxes regulate the number of cubs they produce each year.... (story)

Scotsman 7.7.07 Senseless attack - The brutal attack on defenceless caged animals in Dundee's Camperdown Wildlife Centre that left animals dead, injured and traumatised (your report, 4July and Letters, 5 July) is truly shocking... We have asked the council to consider whether subsidising a zoo is a worthwhile and valid use of taxpayers' money. In 2001, Fife Council decided to end funding of all animal collections. ROSS MINETT, Campaigns director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

Western Daily Press 7.7.07 ZOO OPENS - DESPITE CAMPAIGN - A Family who bought a £1.1million zoo are celebrating after the attraction finally opened - despite a campaign by animal rights' groups and two escapes by exhibits.Wealthy widow Amelia Mee, 76, gave Dartmoor Wildlife Park in Devon to her two sons Duncan, 41, and Ben 46, as a gift after selling the family home in Surrey... (story)


Dundee Courier 6.7.07 Hydro boss wades into river debate - ALMOST 3000 people signed a petition supporting the campaign to restore the River Garry in North Perthshire when it was launched at the game Conservancy Trust’s Scottish Fair at Scone Palace at the weekend, writes angling correspondent Ken Bell... (story)

South Wales Echo 6.7.07 Monkey ban backed by Katie Norman, South Wales Echo - A CAMPAIGN to stop scientific trials on monkeys has been backed by a Welsh Euro MP. Jonathan Evans is one of 178 MEPs to sign a cross-party declaration calling for a ban on experiments... (story)

Times 6.7.07 Animal rights protesters bare all - Animal rights activists stripped off for a protest against the annual San Fermín bull-running festival. About 1,000 people from 30 countries – many wearing little more than a red scarf and plastic horns – took part in the demonstration, which is organised annually by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals... (story)
ITV 6.7.07 Pamplona protesters give naked truth - Animal rights campaigners have bared all to protest against Spain's famous Pampolona bull run.... British protester Fleur D'Lsney said: "People's minds are changing already and they are beginning to realise how barbaric and old fashioned this sport is.... (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 2.7.07 Bull protesters target embassy - ANIMAL rights activists were expected descend on the Spanish Embassy in London today to protest against bullfighting. Wearing nothing but body paint and a thong, 12 men and women from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were set to paint their bodies in the flags of the world to show global condemnation of the sport... (story)
Halifax Courier 28.6.07 Nudes on the run in Spanish protest By Megan Featherstone - A BRIGHOUSE woman will be stripping off when she heads to Spain next month. But 22-year-old Lynzi Waddington will not be topping up her tan. Instead she will be joining hundreds of activists running naked through the streets of Pamplona to protest about the ill-treatment of bulls.... Miss Waddington, of Oaklands, Rastrick, will be taking part in the race – organised by Peta, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – for the third year.... (story)
Weston & Somerset Mercury 26.6.07 Naked duo run through Spanish streets in protest - TWO campaigners are preparing to bare all to protest against a Spanish 'sport' they believe to be 'agonisingly cruel'. Helen Brumby and Patrick Haines, both aged 25, will strip off and take part in this year's Running of the Nudes in Pamplona on July 5... (story)
The Sentinel 23.6.07 BULLFIGHTING PROTEST TRIP - Animal lover Rob Griffiths is travelling to Spain to take part in a demonstration against bull fighting.The 57-year-old, from Kingsfield Oval, Basford, will be among 200 other members of animal rights organisation People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals... (story)
Malvern Gazette 22.6.07 Nude protest at bullfights By Lindsay Holder - TWO Malvern residents will don their running shoes, and not much else, for an awareness-raising run through the streets of Pamplona in Spain. Abigail Izzard, 23, and Anthony Smith, 38, will join hundreds of people for the Running of the Nudes, organised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), on Thursday, July 5, two days before the city's annual Running of the Bulls… (story)
Wakefield Express 22.6.07 Baring all in hope of bullfighting ban - A PLUCKY mum will bare all when she joins a stampede of naked runners through a Spanish town in protest against their cruel animal sport – bullfighting. Lynne Shepherd, 39 will be joined by her husband, Paul, 31, wearing nothing but skin-coloured underwear and plastic horns.... (story)
Luton News 19.6.07 Has Kelly got nudes for moo! - A 29-year-old from Luton has revealed she will be revealing all when she joins hundreds of nudes set to run through the streets of a Spanish city to protest against Pamplona's annual Running of the Bulls. Kelly Alliston, of Cutenhoe Road, is taking part in the sixth annual Running of the Nudes, organised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).... (story)
(Northern Echo) 19.6.07 Naked protest over Spain's bull run - AN animal rights campaigner is to run naked through the streets of a Spanish town in protest at an annual bull run. Emma Phipps, 19, from Sherburn village, near Durham City, will run through Pamplona, in Northern Spain, in protest at the traditional Running of the Bulls, which sees bulls released and killed in the town... (story)
Newcastle Journal 16.6.07 Emma's battle of Bull Run By Neil Mckay, The Journal - Teenager Emma Phipps is preparing for her annual "pilgrimage" to Spain where she will run through the streets of Pamplona - watched by thousands of spectators and wearing nothing but a red scarf and plastic horns. The 19-year-old from Hillside View, Sherburn, near Durham City, is joining campaigners from PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - who will stage their daring dash two days before the city's annual Running of the Bulls event as part of the group's annual Running of the Nudes on July… (story)
Bolton Evening News 8.6.07 The naked truth about bullfight protest By Andy McFarlane - IT seemed a million miles from sunny Spain but a plucky trio of protesters stripped off to give shoppers an eyeful in Bolton town centre. They braved the chilly, overcast weather to urge others to follow their lead by taking part in the annual Running Of The Nudes in Pamplona, Navarra, northern Spain, on July 5… One of the protesters will be 18-year-old Rivington and Blackrod sixth-form student Cara Bridge, from Horwich, who took time out from revising for her A-levels to strip off in Victoria Square yesterday… (story)
Blackpool Gazette 8.6.07 It's a no-bull protest By Rob Stocks - Animal rights protestors caused a stir in Blackpool when they stripped to highlight the alleged cruelty of a Spanish tradition. Activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) went topless in the shadow of Tower to promote the Running of the Nudes in Spain – their version of Pamplona's Running of the Bulls…. Cara Bridge, 18, from Bolton, was one of the three girls who stripped for the publicity stunt…. (story)
Preston Citizen 7.6.07 All horns and no clothes By Jane Willis - Topless women will be in Preston city centre today to rustle up entrants for a naked run in Spain next month. Three women plan to hover outside the city's town hall from 12.30pm wearing little more than plastic horns and tiny red scarves…. But police in Preston said they have not been informed and are planning to send along senior officers to discuss the nude recruitment drive with organisers…. The action in Preston is part of a 14-city recruitment drive by the European leg of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals… Councillor Ken Hudson, leader of the Preston City Council, said: "Preston City Council does not support bullfighting, but the council does not condone this type of protest." (story)
Blackpool Citizen 7.6.07 Topless bull run campaign in town By Tyrone Marshall - Topless animal rights campaigners took to the streets of Blackpool town centre this afternoon to make their point. The naked runners, campaigners from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group, were trying to recruit people to join in their alternative to Pamplona's annual bull running festival… Lauren Bowey, the campaign co-ordinator, said: "It's quite a reaction from Blackpool, we've not really had anything to this extent anywhere else we've been….. (story)
Bath Chronicle 4.5.07 GIRLS REVEAL THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT BULL RUNS - A Topless trio took to the streets of Bath to encourage people to join them in a naked run through a Spanish town…. The three women are campaigners for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and the run in Spain will be the Running of the Nudes… One of the campaigners, 20-year-old Lucia Barber, from London, said: "Standing here dressed like this is a shock tactic, and it is a good way to draw attention to the campaign…. Campaign co-ordinator Lauren Bowey said: "The girls are amazing…. (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 4.5.07 DON'T START A STAMPEDE - Re bull fighting protestors (Evening Telegraph, April 27). One look at PETA member Lauren Bowey's backside would cause bulls, and the herd, to stampede in panic… Holidaymakers who enjoy Spain, boycott the atrocities of the bull ring forever. Pete Wadsworth, Arleston Street, Normanton. (letter)
Southern Daily Echo 28.4.07 We've dared to go bare to take the bull out of sport! By Corey Stephenson - JAWS dropped, eyes rolled and camera phones snapped when an animal cruelty charity revealed details of its annual campaign in Southampton city centre. Dressed in nothing more than white bikini bottoms and bull horns while clutching a promotional poster to retain their modesty, members of PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, were in the city to promote the Running of the Nudes… However, the surprising display in Above Bar Street, didn't prove popular with everyone in the city and a complaint to the police ended the recruitment drive ten minutes early…. (story)
BBC News Online 27.4.07 The Running of the Nudes - Campaigners tried to tempt shoppers and passers-by into nudity in the centre of Derby on Thursday as three topless women and a bull took to the streets - all in the name of animal rights!... (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 27.4.07 WOMEN GO TOPLESS IN DERBY IN PROTEST AT BULL RUN BY JEFF BOLITHO - Topless women were out on the streets of Derby yesterday looking for support for an annual protest against bull-fighting. Three members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Europe raised awareness by walking around in just their panties…. Lauren Bowey, 23, Lucia Barber, 20, and Claire Williams, 28, were holding a recruitment drive for the annual "Running of the Nudes" event in Pamplona, Spain…. The three campaigners, all from London, were joined by their own "friendly bull", played by Daniel Adcock, 24… (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 26.4.07 TOPLESS BID FOR NUDE RUNNERS - Topless women will be signing up runners in the city today for a campaign against animal cruelty…. The recruitment in Nottingham today is part of a nine-city drive by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Europe (PETA) to enlist people in the sixth annual 'running of the nudes'…. (story)
Brighton Argus 25.4.07 Protesters display animal magnetism By Siobhan Ryan - Three horny anti-cruelty campaigners were bullish about getting their bits out for a good cause today… They were recruiting for animal welfare group Peta's annual Running of the Nudes - a naked mass protest against the Running of the Bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain… Clare Matthews, 33, a mother from Brighton, said: "It's certainly an unusual way to do things but it has got people talking. Bullfighting is cruel and inhumane so I fully support action against it. I won't be getting naked though… Lauren Bowey, a spokeswoman for the charity, said: "Tormenting and butchering animals is an ugly old tradition…. (story)

Western Mail 6.7.07 Cruel ‘traditions’ - DOUGLAS A MILLAR, Heol Pant-y-Celyn, Whitchurch, Cardiff (letter)
South Wales Echo 5.7.07 Make your holiday one free of cruelty - THE holiday season is now in full swing... I would like to urge holidaymakers heading to Spain to boycott so-called “traditions” such as bullfighting and the “running of the bulls”... Organisations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and the League Against Cruel Sports are continually campaigning for an end to these atrocities... Douglas A Millar, Heol Pant-Y-Celyn, Whitchurch, Cardiff (letter)

Wakefield Express 6.7.07 The price of factory farming - I WAS interested to read the article on Sara Aleagha and how she found a three-inch bone in her burger in the Express, June 22. She described it as "disgusting". Yes, it is disgusting, but not in the way she means it.... This is the price of factory farming and cheap food, and this is the sort of thing that happens to wake people up... Janice Moore, St John's Court, St John's, Wakefield (letter)

Bedford Times & Citizen 6.7.07 Help end this barbaric event - May I respectfully request any readers who are going to Spain for whatever reason not to attend the running of the bulls in Pamplona, or attend any bull fights.... AH Green, The Buntings, Bedford (letter)


Western Morning News 5.7.07 RIDICULOUS HUNT LAW IS NO HELP TO ANIMALS - Oon after the Hunting Act became law, one of my then Labour colleagues, Peter Bradley, wrote a chilling article in a national newspaper. In it he said: "Now that hunting has been banned, we ought at last to own up to it: the struggle over the Bill was not just about animal welfare and personal freedom, it was class war."... The Westcountry has seen the only two trials of huntsmen under the Act since it came into force two and a half years ago. In both cases the defendants were found guilty, but for reasons which had no connection to improving animal welfare... When I was a minister in the Home Office the police frequently used to plead with us to give them the tools to go after real criminals - people who robbed, who sold drugs to young people, who exploited the elderly and whose lives were devoted to the blatant disregard of others. These were the real blight on our society and it was from these that the police wanted to protect the public. They did not want laws that put them in conflict with communities of a historically benign and helpful nature, in the way that the Hunting Act now does... (story)

Western Gazette 5.7.07 YOU TELL MR BROWN WHAT HE SHOULD DO ... Patricia Woods, 79, retired, of The Avenue, Sherborne, said: "The Hunting Bill should be repealed, as it affects so much of the countryside and the present Government does not understand. Mr Brown needs to pay attention to the farmers too.... (story)

Western Daily Press 5.7.07 HOW WE DEALT WITH PREDATORS - Helen Capel, "Fox attacks are heartbreaking" (Your Say, June 30), says I do not know about farming. I am a retired farmer and landowner. My wife and I farmed two farms in the north-east of Scotland and one in Carmarthen, mid- Wales... I am sorry that the fox killed all Helen's poultry over a period of time. However, she cannot blame the fox, it was her own fault for doing nothing about it. A Palmer, Dursley (letter)
Western Daily Press 3.7.07 SHEEP FARMERS CAN'T AFFORD TO KEEP LIVESTOCK LOCKED IN - I am writing regarding A Palmer's comments. "Lock up livestock" (Your Say, June 27). What planet is this person on?... Foxes are vermin and should be hunted.... H Holley, Hillfarrance, Taunton (letter)
Western Daily Press 30.6.07 FOX ATTACKS ARE HEARTBREAKING - A Palmer, of Dursley "Lock up poultry and lambs to keep them safe from foxes" (Your Say, June 27), says he has lived all his life in the country and knows all about farming and producing food.Sorry, but you obviously don't... There are several breeds of sheep, eg, mules and all hill breeds, which are better lambing outside, apart from the fact that one gets fewer disease problems when lambing outside.... Helen Capel Winscombe (story)
Western Daily Press 28.6.07 FOX-CULLING IS NOT NECESSARY - Many words have been written about fox-hunting, but Mr Cleaver's letter "Foxes need culling" (Your Say, June 21) was one of the most pathetic rants yet.... Jennie Cook, Minehead (letter)
Western Daily Press 27.6.07 LOCK UP POULTRY AND LAMBS TO KEEP THEM SAFE FROM FOXES - Mr Cleaver's comments on culling foxes to protect the livestock, "Foxes need culling"(Your Say, June 21), is a load of tosh again. If farmers shut their poultry in at night they will be safe... A Palmer, Dursley (letter)
Western Daily Press 21.6.07 FOXES NEED CULLING - Many words have been written about fox-hunting, but the facts are that foxes need to be culled for the protection of stock, the balance of nature, and the preservation of the vulpine species.... G Cleaver, Whitminster, Gloucestershire (letter)

Bexley Times 5.7.07 Time to deal with accidental hunting - Katherine Watson Stockport (letter)
Bromley Times 4.7.07 Is the Hunting Act really 'useless and undemocratic'? - WHEN Harriet Harman is calling for proper police enforcement of the Hunting Act, and Kent MP Ann Widdecombe has tabled an Early Day Motion endorsing the 11 convictions so far under the Hunting Act, and calling for the pro-hunt minority to respect law and the animals it protects, clearly it is time to deal with so-called "accidental hunting"…. Katherine Watson, Address supplied (letter)

Ilford Recorder 5.7.07 Foxes enrich our lives - IT ISN'T that often that I find myself agreeing with Cllr Alan Weinberg, but I have to do so 100 per cent when he says the foxes in his garden do not cause any problems... If you do have problems with foxes you can always call the National Fox Welfare Society... BARBARA WHITE, Bramley Crescent, Gants Hill (story)

Salisbury Journal 5.7.07 Hare coursing 'taking place on Trust land' By Chris Hooper - WILTSHIRE police and the National Trust have reacted with surprise and anger at reports that illegal hare coursing has been taking place on Trust land around Stonehenge.... (story)

Western Daily Press 5.7.07 CRUEL TREATMENT OF POLO PONIES - I am amazed that no one seems to be upset at the treatment of polo ponies... I have ridden, bred and trained horses over 70 years. Name and address supplied (letter)

Portsmouth News 5.7.07 City MP gets praise for his animal welfare beliefs - PORTSMOUTH South MP Mike Hancock has landed a top award for his campaigning work by an animal welfare charity…. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals praised the MP's 'fantastic commitment to animal protection issues', which has led him to speak out over fox hunting and abandoned animals in Lebanon... (story)

Guardian 5.7.07 Shock and awe - The Animals Film, a chilling documentary about the abuse of animals, caused shockwaves when it was shown by Channel 4 at its launch 25 years ago. As the movie is re-released, its maker Victor Schonfeld relives the horrors that inspired his work - and wonders if TV would have the guts to show it today... (story)

Irish Examiner 5.7.07 Gormley challenged on puppy farm legislation - WELL done on your editorial (June 23) calling for Government action on puppy farms.... Nadia Kelleher, Orchard Court, Victoria Cross, Cork (letter)

Scotsman 5.7.07 Attack on captive animals - In your report about the attack on animals in Camperdown Park in Dundee (4 July), Mohammed Asif, the depute convener of Dundee City Council's leisure, arts and communities committee, is quoted as saying, "It really does beggar belief that anyone could act in this way..." History has shown that people who perform sadistic attacks on animals very often go on to carry out similar outrages against people... JOHN F ROBINS, Animal Concern, PO Box 5178, Dumbarton (letter)

Wigan Observer 5.7.07 Secret footage of illegal pet shop By Annette Kelman - An animal welfare group claims it has secret film footage proving a pet shop was illegally selling animals…. The Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) is calling on Wigan Council, which is responsible for licensing pet shops, to take action against the owners of Tails 'n' Scales in Leigh Road, Leigh... Craig Redmond from CAPS said: "I went into the shop at the end of May and posed as a prospective customer. I carried out secret filming to establish whether an offence was being committed. We confirmed and gathered evidence they were offering animals for sale when they did not have a licence.... (story)

Liverpool Daily Post 4.7.07 Writer honoured for animal welfare work by Alan Weston, Liverpool Daily Post - LIVERPOOL scriptwriter Carla Lane has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to animal welfare with an award from the RSPCA.... (story)

Dundee Evening Telegraph 5.7.07 No justification for zoo - THE INCIDENT at Camperdown Zoo is a sad reflection on sad people. I can only hope the lowlife cowards are identified and brought to justice. However, the incident raises the question, why does Dundee City Council operate a zoo at all?... Don D. Mann (letter)


Torquay Herald Express 4.7.07 GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION ALWAYS SEEMS TO FOCUS ON EASY TARGETS - July 1 has now passed and 'No Smoking in Public Places' is firmly on the statute book.... .I feel that this piece of legislation is about a useful as the now established hunting ban.... IAN OXLEY, Southfield Avenue, Paignton (letter)

Northampton Chronicle & Echo 4.7.07 Hunter fined for hare coursing By Liz Lee - THE first person to be successfully prosecuted under the Hunting Act for hare coursing in Britain has been fined by magistrates in Northampton. James Rooney appeared for trial yesterday after denying illegally hunting hares in the county, but changed his plea to guilty moments before the hearing, at Northampton Magistrates Court.... (story)

Guardian 4.7.07 Simon Festing, director of the Research Defence Society, says there is "a sudden and very marked decline in targeting individual researchers" (Report, June 30). As a supporter of the Speak campaign in Oxford, let me assure your readers that no individual researchers have been targeted at all in recent years, and certainly none have ever been physically attacked... What kind of society allows these people to get away with Nazi-like experiments behind closed doors? If they have nothing to hide, let them open those doors for us all to see what lies within. Naomi Elias, Chesham, Buckinghamshire (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 4.7.07 LIVE IN PEACE WITH THE GULLS - Unfortunately I never read The Citizen on June 18 about a possible petition to cull the gulls, I was on holiday... . I think the seagulls are lovely birds and, like people, they are entitled to have their young and rear them in peace without people taunting them... Mrs CEINWEN SMITH, Tuffley (letter)

Gloucestershire Gazette 4.7.07 Reward to prosecute badger killers By Liza-Jane Gillespie - A BADGER protection group based near Wotton-under-Edge is offering a 1,000 cash reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of badger killers. Stop War on Badgers says it will pay the reward for any information leading to a successful prosecution. Simon Hacker, group spokesman, said: "We're asking anyone out in the countryside to keep an eye out for unusual activity around known setts…. (story)


Evening Standard 3.7.07 CAMERON PUTS A SPY IN HIS SHADOW CABINET - David Cameron has promoted a clutch of young modernisers and women to high-profile Shadow Cabinet jobs.... Nick Herbert, also elected in 2005, becomes the party's second openly gay frontbencher as Shadow justice secretary, opposite Jack Straw. He is seen as one of the Tories' most radical thinkers and played a major role in setting up the Countryside Alliance to campaign against the hunting ban... (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 3.7.07 NO CLOSE SEASON FOR HARES HERE - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs still trot out the lame excuse that farmers need the right to control hares all year round to protect crops... All European countries apart from Britain and Ireland have close seasons which don't present problems to farmers. Britain and Ireland's position is clearly anomalous.... RODNEY HALEChairman, British Brown Hare Preservation Society (letter)

Western Morning News 3.7.07 SHAMEFUL SLAUGHTER OF GOATS - The slaughter of goats in the Valley of Rocks is a savage and disgraceful act.... And then there are the peacocks at Paignton Zoo. Seven have been slaughtered because they made a noise... Charles Lovell, St Austell (letter)

Western Morning News 3.7.07 BADGER STUDY RELIEF - Regarding your lead story on badger culling (June 18), it is a huge relief that the nine-year study by the Independent Scientific Group study came out against the culling of badgers... Farmers and their representative body, the National Farmers' Union, always come down solely on the side of profit and farmers' interests, their own blinkered, self-referencing agenda... K. Eberhardt Shelton, Drewsteignton (letter)

Lancashire Evening Post 3.7.07 Vegetarianism not always healthy - I was interested to read Amanda Woodvine's recent letter regarding folic acid. Although I do not agree with mass medication by adding supplements to food, I would like to mention my own experience regarding vegetarianism. This will hopefully correct the myth that a vegetarian diet is by definition a healthy diet. I am 31 and up until last year I had been a vegetarian from birth. Despite maintaining a balanced diet, for years I experienced many physical problems.... My mother is still a committed vegetarian and I admire her strength of mind. However, I wonder if she would have so many health problems now if she wasn't a vegetarian? Joanna Dobson, Fulwood (letter)

Daelnet 3.7.07 Farmers worry about vegetarian Defra boss - THE news that the new boss of the farm and environment department Defra, Hilary Benn, is a vegetarian is causing raised eyebrows amongst Yorkshire livestock farmers - including hill farmers who are already struggling to make a living raising sheep on the uplands of the Yorkshire Dales… (story)
Telegraph 30.6.07 Vegetarian Benn takes charge of environment - Ministers for the countryside have been organic before - John Gummer gardened without sprays - but never vegetarian, as is Hilary Benn. The arrival of the bean-eating Mr Benn in charge of livestock - as part of his brief as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - has caused sharp intakes of breath in the farming world.... He said then it was an "outrage" that David Cameron felt able to say that he would overturn the ban on hunting with dogs - "legislation that brought an end to a cruel and barbaric practice."... Simon Hart, from the Countryside Alliance, said: "Hilary Benn has a reputation as a sensible and constructive politician who is willing to listen, but we are concerned by his comments during the recent Labour deputy leadership contest which do not bode well for a Minister now in charge of 'rural affairs'.... (story)

News Shopper 3.7.07 Say ‘no’ to return of dolphinariums - THE freedom of dolphins, whales and porpoises when they are imprisoned for their shortened life spans in dolphinariums in the UK, depends on the "guidelines" for these dreadful places…. There is an Early Day Motion 1342 by MP Mike Hancock to call on the Government to prohibit the keeping of these creatures in the UK. Everyone needs to push for their MPs to sign the motion. I H PYVES, Rowan Road, Bexleyheath (letter)


Western Daily Press 2.7.07 DIRTY PRACTICES, NOT BADGERS, CAUSE TB - I refer to the article by Chris Rundle (Western Daily Press, June 18) regarding farmers who support the culling of badgers in an effort to control and prevent the spread of TB in cattle. It is my belief that all livestock farmers should, before seeking to place the blame for the existence of TB in their cattle, look at their filthy methods of keeping beef cattle during the months from about October to May when cattle are kept in barns... K A J Head, Highworth, Wiltshire (letter)

Western Morning News 2.7.07 LECTURER WHO CHALLENGED CONCEPTS OF ANIMAL RIGHTS - Michael Leahy challenged the concept of animal rights that underlies campaigns such as those against animal experimentation and the use of animals for food.In Against Liberation: Putting Animals in Perspective (1991), Leahy, a lecturer at the University of Kent, examined the theories behind the most commonly held assumptions about animal rights.... (obituary)


Sunday Independent 1.7.07 Eagle eye on environment John Tierney, Association of Hunt Saboteurs (letter)
Irish Independent 27.6.07 Eagle eye on the farmer's real worth - I have to reply to John Tierney (Letters, June 22) and his accusations against farmers... I am sure if Mr Tierney's income was being endangered, for what ever reason, he would speak out.... I have seen hunts go through our farm for many years and I can honestly say I never heard of them catching a fox. So maybe there is some truth in the saying as clever as a fox. The fox is classed as vermin as are mice and rats, so perhaps Mr Tierney should call on people to stop killing these also and see how the urban dweller would like them crawling all over their property... MICHAEL FLYNN, RATHGORMACK, CO WATERFORD (letter)
Irish Independent 22.6.07 Eagles show farmers in true colours - The farmer led opposition to the reintroduction of the White-tailed Sea Eagle to the Irish countryside exposes the farming lobby to the claim that they are anti-conservation... Apart from direct animal abuse farmers inch towards promoting animal abuse by their involvement in the live animal export trade, allowing live hunting to take place on their land and their lack of long-term thinking when it comes to environmental protection... JOHN TIERNEY, CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATION OF HUNT SABOTEURS PO BOX 4734, D1 (letter)

Sunday Herald 1.7.07 Aberdeen set to outlaw airguns By David Christie - ABERDEEN IS set to become the first UK city to ban airguns after growing support from the new Scottish government. The Executive has said it would view any action against air weapons "sympathetically", prompting Aberdeen City Council to renew efforts to introduce a bylaw which could be in place as early as September. Registered gun users have claimed the proposals will be unworkable and unpoliceable... Colin Shedden, Scottish director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), said: "How can you ban something in a city when otherwise it is legal to purchase, use and store airguns everywhere else?... (story)

Sunday Times 1.7.07 ‘Stressed’ fish get bill of rights - The government has ruled that fish may feel pain and will draw up a charter of rights to protect them from inhumane treatment in research laboratories, writes Michelle McGinty... Scientists will be required to “enrich” the animals’ lives by putting shelters and other features in aquariums.... (story)

Scotland on Sunday 1.7.07 Art or cruelty? - IAIN Gale, in his review of the Glasgow School of Art degree show ('Better by degrees', Review, June 24), describes the "almost pornographic frisson" he experienced while watching a video exhibit of a goldfish dying... I'm happy to leave debate over the artistic merit of this piece to experts like Mr Gale, but am also very pleased at the SSPCA's decision to launch their own inquiry. Matthew Walters, Stepps (story)