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Horse & Hound 31.7.09 Beagles stolen from Irish pack - Two beagle bitches, were stolen from the kennels of the County Louth Beagles in Leinster, Ireland on Monday 27 July. Maiden, who is lemon and white coloured, and Mystic, red and white, are thought to have been enticed out of the kennels by strangers… If you have any information, contact Michael or Agnes Babe of the Louth Beagles… (story)

Guardian 31.7.09 Golden eagle tagged in conservation plan found poisoned to death - Alma, a golden eagle tracked on conservationist website, vanished in early July and was found poisoned to death today - Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent - Police raided a Highland grouse moor today after a golden eagle that had been satellite-tagged as part of a government-funded project was found poisoned with illegal pesticides. The grouse moor, keepers' cottages and vehicles on the Millden estate near Brechin in Angus were searched under warrant after Tayside police and wildlife crime investigators raided the property early this morning. There were no arrests, and no one from the estate was available for comment. The estate is run by Nick Baikie, a grouse moor manager who was previously employed by Mark Osborne, an Oxfordshire-based chartered surveyor. Grouse moors run by Osborne in Scotland and England have previously been raided by police investigating alleged wildlife crime offences…. (story)
Dundee Courier 31.7.09 Killing of golden eagle condemned By Liz Fowler - AN ANGUS gamekeeper yesterday condemned the illegal killing of a golden eagle, saying it is a major setback for those responsible custodians of the countryside working hard to stamp out wildlife crime… “I am absolutely disgusted with what has happened,” said Bert Burnett, of Glen Prosen, who though recently retired as gamekeeper on another Angus estate, remains as area officer of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association… (story)
Dundee Courier 31.7.09 Killing of golden eagle condemned By Liz Fowler - AN ANGUS gamekeeper yesterday condemned the illegal killing of a golden eagle, saying it is a major setback for those responsible custodians of the countryside working hard to stamp out wildlife crime. Police have confirmed the eagle found dead on the Millden estate in Glen Esk was illegally poisoned…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 31.7.09 Angus estate raided by police after golden eagle poisoned - Police officers raided an Angus estate yesterday after a golden eagle was illegally poisoned. Searches were carried out under warrant at the Millden Estate, near Brechin, as part of a continuing criminal inquiry… (story)

Harrogate Advertiser 31.7.09 A need to safeguard birds of prey - From: Mark Thomas, RSPB Investigating Officer - WHEN writing his letter to you (Knaresborough Post, July 24) in response to Nigel Heptinstall’s column on peregrine persecution, Adrian Blackmore of the Countryside Alliance appears to have been confused. Many of the comments he attributes to me and to the RSPB were in fact clearly the opinion of Mr Heptinstall himself… (story)

Farming UK 31.7.09 Environment Agency launches project to identify extent of flytipping on private land - The Environment Agency has launched a pilot with eight major UK landowners to identify the real extent of fly-tipping on private land. This follows initial research which has revealed that 94% of private landowners suffer from illegal dumping of waste…. The pilot is now underway in the Midlands and the North West, involving the National Trust, National Farmers Union, United Utilities, British Waterways, Countryside Alliance, Country Landowners Association, Network Rail and the Highways Agency… (story)

Times 31.7.09 Brief encounter: foxes are ruining my garden - How to — legally — get rid of these pests -Mark Loveday - The law relating to wild animals is often a little odd. Non-domestic birds, insects and wild mammals are treated differently from land… (story)

St Albans & Hertfordshire Review 31.7.09 Hertfordshire badger expert meets PM By Alex Lewis - THE warden of a nature reserve on the edge of Welwyn Garden City met Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street last week. Michael Clark, who manages Tewin Orchard Nature Reserve for the St Albans-based county wildlife trust was invited to a reception for environmental volunteers to recognise their commitment… (story)

NewsWales 31.7.09 Call to prevent “badger slaughter” - A Welsh proposal to cull badgers to prevent bovine TB was today labelled an unscientific slaughter. Badger Trust said the Welsh Assembly's move was perverse, politically motivated, and without any significant scientific validation. Michael Hughes, Director of Badger Trust, said that recent history, the best, peer-reviewed science, and commonsense, all say this is a flawed, futile, irrational decision…. (story)

Worthing Herald 31.7.09 Outdated practice - F.P. Stephenson's spurious argument in support of the outdated practice of using performing animals in circuses is to compare wild animals with those that have been domesticated for centuries… I'm afraid that I can't subscribe to his/her personal moral code that it is acceptable to deliberately inflict unnecessary suffer on other sentient beings … Frank Prince-Iles New Monks Farm Cottages Mash Barn Lane Lancing (letter)

Daily Mail 31.7.09 Look, I worry about animal cruelty! Activist Heather Mills flashes charity pack …. She has opened a vegan cafe, VBites, in East Sussex and even turned her five-year-old daughter with Sir Paul into a mini campaigner. In an interview with ES magazine she explained how Beatrice had tried to convert fellow guests to veganism on a recent holiday to the south of France…. (story)

Hawick News 31.7.09 Circus set to draw protest by animal welfare group By Gavin Gibbon - ANIMAL rights protestors are set to converge on the town tomorrow to demonstrate against the Zippo's Circus. Ten activists from the Edinburgh-based animal welfare group Bunny Huggers will be making the trip down from the capital to the event at the Haugh ahead of the afternoon performance, which starts at 3pm… (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 31.7.09 Factory farming is a threat to human health - MAY I commend Geoff Ford, of Ford's Focus, on his decision to adopt a meat-free diet. Although global meat production is projected to more than double from 229-million tonnes in 1999 to 465-million tonnes in 2050, 854-million people are starving right now, because of the growing global reliance on animal protein…. Pat Wickham, North Street, Caistor. (letter)


Belfast Telegraph 30.7.09 Illegal hunting sees Irish hare numbers halve - The number of Irish hares in Northern Ireland almost halved because people are flaunting the law banning its hunting, a pressure group claimed today. The League Against Cruel Sports called for a permanent prohibition to be put in place after the population dropped to 98 this year… The League's Northern Ireland campaigns manager Louise Robertson said: "This drastic fall in hare numbers should be a wake-up call to politicians to use the review of the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985 to do what the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland want and give this species permanent protection."…. (story)
UTV 30.7.09 Irish hare numbers halved by illegal hunting - The number of Irish hares in Northern Ireland has been almost halved because people are flaunting the law banning its hunting, a pressure group claimed on Thursday…. A recent opinion poll for the League showed 71% of people in Northern Ireland wanted full protection granted to the Irish hare… (story)

Cornishman 30.7.09 Call for hunt snub - CLLR Paula Richards, who runs the Bean Inn vegetarian restaurant in St Ives, will try for a second time tonight to persuade councillors to sever links with the Western Hunt… (story)
Cornishman 1.7.09 Farmer and councillor at odds over Feast hunt - A PRO-hunting farmer has vowed to scrap a traditional Easter boating event on his land in St Ives if town councillors vote to sever official links with the Western Hunt. Simon Rogers says he will ban youngsters from sailing model yachts at Consols Pool after learning that a Green Party councillor wants to snub the hunt during Feast celebrations. Cllr Paula Richards, who runs the Bean Inn vegetarian restaurant, says she finds the sight of horses and hounds 'offensive' and will try for a second time to persuade councillors to end the ancient tradition at a meeting on July 30…. (story)
Cornishman 17.6.09 Councillor out to stop hunting links - A GREEN Party member and St Ives town councillor wants to sever all official links between the council and a local hunt group. Paula Richards, who runs the Bean Inn vegetarian restaurant, hopes to persuade fellow members to snub the Western Hunt during annual Feast celebrations…. Town Clerk Louise Dowe said the mayor had offered a glass of punch to riders on Feast Monday every February 'since time immemorial'…. (story)

Sheffield Star 30.7.09 What hope for progress? - MY heart sank when I heard the Norwich election-result. That swing nationally would give the Tories a majority of hundreds – another government which could ram through any law it wanted, ignoring back-bench rebellions… Cameron likes bloodsports and has bloodsporting enthusiasts in his inner circle. Admittedly the Hunting Act is already being flouted and sidestepped with impunity nationwide, but with its promised repeal I can forsee a return of otter-hunting, stag-hunting and hare-coursing, maybe with Lottery funds to support it, maybe with lessons on the school curriculum ( shooting and angling, approved by Labour, have been getting into schools )…. Name and address supplied (story)

Market Rasen Mail 30.7.09 Rachel Green honoured with top food award at The CLA Game Fair - RASEN Mail food columnist and popular TV chef Rachel Green has received this year's CLA Award for Outstanding Contribution and Achievement for British Food. It was presented to her by William Worsley, Vice-President of the Country Landowners and Business Association at last week’s Belvoir Castle Game Fair where she showcased her favourite game cooking recipes under the banner A Game Bird…. (story)
Daelnet 28.7.09 Concern over “wilding” Yorkshire - PLANS to “re-wild” parts of Britain with once native animals such as beavers, wolves and sea eagles caused a clash of opinions at a debate staged at the Country Land and Business Association annual game fair yesterday. A panel of experts from Natural England, the RSPB, the Game and Wildlife Trust and CLA deputy president William Worsley, the North Yorkshire landowner, all agreed that grey squirrels and species like the imported muntjac deer caused havoc in woodland – but they took a different stance when it came to “re-wilding.”… (story)
Farmers Weekly 27.7.09 Game Fair 2009: Promote yourself more to get on the BBC, farmers told by Caroline Stocks - Farming and countryside organisations need to make more effort to reach out to the BBC and force the organisation to increase its coverage of rural issues. Speaking at the CLA Game Fair in Leicestershire on Saturday (26 July), representatives from farming and media industries said the BBC did not cover the countryside enough… Speaking at a Countryside Alliance debate on whether the BBC was a friend or foe to the countryside, former One Man and his Dog presenter Robin Page accused the BBC of hating country people…. Simon Hart, Countryside Alliance chief executive, agreed the BBC’s general programming on the countryside was often poor… (story)
Leicester Mercury 27.7.09 Thousands enjoy the festival of country life - The sound of hunting dogs and shotguns rang out during the world's biggest festival dedicated to life in the British countryside. More than 140,000 hunting enthusiasts, conservationists and food lovers visited the three-day Country Land and Business Association Game Fair At Belvoir Castle at the weekend.Visitors were invited to experience every aspect of country life from sport and food to art and animals… (story)
Telegraph 22.7.09 Country Landowners’ Association (CLA) Game Fair 2009: in pursuit of the country - Jonny Beardsall on the highlights of this year’s CLA event at Belvoir Castle By Jonny Beardsall - David Manners is bracing himself for more than 140,000 folk to turn up at his Leicestershire home next weekend. For David – better known as the Duke of Rutland – is this year’s host for the Country Landowners’ Association (CLA) Game Fair… But while visitors expect to see the hunting, shooting and fishing displays, and gun dog demonstrations, as well as working their way through the gun and fishing tackle-makers, stick-carvers and shopping arcades, there is tons more on offer in 2009… (story)
Leicester Mercury 18.7.09 Are you game for a weekend of adventure? - The CLA Game Fair sounds like the best thing in a field since Glastonbury. Gemma Collins gives you a full fun rundown… As one would expect at such an event, there will also be falcons and ferrets, horses, gun dogs and shooting, with a special appearance from the castle's master of Belvoir hounds…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 11.7.09 Reg Hawkins:Shortlisted for Gamekeeper of the Year - Three finalists are vying for the title Farmers Weekly/CLA Game Fair Gamekeeper of the Year 2009. This week Tessa Gates meets a contender from Devon - Wild boar, beavers, a music festival in the middle of the shoot, visitors by the thousand - tenant-farmer-turned-gamekeeper Reg Hawkins takes them all in his stride on the Escot shoot…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 11.7.09 Meet the third of our shortlisted keepers - At the tender age of 24, Max Stuart became head keeper at Stradsett, the 2000-acre estate near Kings Lynn, Norfolk, of Sir Jeremy Bagge…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 11.7.09 Hampshire gamekeeper makes shortlist - The three finalists of the Farmers Weekly/CLA Game Fair Gamekeeper of the Year Award 2009 will be featured in the coming weeks, with the winner announced on 24 July. Tessa Gates meets the first - You could say that gamekeeper Michael Hall was born for the job. He is the third generation of his family to be involved in gamekeeping and has close ties to Brockwood Estate, Hampshire, where he has been keeper for seven years… (story)
Evesham Journal 14.5.09 Nominate your gamekeeper for award - THE search is on for a gamekeeper worthy of the title Farmers Weekly/Country Land & Business Association (CLA) Game Fair Gamekeeper of the year. The award will be presented at the CLA Game Fair, Belvoir Castle, Grantham, Leicestershire, which runs from Friday to Sunday, July 24-27, to the keeper who employs best practice on all aspects of the shoot in a way that also benefits wildlife…. (story)

Scottish Herald 30.7.09 Angling at sea hooks £140m for Scottish economy - GORDON MACK - Its popularity is undisputed. But just how big a catch sea angling is to the Scottish economy is laid bare in a major new report. Generating £140m a year and supporting more than 3100 jobs, many in rural areas, the sport is worth at least as much as golf tourism….(story)

Swindon Advertiser 30.7.09 Letter from Philip Beaven - THE Ministry of Defence is quite rightly facing mounting criticism over its challenge to the increase in compensation for two injured soldiers…. the Government are quite happy to use tax payers money to prop up inefficient companies. Huntingdon Life Sciences carry out experiments on animals for all and sundry, over 600 animals killed every day. There have been frequent serious incidents of animal abuse, despite the fact that the Government gives them a licence to inflict extreme pain… (story)

Irish Independent 30.7.09 Life's no joke for circus animals - I'm sure the quirky photo of circus camels on the beach (Irish Independent, July 25) brought a smile to many people's faces. Sadly, the fact is that circus animals endure a miserable existence… It's time to call a halt to animals being abused in the name of entertainment. Daphne Hogan Portrnock, Co Dublin (letter)

Bath Chronicle 30.7.09 Good to see council's animal compassion - I was pleased to read in the Chronicle that B&NES catering department has been given a 'Good Egg Award' from Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), for their commitment not to use eggs from caged hens,,,, It would be heartwarming to think that other outlets – all supermarkets, grocery stores, hospitals and other catering units, for example – could follow B&NES's good example . C DAVIES Full Address Supplied (letter)

Bath Chronicle 30.7.09 Foie gras: proof of a conscience? - In response to the article about 'Minibar serving foie gras' and the Web Voice responses from Julia, Ron, Dean, Froggie and restaurant owner Alex Grant, I say there are people who have a conscience and people who haven't got one…. ANDREW WILLIAMS, Bath Activist Network, Bath (story)
Bath Chronicle 21.7.09 Foie gras protests 'increase sales' - The owner of a Bath restaurant targeted by foie gras protesters says their campaign of intimidation has actually increased his sales of the controversial delicacy. Members of the Bath Activist Network have been organising weekly demonstrations outside Minibar in John Street. But chef and co-owner Alex Grant said their actions had actually had the opposite effect on his customers…. Bar manager at the Raven Tim Perry said people in his pub had actually been prompted to try foie gras after hearing the demonstrators… (story)
South West Business 14.7.09 Restaurant stands firm in 'cruel' food protest - Restaurant stands firm in 'cruel' food protest… THE owners of a Bath restaurant say they will not bow to a sustained campaign of pressure to stop them serving the controversial French delicacy foie gras… (story)


Kirriemuir Herald 29.7.09 NO JUSTIFICATION FOR CIRCUS ANIMAL BAN By Janet Thomson - THE organisers of Zippos Circus - which rolled into Forfar for three nights last week - have defended their animal care policy in the wake of some local criticism and claims of "animal exploitation" and "cruelty for entertainment"… Two letters published in the Dispatch and Herald last week were submitted by local readers who openly supported Advocates for Animals, stating it had a long history of campaigning against "all forms of animal cruelty and exploitation" and that they were proud to support them in taking a stand against animal circuses… Responding to the allegations of "animal exploitation" David Hibling, creative director for Zippos Circus, stated the circus was proud of its welfare programme…. (story)
Kirriemuir Herald 28.7.09 NO REASON TO BAN ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES - I refer to the letters from Iris Miller and Natasha Donald, both supporters of "Advocates for Animals". I am the founder and director of Zippos Circus. Ms Miller and Donald both accuse my circus of "exploitation", and say it is "backward and cruel". This is their un-informed opinion as they have not visited my circus. If they had they would know there are no performing dogs at my circus in Forfar… The SSPCA said recently: "I have no concern over the welfare or care of any of the horses, ponies or budgerigars on site and I am happy with the transport available for the animals." Please do not be swayed by animal rights extremists, who themselves travel from town to town trying to impose their opinions on others, while tearing down my circus posters and causing criminal damage in an effort to impose their views on circus going animal lovers, and families, everywhere. Yours etc., Martin Burton, Founder and director, Zippos Circus. (letter)
Kirriemuir Herald 28.7.09 FANTASTIC NIGHT FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN AT THE CIRCUS - What a fantastic night we had at the circus last week as, judging by their faces, did the hundreds of children, teenagers, parents and grandparents who were entertained by jugglers, clowns, trapeze artists through to the beautiful horses. As for the animal cruelty, just one look at these striking horses told you these animals were very well looked after and cared for…. Mrs Munro, Forfar. (letter)
Kirriemuir Herald 28.7.09 NO SIGN OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AT ZIPPOS - After a very entertaining, enjoyable two hours spent at the Circus last Tuesday, I was annoyed to read two letters in your column from people downing the circus and the way in which they supposedly treat animals… I saw no signs of cruelty. In fact, the animals looked cared for, loved and well kept (and for the record saw no performing dogs). I wonder if the two letter writers concerned actually went to see the show before basing their opinions?... Yours etc., Name and address supplied. (letter)
Kirriemuir Herald 21.7.09 TAKE A STAND AGAINST ANIMAL CIRCUSES - I am appalled to see that Forfar has allowed an animal circus to come to the Myre - right on my front doorstep. I can see it from my bedroom window! In our supposed civilised world this type of exploitation of animals must be banned…. Advocates for Animals have a long history of campaigning against all forms of animal cruelty and exploitation and I'm proud to support them in taking a stand against animal circuses. I urge you to do so too…. Yours etc., Iris Miller, Forfar (supplied by email). (letter)


Tribune 28.7.09 Kevin Maguire: True blues red in tooth and claw - Bloodsports are a peculiarly emotive issue snapping at the ankles of David Cameron – a traditional Tory pretending to be a very modern Conservative…. Cameron’s reluctance to champion hunting publicly is politically astute, if fundamentally dishonest, and he must have breathed a sigh of relief earlier this year when a friend escaped fox-hunting charges. The Crown Prosecution Service dropped charges against Julian Barnfield, a professional huntsman with the Heythrop, following a High Court ruling that “searching” for a mammal wasn’t hunting. For hunting to be proved, it needed to be an “intentional” act… (story)

Bournemouth Echo 28.7.09 100,000 set to enjoy New Forest Show By Bob Jolliffe - SCHOOL’S out for summer – so it must be time for the New Forest and Hampshire County Show…. Country pursuits will take pride of place in the Dudley Forwood Arena, though there will also be a parade of Labrador rescue dogs and a drug dog display. Other events there include ferret racing, terrier racing, a parade of hounds, fly casting competition, falconry and fish and game cooking demonstrations (story)

Leicester Mercury 28.7.09 Saving fish was perhaps not so altruistic after all - Thanks to an observant individual 1,000 fish were saved from suffocation ("Fish saved after angler raises alarm," Mercury, July 16). However, as anglers catch fish, I am wondering whether the action to save them was as altruistic as first appears… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 27.7.09 Put an end to this cruelty - Last weekend was Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, when events were held across the UK in memory of the hundreds of thousands of greyhounds that have suffered and been put to death in the 83 years since commercial greyhound racing began in this country on July 24, 1926…. Emma Harvey, Oadby. (letter)
North Devon Journal 26.7.09 In memory of racing greyhounds - JULY 25 - 26 is Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, when events are held across the UK in memory of the hundreds and thousands of greyhounds that have suffered and been put to death in the 83 years since commercial greyhound racing began in this country on July 24, 1926….. RICHARD GUPPY, Anvil Corner, Holsworthy (story)
Bolton News 24.7.09 Greyhounds need help - Diana Webb and Tony Foden may be greyhound lovers but I fear they are not knowledgeable about the plight of unwanted greyhounds…. There are many terrible incidents where greyhounds have been killed or left to die. Burying our heads in the sand will not make the problem go away. Hopefully, the Government will hear our pleas to make the racing industry responsible for the welfare of all racing greyhounds throughout their lives. Katherine M Kay Bromley Cross (letter)
Bolton News 21.7.09 Most greyhounds treated like royalty - I FEEL the general public are being misled by the figures quoted by John Ratcliffe… These are numbers selected at random, and there is NO evidence to support these accusations…. You will find Greyhound Action is anti-greyhounds. Their recent activities leave a lot to one’s imagination, and do little to educate people. They only try to fill people’s minds with garbage, publishing false information and publicising lies…. Diana Webb Bolton (letter)
Bolton News 21.7.09 Caring for the retired dogs - I MUST reply to J Ratcliffe (Letters, July 17). On taking a straw poll of 12 people at Westhoughton greyhound stadium on Friday night, I discovered that between those 12 people, (trainers, owners, track promoters, even bookies) some 39 retired greyhounds were being cared for by these people. If these figures were taken into account across the whole of greyhound racing, many of the ludicrous figure of “15,000 put down —280 weekly” might be accounted for… Tony Foden Belmont (letter)
Bolton News 17.7.09 Memorial weekend for greyhounds - John Ratcliffe Bolton (letter)
Manchester Evening News 16.7.09 A cruel sport - JULY 25-26 is Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, when events are held across the country in memory of the hundreds of thousands of greyhounds that have suffered and been put to death in the 83 years since commercial greyhound racing began in this country on July 24, 1926.According to international greyhound protection organisation Greyhound Action, as many as 15,000 greyhounds are still being put down every year… John Ratcliffe, Worsley (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 23.7.09 Boycott the travesty of greyhound racing - THIS weekend is National Greyhound Remembrance Weekend, to remember the dogs who have lost their lives at the hands of the greyhound racing industry. As a greyhound lover and campaigner I hope that the public will spare a thought for all those racing greyhounds that have suffered and died needlessly…. Helen Stevens South Devon Greyhound Action Plymouth (letter)


Market Rasen Mail 27.7.09 Animal rights activists set up camp outside Normanby by Spital rabbit farm - ANTI-VIVISECTION activists have set up camp close to the entrance to Highgate Rabbit Farm at Normanby by Spital, protesting against the farm's programme of breeding rabbits and ferrets for the vivisection industry, including Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) Around half a dozen protesters arrived at about 8.30am this morning and set up tents and banners about 100 yards away from the main entrance…. (story)

Colchester Gazette 27.7.09 Great British Circus faces animal rights demo By Chris Wilkin - ANIMAL welfare campaigners say they’ll protest at a circus, due to open in Clacton tomorrow. The Great British Circus claims to have the only group of performing elephants in the UK. It also boasts lions, tigers, camels, llamas, horses and reindeer. … Campaigner Jane Williams, from Frinton, said: “I cannot believe in this modern day and age, animals are being exploited in such a cruel manner… (story)

Sunderland Echo 27.7.09 RSPCA ordered pensioner to exhume his pet dog - RSPCA officers ordered a pensioner to dig up his dead dog after claims he had not being caring for it. Dennis Gordon Rogers buried the animal in the garden of his home in Sunderland after it died, city magistrates heard. But RSPCA officers ordered the 73-year-old to dig up the dog so they could investigate a complaint by neighbours… Magistrates fined the pensioner £165, with a £15 victim surcharge and £125 to be paid towards RSPCA investigation fees…. (story)

Scotsman 27.7.09 Fishing for excuses - SO, once again, the fishermen trot out the same old story that Scotland's seals need to be culled as they're eating all of the fish… These serial complainers are the self-same fishermen who have over- exploited our fish stocks regardless of warning after warning and the best scientific advice for decades now, in order to just line their own pockets in the short term… STAN BLACKLEY Lismore Crescent Edinburgh (lettter)

Blackpool Gazette 27.7.09 As someone who, in a previous career as a zoo scientist, has "cut-up" an elephant, a giraffe, and other large zoo animals I can assure you, contrary to claims by the presenter of Channel 4's Inside Nature's… It is a very disturbing development that we turn the dissection of a majestic animal into voyeuristic ente rtainment…. Crumple, the Blackpool Zoo elephant who was the subject of the first programme, had her freedom was taken from her when she was made into a tourist attraction, and she was denied her dignity. In death she was again denied her freedom and her dignity…. David Spratt, Scientific Consultant, The Captive Animals' Protection Society, Manchester (story)

Horse & Hound 26.7.09 Cheshire hunting stalwart Roger Rimmer retires - A man who has been offering hunt hirelings in the Cheshire area for 30 years is to retire and sell all his horses and equipment. The sale of Roger Rimmer's 35 horses and numerous other items will take place on 5 September at his Kenton Wood stables in Formby. Mr Rimmer, whose horses hunt with the Wynnstay (Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn's) and Cheshire Forest, told H&H: "I'm 63 so I've decided to retire and go out and do some hunting myself….. (story)


Horse & Hound 25.7.09 Crawley & Horsham hunt drops fight against saboteurs - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Legal action against hunt saboteurs by the Crawley & Horsham hunt and 80 landowners has been shelved a year after it was launched, with probable costs of £100,000 to hunting and little gained. Funds for the test case were procured from the Countryside Alliance (CA) and Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA), with around £20,000 from the Crawley & Horsham and other hunts. But now the CA and the hunt have reached an agreement with the saboteurs to pay their costs — which amount to more than £60,000 — and drop the case. "Continuing [the case] would be pointless," said Crawley & Horsham joint-master Antony Sandeman. "People will think we have cocked up and had to back off, but it's not that. It's the cost of the case and the length of time [it has been running]…. (story)
Argus 16.7.09 Sussex hunt drops court case against activists By Samuel Underwood - Two wildlife campaigners who waged a lengthy war against fox hunting have seen a court case against them dropped. Husband and wife Simon and Jaine Wild, from Bognor, faced High Court action to ban them and other hunt monitors from large areas of West Sussex. More than 80 landowners backed the Crawley and Horsham Hunt’s bid to block the West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group and the Wilds from about 10,000 acres of land. But the claimants have now withdrawn the proceedings and have agreed to pay almost all the defence costs, expected to be in excess of £60,000. The Wilds' solicitor, Victoria Pogge von Strandmann, of Fisher Meredith Solicitors, said the hunt dropped the case after unsuccessfully applying for an interim injunction on July 15 last year… (story)
Horse & Hound 22.10.08 Crawley & Horsham High Court case is adjourned until March - The Crawley & Horsham hunt's High Court bid to ban protesters from thousands of acres of private estate and farmland in West Sussex has been adjourned to allow more time for lawyers to work on its case…. Today Mr Lawson-Cruttenden successfully applied to the judge for an adjournment, saying he needed time to "take stock"…. (story)
BBC News Online 22.10.08 Hunt's court action is adjourned - A hearing on a hunt's High Court bid to stop animal activists entering acres of Sussex land has been adjourned…. Mr Justice King adjourned the case pending a "case management conference" within five or six weeks. The hearing will then resume at a later date… (story)
Horse & Hound 21.10.08 Countryside Alliance remains confident in Crawley & Horsham harassment case - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The Countryside Alliance (CA) remains confident in the harassment case being brought by the Crawley & Horsham hunt this week. Today, on the second day of a five-day hearing in London's High Court, Mr Justice King threw out the allegations of nuisance and trespass after ruling that lawyers for the hunt had not given enough detail about the accusations leveled. After two days of legal argument, the CA's Tim Bonner says the court will think differently once witnesses take the stand…. (story)
Horse & Hound 21.10.08 Blow as judge in Crawley & Horsham case throws out allegations of nuisance and trespass - A bid to ban hunt protesters from thousands of acres of private estate and farm land in West Sussex suffered a set back today as a top judge described some of the case as a "mish mash"…. Today, Mr Justice King threw out the allegations of nuisance and trespass after ruling that lawyers for the hunt had not given enough detail about the accusations levelled… (story)
BBC News Online 21.10.08 'Defects' in hunt's court action - A hunt seeking a High Court injunction to stop animal activists entering acres of Sussex land have had two aspects of its action ruled out of order. The judge said there were "fundamental defects" in Crawley and Horsham hunt's case as set out on paper. He said it could not seek an order banning trespass and nuisance because the claims were not specific enough… (story)
Crawley Observer 21.10.08 Fox hunters in high court bid - FOX HUNTERS have begun a legal bid to keep protesters away from the Crawley and Horsham Hunt. Hunt lawyers are asking High Court judge Mr Justice King to give them an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act…. (story)
Argus 21.10.08 West Sussex hunt seeks injunction By Ruth Lumley - Animal rights activists monitoring the conduct of huntsmen were accused in court yesterday of conducting an increasingly determined campaign of unlawful harassment, trespass and nuisance. With the start of the new fox hunting season due on November 1, a High Court judge was urged to grant an injunction protecting the rights of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt and 88 landowners who allow the hunt to cross more than 100,000 acres of countryside in West Sussex…. (story)
West Sussex Gazette 21.10.08 High court case against West Sussex hunt saboteurs - A LEGAL bid to ban hunt protesters from thousands of acres of private estate and farm land in West Sussex started this week in the High Court in London. The Crawley and Horsham hunt, together with more than 80 of its landowners, is attempting to stop saboteurs trespassing and causing harassment and nuisance to the hunt. The case is being brought under the Protection From Harassment Act…. (story)
Horse & Hound 21.10.08 Crawley & Horsham hunt starts legal action in High Court - A legal bid to ban hunt protesters from thousands of acres of private estate and farm land in West Sussex began yesterday at London's High Court. Lawyers for the Crawley and Horsham Hunt want Mr Justice King to grant them an injunction against protesters, including the West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group and two of the people it says are the WSWPG's principal activists, Simon and Jaine Wilde, of Bognor Regis…. (story)
Crawley News 20.10.08 Crawley and Horsham Hunt starts court action against protesters - HUNT organisers have begun a High Court battle to ban protesters from their events. Lawyers for the Crawley and Horsham Hunt want a judge to grant them an injunction against anti-hunt demonstrators… (story)
BBC News Online 20.10.08 Monitors accused of intimidation - A group of hunt monitors has been accused in the High Court of carrying out a campaign of intimidation against a West Sussex hunt. The Crawley and Horsham Hunt wants to prevent animal activists entering acres of private estate and farm land…. (story)
Telegraph 20.10.08 Duke of Norfolk and 80 other landowners seek hunt protest ban By Alastair Jamieson - Lawyers for hunt organisers and estate owners are seeking an injunction at the High Court preventing activists from entering the land ahead of the annual hunt season, which begins on 1 November… Lawyers for the Crawley and Horsham hunt in Sussex are asking for the West Sussex Wildlife Protection group and its principal activists to be banned from the estates on which the hunt takes place, accusing it of "harassment"… (story)
Kent & Sussex Courier 20.10.08 Crawley and Horsham Hunt starts court action against protesters - HUNT organisers have begun a High Court battle to ban protesters from their events. Lawyers for the Crawley and Horsham Hunt want a judge to grant them an injunction against anti-hunt demonstrators…. (story)
Bognor Observer 31.7.08 Legal bid to ban Felpham hunt protestors - A legal challenge against a Felpham couple is to be heard later this year in the High Court. Crawley and Horsham Hunt is seeking an injunction to ban protestors from thousands of acres of private estate and farm land. The hunt is suing the West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group and its principal activists, Simon and Jaine Wilde, who live in Felpham… (story)
Times 29.7.08 Justice Cranston rules himself out of foxhunting case - VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - A High Court judge ruled himself out of a case involving hunting yesterday after it emerged that he had spoken out against the sport’s “barbarity” and voted for a ban when he was an MP…. (story)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 29.7.08 Judge steps down in hunt hearing - A High Court judge has stepped down from hearing a heated dispute between huntsmen and animal rights campaigners – because of his strongly-worded support for the ban on hunting when he was an MP… The judge ordered the legal costs thrown away in today’s abortive hearing, amounting to several thousand pounds, should be paid out of public funds… (story)
Yorkshire Post 29.7.08 Judge steps aside in hunting row case - A High Court judge has stepped down from hearing a dispute between huntsmen and animal rights campaigners because of his strongly-worded support for the ban on hunting when he was an MP… (story)
Birmingham Post 29.7.08 Judge who fought hunting as MP steps down from case - A High Court judge has stepped down from hearing a heated dispute between huntsmen and animal rights campaigners – because of his strongly-worded support for the ban on hunting when he was a West Midlands MP…. (story)
Crawley Observer 29.7.08 Judge steps down in hunt case - A High Court judge has stepped down from hearing a heated dispute between huntsmen in Crawley and Horsham and animal rights campaigners - due to his strongly-worded support for the ban on hunting when he was an MP…. (story)
Worthing Herald 28.7.08 UPDATED: High Court bid tp ban hunt protestors halted by judge - A HIGH Court bid to ban hunt protestors from thousands of acres of private estate ground to a temporary and unexpected halt today after it was revealed that the judge due to hear the case voiced his strong opposition to hunting when he was a Labour MP…. (story)
Telegraph 28.7.08 Fox-hunting High Court case halted by judge who supported ban as a Labour MP - A legal bid to ban hunt protesters from a private estate has been halted after it was disclosed that the judge due to hear the case had been a staunch opponent of the sport while a Labour MP By Graham Tibbetts - Lawyers for the Crawley and Horsham Hunt were seeking an injunction at the High Court against the West Sussex Wildlife Protection group and its principal activists, who they say have subjected members of the hunt to "harassment". But at the start of a four-day hearing Mr Justice Ross Cranston adjourned the case after ruling he could not hear it because of statements he had made in his earlier career as a politician. He took the decision despite being unable to recall his previous comments… (story)
BBC News Online 28.7.08 Judge steps down from hunt case - A High Court judge has removed himself from a case involving a hunt because he had expressed anti-hunting views in his previous career as an MP. Mr Justice Cranston was due to hear an application by the Sussex-based Crawley and Horsham Hunt for an injunction against a group of hunt monitors. It emerged in court on that he had backed the hunt ban as a Labour MP… The court heard Sir Ross Cranston said in a press release in 2000 he welcomed the chance to vote in favour of the Hunting Bill and "consign this brutal practice to the dustbin of history"…. (story)
Horse & Hound 28.7.08 High Court bid against hunt protestors halted by judge - A High Court bid to ban hunt protestors from land in West Sussex ground to a temporary and unexpected halt today after it was revealed the judge due to hear the case had voiced his strong opposition to hunting when he was a Labour MP… But on Monday, just as an expected four-day hearing was due to begin, Mr Justice Ross Cranston adjourned the case in dramatic circumstances after ruling he could not hear it because of statements he made in his previous vocation as a Labour Party MP. In December 2000, the then MP for Dudley North described foxhunting as "not a sport, but a barbaric and cruel activity" in a statement to a local newspaper, the Stourbridge News… (story)
Horse & Hound 26.7.08 Hunt's legal fight against saboteurs ‘will be nasty’ - The Crawley and Horsham's ground-breaking legal bid to ban hunt saboteurs from thousands of acres of private land in West Sussex is going to be "very nasty", warns the Countryside Alliance (CA). Leading harassment lawyer Tim Lawson-Cruttenden is acting for the hunt in seeking an injunction to stop saboteurs trespassing and causing harassment to its staff and followers… (story)
Horse & Hound 15.7.08 High Court schedules hunt's anti-harassment legal bid for 28 July - A legal bid to ban hunt protesters from thousands of acres of private estate and farm land in West Sussex has been given a priority listing in the High Court. Lawyers for the Crawley and Horsham hunt told a judge in London today they were seeking a ruling by 1 September so as to have an injunction in place for the start of the hunting season. Mr Justice Teare ordered an urgent four-day hearing, to begin on 28 July… (story)
BBC News Online 15.7.08 Hunt seeks court ban for protests - Landowners in Sussex have been given a priority listing in the High Court for their legal bid to ban protesters before the hunting season begins. The Crawley and Horsham Hunt wants to prevent saboteurs entering thousands of acres of private estate and farm land. Lawyers for the hunt told a judge they were seeking a ruling by 1 September so as to have an injunction in place for the start of the hunting season. Mr Justice Teare ordered an urgent four-day hearing, to begin on 28 July… (story)
Argus 14.7.08 Landowners and hunt join forces in legal battle to ban saboteurs By Siobhan Ryan - A High Court hearing to ban hunt sabateurs from almost every piece of countryside in West Sussex starts tomorrow. More than 80 landowners are backing the Crawley and Horsham Hunt action against the West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group and its two main organisers, Simon and Jaine Wilde, from Bognor…. (story)
Times 14.7.08 Landowners and hunt join forces in legal battle to ban saboteurs - Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor - A group of 84 landowners is backing a hunt’s attempt to ban saboteurs from almost every piece of open land and countryside in West Sussex. Their aim is to win a common law injunction against trespassing and harassment by activists from the West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group and its two main organisers, Simon and Jaine Wilde, under the Protection and Harassment Act 1997… The case is being partly funded by the Countryside Alliance and the Masters of Foxhounds Association. But the biggest share is coming from the Crawley and Horsham Hunt and the landowners, who claimed to have logged 269 incidents of trespass and harassment caused by the Wildes and their associates during the past two years over about 10,000 acres of land…. The Times contacted Simon and Jaine Wilde, who live in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, but they were unwilling to comment…. (story)
Horse & Hound 20.6.08 Crawley and Horsham Hunt takes saboteurs to court - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The Crawley and Horsham hunt, together with more than 80 landowners, will go to London's High Court next month to try to stop saboteurs trespassing and causing harassment and nuisance. The Crawley and Horsham has employed a leading harassment lawyer to take the ground-breaking civil action which it hopes will put a stop to the tactics used by the Sussex Wildlife Protection group and its two main organisers, Simon and Jaine Wilde…. Leading the action is lawyer Tim Lawson-Cruttenden, who has obtained injunctions against animal rights extremists in a number of high-profile cases including Huntington Life Sciences and the Newchurch guinea pig farm, where family graves were desecrated… (story)

Perthshire Advertiser 25.7.09 Family pet killed by snare in woods by Katy Gordon, Perthshire Advertiser - A DEVASTATED dog owner has called for snares to be banned after his pet died in agony. John Buchan, who lives in Gask, recently suffered the trauma of finding family pet Harvey caught in one of these snares during a walk with members of his family and their Border Terrier at Trinity Gask… And he is now campaigning for all snares to be banned, or alternatively for signage of their use to be mandatory… (story)

Gloucester Citizen 25.7.09 Cheltenham MP leads fight against animal testing - CHELTENHAM MP Martin Horwood is heading up a political campaign to reduce the level of scientific research on animals in the UK. More than 250 MPs have signed the Lib Dem's early day motion, which calls on the Government to take action over animal testing… (story)

Surrey Comet 25.7.09 Animal campaigners call on Kingston Council to ban goldfish fair prizes By Kerry Grove - Animal lovers are demanding Kingston Council bans goldfish being given as prizes at fairs. Christine Orton, 51, was left upset after seeing the pets being given away at Hook Fair last Saturday, July 18, believing the tradition was now illegal…. Mrs Orton and partner Kieran Kirk, of York Way, Chessington, confronted organisers Surbiton Rotary Club at the fair on King Edward recreation ground and called the RSPCA for guidance on the law… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 25.7.09 Meat-free days can help the planet - (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 24.7.09 Letter from Kelly Slade - MRS L WILSON is correct, it would certainly be more beneficial if people gave up meat for more than one day a week (SA, July 21). However, I can’t believe she is justifying an industry based on the suffering and killing of millions of animals by stating that it conserves species… In a hungry world with limited resources, half of the world’s food harvest should not be fed to farmed animals so that people can continue to eat meat while others starve. This is certainly not the kind of world I want for our children. KELLY SLADE Campaigns Officer Animal Aid (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 21.7.09 Letter from Mrs L Wilson - RE letter from Kelly Slade ‘Go Meat Free’ (SA, July 16). What a good idea, giving up meat for a day. Why not a whole week?... Since the farmer could no longer sell his meat he would then cull all his flocks… As there are so many starving people in Africa perhaps we had better start on the elephants next, closely followed by lions and tigers. Better head over to Australia and get rid of the kangaroos while we’re at it. Goodness knows how much methane they are pumping out…. Incidentally, I do not eat much meat anyway, but I think vegans and vegetarians do need to think things through properly before exhorting us to all follow suit. (Mrs) L WILSON Leslie Close Freshbrook Swindon (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 14.7.09 Letter from Kelly Slade - THE practice of designating one day a week as meat-free is becoming a global phenomenon. And no wonder when the environmental, human health and animal welfare benefits are so substantial… KELLY SLADE Campaigns Officer Animal Aid Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent (letter)


Western Morning News 24.7.09 Tory countryside web launch - The Tories have taken a step into the unknown today, launching a new website which won’t just toe the party line. Called Future Countryside, there is a lot of blather about acting as a forum for debate and engaging views. But if it takes off it could prove a useful outlet for views on the issues facing rural areas. To prove popular it will have to contain the almost-clichéd things that people will expect – farming, huntin/shootin/fishin, post offices, this green and pleasant land – with a more modern, 21st century look at the issues facing the countryside… There are some good people writing for it – Waitrose, WWF, Wildlife Trusts – and if it can find a voice which is challenging and not just preaching to the converted it could take off (story)

Hexham Courant 24.7.09 Alliance raises subsidy fears By RUTH LOGNONNE - A DECISION by Defra could see small-scale farmers eliminated from subsidies…. The consultation document suggests a higher minimum area would lead to greater annual administrative savings for the Rural Payments Agency as they would have fewer claims to fully process and inspect. It also says farmers who do not wish to lose their entitlements could lease or purchase additional entitlements. Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart said even by Defra’s standards this suggestion is astonishing…. (story)
Whitehaven News 22.7.09 Alliance criticises plan to reduce subsidies - THE Countryside Alliance has hit out at proposals it says could see small farmers eliminated from subsidies. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is running a consultation on implementation of the CAP health check reforms relating to the Single Payment Scheme and other direct payments… (story)
Farmers Guardian 20.7.09 Defra warned against abandoning small-scale farmers By William Surman - MORE than 17,000 small-scale farmers in England could lose out on EU subsidies if Defra goes ahead with a suggestion to cut payouts to farms with fewer than 5 hectares, the Countryside Alliance has warned… (story)
Yorkshire Post 18.7.09 Subsidies threat for thousands of small farmers By Mark Casci, Agricultural Correspondent - EXCLUSIVE: Thousands of the county's most vulnerable farmers are expected to lose out on crucial funding owing to Government cost-cutting measures. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is considering cutting off the cash to thousands of small-scale farmers by introducing a new minimum size requirement for farms that can qualify for subsidies worth hundreds of pounds a year to farmers' incomes… Last night, the Countryside Alliance accused the Government of asking the country's most vulnerable farmers to foot the bill for the failures of the controversial body which administers the funding, the Rural Payment Agency (RPA), which was heavily criticised for a series of high-profile blunders over payments to farmers… (story)
Western Morning News 18.7.09 Plans to cut farming subsidies opposed - COST-CUTTING plans that could see subsidies scrapped for nearly half of all registered farms are being bitterly opposed by smallholder organisations in the Westcountry. Pam Wills, chairman of the Devon Association of Smallholders, said it was muddled thinking – and a clear case of addressing a problem from the wrong angle… Her views were echoed by Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart who said: "Even by Defra's standards this suggestion is astonishing. If this suggestion is implemented it will deal a body blow to small farmers… (story)

Swindon Advertiser 24.7.09 Letter from Philip Beaven - THE letter from L Wilson (SA, Thursday, July 23) defending the eating of meat (or the decomposing flesh of dead animals) would be funny if not very sad. The harmful effects of eating meat are well publicised…. All animals destined for slaughter go through the same cruel, inhuman process. Slaughterhouses, like vivisection laboratories, attract the same sort of workers and I will leave it to the readers’ imagination as to what type of people they are… PHILIP BEAVEN Merton Avenue Swindon (letter)

Ayrshire Post 24.7.09 Scottish Power plan to divert River Doon - POWER chiefs want to divert 40 per cent of the River Doon away from Ayrshire…. A substantial reduction in the flow of water in the river could see the existing salmon stocks seriously diminished, fresh water mussel beds destroyed and more pollutants than ever pumped into the sea at Ayr. Businesses, including fish farms dependant on water from the Doon and a new outdoor activity centre planned for Dalmellington, could also suffer badly…. The move has prompted the Scottish Countryside Alliance to launch an online petition against it…. (story)


Evesham Journal 23.7.09 Recipes for game - FOOD lovers looking for new ideas will be spoilt for choice thanks to a new Game’s On leaflet. The leaflet is filled with recipes from TV chef Mike Robinson for venison, pigeon, duck and pheasant….. Simon Hamlyn of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation said: “This is another great example of how BASC is working to increase the popularity of game meat… (story)

Northern Echo 23.7.09 Greyhound welfare - HOW I welcome the letter from the RSPCA concerning the welfare of greyhounds (HAS, July 18). Better late than never, though, the RSPCA should have been far more active in its protection of greyhounds in and out of racing… Colin Fletcher, Stockton (story)

Mail 23.7.09 I support vivisection but must we really kill 4million animals? By Dr Danny Penman - Vivisection polarises British society like almost no other issue. On the one hand, medical researchers claim that animal experiments are vital for human progress and the elimination of diseases. On the other, animal rights extremists say that scientists delight in 'torturing' animals for profit…. As a former research biochemist, I find it perplexing that the cosmetics industry has managed to eliminate all animal testing whereas medical researchers rely on it more than ever. Why are there so many animal experiments when there are alternatives?... I do not dispute for one moment that some animal experiments are vital to medical progress. But for solid scientific reasons, I do question whether the sheer extent of such tests in modern medical science is necessary….. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 27.7.09 … A STREET collection in Shirley, Southampton on Saturday 4 July 2009 raised £139.88 for the Doctor Hadwen Trust. There were no expenses… MRS MARJORIE KEMISH, Romsey (story)

Scotsman 23.7.09 Tally of suffering - Recent figures (The Scotsman, 21 July) confirmed the largest number of animal experiments since 1982 and the sharpest rise since records began in the 1940s… As the government approves every experiment on every animal in advance, what the public needs, more than statistics, is to know how decisions are being made and if anyone is regulating the regulators. ALISTAIR CURRIE Policy adviserPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals London (letter)

Ardrossan Herald 23.7.09 ANIMAL GROUP RAGE AT CIRCUS DECISION by Fiona Simpson - AN animal welfare group were disappointed with North Ayrshire Council's decision to grant the Bobby Roberts Super Circus a licence to perform at Stevenston Beach Park this week… Speaking after the meeting Libby Anderson from Advocates for Animals said: "I am extremely disappointed."… (story)
Ardrossan Herald 21.7.09 SICK ELEPHANT ANNE STILL TOURING AT 56 by Fiona Simpson - AN animal welfare group is calling on people in the Three Towns to boycott a circus that uses an elephant with arthritis. Bobby Roberts Super Circus has been performing in Scotland for the last eight weeks and will continue its tour at Stevenston Beach Park from July 21… Animal welfare group Advocates for Animals and local residents have been following Anne"s story for many years and believe that at 56 she should be allowed to roam free… (story)

http://www.newspostleader.co.uk/sectionhome.aspx?sectionID=1857 25.7.09 News Post Leader The greyhound industry needs external regulation - DAVID MILLARD, Superintendent RSPCA North Regional (story)
Sunday Sun 19.7.09 Our greyhounds need protection - DAVID MILLARD, RSPCA North Regional Superintendent (letter)
West Cumberland Times & Star 18.7.09 Greyhound care DAVID MILLARD Regional Superintendent RSPCA North (letter)
Northern Echo 18.7.09 Greyhounds - David Millard, RSPCA North Regional Superintendent, Leeds (letter)
Shields Gazette 17.7.09 Let's help retired greyhounds - David Millard, RSPCA. (letter)
West Cumberland Times & Star 16.7.09 IT IS a sad fact of life that many greyhounds applauded on the track meet an untimely end when their racing days are over… DAVID MILLARD, Regional Superintendent, RSPCA North (letter)
Burton Mail 16.7.09 Greyhounds are not disposable commodities from Steve Carter, RSPCA West regional manager (letter)
Walsall Advertiser 16.7.09 Greyhounds deserve a life after racing - Steve Carter, RSPCA West Regional Manager.(letter)
Lichfield Mercury 16.7.09 Support calls to give greyhounds a better retirement - Steve Carter, RSPCA West Regional Manager (letter)
News Guardian 15.7.09 In support of greyhounds - DAVID MILLARD, RSPCA North, Regional Superintendent (letter)
Newcastle Chronicle 15.7.09 Speak up for greyhounds - IT is a sad fact of life that many greyhounds applauded on the track meet an untimely end when their racing days are over. The RSPCA believes that at the end of their racing careers, all greyhounds, which generally make excellent pets, should have the opportunity of retirement to a home that will give them a good quality of life for the remainder of their natural life span. The society thinks this should be financed and managed by the greyhound racing industry… Defra plans to introduce secondary legislation on greyhound racing and have launched a public consultation… The RSPCA and other welfare groups are asking the public to help in supporting calls for independent regulation… DAVID MILLARD, RSPCA North regional superintendent. (letter)

Coventry Telegraph 23.7.09 Freedom farms are shocking - I AM shocked to discover in Hillside Animal Sanctuary literature that investigations recently carried out by them have exposed shocking scenes on three RSPCA ‘Freedom Food’ approved farms… Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby (letter)


Mirror 22.7.09 Big rise in animal testing - The number of scientific experiments on animals rose steeply last year… Michelle Thew, of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, said: "This shocking rise in numbers of animals subjected to experiments is an outrage."… (story)
Independent 21.7.09 'Shocking increase' in animal experiments By Steve Connor, Science Editor - The number of animals used in scientific research last year rose by 15 per cent on the previous year bringing the total to nearly 3.6 million - the greatest number of animals involved in laboratory experiments for almost 20 years… (story)
Guardian 21.7.09 Drug safety testing drives steep rise in animal experiments in UK - Animal rights campaigners round on government as expansion in biomedical research triggers 'biggest increase' in medical tests - Ian Sample Science correspondent - The number of medical experiments involving animals has shown its largest rise since modern records began, the latest government figures reveal… "With the scientific expertise this country has to offer we should have seen far greater progress to replace animals with more advanced techniques," said Dr Sebastien Farnaud of the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 22.7.09 End bushmeat trade - I am writing to bring to your attention a serious threat facing both endangered wild animals and human health – the snaring of wild animals and consumption of their meat, known as “bushmeat”…. Will Travers, Born Free Foundation, chief executive (letter)

Bolton News 22.7.09 Help ban the use of circus animals - THE Captive Animals’ Protection Society shares the view of your readers who have written to express their concerns about the use of animals at Circus Mondao during its recent visit to the area…. We would encourage local people to ensure that any circus they visit is animal-free and a list is available on our website, captiveanimals.org In addition, please write to your MP, asking them to encourage the Government to ban the use of animals in circuses. Craig Redmond Campaigns director The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (letter)


Ledbury Reporter 21.7.09 Clay pigeon shoot for local hunt - LEDBURY Hunt is organising a Clay Pigeon Shoot at Longridge Shooting Ground, in Bromsberrow Heath, on Saturday, August 8.. (story)

Independent 21.7.09 Hunting for votes - The real impact of voting Green in Norwich North will be to assist a pro-hunting Tory… Voting for fringe parties will please the Tories and their hunting allies. Chris Gale CHIPPENHAM, WILTSHIRE (letter)

Tivyside Advertiser 21.7.09 Calls to scrap shooting plans - CALLS to scrap plans to bring wildfowl shooting back to the Teifi estuary are being made by many organisations and individuals. A consultation meeting with the British Association of Shooting and Conservation, which wants the right to shoot ducks and geese between Patch and Old Castle Farm, ended with an overwhelming vote to abandon the idea. But BASC insists it will continue to develop its plan "while taking the objections into account"…. (story)

SouthWestBusiness 21.7.09 Mills buys vegan foods company - Heather Mills has said that her acquisition of a leading supplier of vegan foods to the health trade was "a dream come true". Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife said she had been a fan of the Redwood Wholefood Company and its "ethical, compassionate foods" for "many years". The firm said the acquisition, for which no financial details were announced, would allow Mills to "promote veganism globally through her own restaurants and brands"…. Rod Garland, director of Redwood, said: "Heather shares the same values and aims as us, namely to spread compassion across the planet and promote a healthy and more ethical lifestyle…. (story)

York Press 21.7.09 EU cash subsidises bullfighting - With all the talk about taxes we pay and what they are used for, it may surprise readers to know that £20 million of EU cash, a lot of which comes from the UK taxpayer, is used each year to subsidise bullfighting… Please write to your MP about this issue of our taxes. John Ebbs, Denison Road, Pocklington (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 21.7.09 Vandal attack on Ardersier egg producer By samantha chetwynd - Hundreds of eggs were spoiled and thousands of chicken’s lives were put at risk following a vandalism attack at an Ardersier farm. Tons of wheat were spilled on to the floor after a hopper was opened and thousands of hens were unable to lay their eggs after the power was cut at Highland Eggs, in Ardersier, near Inverness…. Gordon Whiteford, 28, said the culprits struck at about 11.45pm on Friday evening…. He ruled it out being the victim of animal right’s activists, adding: “We are an organic company and these people put the birds’ lives at risk.”… (story)

Western Morning News 21.7.09 Dairy cows must be bred for health not huge yields by Steve Dube, Western Mail - ANIMAL welfare campaigners claim that dairy cows are being milked “beyond endurance.” The claim by Compassion in World Farming welfare development manager Phil Brooke, followed five new reports on dairy farming by the European Food Safety Authority showing that cows in the EU are bred to produce unreasonable amounts of milk and suffer from hunger, lameness and infertility… (story)
Farmers Guardian 13.7.09 New report criticises dairy cow welfare - SCIENTISTS at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a report which claims the drive for higher milk yields is adversely affecting the health and welfare of dairy cows… Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) said it showed the UK dairy cow was ‘being milked to death’. CIWF welfare development manager Phil Brooke said: “This is an essential set of reports. For far too long we have been milking cows beyond endurance… (story)


Dorchester People 20.7.09 When Blood Meets Music : Who is behind the Best of Dorset Festival? By jamesryoung - Many people approve of hunting. Many people don't. And, therefore, hunting is a contentious issue…. The Best of Dorset festival, on its website, billed itself as raising money for charity, and certainly intends to do so next year. That is clear from its website…. It seems strange that both the website of the South Dorset Hunt, and the website of the Countryside Allowance, both refer to the event as being - at least in part - organised by the Hunt… Fox hunting is a matter for individual conscience. And the organisers of the Best of Dorset Festival should respect that and be clear about who is organising the Festival and who is benefiting from it…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 20.7.09 No future for fox hunters - STEVE Clark, the Yorkshire spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, is seriously deluded if he thinks readers will swallow his bluster on how repeal of the Hunting Act is in sight (Yorkshire Post, July 16). The claim that the Hunting Act is "bad law" is patently absurd… The idea that the hunters are supported by the public is nothing but myth. Polling by Ipsos MORI and YouGov on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports shows that 75 per cent of the public, including 71 per cent in rural communities, don't want to see the clock turned back to the cruelty of hunting… From: Douglas Batchelor, chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports. (letter)

Irish Independent 20.7.09 Animal cruelty must be stopped - Reading your news report 'Sick thugs set fire to puppy' (Irish Independent, July 18) several incidents of depravity involving animals over recent years come to mind… Animal abusers should be on the same level in society as child abusers, because they are cut from the same cloth. As ever, this depends on political will -- which has been missing thus far. Apart from the Greens' inaction, perhaps if some Fianna Failers in rural Ireland were less involved in blood 'sports' we might get somewhere… Anthony Halpin, BRAY, CO WICKLOW (letter)

BBC News Online 20.7.09 Stars 'hijack meat debate' claim - A group promoting Welsh meat has accused celebrities of "hijacking" the climate change debate at the expense of meat eaters and farmers. Meat Promotion Wales chair Rees Roberts said campaigns like Meat-Free Mondays portrayed meat eaters as people who did not care about the planet…. (story)

Dundee Evening Telegraph 20.7.09 Superb circus I WENT to see Zippos circus at Montrose. It was a superb evening’s entertainment with amazing high wire acts and beautiful performing horses… George Aimer, Kinghorne Road, Dundee (letter)

Liverpool Echo 20.7.09 Thanks for your help - THE Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) would like to thank those who donated money during a charity street collection in Liverpool City Centre on Saturday, July 4. £52.00 was collected… Garry Sheen, Captive Animals’ Protection Society, Manchester (letter)

Ecologist 20.7.09 Ecologist Film Unit journalist beaten by seal hunters - Ecologist Film Unit journalist Jim Wickens has been attacked and later convicted of trespass as he filmed the slaughter of seals on the Namibian coast… Jim Wickens, a reporter with Ecostorm which produces investigations for the Ecologist, and Bart Smithers, a freelance cameraman and fixer, were filming the controversial slaughter of seals when a group of armed hunters set upon them…. 'This violent and unwarranted attack is going to shine the spotlight on Namibia. Many people are aware of the Canadian hunt but not about what goes on in Namibia,' said Ecostorm co-director Andrew Wasley…. (story)


Sunday Telegraph 19.7.09 'Evil destruction' of a happy family - A system involving social workers, police and courts took a child away from loving parents for no apparent reason, writes Christopher Booker. Two weeks ago I reported as shocking a story as this column has ever covered… However a new case has lately been surfacing, if anything even more shocking. This also involved the arrest of two parents and the abduction of their child by social workers, in a story so bizarre that, at last week's Prime Minister's Questions, Gordon Brown was asked about it by the family's MP, Charles Hendry, who has long been concerned with the case because the mother is a vice-chairman of his local Conservative Association... The story began in April 2007 when "Mr Smith", as I must call him, had a visit from the RSPCA over the dog-breeding business he ran from the family home…. Three days later, however, at nine o'clock in the morning, two RSPCA officials returned, accompanied in cars and riot vans by 18 policemen… Armed with pepper spray, they ransacked the house, looking for the nonexistent guns… When Mr Smith and his wife, who was three months pregnant, volubly protested at what was happening, they were forcibly arrested in front of their screaming five-year-old daughter "Jenny" and taken away… (story)
Mail 11.7.09 I want to come home mummy: Aged five, 'Jenny' was torn from her parents by social workers after an RSPCA raid. Now a court says she must be adopted... By Paul Bracchi and Dennis Rice - We reveal disturbing questions about the fate of this bewildered child who faces fears of abandonment for years to come but who just wants to come home to mummy and daddy… According to care workers, the mother and father of this little girl were found to fall into this category after their home was raided by the RSPCA and at least 18 police officers to deal with a complaint about supposed mistreatment of dogs… (story)

Independent on Sunday 19.7.09 It is interesting just how many reasons there are now to cut out meat ("The rise and rise of the vegetarian", 12 July). Certainly, animal welfare is the main reason for many people… It is time to stop eating meat. Richard Mountford Development Manager, Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Independent on Sunday 19.7.09 The needless loss of life and the blatant cruelty to animals in the Pamplona bull run, coupled with the stupidity of the people taking part and the unnecessary demands on the resources of the medical emergency crews are reasons enough to stop this cruel spectacle… Bernie Wright Alliance for Animal Rights Dublin (letter)


Edinburgh Evening News 18.7.09 Interview: Annette Crosbie, Hope Springs actress By HAZEL MOLLISON - SHE may be the star of one of Britain's best-loved sitcoms, but Annette Crosbie's life is often far from glamorous… The other great loves in her life are her four rescued greyhounds. She adopted her first one 15 years ago, and was horrified to discover the treatment of retired racing animals, who are often put down. She is now a dedicated campaigner for greyhound welfare, as well as president of the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 18.7.09 'Countryside set' is proving untouchable - SO the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has won the day. The goal to give everyone the right to access a complete coastal path around the whole of England has been put on the back burner by DEFRA Minster Huw Irranca-Davis. Interestingly, Mr Irranca-Davis was one of only three Labour MPs who voted against the Hunting Ban, the others being Kate Hoey (Chairman of the Countryside Alliance) and Jack Straw. I have dealt with Mr Irranca-Davis regarding hunting on Forestry Commission assets and he was as useful as a chocolate teapot…. The Countryside Alliance and the CLA have been fighting tooth and nail to prevent coastal access to the genera public as they did during the CRoW consultation process… It's hard to imagine we have a Labour Government when countryside issues are decided in favour of countryside people time and time again…. Graham Forsyth Fairway Rise Chard (by email) (letter)

Irish Examiner 18.7.09 Animal rights activists blamed for circus attack - Animal rights activists are being blamed for an attack on a famous circus today. Eight vehicles were vandalised and attempts made to set one alight in an overnight attack on Duffy’s Circus…. (story)
Irish News 18.7.09 NEWS: Animal rights activists blamed for circus attack - Animal rights activists are being blamed for an attack on a famous circus today. Eight vehicles were vandalised and attempts made to set one alight in an overnight attack on Duffy’s Circus. Ringmaster and Managing Director of the troupe David Duffy said he would be increasing security, but insisted the vandals will not disrupt his family’s 200-year-old circus tradition. The attack in Goatstown, south Dublin, saw green fluorescent paint sprayed over vehicles, including their windscreens, while acid was poured into other vehicles and an attempt made to set one on fire… (story)


Yorkshire Post 17.7.09 Tory says ban on hunting will be repealed - A PROMISE to repeal the controversial Hunting with Dogs act within a year of the Conservatives winning a General Election was confirmed yesterday by the shadow Defra Minister. Nick Herbert, making his first visit to the Great Yorkshire Show since entering the Shadow Cabinet, said a Tory Government would seek to repeal the Act if elected…. He made his comments on hunting after the regional director of the Countryside Alliance, Steve Clark, a former Master of the Bramham Moor Hunt, said 300 packs had been out twice a week since the ban but only three prosecutions had resulted…. The Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt, which has been based at Gisburn, near Clitheroe, since 1945, joined the Zetland Hunt, the Holderness and the Holme Valley Beagles for the Hound Parade – a tradition on the last day of the Great Yorkshire…. (story)

Mirror 17.7.09 Tory plan to bring back hunting could rip the party's vote to pieces By Bob Roberts - A tory pledge to bring back fox hunting could rip the party's vote to pieces in a general election… David Cameron is a hunt supporter and has said the ban makes him furious. But 56% of 2,015 people in the YouGov poll link blood sports to a "nasty party" not "compassionate Conservatives". Labour see it as a Tory blind-spot and smell blood. A senior strategist said: "Support for hunting is a key factor in dozens of seats."… (story)

Gloucester Citizen/Echo 17.7.09 HAVE YOUR SAY: Hunting ban - It is claimed the Conservatives would repeal the hunting ban but a new survey shows seven out of 10 people questioned would keep the ban in place. The YouGov poll showed 59% of those who took part would be less likely to vote for a candidate backing legislation…. (story)

Liverpool Daily Post 17.7.09 Thank you - THE Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) would like to thank those who donated money during a charity street collection in Liverpool City Centre on Saturday, July 4… Garry Sheen, Captive Animals’ Protection Society, Manchester (letter)

Essex Echo 17.7.09 Animals have a right to life - Stan Dixon called for a national cull of cats, saying they were noisy, messy vermin (May1). I live close to him and the only non human noises I hear at night are the sounds of foxes playing. Mavis Folkhard, July 9, called for a cull of foxes… Almost every wild creature we have in this country is the subject of people wanting them culled. In the Echo alone we have had calls to cull grey squirrels, badgers, cats and foxes with national calls to cull deer seals and rabbits. What next, cows, sheep, pigs, chickens? Oh I forgot, we already cull those in the name of the food industry… Mary Windsor, Central Wall Cottages, Canvey (story)

Bucks Free Press 17.7.09 People enjoy meat - RE: ‘Stop eating meat’ by Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager of Viva (Letters, July 3). I WONDER if he has ever worked in a slaughterhouse. I was a slaughterman/ butcher for 40 years and in that time I have killed many animals and birds. None of them were killed on a conveyor belt… As to what goes on behind closed doors, well all premises are inspected by health and food inspectors every day before work starts, again at midday and yet again at the close of the day…. Not everyone feels as you do and some people actually enjoy eating meat. Alan Irvine, Guinions Road, High Wycombe. (letter)
Bucks Free Press 3.7.09 Call a halt to the conveyor belts of slaughter - Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager, Viva! (letter)
Derby Telegraph 1.7.09 Slaughterhouses hard to stomach - Justin Kerswell, Viva! York Court, Wilder Street Bristol. (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 1.7.09 Letter: Concerns over animal treatment - To put meat on the dining table, it is obvious that an animal has to die… The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), makes for troubling reading. They recently published a report into the slaughter of poultry in Britain, which says there is no ideal way to kill animals for meat – which pretty much blows out of the water the myth of humane slaughter… The average Brit consumes 11,047 animals in their lifetime – that's how many you could save by simply going veggie!... JUSTIN KERSWELL Viva! Campaigns Manager, 8 York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol (letter)

17.7.09 Boycott Italian veal meals - Sarah Halevy Campaigns Co-ordinator Compassion in World Farming River Court, Mill Lane Godalming, Surrey (letter)
Formby Times 16.7.09 Well done Sarah - COMPASSION in World Farming welcomes Sarah Brown's decision not to eat veal at the G8 summit in Italy… Ask for a higher welfare alternative or choose British veal on your return to the UK… SARAH HALEVY, Compassion in World Farming (letter)

Manchester Evening News 17.7.09 A cruel ambition - I READ your story about Kayum Hoque, ‘Photocopier repairman who took bull by the horns’ (MEN, July 7). I was very sorry to see the article apparently approving of this ‘sport’… I am a member and supporter of the League Against Cruel Sports and we are trying to lobby the European parliament’s members to work against bull fighting in Europe and working towards its discouragement in South American countries. Rodeos may be traditional in Canada and America, but that does not make them a good thing or something to advertise for potential tourists.Jenny Shea, Chorlton (letter)

Manchester Evening News 17.7.09 Bully for bulls - WITH reference to the man gored and the people injured during the recent bull running in Spain, my sympathies are with the animals… Betty Temple, Sale (letter)

Ledbury Reporter 17.7.09 Thanks for donations - COMPASSION in World Farming would like to thank the people of Malvern for giving so generously at their collection day in Great Malvern on June 20 when the sum of £136.28 was raised… PAULINE BURGESS, Cotswold Road, Malvern (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 17.7.09 Meat-free future? - Britain is going veggie. If current trends published recently by the Government continue, the UK will be fully vegetarian by 2076!... For free help on cutting down your meat intake or going veggie, ring Viva!... Justin Kerswell, campaigns manager, Viva! (letter)


Daily Post 16.7.09 Hunting hunters by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - WALES Against Animal Cruelty (WAAC) aims to deliver 25,000 anti-hunt leaflets before the next General Election. The group, led by Rhyl’s Judi Hewitt, has already distributed 1,500 leaflets and claims public support is turning against a repeal of the Hunting Act… (story)

Western Morning News 16.7.09 Ban has backing - IN your article "Foxhunting ban 'harms animal welfare'" (June 29) you quote East Devon Conservative Hugo Swire as saying: "It was always just another attack on rural and farming communities. It is a pernicious and vindictive Act." It might be useful for Mr Swire to consider the findings of a recent Ipsos MORI poll which revealed that 71 per cent of people in rural areas support the Hunting Act 2004… Matt Fox, Campaigner League Against Cruel Sports (story)

Blairgowrie Advertiser 16.7.09 Catch of the day for angling buff by Johnathon Menzies, Blairgowrie Advertiser - EAST Perthshire angling enthusiast Greg Sinclair landed the catch of the day at the recent Scone game fair after being presented with a new award. Named after renowned gamekeeper and ghillie Tam Tod, the inaugural trophy recognises Greg’s achievements in the Angling for Youth Development course run from Blairgowrie High School…. Nicola Chalmers-Watson, chief executive of the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) educational trust said: “Tam Tod’s commitment to passing on the ways of the countryside to future generations has been held in high esteem, so it is right and fitting that a trophy be awarded in his name…. (story)

North Norfolk News 16.7.09 Aylsham cat killed in snare - A couple whose pet cat was killed by a snare have joined calls for the traps to be banned - and have gathered a 1,000-name petition to support a national campaign… Devastated owners Ann and Chris Dunham have added their voices to a nationwide campaign to get all such snares banned. But a national gamekeepers' group defended their use, saying they were needed for predator control and were safe if used properly in line with a code of conduct…. The League Against Cruel Sports is leading the calls for a snare and trap ban, and says its recent Snare Aware week helped raise the profile of their campaign - for an outright ban of “cruel and indiscriminate” snares - among the public and politicians… (story)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 16.7.09 End snare suffering - Douglas Batchelor, chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Newcastle Evening Chronicle 2.7.09 Help us stop cruel snares DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports, via e-mail. (letter)
Morpeth Herald 9.7.09 It's time snares were banned - DOUGLAS BATCHELOR, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
The Shields Gazette 1.7.09 Time to stop this cruelty - Douglas Batchelor, Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports. (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 30.6.09 Letter from Douglas Batchelor - IN the UK it is still legal to hang wild animals by the neck. Vast numbers of snares are deployed by gamekeepers every year in their war against the wildlife in our countryside…. It is high time that our wild animals were protected by law from cruelty, and it is time that those who cause them suffering are subject to the full force of the law. Please support Snare Aware Week and join us in our demand that the sale and use of snares be banned throughout the UK - just as they already are in most European countries. DOUGLAS BATCHELOR Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

Bury Times 16.7.09 Happy time at the circus where animals seemed to be fine - We visited the circus recently with our three children and really enjoyed it, but I am writing regarding the animal protesters who were outside the circus when we arrived. They had boards and flyers showing half starved animals and animals that had been mistreated and proceeded to inform us that was what was happening to the animals inside the circus. My children were shocked and didn’t want to see the mistreated animals but I convinced them to go in and judge for themselves. I must stress that once inside the show was excellent and all the animals seemed fit and well and were on display afterwards for all to see and to show they where being treated fairly… Andrew Partington (letter)


Yorkshire Post 15.7.09 Steve Clark: Fox hunters in sight of victory over bad law - WHEN the Hunting Act came into force in February 2005, the Countryside Alliance and the Yorkshire hunting community were determined that it was not the end of hunting. We stated our intention to fight the ban and labelled the Hunting Act a temporary law. If I am honest, few, even of those who hunt, can have really have believed how successful the campaign against the ban would be. First, and most importantly, we were determined to maintain the infrastructure of hunting: the staff, the kennels, the hunts and the hounds… (story)

Western Morning News 15.7.09 Anti-hunt activity - NOW that the Labour Government is in its death throes I note with interest the sudden increase in letters from anti-hunt activists distraught by the realisation that their beloved but useless Hunting Act is about to be consigned to the dustbin of history. Alan Kirby's letter (July 7) is a particularly hysterical example… But he sinks to the depths in saying "God knows what plans they (the Conservative Party) have for the vulnerable people in our society, but it's already clear they intend to unleash a holocaust on wild animals…. What exactly is he implying? - Jonathan Marshall, Somerset (letter)

Irish Examiner 15.7.09 Will tree stump virgin move to save the hare? - THE Virgin in the Tree Stump controversy that hit the headlines last week intrigues me…. Personally, I’m delighted that so many of the people in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, are engaging in this gentle demonstration of faith in the supernatural. It makes a pleasant change from the annual hare coursing savagery for which the town and district including, in the not so distant past, its clergy, is also famous — or infamous, depending on one’s view of blood sports… John Fitzgerald, Lr Coyne Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Worcester News 15.7.09 This is a cause to marvel, not to kill - In reply to M Robinson (Letters, June 29) I used the term “puerile nonsense” in regard to part of Mr Robinson’s previous letter because he appeared to be blaming falcons in the same way as another contributor described seagulls as vile… As I have previously indicated, I am opposed to humans shooting pheasants and game for pleasure…. one family of falcons, in one particular area, is a cause for marvelling not culling. D E MARGRETT, Worcester. (letter)

Hastings Observer 15.7.09 MP helps present petition to end animal testing - POLEGATE MP Norman Baker has co-presented a 1.5 million strong petition to 10 Downing Street, calling on the Government to develop a 'road map' for the end of animal testing. Mr Baker was part of an all-party delegation organised by animal welfare group Uncaged who have collected the signatures…. (story)

Sun 15.7.09 IT is time this barbaric annual so-called sport of bull-baiting in Pamplona was abolished… FAY MURRAY, Wigan, Lancs (letter)

Islington Gazette 15.7.09 Your chance to join the animal detectives team - THE world's only under-cover agency dedicated to busting wildlife criminals is offering one lucky winner the chance to spend the day at its Islington headquarters. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), based in Upper Street, is devoted to cracking down on poachers, ivory smugglers, tiger skin traffickers, toxic waste dumpers, illegal deep-sea fishermen and chemical smugglers… Julian Newman, campaigns director at the EIA, said: "This is an attempt to engage more with the wider public about our work… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 15.7.09 Eating less meat is practical way to act - MR Lucy, I agree with a lot of your points, but am not clear what you recommend. Eating less meat is more practical than culling the population or immediately closing power stations and is something we can all do… Gill Westcott, Cheriton Bishop, Devon (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 15.7.09 Meat production is a source of damage - JOHN Lucy writes that five hundred litres of methane may emerge daily from 1.4 billion cattle, Personal emissions costing the Earth, Points of view, July 11. He has missed out that that is from each one of the cattle, so making a total emission of 700 billion litres each day… Paul Harding, Alphington, Exeter (letter)


Evening Leader 14.7.09 AM calls for crackdown on illegal hunting in North Wales - NORTH Wales must not become a 'soft touch' for illegal hunting says Wrexham's Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths. She has spoken out following the publication of police figures which reveal that in the past three years not one single prosecution has been brought in the region as the result of reports from the public about suspected illegal hunting… (story)
Daily Post 13.7.09 North Wales is 'a soft touch' for fox hunters by Martin Williams, Daily Post - NORTH Wales must not be a soft touch for people intent on defying the Hunting Act, an AM has warned. New figures reveal that since 2006, theres been no prosecutions for illegal hunting in North Wales, even though the police received 66 reports from members of the public who were certain it had taken place…. Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said: I am disappointed by these figures… She added: Of the 66 complaints made, I find it inconceivable that insufficient evidence was found in nearly every case…. Douglas Batchelor, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said the police need to reclassify the way they deal with complaints of hunting… (story)

Essex Echo 14.7.09 Yes, the foxes must be culled - I agree with Mavis Folkard in her call for foxes to be culled. I too, along with my neighbours, have suffered nightly damage to my wellcared- for garden due these vile and dirty creatures… There is no room for sentimentality in this matter – foxes are vermin. Roy Kebbell, Deirdre Avenue, Wickford (letter)
Essex Echo 13.7.09 It’s time to cull the foxes - The authorities must do something about the explosion of foxes everywhere. The beautiful fox has become the gardener’s nightmare… As much as I hate saying this, surely it’s time for a cull. Mavis Folkard, Wash Road, Laindon (letter)

Caterer & Hotelkeeper 14.7.09 Bath restaurants resists pressure to take foie gras off menu - A restaurant in Bath has insisted it will continue to serve foie gras despite animal activists staging continued protests outside its premises. Members of the Bath Activist Network (BAN) staged demonstrations outside the city’s Minibar for four consecutive nights last week in a bid to get the restaurant to remove the controversial delicacy from its menu. Chef and co-owner Alex Grant, who has run the restaurant for the past year, said members of BAN were rude and aggressive towards his staff and customers…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 14.7.09 Restaurant stands firm in 'cruel' food protest - The owners of a Bath restaurant say they will not bow to a sustained campaign of pressure to stop them serving the controversial French delicacy foie gras. Brother and sister Alex and Jessica Grant, who own the Minibar restaurant in John Street, were targetted by protesters on four successive nights last week. They say demonstrators from the Bath Activist Network were rude and aggressive towards their staff and customers - and that the protests have not changed their minds… (story)

Blackpool Gazette 14.7.09 Going meat free for day - Following on from the successful 'Meat-Free Monday' held in the Belgian city of Ghent, I would like us to lend our support to this innovative idea to help save the environment. Paul McCartney and family along with many other celebrities such as Ricky Gervais and our own North West's comedian Dave Spikey, have given the weekly event their full support… Paul Timpson, Manchester (letter)


Horse & Hound 13.7.09 New pack planned to hunt in west Scotland - Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor - Plans to create a new hunt to cover the whole of the West of Scotland have been revealed by the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA). The Eglinton hunt, which covers Ayrshire, was suspended at the end of the 2007-08 season, the committee disbanded and hounds and horses sold. But now their neighbouring hunt, the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire (L&R), proposes to hunt the Eglinton county in tandem with their own for the coming season. And both hunts hope a new pack can be created to hunt the entire country the following season… (story)

Winsford Guardian 13.7.09 Cheshire Constabulary organises Winsford Fishing Festival By Frances Kindon - YOUNGSTERS in Winsford can try out fishing thanks to a programme from Cheshire Constabulary. Winsford Fishing Festival will run throughout July and August at Winsford National Pool, off Weaver Valley Road, giving 11 to 16-year-olds a chance to try their hand at angling. An induction session will be held on Wednesday, July 22 between 10am and 3pm for beginners…. (story)

Northern Echo 13.7.09 Thousands flock to country and game fair - THOUSANDS of people flocked to a popular Teesdale country and game fair over the weekend. The two-day event, at Raby Castle in Staindrop, featured an array of rurally themed attractions and animal pursuits… (story)

Bolton News 13.7.09 Humans-only circuses please - I FOUND out recently that Bolton Council had given a licence to a circus using live animals in their performances. This is archaic and in line with bear baiting and cockfighting in the past… Please Bolton people, turn your back on a circus that uses animals. Mrs D Wignall Somerton Road Bolton (letter)

Bolton News 13.7.09 Animals were so ‘sad and forlorn’ - MY two children had seen posters advertising the circus visiting Hunger Hill, Bolton, and, although I had misgivings, as I had seen they used animals, I gave in… Regrettably, I still went in to the performance and, although I enjoyed the human acts, the animals were a sad and forlorn looking lot, even my eight year old son commented that “the zebras look so sad mum”…. Margaret Rees and family Derwent Drive Hunger Hill (letter)

Tribune 13.7.09 How a fat queer from Orange County became a man for whom the world’s beautiful women strip - Committed: A Rabble Rouser’s Memoir by Dan Mathews - Dan Mathews is proof, if it were needed, that charm is a verb – something you do. Mathews, senior vice-president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, does charm very well indeed. When we meet at his modest west London hotel to talk about his recently-published memoir, Committed: A Rabble Rouser’s Memoir, I am curious to know how this “fat queer” from Orange County metamorphosed into the kind of man for whom many of the world’s most beautiful women regularly strip off at the drop of a hat… Cary Gee (story)

Essex Echo 13.7.09 Don’t kill town centre pigeons - I disagree with M Wall’s desire to rid Southend town centre of pigeons…. Jessie Cutter, Adelsburg Road, Canvey (letter)


Sunday Times 12.7.09 Relative Values: Claire Tomlinson and her son Luke - The former No.1 British female polo player and the captain of the England polo team talk fox-hunting, protest and competition - Simon Brooke … We’ll go out riding and hunting together. Luke was involved in the demonstration at the House of Commons in September 2004 to protest against the fox-hunting ban…. When the hunting ban came in, I felt it was important to do something to try and stop it. I realised it was going to affect a lot of people I knew and their way of life. The ban was very much a political act. The waste of police time and money it’s caused is laughable… (story)

E1 News 12.7.09 Marine & Coastal Access Bill Expected to Hurt the Rights of Landowners - One of the laws the Labour Party wants to pass before the general elections, which will take place either this year or next, is the Marine & Coastal Access bill, which implies the creation of a walkable way across the English Coast. The majority of landowners are opposed to the prospective law. For instance, representatives of the Countryside Alliance – an organization that promotes land and countryside issues across the UK, agree that the new law might result in benefits to users, such as local communities and businesses of the access right; however, they claim that the Marine & Coastal Bill is likely to exert negative influence on the rights of existing users, such as local businesses and residents as well as on environmental issues… (story)

Sunday Times 12.7.09 Jenny Seagrove condemns wallaby cull plan - Julia Belgutay - The actress Jenny Seagrove has condemned plans to cull a mob of wild wallabies that have taken up home on a Scottish island…. The 60 wallabies have been blamed for destroying native plant species on Inchconnachan, near Luss, nicknamed Wallaby Island by locals… Seagrove, who is a patron of the vegetarian charity Viva!, said the animals should be saved and condemned as “sickening” the plan to cull them… (story)

Independent on Sunday 12.7.09 The rise and rise of the vegetarian - Sausage, bacon and roast dinners, staples of the British diet, are on the wane as 'flexitarians' forgo meat By Susie Mesure - Forget lentils and tofu. Vegetarian cooking is enjoying a makeover, prompting meat-eaters to put down their steak knives. New green cuisine is tapping into the rise of the "flexitarian", the occasional vegetarian who is helping their waistline and the planet by eating less meat… Debbie Howard, 44, persuaded her partner, Ryan Morley, 35, that it would be a good idea for their family – her children, Jasmine and Sonny, and his daughter, Ella – to become vegetarian… (story)


Express 11.7.09 STOP THIS BLOODY DISGRACE By Brian Radford - THE Queen, herself a passionate racehorse owner, is being urged to help prevent British thoroughbreds from choking on their own blood. A personal letter to Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace details the alarming problem and directly refers to her own hurdler, Moonlit Path. The four-year-old mare was recently at the centre of a major doping inquiry that cost royal trainer Nicky Henderson a three-month ban and £40,000 fine. Henderson admitted to a disciplinary panel that he gave Moonlit Path a prohibited drug because he feared she might bleed during her race at Huntingdon last February… The emotive letter was written by Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, who urges The Queen to back his group’s campaign to press the British Horseracing Authority, the sport’s governing body, to take swift and decisive action to reduce or even eradicate suffering from internal bleeding… (story)

Bolton News 11.7.09 Circus can be fun without animals - WE have just learned of an archaic practice being offered for Bolton people’s entertainment… Apparently, a licence has been granted for a circus to come into our town, with animals as part of the entertainment. We hope Boltonians will show their disapproval of this by staying away… Barbara Tanham, Edward Tanham and Stephen Tanham Chorley Old Road, Bolton (letter)


Dundee Courier 10.7.09 Dog control required - Your article on the unfortunate dog being caught in a snare highlights a number of issues that we, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, think should be made. At this time of year, it is common for gamekeepers to protect wild and captive-bred gamebirds from predation. Snares are vital tools used to restrain foxes so that they can be humanely dispatched…. Anyone walking their dog in the countryside should have no concerns about snares as long as they follow the clear guidance for dog walkers in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. The Code advises that dogs should be kept on a short lead or under close control in areas where ground-nesting birds are breeding… Nicolle Upton. Press and Policy Officer, BASC Scotland, Trochry, Dunkeld
Legal slaughter - I was totally horrified and appalled to read your report of the death by strangulation of Mr John Buchan’s cocker spaniel from a “legal” snare… I go shooting myself but would never do so in an area where the indiscriminate barbarity of using snares is practised… (Dr) Charles Saunders. By Rathillet
Shock at dog’s death - I was most upset to read (July 7) of the horrific death of a dog. It is dreadful that any person should be allowed to set snares up on a public area where people can walk their dogs… Evelyn Hak. 1 Wavell Street, Grangemouth (letters)

Nottingham Evening Post 10.7.09 Letter: Animal testing - ELAINE JACKLIN Welbeck Road Long Eaton (letter)
Derby Telegraph 29.6.09 Catch in ban on cosmetic testing - ON March 11, all cosmetic testing on animals was stopped. But there is a catch, three types of cosmetic ingredient testing on animals across the world, for products made and sold in Europe until March 2013, when the second part of the ban is enforced, will still take place…. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, believes that no animals in the world should suffer for cosmetic products… Elaine Jacklin, Welbeck Road, Long Eaton (letter)

Bolton News 10.7.09 Welcome action on animal tests - MANY thanks to David Crausby for signing the Early Day Motion against animal testing and vivisection…. A Cartmell Bolton (letter)

Bolton News 10.7.09 Protests over circus - ANIMAL rights protesters have been out in force at two circus performances in the town. Members of the Manchester-based Captive Animals’ Protection Society, CAPS, handed out leaflets to people going into the Circus Mondao, which is taking place in Hunger Hill until Sunday. Paul Thomas, campaigns assistant for CAPS, said: “We had about 20 people down at the circus over the course of a couple of nights and we did manage to change people’s mind about going in. … (story)
Bury Times 9.7.09 Circus provokes animal rights demo - ANIMAL rights protesters have hit out at a circus which features Bury’s best-known clown. CAPS (Captive Animals’ Protection Society) has called for a boycott of Circus Mondao because it uses animals. About 15 campaigners staged a protest during last Wednesday’s show at High Bank Farm, Walshaw Road, Tottington… A 17-year-old girl also reported a minor assault after being shoved by a campaigner…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 10.7.09 Views on meat eating seem rather confused - John Wood's letter ("Meat eater's know exactly where their food comes from" (Mailbox, June 10) requires comment. His unfocused philosophy towards meat origination is rather confusing… I believe youngsters would benefit on many levels by a well thought out and expertly constructed in-depth look at all aspects of the meat production industry – not just a cursory examination – over a lengthy period… A P Smith, Asfordby (letter)
Leicester Mercury 22.6.09 Vegetarian minority should not be ignored - In response to Ray Watson, I am neither related to nor know the dietary preferences of the editor ("Stop this veggie propaganda", Mailbox, June 12). The fact that vegetarians are a minority does not mean they should be ignored… Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone (story)
Leicester Mercury 17.6.09 Veggie debate is exhausted - Yes, the veggie versus omnivore debate is exhausted, and neither side will budge.As I understand it, veggies complain that the green stuff that cattle and sheep eat is the cause of gases that are destroying the planet, so how does that square with millions of humans eating similar fodder? Have they a gas exemption certificate, or would it be prudent to walk some distance behind them?... Barry Sheffield, Enderby (letter)
Leicester Mercury 16.6.09 Vegan answer to global warming - Referring to Ted Humphreys' letter ("Leave us alone", Mailbox, June 5), the amount of land livestock takes would comfortably provide for vegan agriculture even in a highly-populated country like Britain… Chris Seal, Leicester. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 12.6.09 Stop this veggie propaganda - I am really sick and tired of Elizabeth Allison, of Aylestone, being awarded a regular position on the letters page to promote her idealistic world of total vegetarianism for us all. Why is this minority group and particularly this person given this level of promotion by the editor? Might it be that the editor is a veggie too, or is he related in some way?... Ray Watson, Leicester (letter)
Leicester Mercury 10.6.09 Meat-eaters know exactly where their food comes from - After reading Amy Clark's reply (Mailbox, June 5) to my letter of June 1, I would like to paint a brief picture of my upbringing in a family where meat was obtained from animals reared by my father, a country-born man… I note that the tone of your letter is one of attacking me for my views. Please, I am just an ordinary chap trying to live a peaceful life. Meat eaters know exactly how their food is obtained but they continue to eat meat and no amount of propaganda is going to change that… In the meantime, I'll go quietly on my way eating meat and you go quietly on your way eating vegetables. John Wood, Glen Parva. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 8.6.09 Vegetarian option means much healthier lives - Once again the subject of vegetarianism arouses anger… John Wood asks why vegetarians and vegans need to belong to a group. Why do people belong to any group or society? He says he is "proud" to be a meat-eater. What is there to be proud of? Is meat-eating an achievement?... So, Mr Wood, enjoy your "juicy, rare to medium steak" while we veggies enjoy our much healthier lives! Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 5.6.09 Leave us alone - Sue Daniels, of the Leicestershire Vegetarain/Vegan group (Mailbox, May 28), poses the question: "is there an alternative to support the slaughter" of millions of animals for food?... The figures you quote clearly indicate that you are in a tiny minority. So enjoy your nut cutlets but leave the rest of us to enjoy our steaks! Ted Humphreys, Countesthorpe (letter)
Leicester Mercury 5.6.09 Meat-eaters put to the test - I'm glad to see that at least one person has the courage to stand up for the killing of animals and is willing to gloss over the "regrettable" suffering that takes place inside of slaughter houses… Amy Clark, Aylestone. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 1.6.09 I'm sick of being preached at - Am I the only reader who is sick and tired of reading your letters page regarding our meat-eating habit? The latest offering (Mailbox, May 28) is from Sue Daniels of the Leicestershire Vegetarian/Vegan Group. Why do vegetarians and vegans need to belong to a group? Perhaps they feel marginalised or embarrassed about the fact that they don't eat meat and have to assemble in dark corners to indulge their passion… I have in the past been persuaded to try some of the "alternatives" to meat and in all honesty there really is no comparison to a juicy, rare to medium steak with just a hint of blood running through it… John Wood, Glen Parva. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 28.5.09 There is an alternative to supporting this barbaric trade - After National Vegetarian Week, last week, I thought your readers may be interested to know these facts. Statistics for the number of land animals killed for their meat (figures obtained from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the meat hygiene service) showed increases for some species slaughtered… Next time you pick up a piece of meat to put in your shopping trolley ask yourself is their an alternative to supporting this barbaric trade? Sue Daniels, Leicestershire Vegetarian/Vegan Group (letter)

Kent & Sussex Courier 10.7.09 Thanks from Animal Aid - ANIMAL aid and the collectors would like to thank the people of East Grinstead for their friendliness and generosity during the street collection held on Saturday June 27… Joyce Audric, Animal Aid collection co-ordinator (letter)

BBC News Online 10.7.09 Topless in Trafalgar Square By Linda Serck - A Sandhurst woman will be posing topless in a mermaid costume on Antony Gormley's plinth in Trafalgar Square. We chat to Natalie Simpson about why she's wearing such a show-stopping outfit…. Natalie is wearing the topless costume in aid of the charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), hoping to encourage people to switch to a vegetarian diet… (story)


Hereford Times 9.7.09 Golden Valley Hunt plan turned down - GOLDEN Valley Hunt has been refused permission to move to a site in Brilley Wood. Worries about the smell from the hounds led Herefordshire Council’s main planning committee to reject the application by 11 votes to four… Members felt they had little choice but to reject the application given the extent of opposition within the parish, including the parish council… (story)

Scottish Herald 9.7.09 Cruel snares - I was appalled to read your report "Owner calls for snare ban after dog strangled" (July 8). Not only is the distress this dog endured unthinkable, but most of us can only imagine the devastation this has caused to the family losing a much-loved pet in such horrific circumstances…. No animal should have to suffer in this way, be it domestic or wild … Louise Robertson, Scottish campaigns manager, League Against Cruel Sports, Limekilns, Fife. (letter)

Dundee Courier 9.7.09 Ban cruel animal traps - I was appalled to read your report, Owner calls for law change after pet dies in trap, (July 7) and wonder how many pets will have to die in such horrific circumstances before the Scottish Government takes action to ban these cruel, unnecessary traps… No animal should have to suffer in this way, be it domestic or wild… Louise Robertson. Scottish Campaigns Manager, League Against Cruel Sports, Limekilns. (letter)

Dorking Advertiser 9.7.09 Animal rights group "frees" pigeons - AN ANIMAL rights organisation has claimed it has freed pigeons that were trapped by netting under a railway bridge. Last month the Advertiser reported that pigeons had been trapped by netting under the bridge in Guildford Road, Fetcham, and that some of them had subsequently died… But the controversy reached a new level on Monday when the Advertiser received an anonymous call from a man claiming to be from the Animal Liberation Front – an organisation that often uses illegal methods to free animals it believes are being treated cruelly. He said: "The netting has been cut down and the Animal Liberation Front is claiming responsibility. "We will be watching who puts it [the netting] back up because two organisations were denying responsibility. "When we find out which one, they will be dealt with accordingly."… (story)

Brentwood Weekly News 9.7.09 Tarrant joins badgers fight - A CELEBRITY quizmaster has lent his voice to a badger protection group’s campaign to halt a £3million development which threatens a badger sett. Chris Tarrant, star of ITV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, has spoken out against plans to build two six-bedroom houses on land adjacent to Longaford Way, in Hutton Mount. Essex Badger Protection Group has been campaigning to convince Brentwood Council the plans should be shelved, as they threaten a badger sett on the land… Ralph Patmore, who lives in Challacombe Close, Hutton Mount, said the aim of the campaign is to keep developers Stone-bond Properties from building on the land and potentially destroying the badgers’ homes… (story)
Brentwood Weekly Newes 18.6.09 Celeb vet joins badger battle - A BADGER protection group has upped its campaign to halt a £3m development which threatens a badger sett. Members of the Essex Badger Protection Group have launched two petitions and enlisted support from a celebrity vet in a bid to convince Brentwood Council to shelve plans to build two six-bedroom houses on land adjacent to Longaford Way, in Hutton Mount… TV vet Emma Milne has added her voice to the campaign… campaigner Ralph Patmore, who lives in Challacombe Close, Hutton Mount, said Stonebond’s proposals will not protect the badgers… (story)
Brentwood Weekly News 4.6.09 Homes plan sparks badger fears - A BADGER sett could be under threat if developers get the go-ahead to build two houses in Shenfield. Members of the Essex Badger Protection Group have spoken of their fears for the badgers’ safety if Stonebond Properties, a Brentwood-based developer, are allowed to build two detached houses in Hutton Mount, Shenfield. … Ralph Patmore, who lives in Hutton Mount and has been a member of the Essex Badger Protection Group for five years, said: “There’s no one protecting the badgers… Chris Weedon, from Stonebond Properties, who secured outline planning permission from Brentwood Council to develop the site in 2006, said: “I am 100 per cent convinced the well-being of the badgers is sacrosanct… (story)


Mirror 8.7.09 Tory William Hague's secret deal to reverse bloodsports ban – Exclusive - By Bob Roberts - The Tories have secretly assured huntsmen they will make legalising bloodsports a priority if they win the next General Election. Party big gun William Hague promised the ban would be quickly scrapped as he addressed a Masters of Foxhounds Association meeting. Countryside Alliance chief Simon Hart crowed that the Shadow Foreign Secretary "gave the 400 assembled masters everything they wanted to hear and more… (story)
Western Morning News 23.6.09 Repeal 'bad' Hunting Act – Hague - TOP Tory William Hague has stepped up the charge against the Hunting Act, insisting it is a "bad law" which should be repealed. The shadow foreign secretary branded the ban on hunting with dogs "deeply prejudiced" and "ridiculously unworkable". In a direct statement of intent for a Conservative administration, he said: "This is a bad law and bad laws should be repealed, not ignored."… (story)
Horse & Hound 20.6.09 Conservatives pledge support for repeal of the Hunting Act - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Over 400 members of the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) gave a standing ovation to shadow foreign secretary William Hague MP at their AGM in London on 9 June, after he repeated strongly the Conservative pledge to assist repeal of the hunting ban… (story)

ThisIsTheWestcountry 8.7.09 TYTHERLEIGH HORSE AND PONY SHOW: Organisers thank everyone for support - THE Tytherleigh Horse and Pony Show was held for the first time at the show field on the A30 between Chard and Crewkerne by the kind permission of the landowner Andrew Whitehouse. The organising ommittee would like to thank all the sponsors for their generosity this year, for this great support… Organisers would like to thank members of the Cotley Hunt who kindly followed class five with a parade of the Cotley Hounds… (story)

Portsmouth News 8.7.09 Portsmouth MP signs animal rights petition - A Portsmouth MP has signed up to what is thought to be the biggest animal rights petition of all time. Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock took the petition directly to the prime minister at 10 Downing Street, along with other animal-loving politicians of all parties. It calls on the government to end experiments on animals. Animal welfare group Uncaged, which is behind the petition, collected 1.5m signatures in towns and cities across the UK. It comes as the European Union is due to revise European law on animal experiments…. (story)

Dundee Courier 8.7.09 Campaigner urges circus boycott - PEOPLE IN Arbroath and the surrounding area are being urged to “vote with their feet” and boycott a circus touring the country with performing animals. Zippo’s Circus is due to be at the town’s Inchcape Park from July 17 to 19, but animal rights campaigner Liz Begg said, “Now is the time for each of us to demonstrate our opposition to this backward and cruel form of ‘entertainment’… (story)

Coventry Telegraph 8.7.09 Police dogs shouldn't have equal rights - CERTAINLY the deaths of two police dogs left in a car was unfortunate. The Nottingham Chief Constable described the incident as tragic and our own animals’ rights supporter, Janet Cummings, was predictably, horrified… While I wish no harm to any animal working in the service of man, to give them rights in the hierarchy equal to humans is surely a step too far. A claim only the Lady of the Lamb could make. Kevin Lynch, Westwood Heath Road, Coventry. (letter)

Coventry Telegraph 8.7.09 Letter: Turn backs on animal circus - I SEE that a live animal circus is coming to Bulkington this week. I would strongly urge people to turn their backs on such “entertainment”…. Janet Cummings, Tower Road, Rugby. (letter)

Essex Echo 8.7.09 Hands off our pigeons please - M Wall wants pigeons culled as he says they are disease carriers. I would ask what disease has he caught from them?... Lewis Burrows, Palmerston Road, Westcliff (letter)

South Wales Echo 8.7.09 ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Cardiff for their generosity in raising £100 at a street collection on July 4… Thomas Simcock, Animal Aid Collection Co-ordinator (letter)

Swindon Advertiser 8.7.09 Letter from Matthew Mason - Ashley Owen states that eating meat causes cancer, obesity and other diseases. I wonder what Ashley's response is to the distinct lack of these diseases amongst Inuit, Siberians and Sami?... MATTHEW MASON, Station Road, Swindon (letter)
Swindon Advertiser 2.7.09 Letter from Ashley Owen - RECENT results from the largest study to investigate dietary habits and cancer once again show that vegetarians are significantly less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters… Anyone looking to improve their health, vitality and life expectancy can contact Animal Aid… ASHLEY OWEN Animal Aid Tonbridge (letter)


Daily Mail 7.7.09 We'll run subsidised dial-a-taxi service for rural areas stranded by bus cuts, say Tories - Millions of isolated country dwellers left stranded by infrequent or non-existent bus services are to be offered a subsidised shared 'dial-a-taxi' scheme if the Conservatives win the next election… It has the support of the Countryside Alliance… (story)

Argus 7.7.09 Shame on you, seagull killer - I have just witnessed a car drive straight into a herring gull on New Church Road. If the driver is reading this, your thoughtless and inconsiderate action has taken away the life of one of a breeding pair at a critical time, with chicks in the nest… Sue Baumgardt, Stoneham Road, Hove (letter)


Aberdeen Press & Journal 6.7.09 ‘Airguns are deadly weapons’ - A chill ran down my spine when I read the letter (the Press and Journal, July 2) from Neil Anderson concerning air weapons… The figures do not show the real extent of the damage caused by air weapons. Any veterinary practice or animal rescue centre can supply long lists of the wounded and dying pet, farm and wild animals they have to deal with each year because of airgun misuse… John F. Robins, secretary, Animal Concern Advice Line (ACAL), P.O. Box 5178, Dumbarton. (letter)

Dundee Courier 6.7.09 Record crowds flock to game fair By Eric Nicolson - THE SCOTTISH Game Fair in the grounds of Scone Palace attracted record crowds at the weekend. Organisers last night said the total attendance over the three days of the fair was 36,110—more than 3000 up on the previous best… (story)
Dundee Courier 4.7.09 Busy opening for game fair - THE SCOTTISH Game Fair began yesterday at Scone Palace with a host of events to entertain the large crowd…. (story)
Dundee Courier 4.7.09 Novel way to police rural parts - AN INITIATIVE announced at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace yesterday will result in a new intake of special constables trained to tackle all types of rural crime, writes Ewan Pate, farming editor. The plan is that the first 12 “rural specials” will be recruited by Central Scotland Police and Tayside Police in coming months. The scheme involves support from employers, who will allow staff to devote several hours each week to working in uniform in their own locality… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 4.7.09 Rural workers to fight crime By Alison Middleton - Rural workers are to be recruited to fight theft, poaching and vandalism in the countryside as part of an initiative launched yesterday. Gamekeepers, stalkers, farm and estate staff and landowners are being encouraged to serve as special constables in Tayside and central Scotland. A Rural Specials drive to recruit people to help police tackle crime in rural areas began at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone. It is being led by Central Scotland and Tayside Police forces, the Scottish Gamekeepers Association and the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association… (story)
Dundee Courier 3.7.09 Game Fair begins today - FASHION CONSCIOUS visitors to the Scottish Game Fair will find their sartorial triumphs—or otherwise—relayed to a worldwide audience. A film featuring outfits and hats worn by the public at the three-day event, which gets under way today, is to be posted on YouTube shortly after the fair. Set in the parkland of Scone Palace, the fair is organised by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust… (story)
Dundee Courier 30.6.09 Game fair set to attract 35,000 - ORGANISERS OF the Scottish Game Fair are expecting tens of thousands of visitors to flock to Scone Palace at the weekend. It is anticipated that around 35,000 visitors will attend the three-day event, which will take place from Friday… (story)

Sheffield Star 6.7.09 Petition for animal rights - ANIMAL rights campaigners based in Sheffield have submitted a 1.5 million-signature petition to 10 Downing Street calling for an end to experimentation. Representatives from Uncaged, accompanied by politicians from all main parties, delivered the document containing signatures collected over 15 years in towns and cities around the UK… (story)

Bolton News 6.7.09 VOTE: Activists’ anger over animals as circus rolls up in town - ANIMAL rights protestors have called for a boycott of a circus heading to Bolton this week. Circus Mondao, which features zebras and camels, is one of the few remaining circuses to still use wild animals in its shows, appearing in Hunger Hill from Wednesday. Paul Thomas, campaigns assistant for Captive Animals’ Protection Society, CAPS, said animal circuses were “outdated”… (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 6.7.09 Government attacked over refusal to ban circus animals - By Ian Swanson - THE Scottish Government was under fire from animal welfare campaigners today after it ruled out a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses… But today Libby Anderson, of Edinburgh-based campaign group Advocates for Animals, said the government was using too narrow a definition of animal welfare and urged it to take moral and ethical issues into account…. (story)

Nottingam Evening Post 6.7.09 Council is a "Good Egg" for animal welfare - NOTTS County Council has been named a Good Egg for ditching battery eggs in favour of free range. The Good Egg Awards have been developed by Compassion in World Farming, the farm animal welfare charity… (story)
Whitby Gazette 6.7.09 County praised for using free-range eggs in its school meals - The animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has praised North Yorkshire County Council for its policy of using free-range eggs in school meals…. (story)
Somerset Guardian 5.7.09 Good eggs in B&NES - A policy of only using free-range eggs in schools has won Bath and North East Council a Good Egg award from animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming… Compassion in World Farming’s Campaigns Co-ordinator, Eloise Shavelar said she hoped other councils would follow Bath and North East Somerset Council’s example… (story)


Sunday Times 5.7.09 RSPCA accused of cover-up over death of vet’s dog - DANIEL FOGGO - A VET has escaped with a caution after the death of one of his labradors, which was left in a car for six hours on a hot day. The incident has led to claims of a cover-up by the RSPCA, which pursues other dog owners who leave their pets trapped in sweltering conditions, and the vets’ governing body, which failed to take disciplinary action. Both organisations have been accused of being too lenient – one even said the case was a “tragic accident” – to protect the career of Alex Gough, 37, from Clutton in Somerset… At the time Damien Bush, Gough’s business partner and fellow vet, urged his colleague to report the incident to the RSPCA and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons… Bush was surprised by the approach taken by both bodies. “An RSPCA official said to me, ‘If he comes to us and expresses remorse, then he may get off with a caution. To be honest, we don’t want to be seen to be going after vets because we rely on vets for goodwill’,” he said… (story)


Scotsman 4.7.09 Shooting & Fishing: Some don't know their arsenal from their elbow By Alastair Robertson - You probably noticed this; the number of legally held guns in Scotland has risen. Please note, legally held. Should we care? Not one whit. I would be far more interested to know how many illegally held guns there are out there… Quite apart from driving a deliberate wedge between legislation north and south of the Border, stricter regulations – as stricter they would be, otherwise what's the point? – will brass off expensive foreigners, let alone friends, relations and paying guests from the south who come to shoot and spend money and generally spread a little joy… (story)

Hull Daily Mail 4.7.09 Police crack down on poachers - Police and community watch groups are making a breakthrough in the fight against poachers on East Riding farmland. A high-profile campaign to crackdown on illegal hunting of wild animals with dogs has led to the successful prosecution of gangs of poachers…. Members of Driffield Neighbourhood Policing Team and Driffield and Rural Farmwatch joined forces to track and arrest the gang of poachers… Driffield-based Sergeant David Jenkins said: "We are getting the breakthrough that we wanted but there is still a lot to be done in the fight against poaching. "But the last court success was a good result for Farmwatch, the rural community and the police. "It sends a message that the fantastic relationship that the police have developed with rural groups is working and people who hunt wild mammals with dogs in the East Riding will not be tolerated… (story)

Times 4.7.09 Enough sentimental bull about bullfighting - Does Ricky Gervais not realise that the animals speared in a ring have a far better life than those bred for hamburgers? - GILES COREN - If Greta Scacchi wants to pose naked with a cod to promote sustainable fishing, then that’s absolutely fine with me. I am a committed and vociferous campaigner for responsible ocean management, and I love looking at pictures of naked ladies… But when Ricky Gervais throws his oar in with the anti-bullfighting lobby — as he did this week, declaring that “Bullfighting needs to stop, it’s so cruel” — then the waters, for me, are not so clear… I enjoy bullfighting, as millions of Spaniards do, in spite of the pain caused to the animal, not because of it… Have you ever seen a terrified bull killed by a tattooed tractor boy with a fag in his mouth in a stinking East Anglian abbatoir? I have… We (well, you) are moved to tears by the public slaughter of a dumb beast with a bit of ceremony and a paso doble a thousand miles away, but dare not confront the thousands of hidden deaths much closer to home that it takes to feed your belly… Ricky Gervais made his millions by celebrating the Englishman at his most vain, pompous, small-minded, insular and bigoted… Of course he doesn’t like bullfighting! Too much colour, too much history, too much life, too much death, too much blood and sand, too much foreignness, too much difference. I dare say he doesn’t like paella either, or frog’s legs, bratwurst, haiku, poncy foreign novels, French poetry or snooty classical music composed by krauts, funny-looking Portuguese people, poncey Italian opera, sushi… (story)

Watford Observer 4.7.09 Animal group urges circus boycott By John Harrison - An animal rights group has urged people to boycott a circus visiting Watford next week because it includes wild animals… The Great British Circus will roll into town next week, but has received criticism as it is the only circus to use lions and tigers. Craig Redmond, campaigns director for the Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) said: “Three years ago the government signalled it would ban the use of some animals in circuses but has failed to act yet… (story)

Daily Mail 4.7.09 Fish's off... Heather Mills gets high and mighty as her vegan café replaces seafood diner - Heather Mills went fishing for attention today by risking life and limb to climb up on the roof of her controversial new vegan café - which replaces a popular seafood restaurant… The animal rights campaigner provoked outrage among residents in her home town of Hove, East Sussex, when she snapped up the popular Big Fish café for £140,000 only to reveal she was taking fish off the menu. Ms Mills, who clinched a £24million settlement in her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney last year, also laid off the Big Fish staff and told them they would not be re-employed when the renovated café reopened…. (story)
Argus 4.7.09 Heather Mills takes to the roof to open Hove cafe By Emily Walker, Chief Reporter - HEATHER Mills scaled on top of the roof of her new cafe to encourage Hove locals to join her for a veggie feast. Mr Mills climbed up a ladder and perched precariously on the edge of the new VBites cafe at Hove Lagoon on at the official opening on Saturday… (story)
Mail on Sunday 28.6.09 Heather Mills dons overalls to paint the walls of her new vegan restaurant - An animal rights activist, charity campaigner and advocate for amputees, Heather Mills has rarely shied away from hard work. The former model abandoned her glamorous background again today to put on overalls and a cap to paint and scrub the newly whitewashed walls of her vegan cafe V-Bites in Brighton… (story)
Argus 27.6.09 Heather Mills to use vegan Mr Whippy at Hove cafe By Andy Chiles - Heather Mills is launching her own vegan version of Mr Whippy. The former model will serve the dairy free alternative - named Mrs Swirly - at her new cafe, VBites, when it opens on Hove seafront on July 4… (story)


Swindon Advertiser 3.7.09 Letter from Chris Gale - SO the Tories are pledged to re-legalise medieval barbarism by repealing the Hunting Act… Violent acts toward animals have long been recognized as indicators of a dangerous psychopathy that does not confine itself to animals… At election time watch out for the killer on your doorstep… CHRIS GALE, Dover Street, Chippenham (letter)

Craven Herald 3.7.09 Game show hailed a big success - The sun shone on Broughton Game Show on Sunday – and organisers are hoping the proceeds will top last year’s £19,000. There were all the usual attractions on the Broughton Hall showfield, while new features included a dressage event, a bicycle stunt display and a bigger poultry section… (story)

Bournemouth Echo 3.7.09 All bets off to end greyhound deaths - AS AN international greyhound protection organisation, we are always pleased when any improvement is made to the welfare of racing dogs… Very sadly, our latest research indicates that as many as 15,000 greyhounds, bred to supply the demands of British tracks, are put to death every year, after failing to make the grade as racers or when their racing careers come to an end… TONY PETERS, UK co-ordinator, Greyhound Action (letter)

Independent 3.7.09 Farm animals' life not worth living - P Cain's (letter, 24 June) comments on vegetarians who wish meat production to cease and asks: "What farmers are going to keep these animals if they are not being used? Is it better not to have lived at all?" How naive. Of course it would have been better for them never to have been born… H J Burton, Brinsley, Nottinghamshire (letter)

South West Business 3.7.09 Veggies welcome 'no meat diet cuts cancer risk' report - A meat-free diet could reduce the risk of developing cancer, according to a new study. More than 61,000 people were monitored over 12 years by Cancer Research UK scientists from Oxford, who found that vegetarians were 12% less likely to develop cancer than people who ate meat. And vegetarians in Stroud, a heartland of alternative diets, have welcomed the news. Erin Wheeler is head chef at Woodruff's, the country's first completely Organic cafe, which serves 99% vegetarian dishes. She said it was a matter of personal choice but she has reaped the benefits… (story)

Middlewich Guardian 3.7.09 Farm shop slammed for serving up kangaroo By David Morgan - A FARM shop near Middlewich has been slammed by an animal rights group for selling exotic meats like kangaroo steaks and crocodile fillets. Justin Kerswell, campaigns manager for Viva, told the Guardian he was ‘very disappointed’ to see ‘alternative’ food at The Harvest Store in Wimboldsley…. (story)

Wiltshire Times 3.7.09 Trowbridge pensioner fined by court for feeding the pigeons By Rachel Allen - A pensioner who has been feeding Trowbridge’s pigeon population for more than 15 years, causing a headache for civic leaders and businesses, has been fined by magistrates. Danuta Rogawa, of Langford Road, Trowbridge, will have to pay £250 in court costs and fines after Chippenham magistrates found her guilty of littering by throwing down excessive amounts of bread and grain on November 12, 2008…. The council employed Guy Merchant, from the Pigeon Control Advisory Service, to help them combat the pigeon flock, which is thought to be in excess of 700. Mr Merchant advised the council to prosecute persistent feeders, even if they were elderly, calling them “public enemy number one”. (story)

John O'Groat Journal 3.7.09 Joanne to strip off for bullfight protest - ANIMAL rights activist Joanne Simm is taking the bull by the horns in her latest anti-cruelty demonstration. For Joanne, from Thurso, will be outside a bullfighting arena in Spain, along with 159 other protesters from all over the world, taking a stand against what she calls the "horrendous" and "unspeakable" treatment of bulls, masquerading as entertainment. Joanne (24) flies out to Barcelona today for a demonstration at Pamplona on Sunday, two days before the Running of the Bulls festival which is followed by a series of bullfights… (story)
Malvern Gazette 25.6.09 Malvern woman spearheads bull fighting protest - A 25-year-old Malvern woman staged an attention-grabbing protest wearing little more than a set of horns outside the Spanish Embassy in London on Tuesday. Abi Izzard, a local development control officer, sat on the pavement outside the embassy with a dozen fellow protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals… The protest was timed to coincide with the upcoming San Fermin Running of the Bulls and the bullfights that are scheduled to begin in Pamplona, Spain. (story)


Yorkshire Post 2.7.09 Simon Hart: Leaders should engage with the countryside as it really is - THE Countryside Alliance has published a new Rural Manifesto for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It seeks to attract endorsement from the public and will be presented to the three main parties prior to the General Election… The manifesto covers five topics: housing, education, farming, the repeal of the Hunting Act and services…. (story)

Religious Intelligence 2.7.09 Charity launches campaign against snaring By: Marcus Papadopoulos - A leading British animal welfare charity is taking time this week to raise public awareness of the barbarity involved with the practice of snaring. The League Against Cruel Sports launched “Snare Aware Week” arguing that snaring, which has been banned by most member states of the European Union, constitutes one of the cruellest forms of animal abuse in the United Kingdom…. (story)
Religious Intelligence 2.7.09 Comment: British Christians urged to join battle on snaring By: Marcus Papadopoulos - At a time of economic crisis there can be a tendency for governments to sideline or place on the periphery of the political agenda issues which matter deeply to the moral standing of society… Christians are under an obligation to preserve the Kingdom of God, which includes ensuring that all of the Lord’s living creations are cared for and protected from cruelty…. The practice of snaring is without question one of the cruellest and largest forms of animal abuse practised in the United Kingdom… . Given that most snares are employed on shooting estates, the League Against Cruel Sports, one of the country’s main animal welfare organisations, has shown that snaring is actually carried out to protect “valuable” game birds which are reared deliberately for the purposes of shooting (approximately 55 million birds are shot annually in Britain)… Marcus Papadopoulos is press officer for the League Against Cruel Sports… (story)

Hawick News 2.7.09 Travelling circus set to spark protest By Gavin Gibbon - ANIMAL rights protesters have targeted the town next month to demonstrate against a planned circus. Activists from the Edinburgh-based animal welfare group Bunny Huggers, who regularly campaign across Scotland, will be protesting against Zippo's Circus on August 1. They have scheduled a free bus from the capital, while their numbers are also expected to be boosted by protesters from Glasgow and the Borders… And while the owners of the popular circus maintain that all animals are looked after, chairman of Bunny Huggers, Varda Mahrotra, said their inclusion was wrong…. (story)


Denbighshire Visitor 1.7.09 Crowds flock to the country fair by Andrew Davies, Denbigh Visitor - THIS year’s BASC country fair was a huge success as visitors made the most of the weekend sunshine… (story)
Daily Post 25.6.09 Country sports showcase by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - THE BASC Wales Country Fair this weekend celebrates its 10th anniversary at Bodelwyddan Castle, St Asaph, on June 27-28. Gundogs feature strongly, with a two-day invitation working test and demonstrations from Mount Grace Gundogs… Other attractions include clay shooting, side-saddle, ferrets, hounds, angling and tradestands… (story)

Clevedon Mercury 1.7.09 Call for help to stop poaching - A GUNSMITH from Tickenham is setting up a poacher watch to combat the alleged increasing problem of illegal deer lamping in North Somerset. Ian Summerell has been asked by the Union of Country Sports Workers, which he represents, to help stop lamping – the night-time shooting of animals with the aid of spotlights – in Tickenham, Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead, as well as other areas across the district, where he says there is an increasing problem. He said: "I am pro-hunting and shooting but lamping needs to be stopped."… (story)

Western Morning News 1.7.09 Anti-snare action - SNARE Aware Week began on Monday and runs until next Monday, July 6… You can make a difference by contacting your MP and asking him or her to sign Early Day Motion 1473 calling for a ban on snares… For further information contact the League Against Cruel Sports… Chris Deacon, Plymouth (letter)

Community Newswire 1.7.09 LOCAL ANIMAL CAMPAIGNERS WALK FOR ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL RESEARCH By Lorraine Connolly, Community Newswire - On July 19, people in Stroud and beyond are invited to raise funds for the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research with a sponsored walk and family fun day including children's face painting, cake stall and portraits by local artist Jenni Stone… The event has been organised by local animal advocates Jenni Stone and Dawn Lewis who are passionate supporters of medical progress without animal suffering…. (story)

Southport Visiter 1.7.09 Southport animal welfare campaigner celebrates changes to bull-running by John Siddle, Midweek Visiter - A SOUTHPORT animal welfare campaigner is celebrating after securing landmark ethical changes to a bull-running fiesta in Spain. Animals will no longer be attacked with darts and lasers as they run through the streets of Coria, after protests from Tony Moore, 75… “The mayor agreed with us that it needs to stop and so, in future, although the bull is still killed at the end, it will be saved a lot of torture.”… (story)
Southport Visiter 24.6.09 Southport animal campaigner Tony Moore attacked at Coria bull run in Spain by Andrew Brown, Midweek Visiter - AN animal welfare campaigner from Southport is back home after being attacked during a protest march in Spain. Tony Moore told how he was jeered and showered with plastic cups and bottles…. (story)
Liverpool Daily Post 22.6.09 Merseyside animal campaigner attacked at Spanish bull run - A MERSEYSIDE animal welfare campaigner was back home on Merseyside last night after being attacked during a protest march in Spain. Tony Moore, from Southport, told how he was jeered and showered with plastic cups and bottles. The terrifying attack happened in the Spanish town where his late wife, Vicki, was gored by a bull she was trying to save more than a decade ago. Mr Moore, 75, and new partner Matilda Mench, 47, felt the wrath of the crowd on Saturday when they led a protest at the bull-running fiesta in Coria, near the Portuguese frontier, in western Spain… (story)

South Wales Echo 1.7.09 Welsh badgers under attack - CAN anyone from the Welsh community – Welsh New Labour, Mr Rhodri Morgan or Plaid Cymru – tell me why two men are in court in the north of England on a charge of killing one badger when in Wales they have passed laws that will allow them to kill thousands and thousands of Welsh badgers to the point of eradication/extinction from the whole of Wales… Derek Hanlin, Gelli Areal Road, Gilfach Goch, Porth (letter)

Suffolk Free Press 1.7.09 'Thumbs-up' for stance on animal rights By Ben Arnold - AN ANIMAL rights group has praised a town council for adopting a set of policies which aims to impact the lives of animals. Hadleigh Town Council decided to sign-up to Animal Aid’s Compassionate Charter during a meeting of the environment and general purposes committee… Councillor Trevor Sheldrick, chairman of the environment and general purposes committee, said the council was fully behind the initiative…. Ashley Owen, charter co-ordinator, is delighted at the town council’s decision to support the campaign…. (story)

Daily Post 1.7.09 I don't eat meat - and look at me By Andrew Forgrave, Rural Affairs Editor - A NORTH Wales vegetarian has slammed a report which claims red meat is a vital source of dietary iron. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition produced a study which highlighted the benefits of eating red meat as part of a healthy balanced diet. The study was immediately seized upon by Welsh red meat marketing body Hybu Cig Cymru. But animal welfare campaigner Judi Hewitt, of Rhyl, dismissed the report as a “load of rubbish”…. “I'm 62 now and look and feel much younger than your average meat eater…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 1.7.09 Thanks for showing compassionate side - I WOULD like to say thank you to the people of Honiton for their generosity in helping raise £67 in aid of Compassion in World Farming… Barbara Blaxland, promoter, Brixington Drive, Exmouth (by post) (letter)

Worthing Herald 1.7.09 Circus animals have no choice - Ian Hart should stick to what he knows and he obviously has no knowledge whatsoever relating to animal welfare. Circus animals are living, sentient beings but instead of being free to wander vast distances and live natural lives, they are confined to cages where they constantly pace backwards and display other forms of repetitive neurotic behaviour… Margaret Perrett, Findon Valley (letter)
Worthing Herald 25.6.09 Comments on circus just ignorant - I WAS appalled to read Ian Hart's comments about the circus at Dial Post. He is obviously completely ignorant about circuses when he says the animals are "well looked after, fed and watered", giving the impression that their life is a happy one. It is extremely cruel to keep lions and elephants (or any wild animal) in restricted cages, together with the stress of travelling around the country and then performing unnatural "tricks"…. Miss R. Hudson auxiliary secretary for RSPCA Sussex Brighton and East Grinstead branch Worthing (letter)
Worthing Herald 25.6.09 Susan no comparison - I WAS disgusted to read Ian Hart's comment (Herald, June 18) regarding the arrival of the Great British Circus at Dial Post.I am proud that Worthing Borough Council has refused to allow this barbaric "entertainment" onto public land. Using animals in circuses is cruel and out-dated…. Lucy Todd, Salvington Hill, Worthing (letter)
Shoreham Herald 25.6.09 Utterly enraged that you can compare animals' treatment to that of Susan Boyle? - I WAS disgusted to read Ian Hart's comment article on Thursday, June 18, regarding the arrival of the Great British Circus at the Sussex Showground… Lucy Todd, Salvington Hill, Worthing (letter)