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Western Morning News 31.7.08 The Tories started post office closures - SO THE Post Office closure consultation is now over… And as the consultation period is now over, it is fully time to declare an open season again on hypocritical Conservative MPs. Let's get this clear. Margaret Thatcher started the closures… At the last election, Michael Howard offered the countryside a vote on re-legalising hunting in his first week in office – not a vote to halt to post office closures. That's the true Tory rural priority – the countryside as a playgroup for grown-ups…. Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter) p>Stornoway Gazette 31.7.08 In the mink as high-tech trapping scores success - A GROWING tally of non-native mink have been taken from the Western Isles over the past week as work on one of the world's largest high-tech eradication programmes continues. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has confirmed that 31 mink have been captured in traps strategically placed at locations throughout the islands over the past few days… The organisation is responsible for the Hebridean Mink Project (HMP) which has the aim of removing mink from the islands in order to protect biodiversity… (story)

Daily Mail 31.7.08 Animal rights protesters' F Word fury after Gordon Ramsay eats raw heart of puffin By Paul Revoir - Gordon Ramsay has been criticised for eating the raw heart of a dead puffin on his Channel 4 programme. Viewers of The F Word saw the chef go to Iceland for the first day of the official puffin hunting season… Yesterday media regulator Ofcom said it had received seven complaints, while animal welfare group Viva accused the chef of being ‘desperate for publicity’…. (story)

Bath Chronicle 31.7.08 COMPASSION FROM BATH - I would like to thank the people of Bath for raising £132 during my street collection on Saturday, July 12 in aid of Compassion In World Farming… DR ROGER G CHALLONER GREEN Church Lane Wingfield, Trowbridge (story)

Gloucester Citizen 31.7.08 Horrified and sickened by cull - CULLING of baby seagulls (The Citizen, June 19, cover story and page eight). I am sure I was not the only person to be horrified and sickened by the action of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust in authorising the removal of live seagull chicks from their nests to be culled… Mrs Margaret Phelps, Oakwood Drive, Hucclecote (story)

Leicester Mercury 31.7.08 MAILBOX: WHY SO MANY ARE STARVING - I read with interest the article by Bishop Tim Stevens, "Our actions can put an end to world poverty"… A meat-eating diet uses four-and-a-half times more land than is necessary for a vegan diet and two-and-a-quarter more than for a vegetarian diet… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)

Bury Times 31.7.08 You can help stop this ‘sport’ - AROUND 40,000 bulls die each summer in Spanish bullrings. But before they die – before they finally escape their tormentors — they are goaded and mutilated for the edification of a baying crowd, largely made up of tourists – Spaniards themselves have little interest in this so-called ‘sport’…. If any reader feels as strongly as I do about this issue, would they please write a polite letter of protest to the Spanish Embassy… SARA LEE Prestwich (story)


Mid Devon Gazette 30.7.08 Hunt rebel says 'Catch me if you can' to the police - A FARMER who regularly flouts the ban on hunting with dogs says Devon and Cornwall Police still refuse to arrest him — even after he told them about his law-breaking. Giles Bradshaw, 41, from Rose Ash, near South Molton, said the fact that police had not yet arrested him for flushing out deer with dogs — and, crucially, not shooting them — proved the unworkability of the ban on hunting with dogs…. (story)

BBC News Online 30.7.08 Rise in dog cruelty convictions - Convictions for cruelty against dogs rose by more than a third last year, the RSPCA has said… It highlights a 12% increase in all RSPCA cruelty investigations leading to 1,149 convictions. But new powers introduced in 2007 mean the increase may not represent higher levels of actual cruelty… (story)
Guardian 30.7.08 RSPCA: 'Throwaway society' blamed as animal cruelty convictions rise - James Meikle - The number of people convicted of cruelty to animals rose by 24% last year, the RSPCA says today, as it blames "our throwaway society" for making dogs, cats and horses helpless victims… (story)

Burton Mail 30.7.08 ANIMAL CIRCUS BOYCOTT CALLS by LAURIE DEVITT - ANIMAL welfare campaigners have called for a family boycott on one of the country's last travelling circuses to still include performing animals in its shows. The Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) has called for families to refuse to watch performances by Peter Jolly's Travelling Circus… Measham resident Nikki Gupwell, 22, of Orchard Way, said: "I totally disagree with animals being part of a circus. It's absolutely awful and really shouldn't be allowed… (story)

Whitby Gazette 30.7.08 Protestors call for circus boycott - A national animal rights charity is urging Whitby people to boycott a circus in the town before it leaves for Thirsk on Sunday. Circus Mondao which is sited at Broad Ings Farm on the Whitby to Guisborough Road is one of seven circuses in this country still using animals… The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) are against the use of animals in any form of entertainment including circuses, films and television adverts as well as puppy farms… (story)
Whitby Gazette 29.7.08 Dismay at circus arrival - HOW dismayed I was to see that an Animal Circus has arrived in town. Despite Circus Mondao's assurances that their animals are number one priority, no animal deserves to be transported from town to town for 10 months of the year… Jo Hoyle, Beacon Way, Sneaton (letter)
Whitby Gazette 29.7.08 Animals were well treated - Unlike many people who are content to throw stones from the wings and pass judgement with little fact behind them, I bothered to take my family to see the Circus Mondao in Whitby for its first performance. I can say to those who are not rabid with self-proclaimed anger that the show was excellent and the animals were very well treated… We spent a good half an hour with the animals and they are clearly in excellent health and were alert, friendly and cheeky … From: Mike Edwards, Mike Edwards, The Avenue, Sleights (letter)


Midhurst & Petworth Observer 29.7.08 GALLERY: Crowds turn out for Countryman's Day near Petworth - The searing heat deterred neither dogs nor humans from turning out in force for the annual Countryman's Day at Balls Cross, near Petworth. The event, organised by the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt Supporters Club, drew a record crowd to see dogs of all working disciplines – from terriers and lurchers to hounds and gundogs – show off their abilities… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 29.7.08 Law doesn’t protect animals - THE past few weeks have seen stories in the local papers about animals in large numbers being found mutilated in Maryport and now Brampton…. The facts are that more money is spent by the Government to curb the activities of animal rights activists, who are tired of waiting for things to change… The police would still rather prosecute the local hunt saboteurs rather than the local hunt…. A WATSON, Carlisle (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 29.7.08 County's bird of prey shame By Meg Jorsh and Sarah Newstead - CUMBRIA is a blackspot for crimes against birds of prey, according to a new report. Recorded cases soared in the RSPB’s annual bird crime report. Sixteen reports of incidents including trapping and shooting buzzards and the shooting of hen harriers were reported in the county during 2007… (story)
Newcastle Journal 29.7.08 Wild bird killings blight region by Liz Hands, The Journal - THE North of England has been listed as a blackspot for crimes against birds of prey. The RSPB’s annual bird crime report identifies Northumberland, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Shropshire as the worst areas for reported persecution in England… James Leonard, Newcastle-based RSPB investigations officer, said yesterday: “It is a shocking indictment that some areas of the North are blackspots especially as birds of prey can prove valuable to local economies through eco-tourism… “A lot of the problems relate to upland areas which are managed for grouse shooting… (story)
Western Morning News 28.7.08 Violence against birds doubles in two years - A BIRD charity is calling on the Government to make wildlife crime a higher priority as a report reveals the number of violent acts against birds in the South West has doubled. The figures from the RSPB's annual Birdcrime report show that, although the number of incidents affecting raptors in the region has dropped slightly, gulls, swallows and swans are increasing suffering at the hands of criminals… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 28.7.08 RSPB alarm at sky-high increase in gull cull and wild bird crime figures - PEOPLE driven to distraction by seagulls are increasingly turning to action to get some peace and quiet. The cull on gulls has come to light through new figures for the South West from the bird charity RSPB…. (story)
Telegraph 28.7.08 Worst killing spree for birds of prey By David Harrison - A record number of birds of prey were killed in Britain last year, with buzzards, peregrine falcons and golden eagles the worst hit. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds received 262 reports of birds of prey being illegally shot, trapped or killed when their nests were destroyed in 2007, compared with 185 reports the previous year - a rise of 40 per cent. According to the society's annual Birdcrime report, published today, there were also 49 reports of birds of prey being poisoned, including 17 red kites - the highest number recorded in a single year - and one member of the only breeding pair of golden eagles in the Scottish Borders…. (story)
BBC News Online 27.7.08 Wild bird crime 'still too high' - The number of reported crimes against wild birds in Wales has reduced slightly - but the figure is still too high, an RSPB report says…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 29.7.08 Tail docking is against the law - CHOPPING off the tails of puppies is now against the law. I therefore ask why you persist in advertising these mutilated creatures for sale?... V. SPIERS, Lower Tuffley (letter)

Daily Post 29.7.08 ‘Stop badger cull’ protest draws 100 by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - AROUND 100 animal rights campaigners made a small but noisy protest against plans to cull badgers in Wales. Supporters from across North Wales gathered on Colwyn Bay’s promenade for speeches, songs and prayers… Organiser Judi Hewitt said the turn-out would have been greater but for traffic delays…. Speakers included Betty Williams, of theŠClwyd Badger Group… Retired Holywell cleric Rev JamesŠThompsonŠcriticised the Church’s failure to support the animal welfare movement before singing a version ofŠOnward Christian Soldiers…. (story)
Daily Post 28.7.08 Pro-badger cleric pens anti-farming hymn By Andrew Forgrave, Rural Affairs Editor - ON Saturday animal welfare campaigners held a rally in Colwyn Bay to protest at planned badger culls in Wales. Among the speakers was retired Holywell cleric Rev James Thompson, who sang an anti-farming adaptation of Onward Christian Soldiers. Here are his words in full. A hymn for the care of cows and badgers - Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war, Overcoming evils in Welsh farming law. Fighting for our bovine friends, tethered through their life, Foully abused as milk machines: a terrifying plight!... (story)
Daily Post 17.7.08 Rock giant slams ‘evil’ badger cull by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - ROCK legend Brian May has given his backing to a pro-badger rally in North Wales. The Queen guitarist has sent a message of support to Judi Hewitt, of North Wales Animal Rights, who is organising the demo in Colwyn Bay on July 26…. Retired Holywell cleric the Rev James Thompson, a noted animal campaigner, will deliver prayers. Mrs Hewitt added: “To end the rally, I’ve offered to sing “Amazing Grace”. “I used to be a professional singer, so I’m looking forward to the challengeŠofŠperforming in publicŠagain.” (story)
North Wales Pioneer 16.7.08 Badger cull demonstration to take place at Colwyn Bay By David Waddington - ANIMAL rights campaigners will be flocking to Colwyn Bay this month for a demonstration against the culling of badgers… Founder of North Wales Animal Right, Judi Hewitt, said: "Farmers claim to be the custodians of the countryside and believe it's their God given right to take subsidies from the public purse. They want to exterminate any creature that does not maximise profit… The demonstration will be taking place on July 26 at 2pm outside the main Welsh Assembly Government office at Princes Park, Princes Drive, Colwyn Bay, and will be followed by a prayer by Rev James Thompson at 3pm on the promenade (story)
North Wales Pioneer 23.4.08 Killing badgers is barbaric - I am shocked and dismayed to hear that the badger cull is to go ahead here in Wales, despite evidence from scientific bodies that a cull will do nothing in the long term to eradicate TB in cattle…. Judi Hewitt, Animal Rights Campaigner (letter)

Cotswold Journal 29.7.08 Badger the MPs - MP Luff advocates a cull of badgers. Far more productive would be a cull of MP’s to approx 200. There are far too many of them…. ROGER MARTIN, Synehurst, Badsey (story)

Plymouth Herald 29.7.08 Bad farming? - A READER is appalled because badgers are not going to be culled. Why should they be? I do not believe they spread TB among cows… I say blame the bad farmer, not the badger. AVIS CROOK, Manadon (letter)


Exeter Express & Echo 28.7.08 Hunt masters could quell civil unrest - IT IS is looking like a massive 170-seat majority for David Cameron's Conservatives come the next election… So perhaps he may want to consider the means to suppress any unrest there surely will be for inflation-busting wage claims… One solution would be for grateful hunt masters, such as fellow old Etonian, Captain Ian Farquhar of the Beaufort Hunt, to assist the police in maintaining civil order… This would also be a good way for the hunting fraternity to say a very big thank you to the police for not enforcing the hunting ban… Graham Forsyth, Fairway Rise, Chard (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 28.7.08 Hounds have no right to be on road - THE Hunting Act 2004 makes it an offence for a person to hunt a wild mammal with a dog for sport. Why, therefore, are packs of hounds still allowed onto our highways without their masters being prosecuted?... John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Oxford Mail 28.7.08 No influence? I would like to reply to Peter Bunce, who said that I was pathetic for asking Penny Little's position on the sprays used for killing wasps and ants and on pest control (Oxford Mail, July 12)…. As he thinks it is extraordinary for me to ask her position on pests etc, is he saying that she, as a leading anti-hunt campaigner, has no influence in these matters?... Mrs Little has answered my questions and I thank her for her reply. STEVE CHANDLER Sandford Lane Kennington Oxford (letter)
Oxford Mail 11.7.08 Absurd question - What an extraordinary response (Oxford Mail, July 7) by Steve Chandler to the letter by Penny Little….Mr Chandler requests Mrs Little to state her position on the sprays used domestically to kill wasps and ants, and asks if she is against the control of pigeons, rabbits, rats and squirrels? As a hunt monitor, I am asked many equally absurd questions by hunt followers… Peter Bunce Tithe Barn Church End Haddenham (letter)
Oxford Mail 7.7.08 Answer, please - I read with interest Penny Little's letter (Oxford Mail, June 20), saying that she had written to Shami Chakrabarti and Liberty, asking their position on hunting, and had had no reply… Some time ago, I asked Mrs Little in a letter to the Oxford Mail if she was against the control of pests, where necessary… and would she like to ban the sprays that are used by householders to kill wasps and ants that leave them in agony before they die? She did not reply. Maybe she would now like to clarify her position… STEVE CHANDLER Sandford Lane Kennington Oxford (letter)
Oxford Mail 4.7.08 Vow of silence - In reply to Stan Francis's letter, Majority ignored (Oxford Mail, June 27), surely it is not only Tories and their supporters who are withholding comment about the hunting ban, but hunters and their supine followers in general? They are ever willing and eager to follow their masters' bidding, maintaining the vow of silence imposed upon them, pending a change of government… If hunters regain control over our wildlife, then I trust they will learn from the retributive after-life that must surely be their due… BEA BRADLEY Cuxham Road Watlington (letter)
Oxford Mail 27.6.08 Inhuman Liberty - Penny Little's letter (Oxford Mail, June 20) exposes the duplicity of Liberty spokesman Shami Chakrabarti…. DEBORAH JONES (Dr) General Secretary Catholic Concern for Animals Bishops Cleeve Cheltenham (letter)
Oxford Mail 26.6.08 Majority ignored - I was not surprised to learn from Penny Little's letter that Shami Chakrabarti is supporting the Countryside Alliance… In an attempt to placate minorities, the sensitivities of the majority in respect of animal welfare are being ignored. Thus, religious minorities are allowed to ignore the law on pre-stunning animals in abattoirs… If David Cameron (who has ridden with three local hunts) gains power at the next election, he will reverse the hunting ban as a priority, since this is the only 'green issue' in which he genuinely believes… STAN FRANCIS Kingston Road Oxford (letter)
Oxford Mail 19.6.08 'Human rights' that go too far - The Vice-Chancellor of Brookes admires Liberty's Shami Chakrabarti (Oxford Mail, June 13). I used to feel the same. However, I was shocked when she attended a Countryside Alliance board meeting in June, 2006, which was trumpeted on the CA website… I had some time earlier seen that Ms Chakrabarti seemed to be supporting the hunters. I sent her a polite letter asking if she could clarify her position. She did not reply…. PENNY LITTLE Back Way Great Haseley (letter)

Southern Daily Echo 28.7.08 Southern Daily Echo 28.7.08 Protest outside TV chef’s business - A BUSINESS owned by TV chef James Martin, was targeted by a small band of animal rights campaigners. They gathered outside the Cadogan and James delicatessen in The Square, Winchester, to demonstrate against the sale of foie gras… Protester Lisa Smith dressed up as Wacky the Duck and fellow protester Diane Cooper pretended to force feed Wacky to demonstrate the cruelty of foie gras production… (story)
Hampshire Chronicle 26.7.08 Protest outside Cadogan and James - A SMALL band of animal rights protesters gathered outside the Cadogan and James delicatessen in The Square, Winchester, today (Saturday July 26). They are unhappy that the store, owned by TV celebrity chief James Martin, sells foie gras, a pate made from goose or duck liver after the bird has been deliberately force fed in order to enlarge the liver. Lisa Smith, dressed up as Wacky the Duck and fellow protester Diane Cooper pretended to force feed Wacky to demonstrate the cruelty of foie gras production… Protest organiser, Marjorie Pooley, said: "Today's event is part of an ongoing campaign aimed at Cadogan and James in the hope that, knowing the cruelty involved, James Martin will no longer allow the delicatessen to stock the product… (story)

Western Daily Press 28.7.08 Crops for people not for animals - WELL, that is a first – Viva! agrees with Farming Editor Chris Rundle. Something does need to be done about Britain’s food security and what the Government plans to do about it. But that’s all we agree on… If all of Britain went vegetarian, we’d need half the land used now to feed us. If we all went vegan, we’d need less than a quarter. Justin Kerswell, Viva! Bristol (letter)

BBC News Online 28.7.08 Rescue centre facing money woes - An animal sanctuary in Nottinghamshire could be forced to close due to a lack of donations, organisers have said. The Terry Marsh Wildlife Rescue Centre in Mansfield only has funding for a few more weeks…. (story)


Exeter Express & Echo 27.7.08 Hunting Act low priority for police - I AM unhappy at the failure of Devon and Cornwall police to properly enforce the Hunting Act 2004. They regard it as a low priority…. Blackstone's Police Manuals, published annually by the OUP, are described as an essential study guide for police promotion examinations and a definitive reference manual. I regret to note that the Hunting Act 2004 has been omitted from the 2008 edition, but it was included in previous editions… I wrote to the OUP in May complaining about this, but the publishers failed to respond. I then wrote to the police, but they, too, failed to address my concerns. Is this another deliberate attempt to lessen the effectiveness of the Hunting Act? John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Observer 27.7.08 It takes a real man to say he enjoys tofu - Barbara Ellen - It has occurred to me more than once that I really must endeavour not to be a bad person, because that would increase my chances of being reincarnated as the absolute lowest form of life - no, not plankton or one of those insects that lives on dung, but even worse than that - a male vegetarian. The same male vegetarians were in the news last week because the Harvard School of Health has warned that tofu, something of a veggie staple, appearing in anything from soy sausages to yoghurt to energy bars, can have an adverse effect on male fertility, with even modest amounts significantly lowering sperm count…. So pity the male vegetarian who needs real courage and fortitude, as he is battered from all sides by the incomprehension and ridicule of the world around him… (story)


Times 26.7.08 Why we need to experiment on monkeys - Mark Henderson - When the virus that causes Aids was identified in 1984, it was confidently predicted that a vaccine would be just around the corner. Yet 24 years on, science remains little closer to developing a means of protecting against HIV, a virus with which 33.2 million people live, and that kills 2.1 million every year… Anti-vivisectionists argue that the failure of so many HIV vaccines tested on monkeys means that this trend should continue, and this type of research should stop. Animals, they say, are inadequate models for studying the virus as it affects humans. That, however, would be the wrong conclusion to draw from the NIAID's criticism of the monkey experiments conducted to date. Non-human primates are not perfect models for assessing this pathogen, but as the only other group of animals that are susceptible to this viral family, they are the best tools that exist… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 26.7.08 KIRKBY WILDLIFE CENTRE FORCED TO CLOSE - A Wildlife sanctuary has closed because of a lack of funding. The Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary in Cedar Avenue, Kirkby-in-Ashfield has called time on its operations after 15 years… Owner Wendy Radford said she could no longer keep it running…. (story)


Exeter Express & Echo 25.7.08 Forcing the force to enforce Hunting Act - I DID not approve of the article Top cop welcomes figures showing a decrease in crime, Echo, July 18. From time to time I write to the Echo about hunting with dogs, but this despicable sport does not count as a crime for police record purposes and the force regards enforcement of the Hunting Act as a low priority… I shall be happy to assist in generating as much public protest as is needed to convince the police that the cost of not enforcing the Hunting Act will eventually exceed the cost of enforcement, but this is not the way things should be done. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Burnley Citizen 25.7.08 Action urged to help young people find homes in rural Lancashire By Ben Briggs … The average wage in other East Lancashire is between £15,000 and £18,000, meaning the Ribble Valley has become a write-off for most. It is this earnings-to-house price disparity that Liberal Democrat Matthew Taylor, MP for Truro, picks up on in his Living, Working, Countryside review that was published this week…. The report urged planning restrictions on second homes, meaning councils could effectively ensure houses were lived in full-time. But Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart said: “This is an unsustainable situation, and the answer is to ensure that the countryside, which is one of our greatest national assets, does not become an exclusive enclave, but is developed with inclusive, community-minded values… (story)
Dundee Courier 24.7.08 Study warns of luxury homes threat to rural communities By Mark Mackay - RURAL AREAS such as Kinross-shire and the Carse of Gowrie risk being destroyed by the huge gulf between property prices and local incomes… The stark warnings feature in a study carried out south of the border by Liberal Democrat MP Matthew Taylor for Prime Minister Gordon Brown and have been echoed by Michael Barnacle, a senior councillor in Perth and Kinross… And Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart added, “This is an unsustainable situation and the answer is to ensure that the countryside, which is one of our greatest national assets, does not become an exclusive enclave, but is developed with inclusive, community minded values at heart.”… (story)
Press Association (via Google News) 23.7.08 Property prices 'destroy villages' - Countryside communities risk being destroyed by the huge gulf between property prices and local incomes, a report warns…. The stark warning came in a study carried out by Lib Dem MP Matthew Taylor for Prime Minister Gordon Brown…. Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart said: "This is an unsustainable situation, and the answer is to ensure that the countryside, which is one of our greatest national assets, does not become an exclusive enclave, but is developed with inclusive, community-minded values at heart…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 25.7.08 Plight of the greyhounds - REPORTER Lorelei Reddin (Daily Echo, July 20) is wrong if she thinks "healthy greyhounds, looking well-treated by their owners'' while racing, excuses visits to such stadiums. This so-called sport has been very discredited in the last 18 months by the national press and the League against Cruel Sports…. SHEILA CLAYTON, Southampton United Animal Charities (16). (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 26.7.08 War being won on predatory minks By Mel Fairhurst - A war is being won to eradicate the district of a predator threatening the country’s native species. Bradford Council started its battle with the American mink six years ago to help safeguard water voles… (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 25.7.08 There are alternatives to animal tests - In answer to the letter "Workers are not cruel", Et, July 15), I can't believe anyone could be so misinformed to think animal testing is still necessary…. Anyone who thinks Huntingdon life Sciences is not cruel wants to ask themselves: "Would they hand over their pet to this company?" M KAYE, Lutton Grove, Westwood, Peterborough (letter)

Evening Herald 25.7.08 Animal protest - The practice of transporting live animals over long distances was rightly highlighted by members of the Animal Rights Action Network (Aran) yesterday…. These unfortunate animals cannot speak for themselves and it is up to us to protest on their behalf. J GARVEY CLONTARF (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 25.7.08 DELICACY SPARKS PROTESTS - Protesters have called on a Mumbles business to remove a controversial delicacy from its shelves.Around five animal welfare campaigners staged a demonstration outside Mumbles Fine Wines yesterday, demanding the shop cease selling foie gras…(story)

Worcester News 25.7.08 Let’s have tasty veggie dishes, not crocodile - Every year sheep, cattle, chickens and pigs meet a cruel and early death to satisfy the demand for meat in the United Kingdom. What a shame then that the Pear Tree in Smite (July 18) wants to add exotic animals to this list… it would be better if chef Chris von Landkammer tickled customers tastebuds with tasty vegan dishes instead. PAULING BURGESS, Malvern. (story)

Hastings Observer 25.7.08 Cruelty to dogs - WITHIN the last few days I have become aware of the tortuous and sickening treatment of cats, dogs and any other animals in Serbia… One Serbian lady, with occasional help, is doing the best she can with the ones that are rescued. Urgent funds are needed… the web site is SERBIAN ANIMAL VOICE. Many, many thanks. MARCIA LINDEN, Martyns Way (story)

Gloucestershire Gazette 21.7.08 Helping to free Moon bears from barbaric conditions By Ali Dent - BEARS kept in barbaric conditions and left in tiny cages for years have spurred a Yate group into five years of tireless fundraising. Campaigners for the South Gloucestershire China Bear Rescue group have worked endlessly to raise £36,000 to help free Asiatic bears. Founded by Yate fundraiser Dave Stallworthy, the group has sponsored several bears which were rescued by the Animals Asia Foundation… (story)


Central Somerset Gazette 24.7.08 ANIMAL THAT HAS PLENTY OF ENEMIES - For every appreciation society that extols their virtues, there are those that loath "Reynard", the red fox.They are undeniably handsome animals, and I am always thrilled to see one in the wild… No other animal in this country stirs the emotions like our foxes. Fox hunting of course has always been a thorny issue and no one is likely to forget the date of February 2005, no matter which side of the fence you sit on. The farming community has too many tales of foxes killing their birds or animals for it not to be true, so there are plenty of enemies out there for Reynard… Gerry Urch (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 24.7.08 Activists ‘trash grouse pens’ By Marc Meneaud - Animal rights activists have bragged about trashing grouse pens and electric fencing near Ilkley Moor ahead of the start to the shooting season next month. The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) has a report on its website posted by an anonymous member of the Grouse Liberation Front admitting to causing the damage. It reads: “A large grouse pen was identified and trashed; the water pipes and distributors were left split and smashed… The actions of the activists have been branded “criminal” by the Moorland Association. Spokesman Amanda Anderson said the vandals had been “off target” because the majority of the equipment “has nothing to do” with grouse shooting… (story)

Western Daily Press 24.7.08 Putting profits before wildlife - I WRITE in answer to David Handley's letter, “Why we must control TB” (Your Say, July 18). A typical farmer, he is incensed by people who do not agree with him regarding killing badgers. I must tell him that I don't agree with him and, no, Mr Handley, I am not an animal lover, but I do respect all animals and their right to live their lives naturally without being killed for profit or pleasure by arrogant humans, be they livestock farmers or blood-sport fanatics… P Richardson South Cerney (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 24.7.08 A badger cull wouldn't work - IMAGINE a debilitating disease to which a tiny minority of the population of the UK are susceptible but which nonetheless costs the country millions of pounds per year. The government spends an extra £30-50m over a period of 10 years researching a potentially very expensive medical treatment as a possible preventative measure for the disease… Badgers do carry the disease and undoubtedly transmit it to cattle. But the science indicates that, because of the effect that an incomplete eradication of badgers within a particular area would have on the ranging behaviour of survivors and of those in adjacent areas — and a complete cull would be almost impossible to achieve — culling would not only be very expensive but would also be largely ineffective overall… DR FW KIRKHAM Ecological Research & Consultancy, Crediton (letter)

Irish Independent 24.7.08 No bleating about the bush as shock demo hits embassy By Jason O'Brien - ANIMAL-rights activists took their latest campaign against live exports to the steps of the Australian embassy in Dublin yesterday. Dressed as sheep and dripping in fake blood, members of Animal Rights Action Network (Aran) were calling for a ban on the long-distance transport of animals… "The protest looked pretty spectacular," John Carmody of Aran said yesterday…. (story)
Irish Times 23.7.08 Animal rights group to protest at Australian embassy - Animal rights activists are to take their latest campaign against live exports to the steps of the Australian Embassy today. Dressed as sheep and dripping in fake blood, members of Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) will call for a ban on the transport… Stephan Wymore, Research Co-ordinator for ARAN, said 4 million sheep a year are exported live…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 24.7.08 Seal products ban doesn't go far enough - LOTHIANS-based Labour Euro-MP David Martin has warned European plans for a trade ban on seal products do not go far enough. And he said only a complete ban would satisfy the people of Europe. Mr Martin, Scotland's longest serving Euro-MP and a former animal rights campaigner, said: "Having first called for this ban over 23 years ago when I visited the ice floes in Canada and witnessed the inhumane carnage which takes place during the annual cull, I am pleased that the European Commission has at long last come forward with proposals for a ban in the trade in seal products…. (story)


Times 23.7.08 Urban foxes: a brush with the enemy - Eoin Duffy - The screaming and yelping was explosive. Through the undergrowth hurtled a four-year-old dog of uncertain pedigree, tail between her legs, with the mangiest of foxes snapping at her back. And it wasn't just any dog - it was our dog, being driven out of our garden. As she bolted through the door, taking most of the dog flap with her, the fox turned imperiously, skipped away behind the shed and was gone…. A call to the council pest control office proved pointless. The issue of foxes in the borough was “controversial”, admitted the woman to whom we spoke, but the council had no policy on them whatsoever…According to Natural England, a secure bin is the key to a fox-free life. If your bins are impregnable, a fox has little or no reason to spend time on your property. But the fox that was terrorising Ruby obviously hadn't visited the website…. With limited options, I will be out patrolling our turf with a cricket bat last thing at night, in hope of catching the fox that terrifies Ruby unawares…. (story)

Fish & Fly 23.7.08 Perthshire fundraiser to combine fly fishing with breast cancer therapy - On 15th October the Kenmore Hotel in Perthshire is to host the traditional closing dinner to mark the end of the salmon fishing season. This year the closing dinner will raise funds for Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an angling theme…. Retreats are provided at no cost to participants and enjoy the ongoing financial backing of the Countryside Alliance… (story)

Crewe Chronicle 23.7.08 Aiming to hook kids on fishing - POLICE at Middlewich are angling for youngsters to take part in this year’s fishing competition. The annual Combined Emergency Services Fishing Competition gets under way from August 11, and will see hundreds taking part. The friendly competition was the brainchild of Macclesfield’s PC Mick Shaw who saw it as a way of giving youngsters something to focus on and improve police relations…. (story)

News Post Leader 23.7.08 Delight as badger cull will not happen By PETRA SILFVERSKIOLD - A BADGER group in the county has welcomed the decision by the government that a mass cull of badgers throughout England will not go ahead… Mervyn Anthony, chairman of Northumberland Badger Group, said: "The case against the badger was always significantly flawed…. Mike Pratt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust chief executive, added: "Badgers are important symbols of English wildlife and indeed feature in the logo for a great many wildlife trusts across the UK… (story)

Irish Examiner 23.7.08 Phone company advert insensitive and offensive - VODAFONE’S inclusion of a bullfighting scene in its current TV advert is both insensitive and offensive…. Bullfighting is now to Spain what hunting and coursing are to Ireland — an offensive anachronism which most people want ended… Philip Kiernan Irish Council Against Blood Sports PO Box 88 Mullingar Co Westmeath (letter)


Torquay Herald Express 22.7.08 Brian Carter on Hunting - RURAL reality doesn't take kindly to government mistakes, especially in agriculture. And those mistakes go back a long way… The grubbing-up of hedges was government subsidised well into the 1970s… we're indebted to the agricultural community for creating the rural landscape many of us enjoy. But this doesn't give farmers and landowners the right to dismiss our concern about certain aspects of rural management and rural life as townie sentimentality. My hatred of otter hunting goes back to the late 1950s when I followed the hunt on a few occasions to separate fact from fiction… Otter hunting was the only summer blood sport. And like hare coursing, stag hunting and the rest of the medieval pastimes enjoyed by 'real country people' it was sacrosanct in rural tradition… (story)

News Shopper 22.7.08 Are foxes using public transport? FOX problems are still rampant in the borough of Bexley… Foxes are being blamed for the disappearance of house sparrows from Primrose Hill and Regent's Park…. Park wildlife officer Tony Duckett also blamed a rise in foxes for a "total loss of wildfowl eggs"…. DOUGLAS WALTERS, Hatherley Crescent, Sidcup (letter)

Western Morning News 22.7.08 Path compensation must be paid – MPs - COMPENSATION should be paid to landowners losing out as a result of plans to open up the coastline to walkers, a powerful Commons committee said yesterday. The Labour-dominated committee of MPs condemned the lack of an appeals process for anyone locked in battle with Natural England about letting the footpath cross their land… An appeals process was also backed by the NFU, the National Trust, the Countryside Alliance and Devon Countryside Access Forum…. (story)

Irish Independent 22.7.08 The suffering of greyhounds - This coming weekend is Greyhound Remembrance Weekend. This is a special commemorative weekend dedicated to the unwanted/abandoned racing greyhounds that have tragically lost their lives at the hands of the greyhound racing industry… BERNIE WRIGHT, DUBLIN 1 (letter)

Independent 22.7.08 Experiments on animals rose to 3.2m last year By Nigel Morris, Home Affairs Correspondent - More than 3.2 million experiments on animals, including dogs, cats and monkeys, were carried out last year – the highest total since the early 1990s…. (story)
Telegraph 21.7.08 Animal testing rises due to disease research - The number of monkeys and other non-human primates used in animal experiments is expected to rise as new sophisticated therapies are developed for complex diseases…. (story)
Guardian 21.7.08 Vivisection: Scientists use 6% more animals for research - James Randerson, science correspondent - The number of scientific procedures carried out on animals rose by 6% last year to just over 3.2m. The vast majority (83%) used rodents, while the number of procedures that involved monkeys was down 6% with 3,125 monkeys being used in total. The overall increase is due largely to the continued trend for researchers to use more genetically modified mice and fish in experiments… (story)
Scottish Herald 21.7.08 Animal testing set to increase, scientists warn - The number of monkeys and other non-human primates used in animal experiments is expected to rise as new sophisticated therapies are developed for complex diseases. Scientists made a prediction today as the Home Office released new figures showing a 6% rise in the number of scientific procedures involving animals between 2006 and 2007…. (story)
BBC News Online 21.7.08 Lab animal numbers continue trend By Jonathan Amos - The number of animals used in UK labs for scientific experiments is now more than three million - a level not seen since the beginning of the 1990s…. (story)

Western Morning News 22.7.08 TV chefs insensitive in meat handling - I HAVE watched both Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver on television for many years, and both men seem to be highly intelligent and creative in their cooking. But I have not watched them too much in later years because I am put off by the way they handle meat, including chickens. Meat is derived by killing a living creature, yet during all these programmes on television I have never heard one of these cooks give thanks to the animal that has lost its life…. Tony Parsons, Cullompton (letter)

Redditch Advertiser 22.7.08 Group funds - MEMBERS of Redditch Vegetarians & Vegans staged a street collection in the town centre on Saturday, July 5, raising much needed funds on behalf of the national campaign group Animal Aid…. The money will help fund Animal Aid's peaceful campaigns and important educational work on all aspects of animal cruelty, including factory farming, vivisection, horse racing, shooting etc… Kevin White , Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator (letter)


North Devon Journal 21.7.08 South Molton farmer Giles Bradshaw flouts hunting law - A FARMER who regularly flouts the ban on hunting with dogs says Devon and Cornwall Police still refuse to arrest him — even after he told them about his law-breaking. Giles Bradshaw, 41, from Rose Ash, near South Molton, said the fact police had not yet arrested him for flushing out deer with dogs — and, crucially, not shooting them — proved the unworkability of the ban on hunting with dogs… Earlier this year, he circulated a letter to MPs about what he claimed were flaws in the Hunting Act. Among the politicians who replied was Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik, who wrote: “If Mr Bradshaw's situation were not so unfortunate, it would be laughable. “Where did the magic number of two dogs come from? I seriously wonder whether anti-hunting people would have supported the Hunting Act had they seen that it would force farmers to kill animals they would prefer not to…. (story)

Horse & Hound 21.7.08 Jeremy Clarkson caught by Ledbury Hunt in Sunday's Top Gear - Amy Mathieson, H&H news writer - The fox was caught by hounds in Sunday night's (20 July) episode of Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson as 'the fox' was caught by hounds in an episode of the motoring programme where the presenters visited the Ledbury Hunt. Jeremy, in a Daihatsu 4x4 painted to look like a fox and trailing a scent, set off over the Gloucestershire countryside pursued by the hounds…. (story)
Horse & Hound 10.5.08 BBCs Top Gear challenges the Ledbury Hunt - Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who once caused outrage by telling a live audience on Have I Got News for You that he likes to run over foxes, became the fox himself two weeks ago when the BBC motoring show's presenter was hunted down by Ledbury hounds. Clarkson challenged the Ledbury, with co-presenter Richard Hammond in the field, that he could beat them across country. So he took on the horses in a 4x4 Daihatsu car decorated as a fox…. (story)

Times 21.7.08 Oxford vivisection - The University of Oxford could do more to develop, implement and promote alternatives to vivisection - Like many Oxford alumni, I have been sent promotional material by the £1.25 billion campaign for the University of Oxford. This includes the statement that “for learning and progress in the world, and Britain’s place in it, there can be no greater investment than in the University of Oxford”. I find this hard to reconcile with the university’s far from progressive insistence on experiments which cause physical and mental harm to animals, including non-human primates… Sir David Madden, Oxford (letter)


Sunday Times 20.7.08 David Cameron goes in search of the country vote - He may be surging ahead of Labour in the polls, but David Cameron is taking no chances. He is targeting 100 key seats to clinch the next election - Christina Lamb …I was at my local state school, and, though we overlapped at Oxford, while he was quaffing champagne with his floppy-fringed friends at the Bullingdon dining club, I was waitressing. That’s not all. I edited the university newspaper, where we weekly lambasted “Hooray Henries”, as we referred to people like him, and while he was shooting stag, I was hunt-sabbing (“Well, it’s a day out,” he says when I tell him). I come from a family that has never voted Tory… (story)

Salisbury Journal 20.7.08 South Wilts success in national contest - SOUTH Wilts Grammar School pupil Isobel Harrison won second prize in a national art and poetry competition run by animal rights group Animal Aid… (story)


Western Daily Press 19.7.08 High court sets new hearing for hunting ban case - The ban on hunting with dogs took another twist last night after a High Court judge said the case of the first man to be prosecuted for hunting foxes should be returned to court. But the saga of the case of Tony Wright, the Exmoor Foxhounds huntsman, is no nearer being finished – and until then almost all the other major prosecutions of West hunts cannot proceed. In a highly technical hearing at the High Court in London, the Crown Prosecution Service appealed against a decision by a judge in Exeter last year… The CPS won a partial victory yesterday – if the High Court had thrown out their case it would have effectively spelled the end for that and other prosecutions, and thrown into doubt any effective use of the hunt ban in the future. Anti-hunt campaigners emerged declaring they were “very pleased” with the outcome, but Countryside Alliance campaigners also emerged pleased, saying moves to effectively order a re-trial of Tony Wright were also dismissed. The High Court decided the judge in the original appeal did not fully explain his reasons for quashing the conviction and so ordered a new hearing in the autumn which will look into two specific points of law surrounding the Wright case. One will decide whether searching for foxes constitutes illegal hunting. The other, more crucial one, will decide where the burden of proof lies when a hunt claims it is arguing it was hunting using one of the ban's exemptions… That is also a key question in the prosecution of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds… On Monday, the next chapter in the hunt ban will take place at Witney, when a huntsman from the Gloucestershire-based Heythrop Hunt faces his first charge of hunting illegally. (story)

Western Daily Press 19.7.08 Pressure is growing for the badger cull in Wales to be cancelled - The row over bovine TB erupted yesterday after a group of MPs launched a campaign to stop the cull of badgers planned for Wales. They have been signing a Commons early day motion congratulating Environment Secretary Hilary Benn on his principled stance in rejecting calls for a widespread cull in England… It has been signed by several Welsh Labour MPs, and maverick English Tory Peter Bottomley. And campaign group Viva! urged Welsh Assembly Members to put pressure on Ms Jones to follow England and throw out proposals for a cull…(story)

Scotsman 19.7.08 Invading grey squirrels face mass cull in drive to save native reds By Jenny Haworth - THE battlelines have been drawn and the war is about to start to protect one of Scotland's most threatened native animals – the red squirrel… But Ross Minnet, campaigns director for Advocates for Animals, said he was absolutely against killing grey squirrels… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 19.7.08 LETTER: EU BULLFIGHTING CASH … And now to the main point: the so-called sport of bullfighting in Spain is reportedly receiving £30m a year from the EU…. What the Spanish do in their own country is up to them but to receive money from the taxpayers of this country and others is an absolute disgrace… JEFF MIDDLETON Wareham Close Cinderhill (letter)


Farmers Guardian 18.7.08 Acceptable lifestyle conclusions only give an urban perspective By Rachel Connolly - THE results of a new study, highlighting the differences between rural and urban Britain, have been criticised by the Countryside Alliance, which claims those conclusions would not have been reached by rural people, irrespective of their income. Thirty-nine groups were brought together by researchers for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for the study to discuss the necessities for an ‘acceptable’ lifestyle…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 18.7.08 Be kind to greyhounds - JULY 26-27 is Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, when events are held across the UK in memory of the hundreds of thousands of greyhounds that have suffered and been put to death in the 82 years since commercial greyhound racing began in this country on July 24, 1926. The greyhound racing industry is a lot smaller than it once was, but according to international greyhound protection organisation Greyhound Action, over 15,000 greyhounds are still being put down every year…. John Ratcliffe, Worsley (story)

Northern Echo 18.7.08 Animal testing - MANY readers of The Northern Echo will presume that animal testing of shampoos and cosmetics is a thing of the past. Although such testing is banned in Britain, there are products on sale here that are still being tested on animals abroad. One such product is Herbal Essences… Barbara Bates, Shildon, Co Durham (letter)

18.7.08 Of great apes and men - Peter Singer - In a historic vote last month the Spanish parliament's commission for the environment, agriculture, and fisheries declared its support for The Great Ape Project - a proposal to grant rights to life, liberty, and protection from torture to our closest nonhuman relatives…. While Spanish parliamentarians were sympathetically considering the rights of animals, in Austria 10 leaders of lawful animal welfare organisations were beginning their fifth week in prison… One, Martin Balluch, has been given a 1,500-page police file to justify his arrest…. Ironically Balluch, a brilliant man with doctorates in both physics and philosophy, is one of the foremost spokesmen in the worldwide animal rights movement for pursuing the nonviolent, democratic road to reform… (story)

Rye & Battle Observer 18.7.08 Check for animal testing - WOULD the ladies who do the household shopping as well as buying toiletries, etc. think very very carefully before buying these items and check out the companies concerned. It is sad to say that many companies test on animals and you really don't want me to paint a picture for you of what this involves!... Mrs ANNE TURNER, Parkwood, Iden (story)

Lennox Herald 18.7.08 No approval given for Zippos acts - I am writing with regard to the article in the Lennox Herald last week, entitled “Protesters go wild at big top training". We are thankful that the Lennox Herald wrote an article on the important issue of the use of animals in circuses. The overwhelming majority of British citizens oppose the use of all animals in circuses and it is therefore important that the problem of cruelty to animals in this industry is debated in the press…. Helder Constantino, Senior Political Officer, Animal Defenders International, LONDON (letter)
Lennox Herald 18.7.08 Totally against circus animals - WITH regard to circuses and your recent article by Tina Kemp (Lennox Herald, July 11). Firstly, I should make it clear that Born Free opposes the use of animals in circuses…. Will Travers, CEO Born Free Foundation, 3 Grove House, Foundry Lane, Horsham, West Sussex (letter)

Independent 18.7.08 As a Labour party member and campaigner for animal welfare, I am deeply ashamed and angered that our government has taken a decision that will result in the butchering of the magnificent, gentle and intelligent elephants of Africa… Chris Gale, Chippenham, Wiltshire (letter)


Halifax Evening Courier 17.7.08 Winning beagles at county show - Mark Andrew, Manor Heath Road, Halifax - YOU quite rightly covered the local animal awards at this year's splendid Great Yorkshire Show. But maybe there should be a mention of our local beagles… I always visit the hounds, beagles and terriers at the show and was delighted, as a supporter, to see the award cards placed on the kennels of these wonderful dogs and to have a word with those responsible for the management of this excellent pack of beagles. Colne Valley Beagles came first and third in two doghound classes… (letter)

Ilkley Gazette 17.7.08 Petition to ban grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor to be studied by council executive By Amanda Greaves - A PETITION calling for a ban on grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor has been referred to Bradford's most senior councillors. Ilkley-based animal welfare group West Yorkshire Animals in Need presented its petition to a meeting of Bradford Council last week, and councillors voted to refer it to its executive… (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 16.7.08 Moor shooting to be debated - By Jo Winrow - A petition calling for a ban on grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor has been referred to Bradford Council’s decision-making executive. Ilkley-based animal welfare group West Yorkshire Animals in Need has presented a petition to the Council and councillors voted to refer it to its Executive… (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 25.6.08 Grouse shoot go-ahead under fire By Marc Meneaud - Anti-bloodsport campaigners have urged Bradford Council leader Kris Hopkins to reverse a decision to allow controversial grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor. The League Against Cruel Sports has criticised grouse shooting on the iconic moor as “morally unjustifiable and offensive to many people” and has called for the Council to review its decision to grant a ten-year hunting lease. Bingley Moor Partnership, which already manages shoots on the moors at Bingley and Burley, has won the contract to operate commercial grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor…. Barry Hugill, a spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports, urged people to back its campaign to force a change of heart…. Another anti-hunting group, identifying itself as West Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs, has condemned shooting. Spokesman Luke Steele said: “The grouse shooting industry is cruel, unnecessary and only carried out for entertainment…. (story)
Ilkley Gazette 21.6.08 Hunt saboteurs threaten to disrupt grouse shooting when it returns to Ilkley Moor By Amanda Greaves - HUNT saboteurs have vowed to disrupt the controversial grouse shoots planned on Ilkley Moor…. Spokesman for the group, Luke Steele, said: "The grouse shooting industry is cruel, unnecessary and only carried out for entertainment of those involved….. (story)
Ilkley Gazette 14.6.08 Grouse shooting boss aims for low targets on Ilkley Moor By Amanda Greaves - SHOOTING on Ilkley Moor will not make any profit and will only take place on a few days a year. That's the prediction of the head of a partnership set to bring grouse shooting back to the famous landmark. Edward Bromet, a leading figure in the Bingley Moor Partnership, and recently appointed chairman of national body The Moorland Assoc-iation, has outlined the partnership's plans for helping to manage the landscape and run commercial grouse shoots… (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 9.6.08 Plans made for grouse shoots By Paul Langan - Shooting on Ilkley Moor will only take place on a few days a year, says the head of a partnership set to bring grouse shooting back to Ilkley Moor. Edward Broment, the leading figure of the Bingley Moor Partnership and recently appointed chairman of national body The Moorland Association, has outlined the partnership's plans for helping to manage the landscape and run commercial grouse shoots… (story)
Ilkley Gazette 26.4.08 Animal welfare group steps up opposition to Ilkley grouse shooting By Amanda Greaves - A NATIONAL anti-hunting body has joined the increasingly heated debate over the re-introduction of grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor. The League Against Cruel Sports has claimed that shooting would effectively deny walkers access to parts of the moor…. (story)
Ilkley Gazette 17.4.08 Protest group seeks ban on Ilkley Moor grouse shooting By Amanda Greaves - AN animal welfare group is petitioning Bradford Council to ban grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor after a rush of support to condemn the practice. West Yorkshire Animals in Needs, which is chaired by Ilkley resident, Dr Oliver Townsend, plans to present a petition calling for a total ban on grouse shooting on the regional landmark to city chiefs on July 8… (story)
Ilkley Gazette 10.4.08 Grouse shooting on moor plan is condemned By Amanda Greaves - A plan to re-introduce grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor has been attacked as "barbaric" by animal welfare campaigners… an Ilkley animal welfare organisation has started a petition against shooting on the moor and the country's largest animal rights group has condemned the move…. Animal Aid campaigner Fiona Pereira said: "Aside from the obvious and blatant cruelty of using birds as feathered targets, the management of moorland for grouse shooting interests means the legal and illegal destruction through trapping, shooting and poisoning of a host of indigenous species that interfere with shooting." Chairman of West Yorkshire Animals in Need, Ilkley resident Oliver Townsend, described grouse shooting as "barbaric"…. (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 8.4.08 Grouse shooting returning to Moor By Marc Meneaud - Grouse shooting could return to Ilkley Moor a decade after it was controversially scrapped for being offensive. Bradford Council is drawing up plans which would allow shooting parties back on the famous moorland for the first time in 11 years…. However Animal Aid campaigner Fiona Pereira said: "Aside from the obvious and blatant cruelty of using birds as feathered targets, the management' of moorland for grouse shooting interests means the legal and illegal destruction - through trapping, shooting and poisoning - of a host of indigenous species that interfere with shooting…. (story)

Dorset Echo 17.7.08 Time to fight to save your post office By Miriam Phillips - THE time has come to fight to keep post offices open in Dorset. That's the message from the Countryside Alliance who are rallying to fight plans to close 24 post offices in the county…. (story)

Rugby Observer 17.7.08 Tory’s call for badger cull doesn’t bode well - THE Government has announced that it would not be pursuing a policy of Badger culling to try and halt the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis. I welcome this proposal for the evidence is equivocal and does not in any way suggest that a mass cull of the beautiful badger from our nation’s countryside would help reduce the prevalence of tuberculosis in the cattle population… Paul Holdsworth, Amelia Close, Bulkington (letter)

Irish News 17.7.08 BUSINESS: Peta boss barred from Burberry AGM - Burberry denied animal rights group Peta entry to its annual general meeting today where protesters planned to call on the designer brand to stop using fur. Peta vice president Bruce Friedrich said he was stopped at the door of the AGM in central London despite holding a copy of his proxy voucher and attendance card. He had planned to make a statement from the floor at the meeting, saying 93% of Britons opposed the use of fur in fashion… (story)

Oxford Mail 17.7.08 Bloody violence - I was disgusted and horrified to see the photograph of a terrified calf jumping into the crowd at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain… Anyone who enjoys watching a noble creature being subjected to this vile brutality is very sick indeed. SHARON HOPKINS Templar Road Oxford (letter)

Formby Times 17.7.08 Pets of all types, sizes and ages looking for new loving homes in Formby - FRESHFIELDS Animal Rescue’s future is still uncertain as it approaches its 30 year anniversary. At present the centre is facing financial crisis and may face closure without help… It was started by Leslie Tarleton, a woman who began by taking animals in need into her home…. In February 2008 a new management team was put in place … (story)
Formby Times 17.7.08 Seven ways to help Freshfields Animal Rescue - by Jennifer Finnegan, Formby Times - If you want to donate as a one off or on a regular basis you can do this in many ways… (story)
Formby Times 17.7.08 Freshfield Animal Rescue factfile by Jennifer Finnegan, Formby Times - AT present Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre there is approximately 558 animals in its care…. (story)

Crosby Herald 17.7.08 Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre in Ince Blundell holding annual Open Day and Dog Show by Hazel Shaw, Crosby Herald - FRESHFIELDS Animal Rescue Centre’s annual Open Day and Fun Dog Show takes place on Sunday, July 20, from 11am to 4pm. Attractions include craft stalls, beer tent, refreshments and vegetarian catering and a chance to see the work of the centre first hand.... (story)


Petersfield Post 16.7.08 Crowds flock to fete in village - Local town crier Stan Whitcher opened the annual Froxfield fete as visitors flocked to the village to enjoy the many attractions… The South Downs bloodhounds put on a display and the activities were completed in the arena by a hugely competitive tug-of-war… (story)

Market Rasen Mail 16.7.08 Rabbits and pigeons shot at 5am...not toffs killing majestic wildebeest - I wonder what animals Henri Levison thinks are being exterminated for fun on the killing fields of Gallamore Lane. Does he perhaps think that the majestic herds of wildebeest that frequent these parts are being exterminated by gun toting toffs in top of the range 4X4's for pleasure?... Tony Bell, Caistor Road (letter)
Market Rasen Mail 16.7.08 Early morning gunshot is a bird scarer! - In answer to Mr Evison's quest for the identity of the murdering moron shooting living creatures at 5 oclock in the morning, even on a Sunday, at Gallamore Lane, it is most probably a bird scarer, designed to frighten birds from crops… Rod Bradley, Spridlington (letter)

Western Daily Press 16.7.08 Somerset villagers take post office fight to Downing Street on Punkie Night - The West tradition of Punkie Night arrived in Westminster yesterday as villagers carrying mangel wurzel lanterns marched to Downing Street to warn Gordon Brown they will fight to keep their post office…. The Countryside Alliance has urged every community to fight closure and will send each threatened office a pack outlining how best to campaign…. (story)

Western Morning News 16.7.08 'Funeral' is held for an axed post office - ANGRY residents yesterday carried a coffin through the middle of an award-winning Westcountry village in protest at losing its vital post office. More than 50 pensioners, businessmen, farmers and seasoned campaigners gathered outside the post office in St Neot, near Liskeard in South East Cornwall, on the day villagers found out officially the service is to be axed… Renowned explorer and founding chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, was one of scores of protesters who turned up outside the whitewashed, stone-built St Neot Post Office and General Store…. (story)

Carmarthen Journal 16.7.08 NO NEED FOR SLAUGHTER - Re: Carmarthen Journal, April 17, and the many articles on the plans to slaughter more badgers. On April 5, 2006, The Today Programme on Radio 4, a farmer from Cirencester with 600 pedigree cattle was using a supplement of selenium and iodine, to boost both cattle and badger immune system. The normal maize feed for cattle is lacking in selenium, which is normally present in good quality grazing and feed. The badgers only needed six-monthly supplements and while farms around his were experiencing problems, he was clear…. Penny Chissell, Cwmann, Lampeter (letter) p>PETERBOROUGH ANIMAL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATION
Indymedia 16.7.08 SHAC Report from Demo in Peterborough - On Saturday 12th July, we held a march through Peterborough, followed by the demo outside HLS, Alconbury, Cambs…. With information stalls and lovely vegan food and the first of the speakers Ronnie Lee, who talked about animal experimentation, anti-vivisection campaigns of SHAC and SPEAK and animal right prisoners … There were speakers at HLS; John Curtin talked about HLS and the history of protests against them… Lynn Sawyer talked about HLS and Sequani, including the latest farcical, bias court cases against peaceful animal protesters and Luke Steel talked about police repression and NETCU… (story)
BBC News Online 12.7.08 Animal activists in city protest - Several hundred people have marched through Peterborough in protest at the work of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). The Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) group and supporters are taking part in the action… (story)
Loughborough Echo 12.7.08 Animal rights activists protest - Around 200 animal rights supporters staged a demonstration outside the headquarters of a firm which uses animals for drug tests…(story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 12.7.08 Protest march expected to cause traffic disruption today By Tara Dundon - HUNDREDS of protesters and animal rights activists are expected to march through the city today. Police are advising people, especially motorists, to expect some disruption when representatives from Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) take to the streets… (story)

South Wales Argus 16.7.08 Free the circus elephant say campaigners By Harry Hawkins - AN ANIMAL rights group has criticised a circus in Gwent, claiming the use of a 55-year-old elephant in the show is tantamount to animal cruelty. But Bobby Roberts Super Circus which visits Chepstow and Cwmbran in coming weeks strongly denied the claims of animal cruelty to Anne the elephant…. The Captive Animals Protection Society want the public to boycott the circus…. (story)


Horse & Hound 15.7.08 Hunts help farmer on charity tractor drive across the UK - Nick West, H&H newsdesk - A Leicestershire farmer whose father died from Huntington's disease is riding from John O'Groats to Land's End in an open-top tractor to raise money to fight the disease. His journey, which starts today (Tuesday, 15 July), will take between three and four weeks, and will be supported by hunts across the UK en-route…. Dave Neal, 43, from Hinckley in Leicestershire, decided to do the journey because his father, who died from Huntington's, had intended to do the trip on shire horses for cancer research… Fellow farmer, James Barclay, 48, from Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, has rallied the support of 58 hunts to help the farmer on his journey. Mr Barclay, a former master of the Fitzwilliam and Cottesmore hunts, said: "I'm getting a great response…. (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 15.7.08 So-called sport is not necessary - MAY I point out that only cats and people kill for pleasure? With cats it's sometimes a necessity, with people it applies to the chinless wonders who call it sport… L. Smalldon, Hollington Lane, Ednaston (letter)

Western Daily Press 15.7.08 ANIMALS ARE NOT PRETEND HUMANS - Anti-hunting, shooting and fishing groups, along with badger protection and bird protection groups, rightly draw our attention to what they think is wrong with our treatment as such. But I believe the portrayal of animals and birds by Walt Disney has coloured many people's views on such matters… Now common sense has gone out of the window… Colin H Duller Salisbury (letter)

News Shopper 15.7.08 Foxes raid bins out of hunger - REGARDING the letters on vermin, I find it strange if a creature is hungry and doing what it does, trying to find food to survive in the way it is created to behave, or do, it is vermin… I am glad some people have compassion and are intelligent enough to know all life is important, not just the human race…. SHERRY GOLDING, Crescent Road, Bromley (story)
News Shopper 8.7.08 FOXES VILIFIED: In regard to the letter Foxes Are Predators (News Shopper, July 1), of course foxes are predators but they are also omnivores… I am somewhat sceptical of the claim a fox carried away an elderly cat. Unless this event was witnessed first-hand, I would suggest the writer has jumped to a conclusion based on old prejudices…. SUSAN FIRMAN, Hayes Mead Road, Hayes (letter)
News Shopper 11.6.08 Beautiful foxes are a treasure - IN REPLY to Joanne Boxall's letter (Fed Up With Foxes, News Shopper, May 21), why doesn't she buy a bin with a lid with an in-built clip… Why are people so intolerant towards our beautiful wildlife? Foxes are not vermin like many believe…. NICOLA FRY, Address supplied (letter)
News Shopper 28.5.08 Fox facts - IN RESPONSE to the letter Fed Up With Foxes (News Shopper, May 21), I would like to guide people who have problems with foxes to the Living with Foxes page at rspca.org.uk… Please leave the foxes alone. CAROLE ALSTON, Address supplied (letter)
News Shopper 15.5.08 Fed up with foxes - IT IS early on a Tuesday morning and after rushing around getting myself and my four-year-old daughter ready to leave the house to go to work and nursery, I walk out of the front door and step straight into a pile of swede and carrot from Sunday's roast…. Having to clear up my rubbish is becoming such a regular occurrence my patience with the local family of foxes is wearing extremely thin… I'm at the end of my tether. I'm all for saving the environment and its inhabitants, but I think when foxes start costing you money something has to be done. JOANNE BOXALL, Address supplied (letter)

Daelnet 15.7.08 Dales plan to bring back black grouse - A major campaign to restore one of the Yorkshire Dales’ most threatened birds – the black grouse – will be launched in Swaledale next week. Farmers and landowners are being encouraged to help rebuild the black grouse population – once common in the Dales but drastically reduced last century – by joining the newly created English Black Grouse Group… This will be a multi-organisation project, set up by the North Pennines Black Grouse Recovery Project, a partnership project between the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, RSPB, Natural England, Ministry of Defence, Northumbrian Water and the North Pennines AONB Partnership, with additional funding support from Natural England and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. The new group will play a crucial role in the expansion of black grouse into former haunts in the Yorkshire Dales. Here, black grouse have responded well to management implemented by grouse moor owners, gamekeepers and farmers with an increase in numbers from 58 to 170 males between 1998 and 2007…. (story)

Western Mail 15.7.08 Policy on affordable housing is pleasing - by Simon Hart, Western Mail - THE Countryside Alliance’s watchword is “communities”, so we were delighted to welcome the affordable housing proposals announced recently by Housing Minister Jane Davidson… (story)

Oxford Mail 15.7.08 Appalling cruelty - Your picture of a calf in great distress in the bull ring at Pamplona, Spain (Oxford Mail, July 11), was outrageous in that no attempt was made to comment on the appalling cruelty involved… The festival of St Fermin, where this took place, is one of the many festivals celebrating saints' days, and is actively supported by the Catholic Church…. I would, therefore, like to appeal to the Catholic Church locally, via your columns, to address the concerns of all compassionate people that this abomination should be brought to an end, and that the Church should cease its despicable involvement. STAN FRANCIS Kingston Road Oxford (letter)


Western Daily Press 14.7.08 FARMING INDUSTRY'S BECOME REMOTE FROM ITS LIVESTOCK - Finally, it looks to me that we've found a Food and Rural Affairs Secretary who takes notice of sound scientific evidence, and its conclusions based on decades of study, instead of hearsay, guesswork and country tales…. M J Haines, Cirencester (letter)

Western Daily Press 14.7.08 CANCEL MILK AND BEAT TB - How sick I am of hearing farmers banging on about badgers. The answer to the problem of TB in dairy cattle is to stop drinking cow's milk…. Roy Franklin, Bridgwater (letter)

Western Daily Press 14.7.08 KILLING IS NOT THE ANSWER - I am concerned at the term "badger men". Just who are they? … We cannot keep killing as an easy way out. Pamela Dean, Stroud, Gloucestershire (letter)

Scotsman 14.7.08 Pamplona - I was amazed to see your photograph and read of the injury tally at this year's bull run at Pamplona (your report, 8 July). Are the Spaniards not subject to the same EC regulations on health and safety and animal welfare as the rest of Europe? Malcolm Ross, Kelso, Roxburghshire (letter)


Kent on Sunday 13.7.08 Farmers' anger as badger cull plan abandoned - An animal conservation group has welcomed a Government decision to shelve plans for widespread badger culls… The decision was good news according to Peter Smith, chief executive of the Wildwood Trust…. (story)
Ledbury Reporter 11.7.08 Badger decision 'fudged' - farmers By Gary Bills-Geddes - LOCAL farmers say the government has fudged a serious issue in deciding that a mass badger cull to prevent the spread of bovine TB will not go ahead… (story)
Western Daily Press 11.7.08 FARMERS READY TO FIGHT OVER TB BY CHRIS RUNDLE FARMING EDITOR - The National Farmers' Union (NFU) will "throw the kitchen sink" at a legal challenge to the Government over its refusal to tackle Britain's worst-ever outbreak of TB in cattle… (story)
Western Morning News 11.7.08 FARMERS TOLD: GO DOWN THE PUB AND SPREAD THE MESSAGE - Farmers should all become ambassadors in the cause of a cull of infected badgers to prevent the spread of bovine TB, farming leader Peter Kendall told Westcountry audiences… (story)
Alton Herald 11.7.08 Breeders: It’s cattle or badgers in TB row - A SELBORNE farmer joined others from across the country on Tuesday in an NFU march against the Government’s decision not to issue badger culling licences to fight bovine tuberculosis…. (story)
Post & Times 11.7.08 BADGER CULL A MUST TO STOP SPREAD OF TB SAY FARMERS - Nfu President Peter Kendall has warned a negative decision from the Secretary of State on culling badgers as part of a TB control strategy would be completely devastating to farming families and their businesses.Current speculation on a negative decision remains just that, speculation, based on a leaked report…. (story)
Mid Devon Star 11.7.08 Hard-hit farmer calls for badger cull By Jon Wills - A TIVERTON dairy farmer who claims his herd has been infected by badgers, costing him hundreds of thousands of pounds, this week condemned the Government for refusing to launch a cull.. (story)
Post & Times 11.7.08 FARMERS' LEADERS REACT ANGRILY AS GOVERNMENT SAYS NO TO BADGER CULL - HAYLEY PARKER - Uttoxeter's farming community has reacted angrily to news that the Government will not embark on a badger cull to tackle TB in cattle - despite the advice of top scientists.The announcement by Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment, is a bitter blow to farmers who say it will further deepen the crisis hitting the industry… (story)
Rutland Times 10.7.08 Angry farmers want badgers culled - The decision not to cull badgers in England despite concerns they may be to blame for the spread of TB in cattle has upset farmers in Rutland… (story)
North Devon Journal 10.7.08 FARMERS ARE FURIOUS AS BADGER CULL IS RULED OUT - ANDREA FOSTER - The GOVERNMENT has ruled out a cull of badgers to combat cattle TB in England.In a Commons statement, the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said that while a large-scale cull could improve the situation, it could also make the problem worse… (story)
North Devon Journal 10.7.08 FARMERS ANGRY BECAUSE DEFRA DECIDES NOT TO CULL BADGERS TO STOP BOVINE TB - Farmers from all parts of North Devon and Torridge have contacted the Journal this week to express anger, frustration and a lack of trust in Defra following the Government's announcement that it will not authorise a cull of badgers in connection with the eradication of TB in cattle.Paul Griffiths, who farms between Holsworthy and Okehampton, said: "At the moment there is no vaccine to deal with this major problem of TB in cattle. By the time several years have gone by waiting for a vaccine the farming industry will be on its knees."… (story)
Western Morning News 10.7.08 ANGER AT BADGER CULL RULING - The Government's refusal to agree to a badger cull is "indefensible" according to the region's landowners…. (story)
Times 9.7.08 Angry farmers protest over scrapping of badger cull - Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor - About 200 farmers gathered outside the Houses of Parliament today in protest at the spiralling levels of TB in cattle and the Government’s failure to sanction a badger cull to control the disease… (story)
Blackpool Gazette 9.7.08 MP in backing for end to badger cull By Shelagh Parkinson - ANIMAL welfare advocate and Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has welcomed the Government's decision not to go ahead with a badger cull… (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 9.7.08 WILDLIFE LOVERS' RELIEF AS BADGERS ARE SPARED CULL - Wildlife groups in Lincolnshire have welcomed the Government's decision not to mass cull badgers…. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust spokesman Rachel Shaw said the decision not to cull badgers was the right one…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 9.7.08 Farmers take TB protest to Parliament - AN OCTOGENARIAN farmer from Gloucestershire has vowed to fight on despite the Government ruling out a badger cull to tackle TB. Pat Quinn, 81, who owns a 125-acre farm near Stow-on-the- Wold, was devastated after bovine TB was detected in her herd of Longhorns last year… (story)
Torquay Herald Express 9.7.08 FARMERS' DEMO ANGER AT BADGER CULL RULING BY NICK LESTER, PARLIAMENTARY CORRESPONDENT - Farming leaders from South Devon have joined protests at Westminster over the Government's failure to go ahead with a badger cull aimed at combating TB in cattle.Anthony Rew, who farms near Newton Abbot and is chairman of Devon National Farmers' Union, said 'inaction is not an option' and said the disease had to be tackled... (story)
Western Daily Press 9.7.08 WILL BENN SHOW UP? - A jubilant Ian Liddell-Grainger (pictured) calls to announce he has pulled off a coup: persuading Environment Secretary Hilary Benn to visit his livestock farming constituents on Exmoor and listen to their views about bovine TB…. (story)
Western Morning News 9.7.08 FARMERS TO STEP UP BOVINE TB FIGHT - Farmers pledged yesterday to step up their fight to force the Government to take action over the "devastating" effects of bovine TB, during a march on Westminster… (story)
The Sentinel 9.7.08 BADGERED FOR TB MEETING - A Cabinet minister has been invited to Staffordshire to speak with farmers working in a bovine TB hot spot.MP for the Staffordshire Moorlands, Charlotte Atkins, said farmers in her constituency would be disappointed with the Government's decision - announced in Parliament on Monday - not to cull badgers to tackle the disease… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 9.7.08 FURIOUS FARMERS DEMAND U-TURN OVER BADGERS BY NICK LESTER - Farmers' leaders from Devon took part in a protest at Westminster over the Government's failure to go ahead with a badger cull aimed at combating TB in cattle… (story)
Carmarthen Journal 9.7.08 'KILL OFF BADGER CULL' – PLEA - BRUCE SINCLAIR - Animal welfare groups have called on the Assembly Government to throw out proposals to cull badgers in Wales.Badger Trust Cymru and the RSPCA made the demand following the news on Monday that the UK Government had ruled out attempting to eradicate bovine TB through a cull of badgers in England…. (story)
Mid Devon Gazette 8.7.08 NFU BLASTS NO CULL POLICY - The National Farmers' Union has slammed the Govern- ment's decision not to cull badgers in order to tackle the spread of bovine tuberculosis…. (story)
Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News 8.7.08 Rescue centre back "no license" call on badger cull By James Beal - SECRET World Wildlife Rescue Centre in East Huntspill has backed a Government announcement that it will not license a cull of badgers to prevent the spread of TB in cattle…. (story)
Guardian 8.7.08 Mr Badger and the quango - Simon Hoggart - Yesterday provided intriguing material for an examination of class in Britain today. The environment secretary, Hilary Benn, announced that after long thought he had decided not to permit the culling of badgers to stop the spread of TB among cattle… Conservatives were furious. "A spineless abdication of responsibility," said Geoffrey Cox…. Labour MPs, by contrast, rejoiced at the badgers' reprieve. Nick Palmer said the Tory attitude was always the same: "When in doubt, kill something"… (story)
Times 8.7.08 Angry farmers protest over scrapping of badger cull - Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor - About 200 farmers gathered outside the Houses of Parliament today in protest at the spiralling levels of TB in cattle and the Government’s failure to sanction a badger cull to control the disease… (story)
Western Daily Press 8.7.08 14.11: FARMERS MOUNT PROTEST IN BADGER CULL ROW - Farmers gathered today to protest against the Government's decision not to go-ahead with a badger cull designed to tackle tuberculosis in cattle.Dozens of farmers descended on Westminster to complain about the move announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) yesterday… (story)
Western Daily Press 8.7.08 'SPINELESS' MINISTER DUCKS BADGER CULL - Environment Secretary Hilary Benn triggered a storm of protest when he finally confirmed he would not allow a cull of badgers to tackle bovine TB…. (story)
Western Daily Press 8.7.08 UNION'S CALL TO ARMS OVER TB CULL RULING - Farmers are being called out in their thousands to support the NFU's campaign against Defra's refusal to cull TB-infected badgers…. (story)
Western Daily Press 8.7.08 OPINION: THIS DECISION ON BADGERS WILL FAIL TO PLEASE ANYONE - So after 10 years, tens of millions of pounds spent, some 11,000 badgers culled and many more cattle, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn finally announced what he would do to fight bovine TB yesterday…. The decision could be described as courageous, in the sense Mr Benn must have known it would satisfy no one. Certainly not the beleaguered livestock farmers, who must now wait patiently for a vaccine to become available for cattle, or badgers… Passions run extremely high on this issue, as our letters page will confirm, and there is already talk of whether some farmers will now take the law into their own hands. But what everyone would agree is that further procrastination is the least satisfactory outcome. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 8.7.08 Farmers protest against badger culling decision - A FARMER from Gloucestershire will be among those protesting at the Houses of Parliament this morning about the decision not to cull badgers… John Round, from Elmore Back Farm, near Hardwicke, is representing the county at the protest. He has lost 40 cows already this year to TB… (story)
Western Morning News 8.7.08 DISMAY AT 'NO BADGER CULLING' - CHERIE GORDON - Farmers in the Westcountry have reacted with dismay to the Government's refusal to embark on a badger cull to combat tuberculosis in cattle…. (story)
Daelnet 8.7.08 Farmers unite in anger against badger reprieve - THE Government decision not to go ahead with a massive cull of the badger population in an attempt to slow the spread of TB in cattle has united in anger all three of England’s main farming bodies. The NFU, the CLA and the Tenant Framers’ Association have all attacked the decision by Defra Secretary Hilary Benn with different levels of venom – but the TFA came out with a particularly vitriolic assault…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 8.7.08 Government rules out badger cull to tackle TB toll in cattle - The UK Government yesterday ruled out a cull of badgers to tackle the rising toll of TB in cattle. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn told the Commons having a cull could make the disease worse and he was not prepared to take that risk…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 8.7.08 NFU BLASTS NO CULL POLICY - The National Farmers' Union has slammed the Govern- ment's decision not to cull badgers in order to tackle the spread of bovine tuberculosis… (story)
South Wales Evening Post 8.7.08 WELFARE GROUPS SAY BADGER CULL PLAN SHOULD BE SCRAPPED - The Assembly Government should throw out proposals to cull badgers in Wales, according to animal welfare groups Badger Trust Cymru and the RSPCA following the news that the Government yesterday ruled out a cull of badgers in England… (story)
Western Daily Press 7.7.08 FARMERS' BATTLE CRY OVER BADGER CULL VETO BY CHRIS RUNDLEFARMING EDITOR - Farmers are to launch their biggest anti-government protest in years over the Department of the Environment, Food, the Regions and Agriculture's (Defra) refusal to cull TB-infected badgers. Hundreds of farmers will descend on Westminster for a mass demonstration and to lobby MPs tomorrow. And on Thursday, National Farmers' Union (NFU) president Peter Kendall and director-general Richard Macdonald will hold a series of meetings for farmers in the South West - the country's worst TB hotspot…. (story)
Burton Mail 7.7.08 It's game, sett and match for badgers - FARMERS' leaders in East Staffordshire have criticised a Government decision not to cull the nation's badger population as part of a bid to tackle a deadly bovine disease…. (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 7.7.08 RELIEF AS NOTTS BADGERS SPARED CULL - Notts Wildlife Trust has welcomed an expected rejection of a badger cull to reduce bovine TB in cattle. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn was announcing today that the Government would look at other ways to combat the problem… (story)
Lancashire Telegraph 7.7.08 Delight in Lancashire as badger cull scrapped A WILDLIFE charity has welcomed a Government announcement that it has abandoned plans to cull badgers in a drive to control tuberculosis (TB) in cattle. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust said the weight of scientific evidence has shifted towards the view that culling would be an expensive option that would, if anything, lead to the spread of TB… (story)
Clitheroe Advertiser & Times 5.7.08 MP backs calls for badger culling in TB battle - RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has called for badger culling to be included as part of plans to tackle Bovine TB…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 7.7.08 FARMERS PROTEST AS BADGER CULL REJECTED BY DAN PALMER - Farmers across Devon have reacted angrily to the Government's decision not to cull badgers in order to tackle the spread of bovine tuberculosis… (story)
Times 5.7.08 More cash for TB vaccine offers lifeline for badgers - Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor - Extra funds to speed up the development of a vaccine to control bovine TB in badgers and cattle will be announced by the Government next week. The move from Hilary Benn, the Rural Affairs Secretary, is intended to placate the farming community, which is incensed by leaks suggesting that a cull of badgers in England has been ruled out. However, this offer is deemed too little and the National Farmers’ Union is preparing a High Court challenge to Mr Benn’s decision on behalf of hundreds of farmers who had hoped to take part in a four-year trial cull of badgers in the southwest… (story)
Torquay Herald Express 5.7.08 FARMER'S ANGER AT BADGER CULL DECISION BY LIZ PHILLIPS - The Government's likely decision to ignore its top scientist and refuse to launch a major badger cull to stop bovine TB spreading in cattle has been condemned as 'an absolute disgrace' by South Devon's leading breeder.Gordon Tully, of Galmpton, speaking from the Royal Agricultural Showground in Warwickshire yesterday, said: "They are paying too much attention to the green minority… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 5.7.08 The Government 'will not be culling badgers' to tackle TB in cattle - FARMERS in Gloucestershire are angry after hearing that the Government will not embark on a badger cull to tackle TB in cattle…. (story)
Independent 5.7.08 Farmers threaten court action if badger cull is abandoned By Emily Beament and Katie Dawson - Farmers have threatened legal action if the Government decides not to allow a cull of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle… (story)
Dorset Echo 5.7.08 Farners' concern over badger cull ruling By Arron Hendy - FARMERS in Dorset are dismayed that the government looks set to decide against culling badgers to control tuberculosis in cattle… (story)
Yorkshire Post 5.7.08 Farmers' court threat over badger culling - Farmers last night threatened legal action if the Government decides not to allow a cull of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle (story)
Blackpool Gazette 5.7.08 No badger cull for Lancashire By Lisa Ettridge - LANCASHIRE'S badger population can rest a little more easily today after the Government abandoned plans for a country- wide culling programme…. (story)
Shropshire Star 5.7.08 Review call over badger culling - A Shropshire MP today said he would be calling for a judicial review after a leaked report revealed the Government will rule against culling badgers to control TB in cattle. Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski, who is chairman of the All Party Group for Dairy Farmers, said he would fight to the end to protect farmers in his constituency (story)
Western Daily Press 5.7.08 FARMERS' FURY AS BADGER CULL IS CANCELLED - A Government decision not to allow a cull of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle would be "a disaster" and ruin livelihoods across the West Country, the farming community has warned…. (story)
Western Morning News 5.7.08 COUNTRYSIDE IN REVOLT - PETER HARRISON - Farmers are prepared to take the law into their own hands and kill sick badgers to protect their livestock after it emerged the Government has no intention of embarking on a cull to tackle tuberculosis in cattle…. (story)
Western Morning News 5.7.08 POLITICIANS' CYNICISM AT THE TIMING OF NEWS - Environment Secretary Hilary Benn was last night accused of using the decision to block a badger cull to shore up Labour's urban support. Communities in the region had been used as "pawns" in a political game in which the decision was leaked early "to get bad news off the TV screens" in the wake of MPs voting to keep their lavish expenses, it was claimed… (story)
Western Morning News 5.7.08 WILDLIFE GROUPS BACK NEW MOVE News the Government is set to rule out a cull of badgers has received widespread support.The Badger Trust's Trevor Lawson said it was the "right decision", adding: "There is no scientific, economic or practical case for culling badgers to control bovine TB… (story)
Western Morning News 5.7.08 MINISTER IS PUT UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT AT SHOW - PETER HALL FARMING EDITOR, AT THE ROYAL SHOW - The crowds gathered at the Royal Show to greet the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as they toured the displays… But it was Secretary of State Hilary Benn who was the target of attention by farmers as he completed a series of scheduled visits… President Peter Kendall sat next to the minister, forcibly making points and gesticulating about the badger issue, before Martin Harworth, the NFU's director of policy, made points about the implications, wagging an index finger at the minister. Mr Benn bit into a ginger biscuit and sipped at a cup of strong tea, at one stage gazing at the marquee roof, before Richard Macdonald, the NFU's chief executive, expanded on the union's stance, causing the minister to wave both hands and shake his head… (story)
Western Morning News 5.7.08 LANDMARK DATES IN A LONG FIGHT FOR ACTION (story)
BBC News Online 4.7.08 Farmers' anger on cull rejection By Tom Warren - England's farming community has reacted angrily over an expected government decision to reject a badger cull to control TB. The BBC understands the policy announcement, due to be made on Monday, goes against the recommendations of the former chief scientific adviser, Sir David King… The Badger Trust said rejecting a cull was the right decision. It believes attention should be focused on cattle as "the main agents of the disease"… (story)
BBC News Online 4.7.08 Badger cull proposals rejected By Pallab Ghosh - The government has decided against a cull of badgers in England to control TB in cattle, the BBC understands. The policy announcement, which was due to be made next Monday, goes against the recommendations of the former Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King… (story)
Gloucestershire Gazette 4.7.08 Badger experts welcome decision to reject cull - A BADGER expert has welcomed the government's announcement that it will not embark on a badger cull to combat tuberculosis in cattle. But Tony Dean, chairman of Gloucestershire Badger Watch, said he did not think the "battle was over" yet… (story)
Independent 4.7.08 Badger cull 'to be rejected' - The Government has decided against a badger cull to tackle TB in cattle, it was reported today…. (story)
Western Morning News 4.7.08 'NO' TO BADGER CULL - The Government will not embark on a badger cull to tackle TB in cattle, it was reported today… (story)
Western Daily Press 4.7.08 8.37 LATEST: GOVERNMENT 'WILL NOT NOT AUTHORISE BADGER CULL - The Government will not embark on a badger cull to tackle TB in cattle, it was reported today.The BBC said farmers reacted angrily to news of the decision, which goes against the recommendations of the former Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir David King… (story)
Shropshire Star 4.7.08 Badger cull call is rejected - Shropshire farmers today reacted with fury after a leaked report revealed the Government will rule against culling badgers to control TB in cattle next week… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.7.08 2PM UPDATE: FARMERS ANGRY OVER BADGER CULL DECISION - Farmers across Devon have reacted angrily to the government's decision not to cull badgers in order to tackle the spread of bovine tuberculosis…. (story)

Independent on Sunday 13.7.08 Breeding animals for food is one thing, but breeding 40,000 to kill in the name of sport is barbaric ("Peta protests at Pamplona's bull-runners", 6 July)… Margaret Sibley, Sidmouth, Devon (letter)


Telegraph 12.7.08 Camilla's son laughs off fanatics' threats By Richard Eden - The Duchess of Cornwall's son, Tom Parker Bowles, informs me that she has been subjected to death threats from animal rights fanatics… Camilla has incurred the wrath of anti-hunt campaigners, but she abandoned riding to hounds when she married Prince Charles. In 2004, Tom attacked People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "I know my house will probably be firebombed as a result, but I really do hate Peta," he told me…. (story)

Portsmouth News 12.7.08 Animal rights protest over sale of ships' cats - Protesters descended on one of Portsmouth's most popular tourist attractions to voice their anger about a shop that sells rabbit fur. Representatives from Southern Animal Rights Coalition set up a stall outside Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a day to tell passers-by that Nauticalia sells toys made of fur from dead rabbits… Steve Greenwood, spokesman for the coalition, said: 'The use of real rabbit fur to make toys is cynical to the extreme… (story)

Dundee Courier 12.7.08 Cruel bull festival should be stopped - The report in Thursday’s Courier regarding “thrillseekers” being injured at the bull run in Pamplona highlights just to what level some humans will debase themselves in the name of entertainment. This cruel festival should be stopped once and for all and those who support it should think black burning shame of themselves… Bob Beveridge. Old Town House, Falkland (story)


Chester Chronicle 11.7.08 Saboteurs call for boycott of pro-hunt pubs by David Holmes - PUBLICANS in rural Cheshire are on the frontline in the battle between pro and anti-hunt supporters. The North West Hunt Saboteurs Association has posted a blacklist of country watering holes on its website to put pressure on licensees to break all links with hunt members…. Carolyn Ross-Lowe, landlady of The Cholmondeley Arms, whose pub is blacklisted, says the Cheshire Hunt is welcome…(story)

Times 11.7.08 People: Adam Sherwin - Repeal of the Hunting Act clearly remains a hot issue in the Cameron family. Lord Astor, a regular with the Old Berkshire Hunt, who is married to the mother of Samantha Cameron, has agreed to become vice-chairman of the Repeal Committee, which is to lead the campaign to scrap the ban on the sport…. (story)

Independent 11.7.08 Ethical hunters - Contrary to what John Walsh suggests (7 July), there is nothing wrong with hunting for pleasure. That is so long as harm is not caused to the quarry species from an animal-welfare point of view, or a wildlife-management point of view… Dominic Webber, Heathfield, East Sussex (letter)

Midhurst & Petworth Observer 11.7.08 Picnic time in the park at Kirdford - The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Countryside Alliance are getting together to stage another Picnic in the Park near Kirdford on Saturday, July 19… (story)

Ledbury Reporter 11.7.08 Animal rights protester appeals against sentence By Gary Bills-Geddes - ANIMAL rights protestor Sean Kirtley has launched an appeal against a four and a half year prison sentence…. The appeal is still to be heard, but it was widely reported in national newspapers this week that Kirtley, aged 42, has claimed that the judge who sentenced him should not have heard the case, because of his personal interest in blood sports… (story)
Telegraph 10.7.08 Judge who jailed 'animal activist' is bloodsports fan By Laura Clout - An animal rights activist has launched an appeal against his four-and-a-half year prison term, claiming the judge should not have heard the case because of his interest in blood sports. Sean Kirtley, 42, was jailed at Coventry Crown Court earlier this year after the longest animal rights trial in legal history, for his part in a prolonged campaign against the research firm Sequani Ltd. Kirtley and his supporters claim it was impossible for him to receive a fair trial because the judge, Peter Ross, disclosed in a letter to lawyers that "one of my hobbies is game shooting"…. (story)
Independent 10.7.08 Judge who sentenced animal rights activist was fan of blood sports By Jonathan Brown - A man found guilty at the end of the longest animal rights trial in legal history has launched an appeal, claiming the judge should not have heard the case because of his interest in blood sports. Sean Kirtley, 42, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for his part in a prolonged campaign against Sequani Ltd by Judge Peter Ross at Coventry Crown Court earlier this year. The case, which has been unreported until now, has become a cause célèbre among anti-vivisection campaigners after the activist became the first person to stand trial accused of conspiring to interfere with an animal research establishment under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (story)
Worcester News 21.6.08 Activist jailed after trying to close firm - A MALVERN man has been sentenced to four-and-half years in prison for his part in animal rights protests against the Ledbury company Sequani. Sean Martin Kirtley, aged 42, of Orford Way, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail on one count of interfering with contractual relationships of an animal research organisation…. Pauline Burgess, of Richmond Road, Malvern Link, was charged with conspiracy to interfere with contractual relationships so as to harm an animal research organisation. The jury could not agree a verdict and she was discharged. But the judge bound her over to keep the peace for two years or face a £1,000 fine. David Daniel Griffiths, aged 39, of Bridge Street, Worcester, pleaded guilty to two charges of interfering with the contractual relationships of an animal research organisation…. (story)
Ledbury Reporter 20.6.08 Animal rights activist who targeted Ledbury firm is jailed By Gary Bills-Geddes - LEDBURY firm Sequani has welcomed the outcome of a court case that has led to the jailing of one animal rights protestor and a lengthy suspended sentence for another…. (story)
Malvern Gazette 20.6.08 Animal rights activist jailed By Gary Bills-Geddes - A MALVERN man has been sentenced to four and half years in prison for his part in animal rights protests against the Ledbury company, Sequani. Sean Martin Kirtley, aged 42 of Orford Way, Malvern, was sentenced to 54 months in fail on one count of interfering with contractual relationships of an animal research organisation…. Pauline Burgess of Richmond Road, Malvern Link, was charged with conspiracy to interfere with contractual relationships so as to harm an animal research organisation. The jury could not agree a verdict and she was discharged. But the judge bound her over to keep the peace for two years, or face a £1,000 fine. Another protestor, David Daniel Griffiths, aged 39 of Bridge Street, Worcester pleaded guilty to two charges of interfering with the contractual relationships of an animal research organisation. He received a 30 week jail sentence, suspended for two years, and must also complete 100 hours of community service…. (story)
Hereford Times 13.6.08 Animal rights activist jailed By Bill Tanner - POLICE and prosecutors fought a first-of-its-kind case to convict animal rights activists targeting a Herefordshire-based research laboratory, its staff, suppliers, business partners, and even neighbours. Evidence gathered by Operation Tornado led to a five-month trial at Birmingham Crown Court which, because of restrictions imposed at the start, can only now be reported… Sean Kirtley, aged 42, of Orford Way, Malvern, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for his part in organising what the trial heard was a long-running campaign of “intimidation and harassment” against staff working at Sequani Ltd in Ledbury and other businesses that Sequani used… (story)
Indymedia 12.6.08 Serious Implications for Freedom of Speech as Activist Jailed for 4.5 years - Following a lengthy police investigation and an 18-week trial costing over £4.5 million, the operator of a website criticising animal testing company Sequani, has been jailed for four and a half years for organising a legal protest. In an unprecedented case, the press were barred from reporting the trial, witnesses were bussed into the court and mobile phones were even confiscated from the public before they entered the gallery and the jury… Sean Kirtley was found guilty under Section 145 of the SOCPA law for “Interfering with the contractual relationships of a Laboratory”…. The five other defendants were found not guilty in the, yet the Judge refused to award significant travel costs to them, totalling many thousands of pounds. Even though Pauline Burgess was found not guilty, she was bound over by Judge Ross who prohibited her from joining in the legal protests against the company for a year, and threatened her with a £1000 fine on any occasion that she does… Kirtley will be lodging an appeal… (story)
Police Oracle 4.6.08 Lengthy Op Leads To Animal Rights Convictions - Two men have been sentenced for their part in animal rights protests which took place in the West Mercia Constabulary force area. Sean Martin Kirtley, aged 42 of Orford Way, Malvern was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for his part in organising a prolonged campaign of intimidation and harassment against staff working at Sequani Ltd in Ledbury and at other businesses in Herefordshire. He was also given a five year Crasbo which will commence on his release from prison… David Daniel Griffiths, aged 39 of Bridge St, Worcester, received a 30 week jail sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty earlier in the Birmingham Crown Court trial to two charges of interfering with the contractual relationships of an animal research organisation. He must also complete 100 hours community service and was made the subject of a two year Crasbo…. The court case followed the arrest of 13 people in May 2006 during a pre-planned operation. The arrests were made at a number of addresses in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire and the West Midlands… More than 120 witnesses were called to give evidence at the trial, which started on 7th January 2008… (story)
Indymedia 1.2.07 SOCPA: AR activists due in Crown Court - Next appearance Worcester Crown Court Friday 20th April 2007 - May 9th 2006 almost a dozen animal rights activists in the West Midlands had their doors violently kicked in simultaneously at 7am in different locations throughout of the region... (story)
Redditch Advertiser 30.1.07 Animal rights pair face court - TWO animal rights campaigners from Redditch have been commited to Hereford Crown Court on charges of intefering with animal research organisations. Rylma and Kevin White, of Sillins Avenue, Lakeside, were both bailed until Feburary 23…. (story)
Hereford Journal 24.1.07 Protests ‘aimed at town firm’ - A long-established medical research laboratory in Ledbury was targeted by animal rights activists, Hereford Magistrates have heard. A group of 12 campaigners face a combination of charges following West Mercia Constabulary’s Operation Tornado investigation… The magistrates were told by Crown Prosecution officials that five of the defendants face conspiracy charges while the remaining seven are charged under section 145 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 relating to interfering with contractual relationships for Sequani Ltd, a Ledbury-based research organisation. They seven are Wendy Valerie Clark, 61, of Ragdon, Church Stretton; Mary Elizabeth England, 55, from Newent, Gloucestershire; David Daniel Griffiths, 37, from Worcester; Joseph Dominic McCabe, 23, from York; Robin Marcus Wardle, 37, from Wolverhampton; Rylma Elaine White, 62, and Kevin Aubrey White 34, from Redditch; are also facing a number of charges under the same act…. The remaining five; Gemma Sorrel Astbury, 34, from Wolverhampton; Joanne Marie Goodyear, 32, from Worcester; Sean Kirtley, 41, from Malvern; Pauline Burgess, 51, from Malvern; and Rosemary Golding, 37, from Rowley Regis, are all facing charges of conspiracy…. (story)
Malvern Gazette 27.10.07 Dozens facing charges - TWO people from Malvern and one from Newent appeared at Hereford Magistrates' Court on Monday facing charges relating to the Sequani laboratory in Ledbury… Martin Kirtley, 40, of 6 Orford Way, Pauline Lesley Burgess, 50, of 13 Richmond Road, and Mary Elizabeth England, 55, of 1 Court Cottage, Highleadon, Newent were among 12 defendants arrested in May… The other defendents are: Gemma Sorrell Astbury, 34, and Robin Marcus Wardle, 37, both of 4 Court Road, Wolver-hampton; Rosemary Anne Golding, 36, of 128 Uplands Avenue, Rowley Regis; David Daniel Griffiths, 37, of Flat 5, 11 Bridge Street, Worcester; Rylma Elaine White, 61, and Kevin Aubrey White, 33, both of 36 Sillins Avenue, Redditch; Wendy Valene Clark, 61, of Ragdon Manor, Church Stretton; Joseph McCabe, 23, of Easingwold, near York; Joanne Goodyear, 32, of 6 Ivy Lane, Fernhill Heath…. (story)
Hereford Times 24.10.06 12 in court after animal rights arrests - TWELVE people appeared at Hereford Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with offences under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005. The charges relate to alleged interference with contractual relationships so as to harm an animal research organisation.... (story)
BBC News Online 23.10.06 Twelve in court over animal lab Twelve people have appeared in court charged with interfering with suppliers to an animal research organisation. The five men and seven women were arrested in May 2006 in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire and the West Midlands.... (story)
Worcester Evening News 12.5.06 I was in bed, then police stormed in - AN animal rights campaigner has spoken of her shock after police smashed through her door and arrested her. Pauline Burgess, of Malvern Link, said she was lying in bed on Tuesday when she was startled by a loud bang. "I was in bed and heard a crash and officers ran in and grabbed me by the arms," said the 50-year-old life model, of Richmond Road… Miss Burgess said she was detained at Worcester Police Station for 12 hours…. A police spokesman said: "West Mercia Constabulary has arrested 11 people in connection with offences relating to animal rights extremist activities…. (story in archive)
Western Daily Press 11.5.06 ANIMAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNERS TARGETED BY POLICE SWOOP - More than 120 police raided homes across the West yesterday as a part of a major investigation into the activities of animal extremists. Eleven people were arrested after police swooped on properties in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and parts of the Midlands in a major t wo - day operation understood to relate to offences within the West Mercia force area…. (story)
Independent 11.5.06 Eleven suspected animal rights extremists arrested By Julia Kollewe, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent - Eleven people suspected of being involved in animal rights extremist activities were arrested yesterday. Police were unable to say whether the arrests were connected to recent threats made to private shareholders of the drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline but did not rule it out…. (story)
Sky News 10.5.06 Animal Extremists Arrested - Eleven people have been arrested in connection with animal rights extremist activities. West Mercia Police detained four men and seven women during raids involving 120 officers. There were arrests in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire and the West Midlands, with a large number of items seized…. (story)
Western Daily Press 10.5.06 Police make animal rights arrests - Eleven people have been arrested in connection with offences relating to animal rights extremist activities. West Mercia Police carried out a planned operation during Tuesday and Wednesday involving 120 officers and other national police agencies. Arrests were made in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, the West Midlands and Shropshire…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 11.7.08 Girl to make case against fish farm culls - AN 11-YEAR-OLD Argyll girl will be one of nine children making impassioned pleas on behalf of sea creatures at a conference next week. Tierney Carter, of Tigh-na-Mara, Eilean Duirinnis, a small sea island connected by causeway to Bonawe, near Oban, will give a presentation on the controversial seal culling issue at the event in Birmingham… (story)


North Devon Journal 10.7.08 NO MORE 'SPORT' THAN BEAR BAITING - I AM sorry, indeed, that your correspondent Mr Tony Dunn should seem so upset about what I had written concerning the “sport” of hunting wild animals with trained hounds…. That the House of Lords spent about two and a half years doing its utmost to stall the prohibition of hunting with dogs simply because it relates to democracy and “national identity” is, I would suggest, rather unlikely… PETER FOLEY, Ilford, Essex (letter)
(Plymouth Herald) 9.7.08 No more 'sport' than bear baiting - PETER FOLEY, Ilford, Essex (letter)
North Devon Journal 26.6.08 URBAN PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND - In my opinion Peter Foley's letter (Journal, June 19) seems typical of the ignorance which still surrounds hunting in the minds of urban people.Does Peter really think that people go hunting in order to be 'cruel to animals'?... By all means come and visit Exmoor again, Mr Foley, but spare us your sermon on the 'evils' of hunting…. TONY DUNN, (online comment). (letter)
North Devon Journal 19.6.08 JOHN'S GOT HIS 'KNICKERS IN A TWIST' OVER HUNTING - As a TOWNEE who - despite John Barum's observations (Journal June 5), doesn't really believe that foxes are jovial Basil Brushes - hasn't any young people in my large family who are (a) innocent, (b) believers in Communism or (c) ever heard to use the word 'Toff', I do feel, with respect, that John has got his knickers in a twist in his caricature of a family that opposes the medieval 'sport' of hunting wild animals.In a lengthy lifetime… We are all, it seems, hypocrites, apparently, when we want to stop people torturing animals for sheer enjoyment, because we 'enjoy a day out at Aintree or Ascot'…. PETER FOLEY, Goodmayes, Essex (letter)
North Devon Journal 5.6.08 A DAY AT THE RACES WITH AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE - More than a thousand people gathered together on Exmoor last weekend to help raise money for an illegal activity. The sun shone as, between us, we handed over our hard-earned readies to ensure that some people can hunt animals for sport.We were enjoying a day at the races… A simple country gathering, yes, but it was raising money for people whose work and hobby has been outlawed. It was one of the many events held throughout the year in Devon and elsewhere in the country in support of organised hunts, mainly of foxes and deer…. I must stress that I am not a huntsman, a follower, nor even a horse rider. I don't agree with hunting animals just for sport, but I do defend the right of others to hunt as long as they can prove it has a genuine purpose in the world of farming and maintaining the countryside. What makes me want to hand over even more money to a dubious activity is the mindset of those who hate hunting…. (story)

Independent 10.7.08 Wrong ideas about UK's herds of deer - Leaving aside the tenuous link to Hollywood celebs, and the strange, previously unreported habit of shooting livestock, which must infuriate local farmers, John Walsh's comments on deer management in Britain are out of place… You do not need a licence to shoot deer in the UK, but to own a gun with which it is legal to shoot one you have to demonstrate experience, expertise and sanity. If only the same were true of comment writers. Tim Bonner, Head of Media, Countryside Alliance, London SE11
The excellent article in Extra on the different species legally hunted in each European country omitted to mention one type of bloodsport closer to home. Every year, some 40 million pheasants and partridges are purpose-bred for "sport" shooting… Kevin Mutimer, London SE15 (letters)
Independent 7.7.08 The killing fields: Europe's hunting season begins - As Brad and Angelina have discovered to their cost, Europe's hills and forests will soon be echoing to the sound of gunfire, as hunting season begins. John Walsh takes aim… In Ireland, fox hunting with hounds is still perfectly legal, and traditional hunts such as the Galway Blazers, the Black and Tans and the Golden Vale still thunder across meadows in search of their prey… And England? Surely, since the fox-hunting ban in 2004, we are exempt from any taint of hunting and blood sports? Nope. It's easy to find websites cheerily offering "Exotic Deers [sic] Hunting in England" and promises a rich haul of carcasses from the "autochthonous" (native) deer population…. (story)

Oxford Mail 10.7.08 Painful for fish - I see there is going to be an attempt to keeping potentially erring young people on the straight and narrow by encouraging them to take up angling (Oxford Mail, July 4). Unfortunately, although fish do not understand social policy, it is generally agreed that they have enough sentience to feel a hook through their mouths. ROGER JENKING Joan Lawrence Place Headington Oxford (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 10.7.08 COST OF A BADGER CULL IS FAR TOO HIGH - A call for a badger cull to curb this bovine tuberculosis outbreak in cattle is an attempt to appease a powerful and irresponsible farming lobby, which refuses to accept responsibility for the disease outbreaks that are a direct consequence of modern industrial farming methods… Graham Forsyth, Fairway Rise, Chard (letter)

Western Gazette 10.7.08 ACTRESS BARES ALL IN BULLFIGHTING PROTEST - A Yeovil woman lay naked and speared on the streets of Pamplona at the weekend to protest against the torture of bulls. Lucia Barber, aged 22, lay bloodied by barb-tipped wooden daggers piercing her back in Spain, as she showed her strength of feeling about the "cruel" Running of the Bulls and the fights that follow.The graphic demonstration was organised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and was held on Saturday two days before the Running of the Bulls… (story)
BBC News Online 5.7.08 Protesters strip against bull run - Hundreds of animal rights campaigners, some of them in underwear, have held a protest against bull-fighting in Pamplona, northern Spain…. "The idea is to stop the cruel runs and then the bullfights which follow. We want to see a viable alternative," Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) spokesman Andy Butler told the AFP news agency…. (story)
New Statesman 4.7.08 The naked protest - Bruce Friedrich - Animal rights group Peta are staging a naked protest at the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Here Bruce Friedrich, the organisation's vice president makes the case against the corrida…. (story)
BBC News Online 3.7.08 Nude protesters head for bull run - A woman from Kent and a man from Sussex are among up to 1,000 people expected to take part in a naked protest against an annual Spanish bull run…. Ivan Darch, of Hastings, and Alexandra Egre, of Canterbury, are from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals…. (story)
Western Daily Press 3.7.08 I'LL BARE ALL TO EXPOSE TRUTH ABOUT BULL RUN BY TINA ROWE - Lying naked on a Spanish street and seemingly "bloodied" by barb-tipped wooden daggers, Lucia Barber will make a graphic protest against the notorious Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. Miss Barber, 21, a Somerset-born actress, will join 50 campaigners from Spain and around the world who will gather in Pamplona on Saturday hoping to end the slaughter of the 50 bulls which die each year in the San Fermin Festival. The demonstration has been organised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and will take place two days before the Running of the Bulls…. (story)

Derry Journal 10.7.08 Circus protest was over the top - I want to express my outrage at a group of animal rights protesters who stood outside the Circus Sydney recently…. I took my child to the circus and the protesters completely blocked the entrance, forcing us to squeeze past them…. Have your protest, it's your right, but don't stop people who have made a decision to attend from going into the circus…. (Name and address supplied) (letter)


Western Daily Press 9.7.08 JOKER BILL IS A NATURE REALIST - Unlike Roger Evans (West Country Life, June 28), I like Bill Oddie - underneath that joking image is a realist accepting nature, unlike the bloodsports fraternity, and some landowners and farmers, who see other species as objects to abuse for fun and profit, with farrowing crates, battery hens, many supplying animals for the cruel ritual-slaughter trade, etc…. David Thomas, Hisomley, Wiltshire (letter)

Strathspey & Badenoch Herald 9.7.08 'Take action now' to halt eagle cull By Gerard Burke - CONSERVATIONISTS have called for shooting estates to be made responsible for the actions of their staff in an attempt to stop birds of prey being culled around grouse moors in Badenoch and Strathspey and beyond. They also urged the government to act quickly to introduce a link between the health of the environment on estates and public payments for rural businesses based there, such as forestry improvement and aid for farms… Brian Etheridge, an expert of birds of prey with the RSPB, hailed the report as "conclusive proof that eagles are being persecuted around grouse moors"…. Tim Baynes, moorlands director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, condemned the use of poisons on estates but was sceptical about the value of the SNH report… (story)

Western Daily Press 9.7.08 GOVERNMENT RIGHT TO SAY NO TO A POINTLESS BADGER CULL - We can only applaud the Government for standing up and saying no to a badger cull…. So "the gloves are off", according to Lyndon Edwards, chairman of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, and the NFU will be organising a mass demonstration. Yet again, we are to see that certain farmers believe themselves to be above the law, hunting in the first instance, and now killing badgers. Of course, they're farmers so they would obviously know more than a research programme costing more than £54 million - but then it's easy to rubbish findings if they don't suit a historic mindset…. Pauline Kidner, Charity Founder, Secret World Wildlife Rescue (letter)

Independent 9.7.08 Tracing the cause of bovine TB - Dr F W Kirkham, Crediton, Devon (letter)
Western Morning News 8.7.08 NO CULL, SO WE MUST ASK OTHER QUESTIONS Now that a badger cull has been ruled out, for better or for worse, perhaps more attention can be focused on other issues relating to the incidence of bovine TB. As well as developing a useful vaccine for cattle, several other questions should be answered. For example, why is TB five times more common in dairy cows than in beef cattle, and three times more common in dairy herds than in mixed beef and dairy herds?... Dr F W Kirkham, Ecological Research and Consultancy Nymet Rowland, Crediton (letter)

Hemel Hempstead Gazette 9.7.08 Hawk of the town - Shoppers watched in dismay as a bird of prey hired to clear town centre pigeons killed a duck nesting above a store in Hemel Hempstead. The Harris Hawk was being flown by a pest control worker in Marlowes, last Wednesday (July 2) when a crowd of adults and children saw it swoop onto a duck's nest. Witness and former bird sanctuary owner Ray Lindey-Jones, 68, said: "It went straight into the nest and everyone heard the duck scream out."… (story)

Largs & Millport Weekly News 9.7.08 Animal activists oppose Zippo's circus - A travelling circus that’s on its way to the local area has hit out at allegations of animal cruelty from protestors. Advocates for Animals have called on the public to boycott Zippo’s Circus, which will be setting up its big top at the Kelburn Estate from 29th-31st July…. (story)


Western Morning News 8.7.08 ALLIANCE SHOWS ITS TRUE ALLEGIANCE - As new Labour remains in freefall, and the Liberal Democrats fail to gain any advantage, I wonder how many readers who will be voting Conservative at the next election realise that the so-called non-political Countryside Alliance has now set up the repeal committee to dispose of the Hunting Act if the Tories form the next government… Graham Forsyth, Chard (letter)

Western Daily Press 8.7.08 HUNT ACT HAS TO BE FOR ALL - In my opinion, Giles Bradshaw, along with others, is woefully wrong over their campaign to abolish the Hunting Act… D Roberts, Bridgwater, Somerset (story)

Western Daily Press 8.7.08 SHOOTING SPORTS ARE EXACTLY THAT In reply to Mr Forsyth's comments on shooting, "Base selection on sports ability" (Your Say, July 3), anyone who aspires to Olympic shooting standards accepts the need to put their personal lives, finances, occupations and education on hold. In return, the selectors for the Olympic shooting team are responsible for ensuring that team members can practise as a team, using facilities at Olympic level, along with the expenses to attend these venues. In these circumstances, any individual such as Ed Ling, shooting alone on a unofficial home-made range is patently not an option… Colin Currie, Radstock (letter)
Western Daily Press 3.7.08 BASE SELECTION ON SPORTS ABILITY - I feel I must respond to Colin Currie of Bath over the ongoing saga of Ed Ling being removed from his rightful place on the British Olympic Shooting Team… I could understand it if he was number three or four in the country, but having just won the Welsh Open, does that not just confirm my fears that this is a class decision? I am not a shooter but I did look up the reference to Bisley that Mr Currie made and, from my first reading, it's all about training blood sports enthusiasts how to kill live quarry…. Graham Forsyth, Chard (letter)
Western Daily Press 30.6.08 MONEY WOULD MAKE SPORT FAIR - I Write in response to a letter in Your Say by Graham Forsyth, of Chard, "Talented Ed is denied his rightful place at Olympics" (June 26). Surely, it would be more sensible to criticise the lack of funding for talented young athletes, as opposed to using petty snobbery to attack those born with double-barrelled names… It is futile attacking the number of athletes in the British Olympic squad from privileged back- grounds. I remind Mr Forsyth that we currently have a Labour Government which has consistently failed to fulfil its party's pledge to help the working classes…. Sam Trefgarne Lydney Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 30.6.08 HELP OLYMPIANS TO TRAIN AT HOME - In reply to Mr Forsyth's comments on shooting, "Talented Ed is denied his rightful place at Olympics" (Your Say, June 26), the real problem for Ed Ling and other competitors is not imagined class distinction, but the chronic lack of facilities nationwide for shooting at an international standard…. Colin Currie Bath (letter)
Western Daily Press 26.6.08 TALENTED ED IS DENIED HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE AT OLYMPICS - I see that Ed Ling, from Nynehead, Somerset, cannot go to the Olympics unless he gives up his job on the farm to train in Italy and the fact that he is the British number one makes no difference at all…. a classless and stupid decision from the double-barrelled performance director of British Shooting, John Leighton-Dyson. I wonder who will take Ed's place, probably a rich kid from Millfield School I would expect, again with a double-barrelled name and able to afford this sport and the time to practise it… I know I did write in the Western Daily Press about and against the spread of firearms, but never did I suspect that the hunting and shooting lobby, who seem to have control of the equestrian and shooting activities, would turn on a farmer and his son. Graham Forsyth, Chard, Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 23.6.08 I CAN'T GO TO THE OLYMPICS... MY FARM WORK IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT! - One of the country's top shooters has been told he cannot compete in the Olympics if he refuses to join a foreign training programme and give up having his dad as his coach. Single-shot marksman Ed Ling, from Nynehead, near Wellington, is ranked No.1 in Britain but training officials have vowed to ban him from competing in Beijing if he does not give up practising with dad Steven and pack in his job to join teammates at a camp in Italy… But performance director of British Shooting John Leighton-Dyson said the body will be sticking to its guns. "You cannot duck in and out and take what you want," he said…. (letter)

The Shields Gazette 8.7.08 Pair used dogs to kill hunt and deer - TWO hunters from South Tyneside have appeared in a Scottish court after they used dogs to chase and kill a deer. Paul Reed, 26, of Halstead Place, and a 16-year-old, also from South Shields, were spared jail when they appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. A third accused – 19-year-old Dane Ord, of Widdrington Avenue, Horsley Hill – failed to turn up, and a warrant was granted for his arrest. All three admitted, while acting with a juvenile, wilfully killing a roe deer using dogs and deliberately hunting a roe deer with three dogs…. (story)

Northern Echo 8.7.08 Animal rights campaigners in market square protest By Jim Entwistle - ANIMAL rights campaigners dressed as rats and locked themselves in cages to protest about cosmetic testing on animals. The stunt in Darlington market square today was organised by animal welfare group Uncaged to raise public awareness about well-known beauty products which are tested on animals…. (story)

Western Morning News 8.7.08 ZOOS MAKE ME ANGRY - I write in response to Trevor Beer's article, June 19 - "A sad necessity of the 21st century", regarding zoos.. Animals do have rights - the right to be animals.Educational, conservational? A smokescreen for making money and keeping these crazy institutions afloat…. Celia Mills, Calstock (story)


Northern Echo 7.7.08 People enjoy moor without spilling blood From: Jim Davenport, Chapel Row, Copt Hewick, Ripon… SO Michael Booth (Yorkshire Post, June 28) believes that the difference between grouse shooters and the rest of the users of Ilkley Moor is that the shooters will be making a financial contribution to Bradford Council… Blasting birds out of the sky for some sort of sadistic pleasure by a few bloodthirsty bully boys probably does not fit very comfortably into the mind set of other moor users… (letter)
Yorkshire Post 1.7.08 Managing Ilkley Moor for the benefit of all From: JG Grice, The Close, Durkar, Wakefield. I READ the letter from the anti-shooting lady (Yorkshire Post, June 25) with a certain amount of despair that someone who professes to walk the moor on a regular basis lacks any knowledge of the management of her surroundings…. On a properly-managed moor, all wildlife benefits, and I believe it is an insult to the keeping and shooting fraternity to say they do not care… (letter)
Yorkshire Post 28.6.08 Shooting From: Michael Booth, The Birches, Bramhope - I GET more than a little irritated when I read letters from such correspondents as Ms Learmont-Thom (Yorkshire Post, June 25) criticising people whose interests are different to their own, and about which they apparently know nothing.… Various shooting associations, such as the British Association for Shooting and Conservation. contribute very considerable sums of money and effort each year towards the upkeep and conservation of the very countryside that she purports to love. What does she, a walker contribute – nothing… From: JH Hawkesworth, Ben Rhydding
EVE Learmont-Thom is entitled to express her views about grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor…. The Moor continued to be used for shooting until 1997 when the lease of the shooting rights was not renewed by Bradford Council, the successors of Ilkley Urban District Council…. (letters)
Yorkshire Post 25.6.08 Shooting on moor is a danger to wildlife From: Eve Learmont-Thom, Wensleydale Way, Riddleden, Bradford. I HEARD that Bradford Council is going to allow shooting again on Ilkley Moor. I strongly disagree with this… I spend a lot of time walking up on the moor. I take great care not to allow myself or my dogs to disturb any of the natural flora and fauna. I do not believe the people who shoot have the same respect for the natural environment… (letter)

Bucks Free Press 7.7.08 Budding anglers told to get hooked By Hannah Williams - BUDDING anglers are being encouraged to get hooked on fishing. A free event giving people the chance to try the sport and receive tuition from a qualified angling coach is due to take place this summer in High Wycombe. The session, organised by the Environment Agency, will take place on August 7 at the Rye Dyke… (story)

Western Daily Press 7.7.08 DON'T SUPPORT ANIMAL CIRCUSES - If the Roberts care about Anne the elephant ("Calls to boycott animal circus", Western Daily Press, June 25), she should be with her own kind… Pamela Dean, Stroud, Gloucestershire (story)

Leicester Mercury 7.7.08 £1,000 REWARD OFFERED TO FIND SCHOOL PET KILLER BY IAN WISHART EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT - A worldwide animal rights group is offering £1,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person who slaughtered school animals. Peta, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have put up the cash because they fear that other pets are at risk while the perpetrator is still on the loose… (story)


Sunday Telegraph 6.7.08 Peta: the fur will fly - Hijacking an Easter float as a bunny, pelting Anna Wintour with tofu … Dan Mathews' use of shock tactics and celebrity has made animal rights positively sexy. Alix Sharkey reports… (story)

Independent on Sunday 6.7.08 I was horrified to read that Skye Gyngell seems to imply that live langoustines should be put on a heated grill ("This is summer food", 29 June)… Julie Roxburgh, The Shellfish Network, Woking, Surrey (letters)


Aberdeen Press & Journal 5.7.08 Alness man Young Gamekeeper of the Year - AN ALNESS man who works on an estate on an Inner Hebridean island has won the inaugural Scottish Young Gamekeeper of the Year award. Islay Estates keeper, Alan MacDonald, 24, is a graduate of Thurso College’s gamekeeping course…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 5.7.08 LEAVE BEAUTIFUL BADGERS AND OTHER ANIMALS ALONE - I Totally agree with D W Paxton's letter on the extermination of badgers ("Factory farmers to blame for bovine TB", Open Lines, June 27).It's so unjustified, as there is still no proof that badgers cause TB in cows. Why don't the farmers inoculate their cows against TB? Surely it's cheaper to do this than lose the poor animal… Ann Browne, Oldland Common (letter)
Bristol Evening Post 27.6.08 FACTORY FARMERS TO BLAME FOR BOVINE TB - Badgers have been around for thousands of years. The spread of bovine TB relates to the development of factory farming.By targeting badgers, its practitioners are shifting the blame… D W Paxton, Greenbank, Bristol (letter)

Leicester Mercury 5.7.08 MAILBOX: OUR BLIND SPOT TOWARDS ANIMALS - I agree with Dr Richard White (Mailbox, June 27) regarding society's schizophrenic attitudes towards non-human animals. He is quite right to say that if you eat meat, fish, wear leather or any other animal product you are compliant with the suffering of sentient non-human animals…. Sue Chambers, Leicester (letter)
Leicester Mercury 27.6.08 MERCURY MAILBOX: WE HAVE A SCHIZOPHRENIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS ANIMALS - Your story "School animals battered to death" raises some fundamental questions regarding our schizophrenic attitudes toward other animals… How many Mercury readers fail to see how their (daily) consumption of butchered flesh is in any way less senseless or immoral than the actions of those responsible for such a brutal and savage incident?... Dr Richard White, Sheffield.(letter)

Western Daily Press 5.7.08 DIVERS: LEAVE THE WILDLIFE ALONE - With reference to the article "Watch out, it's Claws!" (July 3), may I ask deep-sea diver Paul Worsley where his respect was for the sea bed and the creatures living on it? Why did he have to drag up and kill the 17lb crab? What was the point? Why not just leave it living on the wreck site?It's a disgrace and must be made illegal for deep-sea divers to kill the wildlife. It's no more than a blood sport… Janet Hall Cirencester (story)

Indymedia 5.7.08 Support Sarah Whitehead - Sarah Whitehead is a committed vegan activist who has dedicated her life to saving animals and helping people… Sarah had been informed about an abused beagle. It was living outside in a wooden cage, and was muzzled at all times except for when it got to eat… What else was Sarah to do, but rescue the beagle herself? How else could this beagle be saved?... Sarah was already on a suspended sentence for rescuing animals from a notorious puppy farmer in West Sussex… Unknown to Sarah she was under police surveillance during the rescue as part of Operation Achilles and the campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences. Police followed her and watched her rescue the beagle, and then watched her take the dog to its second stage of its journey to it's new home… Sarah went on trial for burglary in June 2008. She pleaded not guilty to the offence as she believed she had not committed a crime in rescuing this beagle… The judge sentenced Sarah to two years in prison, nine months of this is from the suspended sentence she was on, and the extra 1 1/3 years is for rescuing the beagle. (story)
East Kent Mercury 2.7.08 Animal rights extremist jailed for puppy theft - An animal rights activist who stole a puppy has been condemned by a judge and the police. Sarah Whitehead, 51, was jailed for two years for stealing the 12-month-old beagle Freddie from a house in Walmer… Det Insp Patricia Geary said: "We are pleased with the outcome of the verdict and sentencing. "As a result of this person’s actions, a young family has lost their beloved pet dog and have no idea what has happened to him…. (story)


Dundee Evening Telegraph 4.7.08 Game Fair off to busy start The Scottish Game Fair got off to a busy start today, with thousands converging on Scone Palace. There were reports of some traffic problems on roads surrounding the show ground, but the overall response from the public was extremely positive…. (story)
Dundee Courier 9.6.08 Battle cry to be heard at game fair - SCONE PALACE is set to hear the sound of battle as the 1st Battalion 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot 1815 (The Black Watch) make a return to the Scottish Game Fair…. Other attractions at the three-day fair, from July 4 to 6 include fishing, clay shooting, gundogs and terriers…. (story)

Oxford Mail 4.7.08 Angling project aims to keep teens busy By Thom Airs - A new project in Oxford aims to tackle the scourge of teenage antisocial behaviour - by getting them hooked on fishing… The scheme - which has police backing - has been jointly funded by Oxford City Council and the Environment Agency who have met the cost of employing a full-time angler at £25,000 a year. Lifelong angler Ian Horrocks said fishing was the perfect pursuit to bring potentially troublesome teenagers into line…. (story)

Hexham Courant 3.7.08 PO axe falls on 17 villages By ROBERT GIBSON & GEMMA SOMERVILLE - TYNEDALE is set to bear the brunt of post office closures in Northumberland, sparking fears that rural communities could struggle to survive…. The Countryside Alliance also criticised the process, with North-East regional director Richard Dodd saying the Government had missed the point… (story)

Western Daily Press 4.7.08 INFECTION RISK FORCES FARMERS TO BOYCOTT COUNTRY SHOWS - Chris Rundle owes the Badger Trust an apology. In May, the Badger Trust called for cattle to be tested for bovine TB before they went to agricultural shows. Mr Rundle accused me of being a "ranting mouthpiece" making "ludicrous demands"…. Yet cattle entries at shows are declining, year on year, and show organisers blame the fear of bovine TB…. Trevor Lawson, The Badger Trust (story)

Scotsman 4.7.08 Ban animal mutilations - I am sure Dan Buglass did not mean to be flippant or inhumane when he described the tail-docking of 15 million young lambs, without anaesthetic or analgesia, as a "slight modification of their physiology" (Farming, 3 July).But it was disappointing to see his negative reaction, and that of NFU Scotland, to the authoritative report from the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) on the castration and tail-docking of lambs…. LIBBY ANDERSON, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (story)

Argus 4.7.08 Meat-free days - I had to laugh at the letter from Roy Dudley (Letters, June 28). Sir Paul McCartney wasn't issuing an order about meat-free days, merely a suggestion. Some people might want to take him up on it… Lucy Allen, Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint (letter)


Horse & Hound 3.7.08 New political body to fight for repeal of the Hunting Act - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - A new political body has been set up within the hunting community to push for repeal of the Hunting Act and to prepare for hunting's role afterwards. The new repeal committee takes over the political lobbying aspect of the Council of Hunting Associations (CHA) that was set up in 2001 to fight the Hunting Act 2004 and brought together the 11 hunting associations in the UK. A 21-strong committee of professional hunt staff, politicians and Countryside Alliance staff, chaired by MP Edward Garnier QC, met in London last Wednesday (25 June)…. (story)
Daily Post 1.7.08 Hunting lobby - HUNT leaders, politicians and Countryside Alliance staff last week held the inaugural meeting of the “Repeal Committee”, set up to campaign for the repeal of the Hunting Act in the run-up to the next election…. (story)

Horse & Hound 3.7.08 Devon farmer's Help for Heroes horse ride hopes to raise £7,000 - Nick West, H&H news desk - A Devon farmer who has raised over £50,000 in twelve years of charity rides completed his most recent ride in aid of Help for Heroes at London's Horse Guards Parade on June 23. Michael Bickell a beef farmer and chairman of the Lamerton hunt, set off from his home in the village of Lifton, Devon on Saturday June 14 making nine stopovers at such towns as Exeter, Axminster, Salisbury and Winchester, where he and four other riders from the Lamerton hunt were put up by fellow hunts people…. (story)
Western Gazette 26.6.08 CHARITY RIDE - Stallion Challenge: Stable owner Katrina Hitchins of Tall Trees Stud, Longburton, welcomes a troop of horsemen on their way from North Devon to the Houses of Parliament in aid of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and the Help for Heroes. Farmer Michael Bickell of Lifton, who organised the 250-mile ride, was due to arrive at The Mall on Monday morning after more than a week on the road. Acting as pilots for them as they approached and left Longburton were members of the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt, Arabella Moyer, Sarah-Jane Tillard, Anthony Mayo, Andrew Woodall and Patricia Windslade…. (story)
Western Morning News 28.5.08 HUNT CHAIRMAN FOR LIFTON TO LONDON CHARITY RIDE - Chairman of the Lamerton Hunt, Michael Bickell is all set to saddle up for his 12th annual sponsored horse ride which will take him from Lifton to London.Together with hunt supporters, Deborah and Harriet Kivell and Amanda Denny the team will ride approximately 250 miles over nine days with help from Heather Parr from Mid Devon who will be the all important back-up team leader… All monies raised will be split between SSAFA and HELP for HEROES. SSAFA ( www.ssafa.org.uk) provides support for those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces and their families. HELP for HEROES ( www.helpforheroes.org.uk) provides support for wounded servicemen and women… (story)

Guardian 3.7.08 Writer Simon Jenkins to chair National Trust - Maev Kennedy - Sir Simon Jenkins - whose bestselling books include England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses - will now have one of the world's greatest collections of stately homes, castles, churches, farms and follies to play with, as the newly elected chairman of the National Trust… Jenkins's admiration for the trust has often been barbed. He insisted last night he could not remember what his opinion had been of the trust's ban on stag hunting with hounds across its land, an issue which bitterly split the membership. In fact he expressed equal dislike for hunting and the ban, and when the government went on to ban fox hunting, wrote: "Whether or not people hunt is a matter of supreme indifference to me. But when people are banned from hunting it becomes a matter of supreme importance. Talk of fox welfare is piffle."… (story)

Western Daily Press 3.7.08 NO WAY OUT FOR ANIMALS - I am 87 years old and have lived in the same cottage next to a field for 54 years. I am neither pro- nor anti-hunt, but every winter for years, the fox and hounds race through my garden to the next field, often knocking down my leeks and other vegetables, but I never complain. I have often wondered whether these anti-hunt people eat meat and if they enjoy a Sunday roast. If so, they should be made to visit a slaughterhouse to see how animals struggle to get away… No government to spare their lives, but the fox, which is vermin, has government protection and must not be chased or killed by dogs… S Read, Wiltshire (letter)

Daily Post 3.7.08 Hounds, ferrets and falcons shine at Welsh country fair by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post COUNTRY sports organisation BASC began its centenary celebrations early with a healthy turn-out at its annual North Wales country fair. BASC officially launches its centenary year at the 50th CLA Game Fair, Blenheim Palace, later this month. But last weekend’s crowd at Bodelwyddan Castle, St Asaph, was in party mood as the sun shone on the event’s gundogs, falcons and ferrets… Denbigh & Flint Hunt showcased its hounds and visitors were encouraged to have a go at clay shooting, air gunning, fly casting and archery… (story)

Scotsman 3.7.08 Protecting birds of prey - RSPB Scotland recently launched a pledge asking individuals to recognise the importance of Scotland's bird of prey populations, and called for an end to the illegal killing that undermines their populations… We wrote last week to Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, asking the association to sign the pledge, and we hope this support will be forthcoming. We trust this clarifies recent correspondence from Mr Hogg and others on this issue (Letters, 1 and 2 July). DUNCAN ORR-EWING, Head of species and land management, RSPB Scotland, Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh (letter)
Scotsman 2.7.08 Gamekeepers ignored - As practical and professional wildlife managers, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) works tirelessly to build bridges with conservation agencies and has repeatedly condemned the illegal poisoning of birds of prey. We were, therefore, as baffled as Logan Steele (Letters, 1 July) when we read (your report, 26 June) of the "show of unity" among countryside organisations for the RSPB-led pledge… The SGA was not a signatory to this pledge for the simple reason that we were not informed of the proposal nor invited to participate… ALEX HOGG, Chairman, Scottish Gamekeepers Association, Arran Road, Perth (letter)
Scotsman 2.7.08 What's their game? - The recent pledge signed by various countryside agencies to help conserve Scotland's birds of prey (your report, 26 June) is to be warmly welcomed. However, there was one obvious omission and that was Scotland's self-styled wildlife managers, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association….. LOGAN D STEELE, Bridgewater Avenue, Auchterarder, Perthshire (letter)

Shields Gazette 3.7.08 Post office is heart of our community By Paul Myles-Kelly - A WORRIED councillor fears the heart of a village community could be lost if its post office is axed. Station Road Post Office, in East Boldon, has been earmarked for closure under proposals announced by Royal Mail on Tuesday…. Meanwhile, the Countryside Alliance is recommending that residents not only continue to use and support their branch, but make their views known to the Prime Minister and the National Consultation Team…. (story)

Deeside Piper 3.7.08 First Responder plans on cards By Kim Walton - A COMMUNITY leader is calling for the implementation of a scheme allowing Braemar firefighters to provide life-saving first aid until an ambulance reaches a casualty… The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA), which represents the interests of rural Scotland's communities, backed Braemar Community Council's proposed solution… (story)

Lytham St Annes Express 3.7.08 For greyhounds it is not always a perfect ending - IN RESPONSE to Lord Lipsey's letter (Express, June 26) I must question his actual hands-on knowledge of the society. As a member, and a previous owner of a fantastic retired greyhound that I acquired straight from a kennel in Manchester, near to the Belle Vue track, I feel I must highlight the fact that contrary to Lord Lipsey's comments, most greyhounds, unfortunately, do NOT live out the rest of their lives as happy retired pets…. Steve Bennett, Mill Lane, Warton
Sad truth of ex-race dogs - LORD Lipsey says your article about ex-racing greyhounds was "offensive" and claims most greyhounds live our a happy retirement. Well, here are some facts for him: Friends of mine have an ex-racing greyhound who was abandoned on the M62. He has scars on his head and was stabbed in the eye…. A Bacon, St Annes
Lord needs to get facts right - WE all know that Lord Lipsey is chairman of the greyhound racing board. But he appears to always have his head stuck in the sand when it comes to acknowledging the plight of retired racing greyhounds…. Edwina Blake-Will, By e-mail
Hound cruelty is on internet - I AM replying to the response by Lord Lipsey regarding the excellent article by Gordon McCully and Karen Evans in the Express…. Please do some genuine research on the internet and join the greyhound forums, full of kind people who help or run these rescues. Find the true facts and then decide where the truth lies…. Name and address supplied (letters)
Lytham St Annes Express 26.6.08 Racing article is 'offensive' - GORDON McCully and Karen Evans' article (Express, May 1, 'Happier End to Racing Life') highlighted the tremendous work of Peta Rain and her colleagues who help rehome retired racing greyhounds.However, it is a great shame that parts of the article (were) highly offensive. The fact is that when their racing career is over, most greyhounds will live out a happy retirement. Less than 10,000 greyhounds are now coming into licensed racing each year… Lord David Lipsey, Chairman, British Greyhound Racing Board (letter)
Lytham St Annes Express 1.5.08 Happier end to racing life - IT'S a sad fact that many greyhounds which have finished their racing career are simply not wanted any more. Once they are too old to race they are often put to sleep or simply abandoned…. And organisers of Greyhound Rescue West of England, which saves dogs that have been abused and abandoned, wish to find new homes for the friendly dogs in its care…. (story)

Independent 3.7.08 Champions of cruelty - In your toe-curling eulogy on Spain and the Spanish (1 July), you neglected to mention yet another area where they appear to be the Champions of Europe, that of animal abuse…. John Wood, St Austell, Cornwall (story)

Chester Evening Leader 3.7.08 Chester City Council admits killing pigeons - CHESTER COUNCIL chiefs have admitted killing pigeons – ignoring their own policy and the advice of experts…. Culling goes against the advice offered by The Pigeon Control Advisory Service (PiCAS)…. (story)

Reading Evening Post 3.7.08 Chicken welfare demo to take place at Tesco store - Campaigners will be demonstrating against battery farming outside Tesco in West Reading on Saturday… Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) will be leading the demonstration… Eloise Murray-Robertson, a spokeswoman for CIWF, said: “Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver highlighted the severe welfare issues involved in chicken farming… (story)

York Press 3.7.08 Answer to cruelty - WHEN are we going to say enough is enough? Animal cruelty is on the increase and every new case is more barbaric than the one before… D Fillingham, The Crossway, Muncaster, York. (letter)


Exeter Express & Echo 2.7.08 PROSECUTE ME - OR CHANGE THE LAW NOW - I have written to several MPs concerning my now illegal use of five dogs to flush out deer from my woodland. I have long felt they did not really intend the Hunting Act to ban my activities, which are neither cruel or lethal… Part of the reason I pursue this matter is that I actually think the criminal law is very important. For the law to work and be respected, we need politicians with the honesty and integrity to admit when they have made a mistake… Everybody knows the law is an ass. I will not obey it, the police will not enforce it and the MPs responsible for the mess will not admit it. Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash,South Molton (letter)

Newcastle Journal 2.7.08 Rallying call to region - A RALLYING call was issued yesterday in town halls across the North East for councils to help fill the void left by post office closures… Countryside Alliance regional director and Ponteland farmer Richard Dodd said post offices are the social heart of many communities and their removal would leave many people isolated… (story)

Northern Echo 2.7.08 Another 80 post offices facing the axe By Mark Summers - EIGHTY post offices across the North-East are the latest to be earmarked for closure as part of the controversial programme to cut the national network… Countryside Alliance North East regional director Richard Dodd said: We all feel that the Government has missed the point on post offices… (story)

Londonderry Sentinel 2.7.08 Protestors urge city council to ban circus - AN ANIMAL welfare group have urged Derry City Council to consider banning animal circuses from performing in the city. The Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), who are currently staging a nightly protest at the YMCA grounds in Drumahoe where Circus Sydney are performing, have called on the council to acknowledge such circuses are "morally and ethically wrong."… Aran spokeswoman Louise Graham said the group were concerned with the care and treatment of the animals… (letter)


Western Daily Press 1.7.08 A LAW IN NEED OF CHANGING - Regarding Russell Norton's recent letter ("This cannot be breaking the law", Your Say, June 23), I can fully understand his disbelief at the content of the Hunting Act. However, I can assure him that the Hunting Act does ban all flushing out unless no more than two dogs are used and the animals are shot…. Giles Bradshaw, South Molton (letter)
Western Daily Press 23.6.08 THIS CANNOT BE BREAKING THE LAW - With reference to Mr Bradshaw's letter "I believe I am above the law" (Your Say, June 13), I think he had it wrong… His mistake is in thinking that any form of flushing deer must result in them being shot dead, however this applies under the Hunting Act only when "flushing wild mammals to guns". Since Mr Bradshaw is not flushing the deer to guns, then I fail to see how he is breaking the law…. Russell Norton, Somerton, Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 14.6.08 POLL CHOICE ON HUNTING I Welcome the comments made by Michael Wills MP, "Hunt law can be applied" (Your Say June 3). I only wish the police agreed with him…. Michael Wills fought a mammoth Parliamentary battle in the face of mainly Conservative pro-hunting MPs to bring an end to the cruelty of hunting a wild mammal with a pack of dogs… Helen Weeks West Coker (letter)
Western Daily Press 13.6.08 I BELIEVE I AM ABOVE THE LAW - I recently read a letter from a Mr Willis in the Western Daily Press (June 3), entitled "Hunt law can be applied". I am writing to explain why I break the Hunting Act and why I should be allowed to…. I have been flushing out deer with dogs to reduce damage to my coppice woodland for the past 10 years. It is a non-lethal and humane means of pest control…. Giles Bradshaw, Whippenscott , Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 3.6.08 HUNT LAW CAN BE APPLIED - I read with interest the letter from your correspondent Chris Gale, "Hunt Act is a clear and workable law"… I am a local MP who voted in favour of the Hunting Act and I share Mr Gale's views that its provisions are clear and easily understood… Michael Wills, MP for North Swindon (letter)
Western Daily Press 9.6.08 HUNTING ACT NOT APPLIED TO ALL - Regarding Gill Purser's letter, "One set of rules for everybody" (Your Say, May 20), I completely agree that the law should be applied equally to all parties. The problem with the Hunting Act is that it cannot be applied to all… This makes it a fundamentally illiberal law because one does not, in fact, have to be doing anything wrong to be breaking it… Giles Bradshaw, Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 26.5.08 BEST OPTION FOR CONTROL - In his recent letter to Your Say, "Killing with dogs is all in the past", Matthew Fox refers to "peer-reviewed science" as forming the basis for the League Against Cruel Sports' disagreement with my view that it is more humane, where practical, not to shoot wild deer that have been flushed out by dogs. I don't want to appear rude, but I do not believe what he is saying is true.If there is such science suggesting that the deer would be better off being killed, maybe Mr Fox would be kind enough to provide references…. Giles Bradshaw Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 20.5.08 ONE SET OF RULES FOR EVERYBODY - The title of Giles Bradshaw's latest letter, "All round support for repeal of the Act" (Your Say, May 13), is as inaccurate as the letter's contents… Gill Purser, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 19.5.08 KILLING WITH DOGS IS ALL IN THE PAST - It would appear that the West Country police decided some time ago that, on matters relating to the Hunting Act, Mr Bradshaw was a minor irritant. I would suggest that readers of the Western Daily Press conclude likewise. Unfortunately for Mr Bradshaw, the league has always ensured that its position on hunting is informed by peer-reviewed science…. Matthew Fox, League Against Cruel Sports, London (letter)
Western Daily Press 16.5.08 HUNT ACT IS A CLEAR AND WORKABLE LAW - There was a time when gladiators fought to the death for public entertainment. They fought one another, wild animals, condemned prisoners, rebellious slaves or whomever the ancient Roman fight organisers thought would entertain the crowds…. The mindset of the crowds who bayed for blood, as they made a family outing out of torture and debased cruelty in the Roman amphitheatre, is no different to that of hunt supporters who gather to watch fox, hare and stags being chased and killed for entertainment in contemporary Britain…. Chris Gale , Chippenham (letter)
Western Daily Press 16.5.08 ABSURD TO HAVE TO SHOOT DEER - I was most interested to read the director of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) UK, Robbie Marsland, standing up for non- lethal control and deterrence of pest animals…. It's most unfortunate that the Hunting Act makes flushing out with dogs illegal unless two dogs or fewer are used and steps are taken to immediately shoot the deer…. The law should be changed and the requirement to kill animals removed. I use five dogs to flush out deer which I refuse to shoot. The only parties stupid enough to think there is any chance of the deer being caught and ripped to shreds are the dogs and, it seems, the Government…. Giles Bradshaw, Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 10.5.08 WHEN SHOOTING FOXES IS ALLOWED - In response to Rev H W Jones (Your Say, April 25), the International Fund for Animal Welfare believes that foxes regulate their own numbers and there is no need for human population control… IFAW believes that if there is a problem fox, lamping (shooting by rifle at night) conducted by trained marksmen is the most effective and humane method available… Robbie Marsland Director of IFAW UK London (letter)
Western Daily Press 9.5.08 A PACK OF HUNTERS - Giles Bradshaw asks why people aren't in wide-eyed wonderment at the proposals for wild mammal protection put forward by the so-called "Middle Way Group". Now let's think, could it possibly be that their credibility flies out the window as soon as you realise that they refuse to acknowledge the unnecessary suffering caused by setting a pack of dogs on to a wild animal to hound it to a point of exhaustion before subjecting it to a needlessly brutal and savage death?... Gill Purser, Cheltenham (letter)
Bath Chronicle 8.5.08 NO EVIDENCE THAT HUNTING IS CRUEL - My recent letter to the Bath Chronicle seems to have touched a very raw nerve, given the response from some of your anti-hunting readers ("Fury at hunting letter March 20", 2008). Once again, the issue of increased suffering by wounding through alternative methods of control (something which hunting does not do) is dismissed in the all-important condemnation of hunting with dogs… As a former executive director of the League Against Cruel Sports, I came to the conclusion that a ban on the use of dogs in wildlife management would not improve animal welfare. I was not alone… JAMES BARRINGTON Consultant, The All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group London (letter)
Western Daily Press 8.5.08 HUNTING 'TRUTHS' James Barrington's letter "Hunting Act and an inconvenient truth" (Your Say May 2), never mentions the inconvenient truth that foxes have been bred for hunting, which I have witnessed…. Rev H W Jones, Swindon (story)
Western Daily Press 7.5.08 NO REASON TO SHOOT FOXES - I see that Mr Barrington (Your Say, May 2) considers himself and the four others he quotes as key individuals in the hunting debate. There are many more than that number, including former and current directors of the League Against Cruel Sports, who are at least as well-informed as he and they are, yet see things very differently…. Peter Bunce, Haddenham, Bucks (letter)
Western Daily Press 3.5.08 OUTLAW ALL ACTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY - I Wonder why there has been such an avalanche of letters in response to James Barrington's call to replace the Hunting Act with a law giving all wild mammals protection from all forms of cruelty. Mr Barrington's approach seems eminently sensible. If we want to prevent cruelty, then make it illegal… It makes perfect sense, therefore, to repeal or amend legislation that gives wild mammals only partial protection against specific activities such as the existing Wild Mammals Protection Act and the Hunting Act and to replace them with a law prohibiting all cruelty to wild mammals howsoever it is caused… Giles Bradshaw South Molton Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 2.5.08 HUNTING ACT AND AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH - My recent letter to the Western Daily Press seems to have touched a very raw nerve, given the response from some of your anti-hunting readers. Once again, the issue of increased suffering by wounding through alternative methods of control (something which hunting does not do) is dismissed in the all-important condemnation of hunting with dogs. Once again, hunting is classified as cruel without giving even one scientific reference to support such a theory… No amount of evidence or debate will ever convince those who have blinkered views, but I hope that most people will at least think carefully about the conclusions reached by key individuals who have spent many years involved with animal welfare and have accepted what might be regarded as an inconvenient truth. James Barrington, Consultant , All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group (letter)
Western Daily Press 1.5.08 SUPPORT BAN - While Mr Barrington has every right to express his opinion regarding the rights and wrongs of fox-hunting, I am puzzled why he took so long to feel this way. For many years, he was a supporter of the League Against Cruel Sport. No doubt, he knew what their views were…. Pamela Dean, Stroud (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.4.08 SUFFERING HAS NOT INCREASED - Do we have to keep going over the same tired excuses put out by James Barrington? He claims animals are suffering more now because of the ban, yet stands side by side with the perpetrators of this obscene cruelty… Judi Hewitt, Rhyl, North Wales (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.4.08 HUNTING WITH DOGS IS CRUEL - James Barrington's latest letter (Your Say, April 21) was notable for his admission that animals "have been treated badly" by hunters and that some have acted in a "sadistic manner"…. Hunting with dogs is cruel and inhumane, and I have witnessed countless acts of suffering inflicted on foxes, deer and hare during my 25 years of monitoring…. Kevin Hill, Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 26.4.08 CRUELTY USED AS ENTERTAINMENT - James Barrington (Your Say, April 21) totally ignores what hunting with dogs was all about and the reason it was made illegal. Hunting was cruelty as entertainment… Chris Gale Chippenham (letter)
Western Daily Press 26.4.08 MIDDLE WAY NO LONGER NEEDED - The hunting debate closed a long time ago. Jim Barrington's steadfast refusal to move with the times is in stark contrast to the seven out of 10 people in Britain, recently polled by Ipsos MORI, who support the ban on hunting… Matthew Fox London (letter)
Western Daily Press 26.4.08 MAJORITY BACKED BAN ON HUNTING - What is blatantly clear in James Barrington's letter, "Hunting Act in need of repeal" (Your Say, April 21), is that he is not representing the Middle Way as he claims… Thank goodness most people saw through this last-ditch and thinly disguised attempt to offer the sop of a Middle Way and try to force a split decision… B M Morris Minehead (letter)
Western Daily Press 25.4.08 SHOOTING IS NOT HUMANE - I was interested in James Barrington's letter (Your Say, April 21). He stated that the International Fund for Animal Welfare and others considered that shooting was a humane alternative to hunting…. I would like to ask James Barrington and the IFAW why there is the need to kill foxes? There is no need, just the lust to kill for sport. Rev H W Jones, Swindon (letter)
Western Daily Press 25.4.08 A BAN THAT NEEDS TO STAY - James Barrington, from the Countryside Alliance, who campaigns to repeal the Hunting Act, neglects to mention that the ban also made hare-coursing illegal. No amount of so-called regulation could ever make these events anything other than cruel… Yvonne Sadler, Fishponds, Bristol (letter)
Western Daily Press 24.4.08 JUST ACCEPT THE BAN ON HUNTING - To read "Hunting act in need of repeal" by James Barrington (Your Say, April 21) will absolutely astound any normal, sane, sound- thinking mature adult. As a teenager with a logical thought process, I worked out that hunting was cruel and barbaric and sabbed my first duck-shoot in the winter at the end of 1958, moving to otter hunts, fox hunts, mink hunts, etc, over the years… M J Haines, Cirencester (letter)
Western Daily Press 23.4.08 DON'T TURN BACK CLOCK - James Barrington recently called for the Hunting Act to be repealed. (Your Say, April 21). Rather than turning the clock back, Barrington would achieve more by supporting the proper regulation of wild mammal management and promoting wild mammal protection… Bill Swann, Colchester (letter)
Western Daily Press 21.4.08 HUNTING ACT IN NEED OF REPEAL - It is no wonder that the hunting debate has gone on for so long, when anti-hunting organisations and individuals steadfastly refuse to widen the argument to consider the consequences of their actions. This is exactly the case with the International Fund for Animal Welfare's Kevin Hill and Rosa Argent's argument (Your View, April 8). Once again, there is no attempt to properly discuss, let alone justify, the unseen suffering of wild animals that are now wounded in greater numbers as a direct result of the Hunting Act… James Barrington, The All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group (letter)
Western Daily Press 8.4.08 WE CAN'T TURN BACK CLOCK - The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) letter, "Hunting can't be justified" (Your Say, March 13), seems to have touched a raw nerve with Jim Barrington… Throughout my long campaigning life, my fellow monitors and I have seen the most horrendous things perpetrated on our wildlife… Do we really want to turn the clock back to Jim Barrington's world? Kevin Hill and Rosa Argent, IFAW, London (letter)
Western Daily Press 7.4.08 HUNTING BAN IS LAW - FULL STOP - I was interested in the letter from James Barrington, the previous director of the League Against Cruel Sports, of which I am proud to be a member, justifying hunting. Hunters are not interested in wildlife management, or animal welfare. Their main interest is in killing for sport, either foxes or pheasants. Being part of a privileged elite, or making money is another motive…. Rev H W Jones, Swindon (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.3.08 HUNTING IS NOT NATURAL - James Barrington, "Hunting ban doesn't stop animal cruelty" (Your Say, March 7) is being disingenuous. There is nothing "natural" about sending people out at night to block up fox earths and badger setts so foxes found by the hounds are forced into long, exhausting chases and cannot naturally dive down a hole... Chris Gale, Chippenham (letter)
Western Daily Press 26.3.08 DEBATE NEEDS A SENSIBLE VOICE - I am a little more than just interested in Tania McCrae-Steele, the campaigns officer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare's letter.... As a non-hunter, I am confused. Am I right in assuming that Mr Barrington is the same person who headed the League of Cruel Sports anti-hunting campaign from 1988 until 1995? Further research turned up his article, A plea for the wild... In this article, Mr Barrington outlines why he, together with his predecessor, as head of LACS and five other league directors, felt that their argument for a total ban on fox hunting was so wrong and indefensible that they felt obliged to radically change their position... Shaun Freke, Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 25.3.08 SOLUTION TO HUNTING ISSUE LIES IN ANIMAL WELFARE STUDY - Tania McCrae-Steele, of IFAW, in criticising my view that the Hunting Act has made animal welfare worse, "Hunting can't be justified" (Your Say, March 13), falls into the same old routine of attacking the messenger rather than addressingthe points... Finally, she "reveals" that I am a consultant to the All- Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group, as if it is some dirty little secret. Well, I can reveal another; before then I was the executive director of the League Against Cruel Sports for seven years - one of four former directors of the League who now state that a ban on the use of dogs in wildlife management is wrong.... James Barrington Consultant All-Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group (letter)
Bath Chronicle 20.3.08 FURY AT HUNTING LETTER - James Barrington, in his Bath Chronicle letter of March 13 opposing Chris Gale's opposition to the Hunting Act, seems to be confused. Does his memory fail him? The decent MAJORITY in this country wanted a ban on hunting.... KATHY MUSKER Address withheld
James Barrington tries to justify his opposition to the law banning hunting with dogs on the grounds of animal welfare (Chronicle, March 13), implying that somehow foxes enjoy being chased and ripped apart by a pack of dogs more than being shot. It is doubtful that the vast majority of people in Britain who abhor needless animal suffering would be taken in by these spurious arguments... TANIA MCCRAE-STEELE Campaigns Officer IFAW ROSA ARGENT Communications Manager IFAW - the International Fund for Animal Welfare
James Barrington (Letters March 13) promotes, in every way he can, the practice of setting a pack of dogs onto a wild animal... This is Neanderthal thinking in all its self-serving ignorance, cruelty and stupidity. PENNY LITTLE Cobb Hall Cottage Great Haseley Oxon
James Barrington maintains that 'in areas where other methods of control have taken over from hunting with dogs, greater suffering is being caused through wounding, something which hunting with dogs does not do.' Nonsense! Hunting does not control the fox population..... PETER BUNCE Haddenham (letters)
Western Daily Press 13.3.08 HUNTING CAN'T BE JUSTIFIED - James Barrington tries to justify his opposition to the law banning hunting with dogs on the grounds of animal welfare... It should be pointed out that Mr Barrington is a consultant for the Middle Way Group - a pro-hunt organisation linked closely to the Countryside Alliance... Tania McCrae-Steele, Campaigns officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) (letter)
Bath Chronicle 13.3.08 HUNT BAN HAS NOT IMPROVED ANIMAL WELFARE - JAMES BARRINGTON Consultant The All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group House of Commons, London (letter)
Western Daily Press 7.3.08 HUNTING BAN DOESN'T STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY - Chris Gale, in his support for the Hunting Act, appears to confuse what he sees as the views of the "decent majority" with actual improvements in animal welfare. ... He fails to understand that the quarry species can cope with the natural chase in hunting, while these animals cannot cope with the unnatural situation of having a leg or jaw shot off. Mr Gale also conveniently forgets that his beloved anti-hunting groups did not support a proposed Bill to protect all wild mammals from undue suffering, whereas the countryside organisations did support such a measure. It's perhaps the clearest indication yet that the obsession to ban hunting with dogs is far more important in the minds of the politically correct than putting in place a genuine animal welfare law. James Barrington, Address supplied (letter)
Bath Chronicle 6.3.08 MAJORITY WANT HUNTING BAN TO CONTINUE - CHRIS GALE Dover Street, Chippenham (letter)
Western Morning News 4.3.08 HUNTING CONSENSUS - New polling figures released on the third anniversary of the ban on hunting with dogs reveal that the vast majority of people do not want hunting wild animals - foxes, deer and hare - with dogs to be made legal again, and think that hunters should obey the law.... A MORI poll conducted in January 2002, before the ban, also revealed that 72 per cent of the public think foxhunting should be illegal. Chris Gale, Chippenham (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 1.7.08 A CHANCE TO COME EYE-TO-EYE WITH BIRDS OF PREY - Golden and Chilean blue eagles, snow owls and kestrels are some of the highlights at a falconry centre nestled in the Culm Valley. Yarak Birds of Prey, based at Langford Mill Farm, near Cullompton, has numerous species of eagles, hawks and falcons - most of which you can learn to handle and fly… (story)

Western Morning News 1.7.08 MORE DELAYS ON BADGER CULL DECISION - The Government's new chief vet yesterday left the door open for even more delays before a final decision on a badger cull to control TB in cattle. Nigel Gibbens said he thought there was enough research "on the table" to take a decision, but insisted it was open to Environment Secretary Hillary Benn to ask for "further work"…. (story)

Carlisle News & Star 1.7.08 Don’t kill off the grey predator - EVERYONE knows that MPs are only as good as their advisers so who is telling David Maclean to cull grey squirrels? Did his advisers not tell him that the main predators of grey squirrels are being removed by the same people who killed 17,500 grey squirrels over the border? Goshawks are now being trapped using grey squirrel as bait!... JOHN MILES, Geltsdale (letter)

Worcester News 1.7.08 Well done to police for their hard work - Regarding your report in Worcester News concerning Sequai Ledbury I feel I must congratulate West Mercia police for their perseverance over at least 10 years – and I don’t know how many man hours – in finally bringing to court and obtaining a four-year jail term for a man who had the audacity to protest against animal cruelty…. HELEN SMART, Worcester. (letter)

Derry Journal 1.7.08 Protesters clash with circus organisers - Animal rights protesters clashed with the organisers of a travelling circus in Derry at the weekend. The disturbance occurred in Drumahoe at the main entrance of the Sydney Circus on Saturday where protesters have been picketing since it arrived on Thursday. Protestor Joanne Mullan said that circus management attempted to remove placards from protesters during a series of angry exchanges…. (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 1.7.08 VEGGIE ROADSHOW - Animal rights group PETA are bringing a free veggie roadshow to Nottingham on Saturday… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 1.7.08 FREE FOOD IN SQUARE - Free vegan and vegetarian food will be given away outside the Council House in Nottingham on Friday, from 12.30pm The event has been organised by Nottingham Animal Rights and Nottingham-based caterers Veggies… (story)

York Press 1.7.08 They’re not all cruel - I write in response to the letter from Saskia Dunn (What do we expect, June 28). I am so sorry she feels that my letter condemned all young people. As a mother and grandmother there is no way I consider all children cruel or out of control…. Words cannot adequately express my disgust over this latest appalling act of violence by young people towards living creatures… Heather Causnett, Escrick Park Gardens, Escrick, York (letter)

Western Morning News 1.7.08 BRAINLESS SHOOTING - I hope the police get hold of the brainless idiot who shot a seagull in Saltash… Avis CrookPlymouth