July 2016

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Sunday Express 31.7.16 Pytchley Hunt pulls out of Countryfile after fox rearing allegations - A CONTROVERSIAL hunt has pulled out of showing their foxhounds and horses on BBC Countryfile’s first live show after a row over allegations of rearing fox cubs for the sport. By By TRACEY KANDOHLA - The Pytchley Hunt had been looking forward to parading their horses and hounds at the huge spectacle at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, where hosts Matt Baker, John Craven, Ellie Harrison and Anita Rani will be working in the grounds of the vast estate. However, a petition objecting to the hunt taking part was launched after undercover investigators shot footage of fox cub rearing. Apparently preempting a probable ban, the Northamptonshire-based hunt has pulled out just before the four-day event, which starts on Thursday…. (story)


Telegraph 30.7.16 Lady Scarsdale says she would like a machine gun to shoot badgers after 'slaughter' of lambs at her ancestral home - Robert Mendick - A Viscountess has blamed badgers for the slaughter of 200 lambs on her family’s estate, as she called for a widespread cull of the animals. Helene, Viscountess Scarsdale, a formidable aristocrat, said the lambs had been killed in three years, while also accusing the National Trust, which now owns historic Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, of allowing the badgers to “wreak havoc”… (story)

Manchester Evening News 30.7.16 Salford's mayor apologises for allowing circus to use council ground BY KATIE BUTLER - The decision to allow Circus Mondeo at the AJ Bell stadium breaks a previous commitment by the council to oppose animal shows - Salford’s mayor has issued an apology for allowing a circus to use one of its sites - breaking a previous commitment to oppose animal shows… Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett says he regretted this decision which he blamed on an oversight and said and it would ‘never happen again’…. (story)


Western Morning News 28.7.16 Saving the lapwing - with the help of snares and satellite tags on foxes -Ask the animal rights lobby about snares and they’ll tell you grisly stories. But snares are being put to a novel and positive use by conservationists. Philip Bowern reports The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) secured a debate in Westminster last week aimed at getting snares… Yet the pro-country sports Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust is doing work in the South West that shows a very different use for snares. In Wiltshire’s Avon Valley they are snaring foxes in order to fit them with satellite tracking collars to discover where they roam…The work is part of a bigger project to protect lapwings… (story)

Shooting Times 28.7.16 RSPB calls for grouse moor licensing - Mark Layton - The RSPB has called for grouse moor licensing after withdrawing its support for the Government’s Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan, claiming that the project has failed due to the continued illegal killing of the endangered birds… (story)
Guardian 26.7.16 RSPB calls for grouse shooting estates to be licensed - Grouse shooting estates should be licensed so that authorities have the power to ban them if birds of prey are illegally killed, the RSPB has urged, as it quit a government initiative to save the hen harrier in England. The hen harrier action plan is a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs-led scheme in which landowners, shooting groups and conservation organisations agreed to work together to increase numbers of hen harriers in England…. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (Basc) said the RSPB had abandoned the recovery plan before its success could be accurately assessed. It also rejected claims that licensing grouse moors will benefit hen harriers…. (story)


Welwyn & Hatfield Times 27.7.16 Hatfield firms gets ready for Game Fair - Terry Mitchinson - Staff at a Hatfield business will be having a very busy weekend. For from Friday to Sunday the annual Game Fair takes place at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. And the event is being organised by local firm National Game Fairs Ltd…. (story)

Buckinghamshire Advertiser & Review 27.7.16 Free tasters aim to get kids fishing - Go Fish! is being organised by Canal & River Trust, together with local angling clubs, to offer families a chance to try their hand at fishing and discover the Grand Union Canal. There has been a decline in the number of people who go fishing, especially youngsters.In the past six years, sales of junior rod licences have dropped by more than half. Canal & River Trust is keen to help reverse these figures and help people get the most out of fishing and their local canal or river… (story)

Bristol Post 27.7.16 Animal rights group urges Bristol Zoo to cancel night party event By LewisPennock - Animal welfare campaigners have urged Bristol Zoo to cancel its Big Night Out event, claiming it will "terrify, threaten and alarm" animals. Charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has written to the zoo's boss asking it to cancel the event, which is planned for this Friday… As of this evening, the online petition by Bristol Animal Rights Collective had gathered around 2,000 supporters…. (story)

Daily Post 27.7.16 Watch what campaigners say you WON'T see if you go to the circus in Gwynedd this week BY HYWEL TREWYN - An animal rights organisation has called on locals to boycott a circus coming to Balabecause it features wild animals. Animal Defenders International (ADI) wants people to avoid Peter Jolly’s Circus while it performs in the Gwynedd town for five nights from Wednesday night… (story)


Horse & Hound 26.7.16 Hunt saboteur sentenced for breaching peace - Polly Portwin - A hunt saboteur has been convicted of causing a breach of the peace on two occasions while following the Fife Hunt. Kevin Newell, 33, received a 90-hour community payback order at Dundee Sheriff Court last Thursday (21 July)… (story)
Herald 26.7.16 Fox hunt saboteur who wore 'paramilitary clothing' after terrorist attack left public in fear, sheriff says - AN ANIMAL rights activist who tried to disrupt a fox hunt while wearing “paramilitary clothing” the day after the Bataclan terror attacks offended “heightened sensitivities”, bysaid a sheriff… (story)
BBC News Online 25.7.16 Activist 'intimidated' fox hunt supporters in Fife - An animal rights activist who followed Fife fox hunts with other saboteurs wearing "paramilitary" clothing with their faces covered by balaclavas has been given a community payback order. Kevin Newell was given 90 hours unpaid work following incidents on 14 and 21 November 2015 in north east Fife…. Det Insp Colin Robson, of Police Scotland, said: "We understand that fox hunting is an emotive issue that can be very divisive, however this is no excuse for any offence being committed… (story)
Dundee Courier 25.7.16 Fife hunt saboteur wore “paramilitary clothing” day after Paris terror attacks - An animal rights activist who took to the streets in Fife the day after the Bataclan terror attacks dressed in “paramilitary clothing” was told he had offended “heightened sensitivities”. Kevin Newell avoided a jail term over two incidents in November last year… Police said Newell had followed the hunt pack and behaved in an “intimidating” manner…. Defence solicitor Paul Parker Smith said: “This case could be dealt with by a financial penalty.” But Sheriff George Way instead imposed a community payback order with 90 hours of unpaid work… (story)
Scottish Famer 22.7.16 Fife fox hunt saboteur gets community payback sentence - A MAN has been given a community service order after causing a breach of the peace at two fox hunts in Fife. Thirty-three-year-old Kevin Newell caused alarm and distress to those legally participating in the hunts in North East Fife in November 2015 by following the hunting pack, behaving in an intimidating manner with his face covered with a snood or balaclava… (story)

South Wales Argus 26.7.16 BEHIND THE HEADLINES: Shooting - a valuable sport or a dangerous risk? - Shooting and gun control is one of the most hotly-contested issues of recent times, with strong feelings on both sides. IAN CRAIG takes a look at how the issue relates to people in Wales…. Pro-shooting group the Countryside Alliance recently wrote to all newly-elected assembly members in an effort to highlight the positive aspects of the activity from a recreational or sports perspective…. Terry Lowman of Monmouth Rifle Club - which counts among its membership two members of the Great Britain gallery rifle shooting team - said he would like to see a driving test-style testing system before licenses were granted…. Newport West AM Jayne Bryant, who was elected to the Senedd for the first time in May, is a long-time campaigner for animal welfare and has particularly praised the work of the Welsh branch of the RSPCA… (story)

RTE 26.7.16 Dublin City Council calls for ban on circuses with animals - Dublin city councillors have passed a motion to ban circuses that have wild animals from the council's land…. Animal rights group ARAN said Ireland is a step nearer to a national ban on the use of animals in Irish circuses… (story)


Star 25.7.16 Bloodsport Britain: Activists reveal secret video showing foxes 'raised to be slaughtered' - ANIMAL rights activists have released shocking footage appearing to show fox cubs raised to be tracked down by dogs allegedly trained to kill. By Joshua Nevett - The video, filmed using hidden cameras, shows weeks-old fox cubs caged in underground tunnels. Hounds can then be heard barking and howling before running off through the woods, followed later by footage of a fox pegging it through an open field. The Hunt Saboteur Association – who were handed the footage by "independent investigators" – claim it is grisly proof of the hunting practices "endemic" across the country… (story)

OneMK 25.7.16 Everything you need to know about the first ever Milton Keynes Vegan Festival By scott.kirk - Milton Keynes first ever Vegan Festival takes place on Saturday July 30 from 11am - 3pm at the Trinity Centre, Fishermead Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK6 2LA - Free Entry… 11am - Lynn Sawyer - "Resisting the Badger Cull, a Practical Guide". Lynn is an experienced sab and animal rights activist…. 1pm - Ronnie Lee "Getting Vegan-Active for Animal Liberation"… Ronnie has been a campaigner for animal liberation for 44 years. He was one of the founders of the Animal Liberation Front in the 1970s and served three prison sentences for ALF activities. Now his main focus is vegan outreach and he works, voluntarily, as Communications Officer for Worcestershire Vegans & Veggies… (story)

Manchester Evening News 25.7.16 Shameless star Pauline McLynn joins hundreds in march against greyhound racing BY KATIE BUTLER - Hundreds of people took to the streets of Manchester, including Shameless actress Pauline McLynn, in a mass march against greyhound racing. Around 300 animal welfare campaigners walked along Deansgate and Oxford Road to ‘open people’s eyes’ to the industry. It was organised by campaign group Caged NorthWest… (story)

Telegraph 25.7.16 Meet the 14-year-old girl who convinced Tesco bosses to stop selling 'caged eggs' - and isn't stopping there - Eleanor Steafel - Most 14-year-old girls breaking up from school this week will be thinking of nothing more than the six glorious weeks of summer stretching out in front of them. But for Lucy Gavaghan, this holiday is going to be busier than most. She has just embarked on a campaign to convince two of the biggest supermarkets in the country to stop selling eggs from caged hens, and she now has an army of supporters and animal rights campaigners behind her spurring her on… (story)
Mirror 19.4.16 Teenager takes on the might of Tesco to stop the sale of caged hen eggs - Animal welfare campaigner Lucy Gavaghan, 14, collected 280,000 signatures against the practice – and now she's going to meet store bosses - A 14-year-old aiming to shame Tesco into stopping the sale of eggs from caged hens is set to meet the store giant. Nearly 280,000 people have already signed Lucy Gavaghan’s online petition, calling for Britain’s biggest supermarket to end the practice on welfare grounds… (story)

BT 25.7.16 Animal-lover given £80 fine for feeding pigeons accuses council of ‘waging war’ on the birds By Louisa McKenzie - A bird-lover has branded her local council "absurd" after she was slapped with an £80 littering fine - for feeding pigeons. Sarah Argrave was hit with the on-the-spot fixed penalty after she was collared scattering bird feed on a street by a litter inspector. The 39-year-old bird enthusiast, who runs Surrey animal rescue shelter Starlight Trust, claimed Sutton Council wanted to "wage a war against pigeons"…. (story)


Horse & Hound 24.7.16 Presentation in honour of 70 years at hound show - Polly Portwin - A presentation was made to equestrian photographer Jim Meads at the Festival of Hunting to mark his 70th year of photographing the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show. Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland MFH, chairman of the show committee, presented Jim with a bronze fox on 20 July, in recognition of his commitment to the show, to applause from the crowd gathered around the show ring… (story)

Farming Life 24.7.16 New field club formed in Co Antrim is now open for membership - Countryside Alliance Ireland is delighted to announce that a new field trial club has been formed in the North Antrim area. This newly formed club will be holding a series of tests, working towards kennel club registration and is now open to applications for membership…

North Antrim Gundog Club are holding a kennel club recognised cold game test for novice and open dogs at Altarichard near Armoy on Saturday, August 27… Firearms Banded System Northern Ireland - Interim Telephone Number - Following the changes in May 2016 in relation to one-on one-off banded transactions for firearms, the Firearms and Explosives Branch of the Police Service of Northern Ireland have introduced an interim telephone line to help members of the public with their transactions…(story)


Aberdeen Press & Journal 23.7.16 Multiple traps set to kill iconic Scottish birds found in Deeside estate Blair Dingwall - Callous criminals have set traps to catch and kill some of Scotland’s most iconic birds of prey on a shooting estate bordering the Queen’s Deeside summer retreat. A common gull had to be put down after being found snared by two walkers in the Cairngorm National Park… Last night, a spokesman for Invercauld Estate – which neighbours the Queen’s Scottish home at Balmoral Castle – stressed police searches had uncovered no evidence of illegal activity on its part… (story)


Western Morning News 22.7.16 Tetcott Hunt’s one-day event sees riders travel far and wide By WMN_Athwenna - Tetcott Supporters Club enjoyed an overwhelmingly successful one-day event last weekend. An amazing entry of 150 riders came from all over the Westcountry and further afield to Southcott XC in Winkleigh for the event… (story)

Isle of Wight County Press 22.7.16 From Simon Wild, West Sussex: I was sorry to read of a fox cub found dead in a pool in suspicious circumstances at the Needles (CP, 08-07-16). I was equally disturbed to read Sgt Mark Lyth’s comment that "foxes are not protected in law… The Hunting Act 2004 makes it an offence to hunt a wild mammal with dogs. So foxes do have more protection than is imagined (letter)

Farnham Herald 22.7.16 Alliance backing for Leadsom - THE Countryside Alliance has welcomed the appointment of Andrea Leadsom as Secretary of State for the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs…. (story)

Telegraph 22.7.16 Grouse estate hits back at Health and Safety warning following fine for flanker blinded in one eye on shoot - Cristina Criddle - Grouse shooters have hit back at health and safety warnings over the centuries old traditions of using beaters after a peer's country estate was fined because worker was blinded in one eye during shoot…. After the hearing, HSE inspector Julian Franklin said: "Had the estate carried out an effective risk assessment, they could have taken some simple precautions to prevent this injury. "The simple fact is that you should never stand in front of a man with a gun, especially if he can't see you." The Countryside Alliance said this was a "very broad, sweeping and impractical statement."… (story)

Express 22.7.16 1.7 MILLION animals a year will fall victim to barbaric snare traps, campaigners warn By STUART WINTER - Animal welfare campaigners are warning that 1.7 million animals a year will continue suffering because of the traditional countryside method of catching vermin…. SnareWatch – set up to monitor the use of the wire traps in public over the last five years – reveals an “unacceptably high rate of non-target capture” with more pets reported being caught than foxes or rabbits…. The League Against Cruel Sports describes snares as the “landmines of the countryside” and is criticising the Government for relying on a new code rather than a ban, particularly as it will be “drawn up by the shooting industry… (story)


Irish Examiner 21.7.16 Blood sports’ days are numbered - Perhaps you would allow me to respond to a number of misleading and inaccurate references made to my position on hare coursing in your letters page of July 14th… Maureen O Sullivan’s recent bill was defeated because the three main parties refused to allow a free vote on this issue — pure and simple… Nuala Donlon – Lanesborough, Co Longford (letter)
Irish Examiner 18.7.16 Reason why hare coursing ban failed - Michael Barrett (letters July 14) has misread the outcome of the vote on Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill to ban hare coursing. It failed, not because hare coursing enjoys massive public support in rural Ireland (which it doesn’t), but because the party whips obliged TDs to oppose it… John Fitzgerald (Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports) Lower Coyne St Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)
Irish Examiner 14.7.16 Accept coursing is here to stay - I would like to compliment Nuala Donlon for her comments (letters, July 5) regarding the bill to ban coursing which was proposed by Maureen O’Sullivan which was defeated by a huge majority, 114 to 20. Well finally Nuala Donlon and few others around the country who bring up this bill every few years must now realise that bill is never going to get through the Dáil as the rural TDs around this country where coursing and hunting are part of life are never going to risk losing their seats — which many of them would… Michael Barrett Newcastle West Co Limerick (letter)
Irish Examiner 6.7.16 Facilitating cruelty - The disconnect between those who govern our country and the ordinary, decent citizens of this country, and the impact of that disconnect on public policy, has, never been more evident than recently… Now move to Dáil Éireann, where over 100 of our public representatives voted against a bill to outlaw enclosed hare coursing, ensuring that Ireland retains the dubious distinction of being one of only three countries in Europe where this medieval barbarism remains legal… Nuala Donlon Lanesborough Co Longford (letter)

Northern Echo 21.7.16 North Yorkshire peer’s estate fined after worker shot in face and blinded - A HUGE country estate has been fined after a 61-year-old worker was shot in the face and blinded during a grouse shoot. While acting as a flanker on the 10,500-acre grouse moor on the Danby Estate, on the North York Moors, Jim Harding was hit by shotgun pellets, one of which severed the optic nerve in his left eye, Scarborough Magistrates Court heard… Mr Harding has since recovered and continues to work at the estate, which is headed by the 12th Viscount Downe… The estate pleaded guilty and was fined £2,250 and ordered to pay £4,486 in costs by magistrates… (story)

Times Higher Education Supplement 21.7.16 Imperial faces further criticism from animal rights group By David Matthews - An anti-animal testing group has accused Imperial College London of failing to sufficiently raise its standards in the wake of a number of critical investigations and reports in recent years. As new statistics on the use of animals in experiments were released, Cruelty Free International (CFI) said that information released under the Freedom of Information Act showed that Imperial was failing to provide 24-hour care for animals… (story)

Rochdale Online 21.7.16 Circus Mondao defends claims that animals are treated unfairly - Circus Mondao has defended itself against claims that its animals are treated unfairly, as it performs in Heywood this week. Animal rights group Animal Defenders International (ADI) has urged the public to avoid the circus due to its ‘wild animal acts’ and allegations of "poor animal care"…. (story)

Thanet Gazette 21.7.16 Campaigners stage sit down protest against live animal exports from Ramsgate By KathyBailes - SOME 100 campaigners gathered at the Ramsgate Port approach road on Wednesday to protest against the first scheduled export of live farm animals for ritual slaughter in the EU since 2015… (story)
Kent Messenger 21.7.16 Ramsgate Port sees anti-live animal export activists form blockade in Harbour Approach Road by Connor Dunn - More than 50 campaigners formed a blockade to stop live animal export lorries reaching a ship bound for Calais last night. They staged the protest at Ramsgate Port as the first shipment of livestock left the harbour since 2015… (story)
Kent Messenger 20.7.16 Live animal exports set to resume from Ramsgate Port say organisers of the Kent Action Against Live Exports by Connor Dunn - Live animal exports are due to return to Ramsgate Port this evening. Organisers of the Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) group say they believe exporters are getting ready to start trading live animals through the port due to the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid…. (story)
Kent & Sussex Courier 19.7.16 Live animal export shipment due to leave from Ramsgate By KathyBailes - A live animal export shipment will be leaving Ramsgate Port tomorrow (Wednesday). Animal transport lorries are expected to arrive at the port at 8pm. Campaigners will be gathering at the Harbour Approach roundabout (Canterbury Road East) and outside the entrance to the port from 7pm… (story)

Irish Independent 21.7.16 Animal rights group slams shooting of pigeon who flew into courthouse - An animal rights group has condemned the putting down of a pigeon in a courthouse last week. The pigeon had entered the building on Washington Street, Cork and despite attempts to lure it out, staff were unable to remove it…. John Carmody from ARAN told the show: “It’s a very, very sad situation and one that could have been completely preventable in the first place.”… (story)

Croydon Advertiser 21.7.16 The Coulsdon dog that has lived to the age of 17 thanks to being a vegan By PollyAW - The owner of a 17-year-old vegan dog thinks the pooch's meat-free diet is one of the secrets to her long and healthy life. Ann Boyce, from Westwood Road in Coulsdon, adopted Tara, a Labrador New Zealand Huntaway cross, when she was just a six-month-old puppy. And she has not fed her meat since… (story)


Huffington Post 20.7.16 Fox Hunting Is Cruel and Ineffective: Let’s Not Legalise It - Jonathan Young - It seems crazy that in our animal-loving society, cruel ‘sports’ such as fox hunting have even a slim chance of becoming legal. But from David Cameron’s manifesto pledge, to Andrea Leadsom’s leadership comments, the chance is very real. Fox-hunting is extremely cruel…. (story)

Metro 20.7.16 Anger as dogs are made to race on hottest day of the year - Toby Meyjes - Dozens of races took place at dog tracks up and down the country yesterday with temperatures reaching near 34C. The RSPCA, the League Against Cruel Sports and Greyt Exploitations have condemned the decision to stage meets…. (story)

BBC News 20.7.16 Bovine TB: Prof Christianne Glossop on badger cull option - Bovine TB is the "single biggest problem" facing animal health and welfare in a generation, Wales's chief veterinary officer has said. After 11 years in the role, Prof Christianne Glossop told BBC Wales: "There hasn't been a day gone by where I haven't been focusing on TB"… (story)

Independent 20.7.16 Concern over animal testing laws after Brexit, as new figures reveal sharp spike in live monkey experiments - Ted Jeory Investigations Editor - More than four million procedures on live rodents, monkeys, pigs, horses, cats, dogs and other creatures were carried out by animal testing labs in the UK last year, according to new figures that have been condemned as “sickening and unacceptable”…. (story)
Guardian 20.7.16 Rise in number of animals used in UK research, Home Office report shows - 2015 saw a rise in scientific procedures involving animals, according to figures released today, with mice the most common animal used by researchers… (story)
Mirror 19.7.16 Revealed: Full horror of brutal animal testing at government military lab sparks campaigners' fury BY MARTIN BAGOT - Horrific tests on animals involving the mutilation of pigs, rabbits and monkeys have been uncovered at a controversial government laboratory…. Freedom of Information figures show 7,373 experiments have been carried out since 2014 at secret Porton Down labs in Wiltshire. These included 124 on primates, 158 on pigs and 439 on guinea pigs…. (story)


Yorkshire Post 19.7.16 Liam Stokes: Nurturing the next generation of gamekeepers - It wasn’t all that long ago that gamekeeping knowledge was handed down from generation to generation, often from father to son… However, today’s gamekeepers are about much more than just ensuring their employers get the maximum and best days’ sport each season… That is why the Countryside Alliance (CA) has taken action to secure the future of shooting after learning that the Government is changing the way apprenticeships are run in 2020, and that the current qualifications in gamekeeping were likely to be lost. And it is why we are asking shoots, employers and colleges across Yorkshire to get involved and help us mould the future of gamekeeping and the new apprenticeship scheme… (story)
Shooting Times 8.7.16 Saving apprenticeships - Professional gamekeeping apprenticeships were under threat until the Countryside Alliance stepped in to throw a lifeline. Liam Stokes reports - Securing the future of gamekeeping apprentices is one of the most important things we can do for the future of shooting…. (story)

Shooting Times 19.7.16 Rural welcome for pro-shooting Theresa May - Mark Layton - Theresa May rose to the position of PM after the surprise early departure of David Cameron last week and withdrawal of Andrea Leadsom, her rival for the Conservative Party leadership. BASC’s Christopher Graffius suggested that Mrs May’s move into 10 Downing Street would be a positive one for shooters: “Mrs May has always been supportive of shooting sports and appreciates the benefits that they deliver to the countryside and the nation as a whole.”… (story)

Basildon Recorder 19.7.16 Petition demanding peacocks are freed from their enclosure is nearing the 1,000 signatures needed - MORE than 850 people have so far signed an online petition calling for Chalkwell Park’s peacocks to be freed from their enclosure. Mica Day from Westcliff started up the petition after visiting the park and learning that four peafowl are still being kept within an enclosure at the park… (story)
Basildon Echo 11.7.16 Peacock petition to free the 'Chalkwell four' - Emma Palmer - A SOUTHEND animal rights champion has re-ignited a campaign to free Chalkwell Park’s peacocks. Mica Day has launched an online campaign to have the peafowl – peacocks and peahens- removed from their enclosure within the park so they can be retired to a more natural habitat… (story)

Guardian 19.7.16 Meet the parents raising vegan babies - The rapid rise in veganism in the UK has been driven by young people. Here, four parents explain how to raise a vegan child safely… (story)

Irish Times 19.7.16 Pamplona festival - The Spanish media outlets have been full of outrage over a frightening spate of sexual assaults on women in Pamplona during the annual running of the bulls last week…. Perhaps the nature of the festival in question might provide a clue as to what happened… Should we really be so shocked, or even surprised, that such an event would attract the wrong kind of people? – Yours, etc, JOHN FITZGERALD, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Huffington Post 19.7.16 Why I’m Campaiging for the Government to Introduce an Animal Abuse Register in the UK - Maxine Berry - I was scrolling through Facebook and I came across the story of a Chihuahua called Chunky where three teenagers, two aged 16 and one aged 15 at the time of the offence, admitted to punching and kicking Chunky… That night I started the Justice for Chunky petition which now has over 500,000 signatures from people in the UK who want an animal abuse register… (story)


The Herald 18.7.16 M&S at war with TV naturalist Chris Packham over selling of grouse - Rob Edwards - The leading retailer, Marks and Spencer, has refused to rule out selling grouse shot for sport after the official hunting season opens next month. The up-market food store has been targeted by wildlife campaigners, led by the naturalist and BBC Springwatch presenter, Chris Packham who has called on M&S to ban “toxic” grouse meat… (story)
Telegraph 14.7.16 Chris Packham criticised after telling supermarkets not to sell 'toxic' grouse - Patrick Foster, MEDIA CORRESPONDENT - Chris Packham, the naturalist and wildlife presenter, has called on supermarkets not to sell “toxic” grouse this summer, claiming that the lead shot used to down the birds makes them unfit for human consumption. Country sports groups accused the BBC presenter of abusing his position to “promote an ill-informed, anti-shooting agenda”, and called on the corporation to distance itself from his “deliberately inflammatory” remarks…. (story)
Mail 14.7.16 Springwatch host Chris Packham vows to boycott Marks & Spencer if supermarket decide to sell grouse this year By VICTORIA IBITOYE and REHEMA FIGUEIREDO FOR THE DAILY MAIL - As a naturalist and television presenter of Springwatch he is often outspoken about environmental issues. And now Chris Packham has vowed to never shop in Marks and Spencer or Iceland again if the supermarkets decide to sell grouse this year… Peter Glenser, chairman of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation said: 'Chris Packham abuses the exposure afforded him as a BBC personality to continually espouse an ill-formed, anti-shooting agenda…. (story)
Bournemouth Echo 14.7.16 Springwatch star Chris Packham to boycott Iceland and M&S over 'toxic' grouse - HAMPSHIRE TV presenter Chris Packham has vowed to boycott Marks and Spencer and Iceland if they sell grouse this year…. (story)
Shooting Times 14.7.16 Don’t sell ‘toxic’ grouse Chris Packham tells major supermarkets - Chris Packham, the BBC presenter and naturalist, seems to consider himself well-informed on countryside matters. So much so that he has now instructed supermarkets not to sell grouse this summer, claiming that the lead shot used makes the birds unfit for human consumption… (story)
Western Morning News 13.7.16 Shooting groups call on BBC to muzzle Chris Packham over anti-grouse shooting campaign that urges shoppers to lobby Marks and Spencer By WMNPBowern - Pro-country sports groups are calling on the BBC to “withdraw support” for broadcaster Chris Packham after the Springwatch presenter launched a stinging online attack against Marks and Spencer and frozen food store Iceland over the sale of meat from grouse. Mr Packham is part of a concerted campaign set up by former RSPB conservation director and wildlife blogger Mark Avery and backed by one-time Goodie Bill Oddie, to get driven grouse shooting banned… The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Countryside Alliance (CA), the Moorland Association and the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO) have all questioned Mr Packham’s freedom to continue his extremist anti-shooting propaganda while still being regularly employed by the BBC… (story)

West Briton 18.7.16 Call to boost rural policing By CG_Steve - Pressure is growing on the Government to boost policing in rural areas after new research showed the countryside could lose out to cities in the fight against crime…. Sarah Lee, head of policy at the Countryside Alliance, which is a member of the NCRN, backed the report's call for a re-think on the funding criteria… (story)

Northwich Guardian 18.7.16 Circuses using wild animals could be banned from Cheshire West land - CIRCUSES using wild animals could be banned from performing on council land if a proposal is supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Cabinet next week… Councillor Karen Shore, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Since the council was formed in 2009 there has been an assumed policy against allowing wild animal circuses to perform on council land…. (story)


Southern Daily Echo 16.7.16 PHOTOS: Take a look at what to expect at this year's New Forest Show - Chris Yandell - ORGANISERS of the New Forest Show have launched the countdown to this year’s spectacular by unveiling a raft of improvements to the huge arena… Mr Dooley was speaking at a preview event held to showcase some of the attractions at this year’s show, which starts on July 26… The event also included a display of fly-fishing, a parade by the New Forest Beagles and a preview of an attempt to set a new world record for the largest number of Wellington boots thrown at the same time…. (story)

Gloucestershire Echo/Citizen 16.7.16 Watch: Badger cull protesters march through Cheltenham By alexshipman - Protesters marched through Cheltenham today calling an end to "cruel and inhumane" badger culling. Those involved expressed discontent at Andrea Leadsom's appointment as Environment Secretary and one campaigner said she "cried all night" after hearing the news… (story)

Northern Echo 16.7.16 Brutal badger attack sentence branded 'ridiculous' by North Yorkshire animal rescuer - A MAN who shot and clubbed a badger with his air rifle after it snuck into a chicken coop has been sentenced to 150 hours’ unpaid work…. After the hearing, Ryedale animal rescue volunteer Jean Thorpe, who helped nurse the badger back to health, branded the sentence “ridiculous"…. (story)


Independent 15.7.16 Theresa May backs away from vote on legalising fox hunting - Jon Stone, Ashley Cowburn - The Government is unlikely to try and lift the ban on fox hunting in the near future, Downing Street has said. On Thursday Theresa May appointed Andrea Leadsom as the Environment Secretary, a job which has overall responsibility for rural affairs…. Her appointment raised concern among anti-hunting groups. Eduardo Goncalves, the chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said the group was “disappointed by Andrea Leadsom’s commitment to a free vote on repeal". … A Number 10 spokesperson however told an official briefing of journalists today that bringing back fox hunting was unlikely to be a priority for the new Prime Minister. “I think there is plenty of government business at the top of the agenda at the moment – focusing on the immediate priorities for the government – so I don’t think fox hunting is top of the in-tray,”…. (story)

ITV 15.7.16 Ranulph Fiennes tells Conservative Party to 'move on' over fox hunting ban - The explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has called on Prime Minister Theresa May not to repeal the ban on fox hunting, saying the Conservative Party should "move on"…. In his letter, released by the League Against Cruel Sports, Sir Ranulph said: The beliefs of conservatives and countryfolk across Britain on the issue of hunting have changed since the Hunting Act was brought in. I now believe the time has come for the Conservative Party to move on too… (story)

Mirror 15.7.16 Judge heading probe into killing of fox cubs was huntsman filmed in clash with protesters BY LOUIE SMITH , RUSSELL MYERS - Sir John Chadwick was caught on camera using his whip during the row, leading to fears the invesigation will be a whitewash - The retired judge leading an inquiry into claims that live fox cubs were fed to hounds was a huntsman, once filmed using his whip during a row with animal rights protesters…. Sir John, 75, was filmed taking part in a hunt at Hampshire’s Meon valley in 1992. The footage shows him and two other riders becoming trapped in a field after zip ties were used to lock an access gate… (story)

Blackpool Gazette 15.7.16 ‘End this bull fight bloodbath’ - Blackpool housekeeper Maria Emilia Soerensen, front, travelled to Spain to protest bullfighting… Emilia, who works as a housekeeper, said: “When they poured the blood on me it went over my eyes and it made me imagine how the bull must feel in the ring with the blood running into its eyes.”… Animal-lover Emilia, who lives on Lytham Road, said: “I have been a vegan for six years and since then I have been an animal rights activist…. “I’m 100 per cent proud of what I do. I even have a tattoo saying ‘animal liberation’ on my leg.”… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 15.7.16 Spanish bullfighting: It's deeply disturbing that humans enjoy watching animals being terrorised in the name of culture - The goring to death of a top Spanish matador in a bullfight understandably shocked the thousands of fans who had gathered to witness the spectacle… Bullfighting is a disgrace to humanity. It is a perverted, contrived form of animal cruelty. The extreme suffering inflicted on the bulls cannot be excused - not by tradition, culture, art or sport…. JOHN FITZGERALD By email (letter)


Mirror 14.7.16 Andrea Leadsom put in charge of hunting ban after calling for it to be scrapped BY MIKEY SMITH - Theresa May has angered animal rights campaigners by putting Andrea Leadsom in charge of the fox hunting ban. During her brief campaign for the Tory leadership Ms Leadsom backed scrapping the ban on hunting with dogs… League Against Cruel Sports Chief Executive Eduardo Gonçalves said: “We were disappointed by Andrea Leadsom ’s commitment to a free vote on repeal… (story)
Independent 14.7.16 New Environment Secretary backs fox hunting, selling off forests, and opposes climate change measures - Andrea Leadsom spoke out in favour of fox hunting as recently as this month… (story)

Chester Chronicle 14.7.16 Wild animal circuses may be banned from Cheshire West Council land BY FRANCES BARRETT - Wild animal circuses could be banned from performing on land owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC). A proposal to prohibit circuses which use wild animals from council property, council-owned land and at council-endorsed or supported events will go before CWaC’s cabinet for approval on Wednesday (July 20)…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 14.7.16 Production of meat is destroying our planet - There's an overpopulation problem all right, but not the one you might think. There are seven billion people on our planet, but you have to multiply that number by 10 to get the 70 billion farm animals driving the worst environmental crisis of modern times… A global shift to a vegan diet would see climate emissions decrease by 70% by 2050… JIMMY PIERSON The Vegan Society (letter)


Guardian 13.7.16 Badger cull expansion 'flies in face of scientific evidence' - The imminent expansion of England’s controversial badger cull “flies in the face of scientific evidence”, according to the nation’s foremost experts, who have called on new prime minister, Theresa May, to halt the “failed” policy… The letter to May is from professors John Bourne, Rosie Woodroffe and Ranald Munro…. They tell May: “We urge you to review the considerable evidence that culling badgers is a risky, costly, and inhumane tool in the fight against bovine TB. We submit to you that expanding this unpromising programme would fly in the face of scientific evidence. We publicly call on you at this time to halt – not expand – the failed badger cull.”… (story)

Daily Post 13.7.16 Conwy circus should be boycotted say animal campaigners BY STEVE BAGNALL - Animal welfare campaigners have urged locals to boycott a circus which features wild animal acts. Circus Mondao are in Dwygyfylchi , near Conwy, from today for four days. The call follows RSPCA Cymru's bid to get the public to ignore Circus Mondao ahead of its recent visit to Pwllheli .Animal Defenders International (ADI) are now asking people to stay away from the show in Dwygyfylchi…. (story)


Irish Examiner 12.7.16 Hunting club must pay €4,000 compensation over injured bull - Joe Leogue - A Cork hunting club has been ordered to pay €4,000 in compensation to a farmer after an incident in which its dogs distressed a number of his cattle, which in turn caused at least one of the bulls to be “physically unable to procreate”…. Patrick Kelleher of Shanakiel, Macroom, took the case against Macroom Foxhounds Hunt’s joint masters Donal Buckley and Francis Horgan, chairman Patsy Walsh, secretary Margaret Buckley, and huntsman John McSweeney…. Judge McNulty said that both Pat and Kevin Kelleher and Mr Scannell were credible witnesses, and that the members of the hunt were “good and decent people who gave truthful evidence as to what they recall from that day.”… He found in favour of Mr Kelleher, awarding him €4,000 plus costs, but said that he respects the integrity of the respondents, and their accounts of the hunt… (story)

Irish Examiner 12.7.16 Political hypocrisy over coursing - I abhor cruelty to animals, whether the victim happens to be a cat, cow, elephant, or any other living creature. But I also find it hard to stomach the hypocrisy of some politicians, among whom I include those long-time supporters of hare coursing in Dail Éireann who spoke so passionately against the shooting of five cattle on a Monaghan farm. Maybe they might see things differently if cattle-coursing was to be declared a national blood sport… John Fitzgerald Lower Coyne St Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

Shooting Times 12.7.16 Shooters look to post-Brexit future - Leaving the EU doesn't necessarily mean that the UK will abandon all EU legislation, but it might be spared further restrictions to wildlife management, say shooting organisations… BASC Scotland director Dr Colin Shedden said that until the shape of the UK’s new relationship with the EU becomes clear, it is too early to speculate on whether Brexit means the UK has left behind the EU Birds and Habitats Directives, which UK conservation groups feel are best left unchanged, and the proposed changes to the EU Firearms Directives, many of which have been described as “irrelevant”….. The Countryside Alliance (CA), however, suggested that changes to the Firearms Directive will likely be concluded before a Brexit and that leaving the EU would not necessarily mean leaving behind EU legislation that had already been absorbed… (story)

Somerset County Gazette 12.7.16 Countryside Alliance backs new report calling for fair funding for rural forces. Paul Armstrong - New research shows that rural forces seem set to lose out financially as Government thinking is skewed in favour of urban areas. The report, commissioned by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), of which the Countryside Alliance is a member, calls on the Government to take a long hard look at the criteria for allocating police funding, which as proposed would disadvantage rural forces, particularly those with sparse populations… (story)

Irish Independent 12.7.16 Bullfighting is just barbaric - The recent tragic spectacle of a young bullfighter being gored to death brings this barbaric practice, yet again, into sharp focus… Adrienne Garvey Dublin 8 (letter)


Western Gazette 11.7.16 Graphic pictures of dead animals published by Dorset Hunt Sabs - Graphic pictures of dead animals have been published by animal welfare activists to highlight concerns about trapping and shooting of badgers and foxes in Dorset. The Dorset Hunt Sabs organisation took the photos on Thursday when members were out sett surveying in Muckleford, near Dorchester… (story)

Irish Examiner 11.7.16 I applaud three TDs act of defiance - With so much talk and intense media analysis about cabinet members being granted a free vote on Mick Wallace TD’s private members bill, I would remind readers that Deputies Haligan, Ross, and McGrath have already voted against the Government in support of the recent bill proposing a ban on hare coursing…. John Fitzgerald Lower Coyne St Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

Blackmore Vale Magazine 11.7.16 We need to be more vigilant against rubbish dumping: letter - I refer to Tony Whiteley's letter "Anger at rubbish dumped in lane," in BVM of 8th July. As he is not suggesting that The Countryside Alliance was in any way involved in dumping the rubbish, I cannot see why he had to mention them… Name and address supplied (letter)

Hillingdon Times 11.7.16 Queen's Brian May sticks the boot into the Brexit 'disaster' - Brian May has said the aftermath of the EU referendum has been “a disaster” for the UK because of the lack of preparation… On the subject of Team Badger, Brian told Piers and Susanna that there would be a presentation to the House of Commons on Tuesday. Leading animal welfare groups – including the RSPCA, Badger Trust and The League Against Cruel Sports – have joined together to raise awareness and drum up support on the issue… (story)

Border Counties Advertiser 11.7.16 Police investigate as violence flared outside the big top in Oswestry - Daniel Heald - A MARRIED couple required hospital treatment following an altercation with circus staff which left them both with head wounds. The incident occurred outside Peter Jolly’s Circus on Saturday, June 25, while Andrew Edgerton and his wife Jane were conducting a ‘peaceful protest’ nearby about the show’s use of wild animals….. Mrs Edgerton claims her husband was set upon and struck on the head with a camera that had been snatched from her. Circus staff claim this is untrue and that Mr Edgerton’s wounds were caused by his wife accidentally striking him with the camera in the fracas… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 11.7.16 Animal rights group fury at plan to have live crocodile as Exploris' star attraction By Angela Rainey - A crocodile is at the centre of a dispute after animal rights activists accused a council of breaching its own rules on using animals for entertainment… CRG said the crocodile was to be a special educational attraction for Northern Ireland's only aquarium alongside other reptiles which the facility will re-home from rescue centres…. However, animal rights group Northern Ireland Says No To Animal Cruelty (NISNTAC) claimed Ards and North Down Council had done a U-turn after agreeing last year to prohibit animals being used for entertainment purposes on its land… (story)


Irish Independent 10.7.16 Hare-brained TDs - Two weeks ago, a large majority of TDs voted to retain the odious practice of hare coursing - a practice in which captured wild hares are placed in an enclosed space and chased by dogs, often to their death - in the name of entertainment… Nuala Donlon Lanesborough Co Longford. (letter)

Staffordshire Newsletter 10.7.16 Protesters march through Market Square to speak out against badger culling By Kerry.Ashdown - NATIONAL Badger Week was marked in Stafford town centre with a protest against culling. Staffordshire Badger Conservation Group hosted the event in Market Square on Saturday, July 2. There was also a march through the town centre… (story)

Daily Post 10.7.16 Wrexham animal rights campaigners stage circus protest BY ERYL CRUMP - Placard carrying animal-lovers staged a protest about the use of animals in circuses yesterday. Peter Jolly’s Circus has been at Wrexham since Wednesday and is one of just a handful of circuses which uses wild animals in its shows.... (story)


Belfast Telegraph 9.7.16 Andrea Leadsom says she'll bring back fox hunting in Britain to improve animal welfare - Conservative leadership contender Andrea Leadsom has said she wants to lift the ban on fox hunting, suggesting that to do so could improve animal welfare… (story)
Independent 8.7.16 Andrea Leadsom says she'll bring back fox hunting to improve animal welfare - Jon Stone - The Tory leadership contender says she would 'absolutely' bring a vote in parliamentary to bring back hunting… (story)
Express 8.7.16 Andrea Leadsom angers Tory animal lovers with hopes to hold vote over hunting ban - ANDREA LEADSOM’S dreams of moving into Downing Street are taking a mauling after she incurred the wrath of the Tories’ formidable Blue Foxes. By STUART WINTER - The Conservative leadership contender is being warned by a feisty band of heartland Tories that she has shot herself in the foot over the toxic issue of fox hunting… (story)
Mirror 8.7.16 As Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom go head-to-head - here's where they stand on key issues BY JACK BLANCHARD - Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom have been chosen as the final two in the Toryleadership contest…. Theresa May - Fox-hunting: Pro. Famously argued with animal-loving astronomer Patrick Moore on live TV over her call to scrap the ban… Andrea Leadsom - Fox-hunting: Pro. Says foxes are ‘vermin’ and wants to repeal the ban…. (story)
iNews 8.7.16 Who is Andrea Leadsom, the Tory leadership challenger? … She’s okay with fox-hunting She would hold a vote to repeal the fox hunting ban, saying she thinks it is “not proven to be in the interests of animal welfare whatsoever”…. (story)
Guardian 8.7.16 Andrea Leadsom's leadership pitch aimed at rightwing Tories … Leadsom said she would commit to holding a vote to repeal the hunting ban as it was “absolutely not proven to be in the interest of animal welfare whatsoever”…. (story)
Huffington Post 7.7.16 Andrea Leadsom Wants To Bring Back Fox Hunting ‘In The Interest Of Animal Welfare’ - Kathryn Snowdon - Andrea Leadsom said she would hold a vote to repeal the fox hunting ban if she became Tory leader because the act, which prohibits the hunting of wild animals with dogs, is not “in the interest of animal welfare”…. In an interview with ITV News on Thursday, Leadsom called foxes “vermin” and complimented “successful hunts” held in her constituency of South Northamptonshire… (story)

Irish Examiner 9.7.16 Robot hares would sanitise coursing - Modern technology could easily construct realistic, solar-powered, all-terrain, robotic hares for coursing. Advanced programming could make a computerised hare change direction and speed randomly in real time. It would be a true test for greyhounds… Michael Mernagh Raheens Carrigaline Co Cork (letter)


Christian Today 8.7.16 It didn't stop the war, but I'd march for Iraq again - Katherine Maxwell-Rose - I joined the anti-Iraq war protest in February 2003 at Green Park underground station… But it wasn't just how many people were there (at least a million, possibly two) but the diversity of groups represented. I saw signs that said "Countryside Alliance Against the War", "Conservative Women Against the War" – and that was before the carnival of sex workers danced past… (story)

Bath Chronicle 8.7.16 Bath woman joins protesters at Pamplona's The Running of Bull Festival in Spain By JamesCrawley - A woman from Bath joined a crowd of protesters who poured fake blood over themselves revealing their frustration at the treatment of bulls at one of Spain's famous festivals… Campaigners, including 22-year-old Hannah Bailey of Bath gathered in Pamplona's main square on Friday (July 8) wearing fake bull horns and carrying buckets of red liquid… (story)
Bristol Post 8.7.16 WARNING NUDITY: Watch half-naked woman drench herself in fake blood in bull run protest By EmmaGrimshaw - A half naked woman from Bath drenched herself in fake blood to protest against Spain's Running of the Bulls festival where the animals are slaughtered. Hannah Bailey joined campaigners from across the globe to demonstrate outside Pamplona's main square on Tuesday… (story)
Evesham Journal 7.7.16 Wearing little more than bull horns and underwear Loretta Hope joined protestors outside Pamplona's main square - A REDDITCH woman recently joined activists outside Pamplona's main square to protest against Spain's Running of the Bulls festival. Wearing little more than bull horns and underwear and holding a sign which read "Pamplona: Bloodbath for Bulls" 25-year-old Loretta Hope from Redditch joined 75 others at the protest… (story)
Irish Independent 6.7.16 WATCH: Mayo woman douses herself in fake blood to protest animal cruelty By Tomas Heneghan - An Irish woman stripped almost naked and covered herself in blood to protest the Running of the Bulls festival in Spain - Wearing little more than bull horns, 29-year-old Jacqueline Joyce from Tourmakeady, County Mayo joined a protest by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Spanish animal rights group AnimaNaturalis outside Pamplona’s main square in the Navarre region in Spain…. (story)
Juice Brighton 8.7.16 Brighton Woman Drenches Herself In 'Blood' - Wearing little more than "bull horns" and holding signs which read, "Pamplona: Bloodbath for Bulls", 22-year-old Daryna Milgevska from Brighton joined 75 protesters outside Pamplona's main square today(5th July)…. (story)

Sunderland Echo 8.7.16 Why vegan posters are springing up across the North East - Featuring pictures of animals with slogans such as Humane Milk is a Myth: Don’t Buy It; They Trust Us, We Betray Them, and Dairy Takes Babies from Their Mothers, the adverts have been popping up in public areas this week around the North East… The woman behind them is Go Vegan World campaign manager Sandra Higgins. She said: “If you asked most people if they think it is wrong to unnecessarily harm other sentient beings, they would answer that it is…. (story)


Horse & Hound 7.7.16 Four tiny basset hound puppies stolen from kennels - Polly Portwin - Four eight-week-old basset hound puppies have been stolen from their kennels in South Kilworth, Leics. The two couple of hounds belonging to the Westerby Basset Hounds were taken by two youths seen running away from the kennels with the puppies in their arms on Tuesday evening… (story)

Loughborough Echo 7.7.16 Quorn Hunt not allowed to pass through Outwoods BY MEGAN COX - As previously reported by the Echo, the Quorn Hunt was given permission in 2006 to travel through the Outwoods four times a year, under certain conditions. AFTER months of discussion, the decision has been made to revoke the Quorn Hunt’s permission to pass through the Outwoods… (story)
Leicester Mercury 1.7.16 Quorn Hunt refused permission to ride through ancient woodland By DavidWOwen - The Quorn Hunt has been denied permission to pass through an ancient woodland in Charnwood Forest…. A consultation was launched in March by the Outwoods Management Committee, a group of councillors and trustees which manages the woods, after calls from animal rights campaigners in Leicester to make the ban permanent. The committee met this week to make its decision – voting by eight to three in favour of denying access to the hunt… (story)

Irish Examiner 7.7.16 Regulated coursing not a blood sport - Fergus Finlay’s article (Irish Examiner, Opinion, July 5) demonising regulated hare coursing only echoes many of the same inaccuracies that have been circulating for years and also overlooks the well established evidence to support it… DJ Histon CEO Irish Coursing Club Davis Road Clonmel Co Tipperary (letter)

Cambrian News 7.7.16 Circus denies animal abuse accusations By Alex Jones - A CIRCUS which has been vilified by animal rights campaigners has vehemently defended itself against accusations of abuse… Circus Mondao, which was in Tywyn last week, is in town until Sunday (10 July). The RSPCA’s senior scientific officer, specialising in circus animal welfare, Ros Clubb said: “We have major concerns about the welfare of wild animals involved in travelling shows, a concern that is shared by a huge number of others in Wales….. (story)

Mail 7.7.16 Chef at village hotel sacked for bragging on Instagram that he enjoys secretly feeding animal products to vegans By STEVEN FLETCHER FOR MAILONLINE - A disgraced head chef has been sacked from a hotel restaurant after boasting on Instagram that he regularly feeds meat to vegans. Alex Lambert, 30, was fired from his job as head chef of Littleover Lodge Hotel, Derby, after bragging it was his 'personal favourite' to serve 'animal products' to vegans without their knowledge…. (story)
Derby Telegraph 6.7.16 Derby chef sacked over claims he fed animal products to vegans By RSloper_DT - A Derby restaurant has sacked a chef who it claimed had boasted on social media of "feeding animal products to vegans". The restaurant at the respected Littleover Lodge Hotel has found itself in the eye of a social media storm after the employee's comments. After he allegedly became embroiled in an online feud with a social media user, the chef wrote on Twitter: "My personal favourite is feeding vegans animal products and them not knowing." Since the Tweet went viral among various vegan groups, the hotel, in Rykneld Road, Littleover, has been plagued by as many as 70 reviews hitting out at the chef's comments… (story)


Daily Record 6.7.16 MSP slams introduction of new airgun law as "chaotic" BY SANDY KILPATRICK - Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell said gun owners in the region have been left in a “state of uncertainty” and many don’t know if they’re breaking the law…. (story)

Western Morning News 6.7.16 Pro-hunt group get will big say in choosing next Prime Minister By WMNPBowern - Rural voters could have the biggest single influence on who is elected to be the next leader of the Tory party and Prime Minister, once MPs have made their choice of who goes forward in the ballot… Countryside Alliance chief executive and Tory MP Simon Hart described his members as “politically active.” He went on: “They vote and they are watching this political saga unfold with a keen eye… (story)
Spectator 5.7.16 How the rural vote could decide the Conservative leadership race - As I passed the Momentum rally in Parliament Square last week, I was reminded of the last time there was such a packed demonstration on Parliament’s doorstep… I was the Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance then, and am now its Chairman as well as a Conservative MP. My dual loyalties are by no means unique and our own research suggests that there are at least 26,000 Conservative Party members on the Alliance’s database of members and supporters – that’s 20% of the entire Conservative Party. They are politically active, they vote and they are watching this political saga unfold with a keen eye… (story)

Western Morning News 6.7.16 'Remove red tape' call to boost rural tourism By WMNlynbarton - Rural campaigners have called for the abolition of planning red tape to help turn round a decline in the number of visitors to Devon and Cornwall's glorious countryside… Sarah Lee, head of policy at the Countryside Alliance, said tourism was vital to the economy of rural areas in the region and the Government needed to take action… Ms Lee said the Government could act to "remove the red tape" that surrounds planning permission to make it easier for redundant farm buildings to get a new lease of life as holiday lets… (story)

Farming UK 6.7.16 Digital Economy Bill a 'step closer' for broadband connectivity in the countryside - The publication of the Digital Economy Bill today by the government has given rural businesses and farmers hope in which should secure the future of broadband in rural areas… The Countryside Alliance has long recognised that high-speed broadband and mobile connectivity are essential services alongside water, electricity and gas; but are nowhere near as available in rural areas as is in urban areas… (story)

Shropshire Star 6.7.16 Police called as circus protesters line Oswestry road - Almost 60 protesters disrupted traffic in Oswestry by lining a busy road to boycott a circus with performing wild animals in tents nearby. The action was taken to protest against Peter Jolly’s Circus, which held shows featuring animals in a Big Top near Maesbury Road on the outskirts of the town… (story)

Huffington Post 6.7.16 The Best Things About Being Vegan, As Explained By Vegans - Sophie Gallagher - More people in Britain are choosing to adopt a vegan lifestyle than ever before. There are now over half a million vegans in Britain; a growth of 350% in the last decade, according to a study commissioned by The Vegan Society… So we asked the vegan community to tell us, in their own words, what they think the best part of being a vegan is… (story)


Irish Examiner 5.7.16 Hare coursing bill loss is no surprise - The recent defeat of Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill to ban the medieval horror that is hare coursing won’t have come as much of a surprise to long-term animal rights campaigners. Simply put, the three main political parties in this country seem to be incapable of doing the decent thing when it comes to enacting legislation to protect animals… Nuala Donlon, Lanesborough Co Longford (letter)

Pocklington Post 5.7.16 Show offers grouse moors insight - An insight into the management of a grouse moor will be among the attractions in the Country Pursuits area at the Great Yorkshire Show. Organised by the Countryside Alliance and National Gamekeepers Organisation, A Year in the Life of a Grouse Moor is a new addition to the daily arena programme and will be presented by John Cavana, of Patanavac Gundogs, from near York… (story)

Berwickshire News 5.7.16 Borders crucial to grouse plan - A new conservation plan has been launched across southern Scotland aiming to arrest the decline in population of one its most iconic birds. On July 1, the plan- titled Black grouse conservation in southern Scotland - was launched by Fergus Ewing, cabinet secretary for rural economy and connectivity, at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair in the grounds of Scone Palace, Perthshire… (story)

Mail 5.7.16 Huntress who poses with dead hippos, giraffes, elephants and lions is condemned by animal groups – but says she is HELPING animals By SARAH DEAN FOR MAILONLINE - A female trophy hunter has been slammed for posing with another wild animal she has killed in the name of big game 'sport'. Mother-of-one Anna-Marie van der Westhuizen, 32, has a sickening haul of dead wildlife to her name and revels in the slaughter of hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, lions and cheetahs. She is so proud of her 'hobby' that she frequently boasts about it on Facebook and faces criticism from animal lovers, charities and conservationists world-wide… (story)


Dundee Courier 4.7.16 Thousands pack palace grounds for Scottish Game Fair by Kirsty McIntosh - More than 33,000 people visited Scone this weekend for the 2016 Scottish Game Fair. Organisers said they were “delighted” with the turnout at the event, which was held in the grounds of Scone Palace… (story)
Dundee Courier 1.7.16 Double boost for Scone Palace as Game Fair begins by Jamie Buchan - Scotland’s biggest outdoor country sports event got underway on Friday drawing thousands of visitors to historic Scone Palace. The ever-popular Scottish Game Fair is expected to attract more than 30,000 people during its three-day run… (story)


STV 1.7.16 Fox hunt protester in court after attacking huntsman - A fox hunt protester ended up in court after getting into a fight with a huntsman at a demonstration. Gwyneth Humphries, 50, travelled from her East Ayrshire home to attempt to sabotage a hunt at Lochmoonzie Farm, near Cupar, Fife… (story)
Fife Today 1.7.16 Hunt saboteur given court reprieve - A woman who travelled from Ayrshire to Fife with the intention of disrupting a fox hunt ended up in court after losing her temper at one of the huntsmen…. Gwyneth Humphries travelled from her home to attempt to sabotage a hunt at Lochmoonzie Farm, near Cupar… Humphries (50), of Darvel, Ayrshire, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner at Lochmoonzie Farm, Cupar, on November 21 last year…. Sheriff Pino di Emidio granted Humphries an absolute discharge – meaning no conviction will be held on her record and she will not be punished.He told her: “Your actions were somewhat foolish. But having regard to the circumstances of the conduct I will deal with this by way of an absolute discharge.”… (story)
Dundee Courier 16.6.16 Animal rights activist to stand trial over alleged incident at Cupar farm by Jamie Beatson - An animal rights activist is to stand trial after she allegedly masked up and abused a huntsman in an incident on a farm. Gwyneth Humphries is alleged to have targeted Adam Galpin at Lochmoonzie Farm near Cupar, Fife, on November 21 last year… (story)
Dundee Courier 14.3.16 Animal rights activist accused of abusing huntsman in Fife to face trial - An animal rights activist allegedly masked up and abused a huntsman in an incident on a farm in Fife, a court has heard. Gwyneth Humphries is alleged to have targeted Adam Galpin at Lochmoonzie Farm near Cupar on November 21 last year…. (story)

Express 1.7.16 Wildlife lover Oddie unveils Cecil the Lion monument outside London home By STUART WINTER - The former Springwatch presenter’s RIP tribute to the iconic big cat comes as he calls for Britain to wake up to its own “shameful animal cruelty record”. This week not only marks the anniversary of Cecil being killed by an American hunter, it also sees the one-time Goodie becoming president of the League Against Cruel Sports… “Whether it’s an African lion stalked for fun, or a tiny fox cub thrown to hounds to instil bloodlust, the cruelty is the same. That tortured fox cub is the UK’s ‘Cecil’… (story)

Irish Examiner 1.7.16 A sadistic streak in hare coursing - So timid little hares will continue to be trapped and removed from their natural habitat and taken to enclosures to be terrorised, chased and knocked about by greyhounds… John Caulfield Murmont Road Cork (letter)

Irish Examiner 1.7.16 Drag coursing is the way to go - With the vote on the Bill to ban hare coursing due to be held on Thursday, I would remind the politicians that a humane alternative to this practice exists, one that could replace a completely discredited blood sport to the benefit of all… Drag coursing (which avails of a mechanical lure) replicates all the fun and excitement associated with live coursing, the thrill of the chase, the test of speed and stamina between two competing greyhounds, the awarding of prizes, and the celebrations in the pubs or hotels afterwards — everything except the cruelty… John Fitzgerald Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sport Lower Coyne St Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)

Times 1.7.16 Hare coursing and the new politics - In 1976, when the Oireachtas debated the Wildlife Bill, Michael D Higgins, Mary Robinson and Dr Noel Browne were among the politicians who pressed the government to accept amendments that would outlaw hare coursing… Now, 40 years later, a different set of politicians has debated and voted on a Bill to ban hare coursing. Like the efforts of the aforementioned giants of Irish politics, the supporters of this Bill have been rebuffed, and their attempt to protect the iconic Irish hare voted down…. JOHN FITZGERALD, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Express 1.7.16 ‘I’m not ISIS’ Fury as hunter defends animal killing one year after Cecil the lion’s death - HUNTER Olivia Opre appeared on This Morning today to defend her profession, one year after the hugely controversial killing of Cecil the lion. By SHAUN KITCHENER …She argued that hunting can be good for local economies and can also help with conservation itself, although British activist Virginia McKenna OBE strongly disagreed with her - and seemingly spoke on behalf of the vast majority of viewers at home…. (story)
Telegraph 30.6.16 The hunter became the hunted in a toothless show - The Women Who Kill Lions, review - Michael Hogan - On Monday, football fans watched through their fingers as the Three Lions got slayed by Iceland. Now came the turn of actual big cats in The Women Who Kill Lions (Channel 4)… The film ended abruptly and provided few answers. It would have been fascinating to see what Louis Theroux would have done with the subject. Ultimately, unlike the poor lions, this documentary lacked bite (story)
Metro 30.6.16 There’s a lot of hate for #WomenWhoKillLions - Simon Robb - Almost a year to the day since Cecil the Lion was killed, a documentary has sparked outrage at women taking part in blood sports. People said they were left sick by Women Who Kill Lions, which aired on Channel 4 last night…. (story)
Guardian 30.6.16 The Women Who Kill Lions review – Chitra Ramaswamy - a gut-wrenching look at the senselessness of bloodsports - What is so shocking is not that they are women but their mania for killing animals… What is the point of this horribly compulsive programme? Ostensibly to show that more women are taking up trophy hunting, an overwhelmingly male bloodsport, and that they are on the receiving end of the vast majority of the abuse. This is unfair but it’s hardly a surprise: why would misogyny absent itself from hunting? What’s appalling about these people is not their uteruses but their mania for killing animals for sport…. (story)
Mail 29.6.16 'We are the true conservationists of the world': Female hunters who have slain lions and giraffes insist they love animals and are PROUD to kill them By LUCY WATERLOW FOR MAILONLINE - Female hunters who have provoked worldwide condemnation for killing wild animals including giraffes and lions have justified their bloodthirsty actions. Croatian-Canadian Jacine Jadresko and American Rebecca Francis appear on a Channel 4 documentary in which they explain why they believe hunting is a force for good, and a skill they are happy to teach to their children…. (story)
Telegraph 27.6.16 'Being killed by a hunter is the most humane way for an animal to die.' Meet the woman who kills lions - Charlotte Lytton - The walls of Olivia Opre’s home, like those of any proud mother, are speckled with memories. But between the smiling photos of her family holidays are impala heads and wildebeest horns: ‘memorable art’ the 39-year-old Montana-based hunting consultant has collected in her two decades as a big game hunter… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 1.7.16 Continuing the fight to protect wild animals - This week we reflect on the legacy of Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's best-known lions, who was callously snuffed out by a trophy hunter one year ago… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will continue to fight for wild animals to be left in peace. JENNIFER WHITE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (letter)

Guardian 1.7.16 Birmingham after Brexit: hope and regret in the 50-50 city - Matthew Engel … Fletcher, as his badges proclaim, is an animal rights activist, and he voted in protest against the EU record on the issue. “I’ve been getting really upset the past week. And if I voted again, I would go against my ethical principles. My first thought was about the animals. Now I’m thinking about people’s jobs.”… (story)

Daily Post 1.7.16 RSPCA calls for boycott of circus in Gwynedd BY BEN BUTLER - A row has broken out between the RSPCA and a touring circus in Gwynedd over the use of wild animals. RSPCA Cymru is calling on the public to boycott Circus Mondao but the circus said the act, which is now in Tywyn and heading to Pwllheli next week, is doing nothing wrong… (story)

Croydon Advertiser 1.7.16 Croydon's vegan café is back less than a month after leaving the borough By PollyAW - Croydon's popular vegan café has returned to the borough after closing less than a month ago. Buttercream Dreams opened on Surrey Street Market for the first time today with plans to eventually create a "super stall" of animal product free treats. Owner Lauren Adderley says she was given a "nice welcome home", after the café moved to Camden last month after its former landlords at Project B asked the business to move out... (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 1.7.16 Cookie sandwiches anyone? Vegan bakery opens in Cheltenham - By Giulia Crouch - "People are put off by the vegan diet because they think it's all healthy food and grated courgette." A vegan bakery has opened in Cheltenham. Cookie sandwiches, ten types of cupcakes, millionaire shortbread and other sweet treats are all made with no animal products at Flamingo's Vegan Bakery. Natasha Mackenzie-Ford and her wife Susan run the bakery from their home in Warden Hill…. (story)