June 2016

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Belfast Telegraph 30.6.16 Gabriel Byrne urges TDs to ban hare coursing - Actor Gabriel Byrne has lent his support to the campaign to ban hare coursing. The Golden Globe winner wrote to TDs urging them to outlaw the practice of netting and capturing hares for muzzled greyhounds to chase in competition… Byrne said he was writing to TDs on behalf of "friends" in two animal rights groups, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and Animal Rights Action Network (Aran)… (story)
Irish Times 24.6.16 Hare coursing integral to many in rural Ireland, says Minister - Hare coursing is an integral part of the community for many people in rural Ireland said Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys as she opposed an outright ban on the practice… (story)
Irish Examiner 24.6.16 Heather Humphreys rejects calls to shut down hare coursing By Juno McEnroe - Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys has rejected calls to shut down hare coursing on the grounds there are strict controls for the sport and such a ban would hit rural areas… (story)
RTE News 23.6.16 Unregulated coursing could be of 'greater danger' to hares - Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys has told the Dáil that unregulated hare coursing meetings could prove to be of greater danger to hares. Heather Humphreys was responding to Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan's Private Members Bill to ban live hare coursing… (story)
Irish Examiner 23.6.16 Three Independents to back hare-coursing ban By Daniel McConnell - Independent ministers Shane Ross, Finian McGrath, and John Halligan are to vote against the Government today when they support Independent Maureen O’Sullivan’s bill on banning hare coursing…. (story)

The Ecologist 30.6.16 Whether it's Cecil the Lion or un-named fox cubs, killing for fun is wrong - Bill Oddie - No animal should be killed for our enjoyment, writes Bill Oddie. And that applies alike to Cecil the Lion, shot by a Minnesota dentist almost two years ago; and to the nameless fox cubs that died more recently in England, thrown to hounds by a huntsman to teach them to hate and kill foxes…. (story)

Dundee Courier 30.6.16 Barbaric way to treat animals - There was a small piece on the news about a hunt in England where they had live-trapped two fox cubs which were given to a pack of young foxhounds live to kill. This is worse than bad, it is inhumane… I have now joined an anti-fox hunting group. No masks and protests but I will be more than vocal when given an opportunity. George Sangster. Woodlands, Logie, Montrose. (letter)


Your Industry News 29.6.16 “Chaotic” Scottish airguns licensing continues to baffle - Despite an overwhelming opposition to this needless legislation the Scottish Government continues to plough on with their draconian policy of licensing airguns causing confusion at every step… Scottish Countryside Alliance Director Jamie Stewart said: “Despite correcting numerous media sources we have received a volume of calls from concerned members and from the wider public believing themselves to be illegally in possession of airguns because of the government’s confusing campaign… (story)

Herald 29.6.16 Landowners could be told to kill more deer or face hefty fines - In what would be an unprecedented move landowners in north-west Scotland could soon face a “hefty fine” and see deer on their land culled, to protect some of our most important oak woodlands. The Assynt Crofters Trust, pioneers of the modern community land movement, are amongst the landowners who would be affected, but insist that they are already doing all Scotland’s environmental guardian is seeking…. (story)

The Register 29.6.16 Plymouth 'animal rights' teen admits Florida SeaWorld cyber attack - A British teenager has admitted taking part in cyber-attacks against Florida's SeaWorld theme park and Devon and Cornwall Police…. (story)
Cornish Guardian 28.6.16 Teenage boy admits Cornwall police and SeaWorld cyber attacks; denies bomb hoaxes against airlines By Alex Pesic - A 16-year-old boy has admitted carrying out cyber attacks around the world - including on Devon and Cornwall Police and SeaWorld in the United States. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went on trial at Plymouth Youth Court today, where he admitted to three offences under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act… (story)
Plymouth Herald 28.6.16 Teenage hacker from Plymouth brought down police website 'to be cool' and get Twitter followers By ALEX WOOD - A teenage hacker from Plymouth has admitted cyber-attacks on sites around the world - because he wanted "to be cool" and have more Twitter followers. The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Plymouth Youth Court accused of hacking websites, including Devon and Cornwall Police and SeaWorld sites, and making bomb threats to two American airlines… (story)
Sun 28.6.16 SCHOOLBOY HACKER Pupil, 16, admits launching cyber attacks on sites including Seaworld and the police BY ELLIE FLYNN - A 16-YEAR-OLD schoolboy has admitted launching cyber attacks on websites around the world…. (story)
BBC News Online 28.6.16 British teen admits SeaWorld cyber attack, denies airline threats - A 16-year-old British boy has admitted launching cyber attacks on websites around the world. The defendant, who cannot be named due to his age, admitted targeting Florida's SeaWorld theme park and Devon and Cornwall Police in the attacks… (story)
Guardian 28.6.16 Devon schoolboy admits hacking sites but denies airline bomb hoaxes - Boy, 16, tells court he targeted websites around world, such as that of SeaWorld Orlando, to promote animal rights - A schoolboy from Devon launched cyber-attacks on websites across the globe as part of a campaign for animal rights, a court has heard. Among the 16-year-old boy’s targets were SeaWorld Orlando in Florida and a town in Japan where dolphin hunting takes place, Plymouth youth court was told… Giving evidence, the boy said he carried out cyber-attacks because he supports animal rights… (story)
Mirror 28.6.16 Teen who launched worldwide cyber-attacks accused of tweeting airline 'Hurry gentlemen, the clock is ticking' in bomb hoax BY CLAIRE HAYHURST , RACHEL BISHOP - A teenager that launched cyber-attacks around the world is accused of sending bomb threats to two major airlines through Twitter - telling one "Hurry gentleman, the clock is ticking". The 16-year-old admitted attacks against Devon and Cornwall Police and Seaworld - but denied making two bomb hoaxes to American Airlines and Delta Air Lines… Mail 28.6.16 British schoolboy, 16, launched cyber-attacks on websites across the globe including SeaWorld in Florida but denies sending bomb hoaxes to American airlines - A British teenager has admitted launching cyber attacks on websites across the world - including Florida's SeaWorld theme park - but denies sending bomb threats to two major US airlines… (story)


Shooting UK 27.6.16 Rural groups highlight scope for new opportunities after Brexit - The UK vote to leave the European Union should reduce red tape and present new markets but fresh arrangements need to be in place urgently, say countryside groups… BASC chairman Peter Glenser said: “BASC will carry out the hard work that is needed to ensure that the legal framework in which we operate is fit for purpose and benefits shooting and the countryside.. The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) said the UK should grasp this “fantastic opportunity” and lead by example for conservation and farming… Tim Bonner, CEO of the Countryside Alliance, said: “We will be making sure that the voice of the countryside is heard.”… (story)

Irish Independent 27.6.16 Coursing is vile animal cruelty - Both the Government and Fianna Fail have rejected calls for a hare coursing ban on the basis that the "sport" is regulated and that prohibition would backfire. What a weak argument in favour of a practice that involves the use of hares as live bait, to be terrorised, mauled and tossed about like broken toys for human amusement… John Fitzgerald Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Mirror 27.6.16 Prisoners are being taught FALCONRY to help them find work after their release BY JEREMY ARMSTRONG - Prisoners are getting lessons in falconry, animal husbandry and “exercising greyhounds” in a Tory jobs’ crusade. The bizarre courses aim to be “therapeutic” for young and adult offenders - but are also aimed at helping them find work once they have served their time… They are listed in a Freedom of Information request which details how animals and wildlife are used within the UK prison estate… (story)

Staffordshire Newsletter 27.6.16 Protest march against badger culling to be held in Stafford - A CONSERVATION group is hosting a peaceful protest in Stafford town centre on Saturday against badger culling. Staffordshire Badger Conservation is hosting the march at the end of Badger Conservation Week. A march will begin at 1pm from Market Square, following talks from Badger Trust chairman Peter Martin, chief operating officer Dominic Dyer and young naturalist Georgia Locock at noon… (story)

Worcester News 27.6.16 Protect us from zoos - I was pleased to read that Worcester City Council have refused planning permission for a zoo on green belt land. Why do we want Wallabies on land off Droitwich Road? These exotic creatures pose a disease risk to our native British wildlife… Pauline Burgess Malvern (letter)


Bury Time 26.6.16 PICTURES: Countryside rolls into town for Agricultural Show - THE countryside rolled into town for the 73rd Bury and District Agricultural Society Show… The main ring staged the ever popular birds of prey display, as well as the gun dog and Holcombe train hunt displays to showcase the best of British country pursuits and sports…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 26.6.16 Lawyer and huntsman who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland - Lord Mayhew of Twysden, a man who pervaded magisterial authority, served as attorney-general and Northern Ireland secretary, during critical events for both posts, with the serenity and precision that would be expected from a lawyer of his immense ability… He was also a sporting man in his youth and regularly hunted with the Beaufort… (story)


BBC News 25.6.16 Arrest over Herefordshire animal inquiry threats to kill - A man has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill by police investigating reported offences of animal cruelty in Herefordshire… The alleged threats were made on Thursday. A 64-year-old man from East Sussex has been arrested…. (story)

Shropshire Star 25.6.16 Pictures: Shropshire zebra birth highlights debate on circus ban - A two-week-old zebra foal called Zulu is highlighting the debate about whether wild animals should still be used for entertaining in the ‘big top’… Peter Jolly himself said Zulu is about 20 generations away from his ancestors who were wild and stresses that zebras have been in captivity for hundreds of years. “As equines, they are pretty much the same as horses – apart from the stripes,” he said… (story)


Mail 24.6.16 Victoria Pendleton steers Royal Etiquette to glory in charity race at Newmarket - Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton made her first visit to Newmarket a winning one after steering Royal Etiquette to glory in the Countryside Alliance Charity Race on Thursday…. (story)
Horse & Hound 24.6.16 Victoria Pendleton returns with winning ways - Polly Portwin - Victoria Pendleton made her reappearance on a racecourse a winning one in the Countryside Alliance’s charity race at Newmarket yesterday (23 June)…. (story)
Cambridge News 24.6.16 Victoria Pendleton triumphs in charity race at Newmarket - Dual Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton made her first visit to Newmarket a winning one after steering Royal Etiquette to glory in the Countryside Alliance Race For Repeal…. (story)
Racing Post 23.6.16 Pendleton back in the saddle with a winner BY MARK SCULLY - VICTORIA PENDLETON marked her return to riding on the racecourse with a win on Royal Etiquette in the Countryside Alliance charity race at Newmarket on Thursday… (story)
Gloucestershire Echo/Citizen 22.6.16 Victoria Pendleton out to repeat Cheltenham Festival heroics in Newmarket charity race By melissajones - Three months after Victoria Pendleton wowed the Cheltenham Festival crowds with an effort of courage and talent in the Foxhunters' Chase, the double Olympic cycling champion gets back in the saddle tomorrow to compete in a charity race. The sporting hero, who surpassed all expectations when coming fifth on Pacha Du Polder in the 'Gold Cup' for amateur riders (pictured), is one of nine participants in the one mile contest at Newmarket run to support the Countryside Alliance…. (story)


Irish Examiner 23.6.16 Forget the whips, ban hare coursing - John Fitzgerald Lower Coyne Street Callan Co Kilkenny (letter)
Irish Times 23.6.16 Hare coursing, free votes and the new politics - Today the Dáil will debate a Bill sponsored by Maureen O’Sullivan TD that aims to ban live hare coursing in Ireland. Would it be too much to expect that TDs of all parties and groupings be allowed a free vote on this Bill?... This is clearly a conscience issue and the vote will have no implications either way for the country’s economic wellbeing or the Government’s survival…. JOHN FITZGERALD, Callan, Co Kilkenny (letter)

Birmingham Mail 23.6.16 Hall Green greyhound racing stadium demolition plan halted BY NEIL ELKES - Campaigners have won the battle to save Hall Green Stadium from the bulldozers after being overwhelmingly backed by planners. Birmingham City Council’s planning committee voted by nine to two against plans to demolish the greyhound racing stadium and build 210 homes on the site…. The council had been inundated with petitions both for and against the development, including from animal welfare groups who argue greyhound racing is cruel…. (story)
Birmingham Mail 20.6.16 Animal welfare groups back Hall Green Stadium demolition plan BY NEIL ELKES - Animal welfare campaigners have celebrated plans to knock down Hall Green Dogs – saying old greyhounds are “discarded like used betting slips”. Campaign groups CAGED North West and PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – have raised more than 7,000 signatures on petitions backing the closure of the greyhound racing stadium. Developer Wulff PDM and Euro Properties Investments (EPI) want to put 210 houses on the site, but have been met with opposition from MP Roger Godsiff and campaigners who argue the dog racing track is a vital sporting and cultural facility for the city… (story)

Belfast Live 23.6.16 Animal cruelty sentences “incredibly difficult to comprehend”, Stormont told BY MAURICE FITZMAURICE - Some sentences handed to people responsible for animal cruelty are “incredibly difficult to comprehend”, the Assembly has been told… Emma Little Pengelly was speaking in the Assembly as it debated a motion to take “urgent further action to tackle animal cruelty including the establishment of an accessible register of those convicted of animal cruelty offences and who have been disqualified from keeping animals”… (story)

Third Force News 23.6.16 Highland zoo closes amid serious animal welfare concerns - A Scottish zoo has had its licence revoked over animal welfare problems. Animal rights groups welcomed the move to permanently close Black Isle Wildlife Park in the Highlands, which is home to zebras, goats and meerkats, following a Highland Council special inspection…. Welfare organisation Animal Concern Advice Line (ACAL) welcomed the decision to close the zoo… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 23.6.16 Macho meat-eating image now outdated - Only 37% of all vegans are male…. The perception that "real men" eat meat, that it's macho and manly, has lingered for a long time. But it is a badly outdated notion that is disastrous for our health… JIMMY PIERSON The Vegan Society (letter)

Belfast Telegraph 23.6.16 Seek alternatives to consuming fish -In all the talk about the EU Common Fisheries Policy, one party has been entirely ignored - the fish. Fish don't get a vote, but if they did they'd surely want us to leave them alone so they might stay in the sea… JENNIFER WHITE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (letter)


Rhyl, Prestatyn & Abergele Journal 22.6.16 Anti-hunt campaigner cleared of harassment but fails to overturn assault conviction - AN ANTI-hunt campaigner has been cleared of harassing a North Wales hunt’s terrier man. But Judith Hewitt, aged 69, failed to overturn her conviction for assaulting Robert Smith after he shot a fox on a country estate near Denbigh… (story)
Daily Post 22.6.16 Campaigner cleared of harassing Flint and Denbigh Hunt man BY ELWYN ROBERTS - A leading anti-hunt campaigner has been cleared of harassing a North Wales hunt’s terrier man. But Judith Hewitt , 69, failed to overturn her conviction for assaulting Robert Smith after he shot a fox on a country estate near Denbigh… (story)
Horse & Hound 29.10.14 Anti-hunt campaigner found guilty of assault and harassment - Sophia Heath - An anti-hunt campaigner has been found guilty of assaulting and harassing a hunt’s countryman after she witnessed him shooting a fox in January. Judith Hewitt, 67, from North Wales, reportedly became “absolutely hysterical” and started hitting Robert Smith on the back after he legally killed the fox in his role as a licensed vermin control officer… (story)
Rhyl, Prestatyn & Abergele Journal 28.10.14 Rhyl anti-hunt campaigner found guilty of common assault - A LEADING anti-hunt campaigner has been found guilty of common assault and harassing a hunt’s “terrier man” after he shot a fox. Judith Hewitt, aged 67, of Hadley Crescent, Rhyl, who denied the charges and was described by a retired clergyman as a “Mother Teresa of the animal kingdom,” had put an edited video of the January confrontation with Robert Smith on YouTube, a district judge was told at Llandudno court…. After being found guilty, she was bailed for a pre-sentence report. Her QC John Cooper has objected to a restraining order sought by the prosecution banning her from private land in Denbighshire during Flint and Denbigh Hunt meetings… (story)
Denbighshire Free Press 27.10.14 Anti-hunt campaigner guilty of assault and harassment - AN ANTI-hunt campaigner has been found guilty of common assault and harassing a hunt’s “terrier man” after he shot a fox. Judith Hewitt, aged 67, of Hadley Crescent, Rhyl, who denied the charges and was described by a retired clergyman as a “Mother Teresa of the animal kingdom,” had put an edited video of the January confrontation with Robert Smith on YouTube… (story)
Telegraph 26.10.14 Anti-hunt campaigner guilty of assaulting terrier man By Nicola Fifield - An anti-hunt campaigner has been found guilty of assaulting and harassing a hunt’s “terrier man” after he shot a fox. Llandudno Court heard Judith Hewitt, 67, of Rhyl, North Wales became “absolutely hysterical” and started hitting Robert Smith on the back after he legally killed the fox in his role as a licensed vermin control officer…. She then waged a campaign of harassment against Mr Smith, trespassing on land, obstructing him as he went about his work and posting offensive items on websites and social media…. (story)
Rhyl Journal 20.8.14 Rhyl anti-hunt campaigner appears in court - A LEADING anti-hunt campaigner has appeared in court accused of assaulting a hunt official. Following the confrontation in January this year Judith Hewitt put a video of the incident on YouTube, allegedly adding disparaging comments. Hewitt, 67-years-old, of Hadley Crescent, Rhyl, pleaded not guilty at Prestatyn magistrates’ court to assaulting Robert Smith, a “terrier man” with the Flint and Denbigh Hunt, obstructing a person engaged in a lawful activity having trespassed on land and using threatening behaviour….. (story)
Horse & Hound 2.8.14 Woman charged over conflict with hunt - An anti-hunting activist has been charged with aggravated trespass, assault and harassment of a North Wales hunt employee. The charges relate to an incident on 28 January and footage that Chester-based Judi Hewitt took and posted online of the Flint and Denbigh Hunt’s countryman Rob Smith using a terrier to flush a fox from underground to a waiting gun, in accordance with the Hunting Act. No date has yet been set for the court case and Ms Hewitt has not entered a plea…. (story)

Arbroath Herald 22.6.16 Vets’ views sought on snaring - Animal protection charities OneKind and the League Against Cruel Sports Scotland are seeking views from the veterinary profession on the use of snares in Scotland… (story)

Telegraph 22.6.16 Gamekeepers back use of gas gun bird scarers on grouse moors - Auslan Cramb - Gamekeepers have backed the use of gas gun bird scarers on moorland as one of the only means available to them to prevent flocks of protected ravens “hoovering up” chicks and eggs… (story)


Western Morning News 21.6.16 Is fox hunting merely a 'blood sport' or essential fox control? Charity Commission called on to make a ruling By WMNPBowern - Deep disagreement over whether hunting can be considered ‘wildlife management’ has erupted. Philip Bowern reports as the Charity Commission is called in - As a charity the League Against Cruel Sports has to abide by strict rules governing its conduct. It has, in the past, fallen foul of those rules on a number of those occasions and this week it was again being asked to answer questions from the Charity Commission. Responding to a complaint from the pro-hunt Countryside Alliance, the Commission said that it had decided to contact the League over the claim on its website that hunting is not a form of wildlife management or fox control…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 21.6.16 Why despite the killings, red kites remain one of conservation’s biggest success stories - Despite the continued persecution of red kites, the Countryside Alliance’s Liam Stokes tells Sarah Freeman why we shouldn’t allow the killings to overshadow the resurgence of the birds… (story)

Western Morning News 21.6.16 Shooting foxes and deer - in the name of protecting birds By WMNPBowern - Controlling predators and managing deer numbers is part of country life for many. But as Philip Bowern reports, some organisations have to tread a fine line - Whenever things go a bit quiet in the world of rural campaigning, Countryside Alliance chief executive Tim Bonner likes to pose the deer stalking question on social media…. What gave this week’s little spat added interest, however, was a blog from the RSPB, posted at around the same time by Martin Harper, the organisation’s conservation director. It is not only deer that need controlling and Mr Harper – generally seen as a pragmatist who has, in the past, shown some support for lowland pheasant shoots in Britain which benefit wildlife – wrote of what he called “the conservationist’s dilemma” around the lethal control of predators and other potentially damaging species… (story)

Mirror 21.6.16 Security guard caught swinging punch at animal rights campaigner outside greyhound racecourse BY KATIE BUTLER - An investigation has been launched after a security worker at a dog track appeared to take a swing for a protester campaigning for animal rights… Michael James, 35, from Warrington, was filming the worker when he says the man took a swing at him…. (story)
Liverpool Echo 21.6.16 Watch as security guard takes a swing at animal rights campaigner BY KATIE BUTLER - Protestor Michael James claims he was attacked outside greyhound racing circuit… (story)
Manchester Evening News 21.6.16 Watch as Belle Vue security guard takes a swing at animal rights campaigner during greyhound protest BY KATIE BUTLER - Police are investigating allegations a security worker assaulted an animal rights protester at Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium… (story)

Independent 21.6.16 EU referendum: Environmentalists stress importance of Remain vote to Britain's countryside in open letter - Exclusive: Boris Johnson's father and Environment Secretary, Liz Truss, among signatories who claim Brexit ‘would be a backwards step for the protection of the countryside’ - Andy McSmith… The list of the letter's signatories include the Environment Secretary Liz Truss, Stanley Johnson, whose son Boris is leading the Brexit campaign, and a galaxy of past and present Conservative and Labour ministers, shadow ministers, and leading figures from organisations concerned with preserving the countryside, such as the Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England, the Ramblers Association, the Countryside Alliance, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.…. (story)
Independent 21.6.16 Countryside IN letter of support for the EU - As custodians of, and enthusiasts for, the countryside we know that the stability and certainty our membership of the EU provides is good for all of those who live, work or play in our green and pleasant land… (story)

The Herald 21.6.16 Scots fitness blogger crowned UK's hottest female vegan by animal welfare charity Peta - A Scots fitness blogger has been crowned the UK’s hottest female vegan. Stefanie Moir, 22, from Cumbernauld, secured the title of UK and Ireland Hottest Vegan 2016 from animal welfare charity PETA after she impressed voters with her healthy lifestyle and compassion for animals…. (story)
Metro 21.6.16 Hottest vegans of 2016 will make you question your life choices - Jen Mills … Animal rights charity PETA has crowned its sexiest vegans of 2016, and they’ll make you feel bad about both your non-vegan physique and your cruel and unhealthy diet choices…. (story)
Mail 21.6.16 Fitness blogger who has been crowned the UK's hottest vegan woman insists TOFU is just as good for building muscle as meat By NAOMI GREENAWAY FOR MAILONLINE - A Scottish fitness blogger has been crowned the country's hottest vegan woman by animal welfare charity PETA, Stefanie Moir, 24, from Glasgow, wowed judges and voters with her looks - as well as her compassion for animals… (story)
Manchester Evening News 14.6.16 Are these Manchester's sexiest vegans? Meet the finalists in a meat-free beauty contest BY JOSH PEACHEY - Jak Elmore and Naomi Djese are both in the running for a new beauty contest organised by animal charity Peta… (story)
Liverpool Echo 4.6.16 Is Liverpool's Daniel the UK's hottest vegan? BY LORNA HUGHES - Is this Liverpool man the country’s hottest vegan? Daniel Ellenberg, from Mossley Hill , is one of six finalists in animal rights charity PETA’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2016… (story)
Mail 1.6.16 You don't need meat to be beautiful! A firefighter, a surfer and a dancer are battling it out to be crowned the UK's hottest vegan - By SIOFRA BRENNAN - Six hopefuls with beautiful faces - and bodies to match - are battling it out to be crowned the winner of a beauty contest with a difference. The animal rights charity PETA has announced the shortlist for its annual Hottest Vegan contest - a diverse group, which includes a surfer, a firefighter and a photographer... EMMA LAIRD… ANTHONY WELSH… STEFANIE MOIR… DANIEL LLOYD ELLENBERG… SIDDY BENNETT… ALEX CHRISTOFIDES… NAOMI DJESE… JACK ELMORE… (story)
Bristol Post 1.6.16 WATCH: Bristol woman could soon be Britain's HOTTEST vegan By EmmaGrimshaw - A Bristol singer is hoping to be crowned Britain's hottest vegan. Siddy Bennett has been shortlisted as one of six finalists in the animal rights charity PETA annual contest… (story)

Cambrian News 21.6.16 Circus defends use of animals By Mike Lewis - ORGANISERS of a circus featuring wild animal acts which is due to be staged in Aberystwyth say they have had “overwhelming” support from people in the Cardigan area – despite calls for a boycott from an animal rights group. Circus Mondao, whose animal stars include camels, reindeer, horses and llamas, say their twice-daily shows at Penparc attracted up to 300 spectators before they departed on Sunday… (story)


Worcester News 20.6.16 Badger cull protesters hold demo outside Three Counties Show - ANIMAL protection campaigners staged a protest against the culling of badgers outside the Three Counties Show in Malvern on Friday…. Ronald Lee, communications officer for Worcestershire Vegans and Veggies, whose members took part in the protest, said: "We wanted to urge the government and the National Farmers Union to stop the culling of badgers and to educate people about a humane diet that did not involve the suffering and slaughter of farmed animals…. (story)


Western Morning News 19.6.16 Conservationist who helped save 'Ratty' elected to ruling council of Britain's biggest pro-shooting group By WMNPBowern - Westcountry representation on the ruling body of Britain’s biggest pro-shooting organisation has been boosted with the unopposed election to council of Wiltshire-based conservationist Robin Marshall-Ball. Mr Marshall-Ball, who has played a major role in the re-introduction of the water vole to the Somerset Levels through a vigorous mink-control programme, was confirmed in the role at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s annual general meeting…. (story)

Horse & Hound 19.6.16 8 characters you can expect to meet at your hunt’s puppy show - Polly Portwin - Everybody who is invited to their hunt’s puppy show is there for a reason — be it in their capacity as a puppy walker or perhaps as somebody who hosts a meet or organises a fundraising event. On the day though, aside from the hosting hunt staff, masters and visiting judges, it’s usually possible to identify several different groups of people sitting around the railings… (story)


Spalding Guardian 18.6.16 MPs must back up 2004 Hunting Act - John Rimington, Technical liaison officer, Hare Preservation Trust - We have been made aware of John Hayes’ recent comments made at Springfields House, Spalding, during a meeting with NFU members. According to a report, he remarked: “Before it was made illegal, hare coursing was a very disciplined sport.”… Members of Parliament have a responsibility to this iconic but at-risk animal by supporting legislation designed to protect it and reverse the long-term decline in numbers, which is a current sustainability objective of Defra (letter)

Dorset Echo 18.6.16 Dorset musicians backing badger campaign - Harry Hogger - A SONG featuring the work of three Dorset musicians is set to be the soundtrack of National Badger Week. The Badger and The Wren was written by former Bere Regis resident Linda Lamon to support Brian May's Save Me charity, which is fighting to protect badgers in response to recent culls. Linda worked on the song with musicians Martin Hall-Kenny, from Dorchester, and Lynton Guest, from Bere Regis… (story)


Huffington Post 17.6.16 Royal Ascot 2016 Sees Guy Fawkes, The Queen’s Horse, Put Down After Fall - Animal rights group criticises event for ‘poor racing ground’. Kathryn Snowdon - The Queen’s horse died after falling during a race at Royal Ascot on Thursday, prompting animal rights campaigners to criticise what they call Britain’s “deadliest” flat racecourse… Dene Stansall, Animal Aid’s horse racing consultant, told the Huffington Post UK: “The management at Ascot racecourse is so wrapped up with a grossly ostentatious show and big financial pay day that it was race at all costs despite poor, unsuitable racing ground…. (story)


Politics.co.uk 16.6.16 Charity Commission responds to complaint about League Against Cruel Sports - The Charity Commission has confirmed it will seek a response from the League Against Cruel Sports to BASC’s complaint about its latest extremist video…. (story)
Shooting Times 8.6.16 LACS anti-snaring film is a “travesty”, say rural groups - Mark Layton - Country groups have called for the latest LACS anti-snaring film to be pulled, describing it as a “deliberate attempt to mislead the public”… Shooting Times revealed that BASC had reported LACS to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the Charity Commission and the Independent Press Standards Organisation for the “scaremongering propaganda” in its new film The Silent Enemy… The Countryside Alliance (CA) has also lodged a complaint with the ASA, highlighting the video as a “deliberate attempt to mislead the public”…. a target=main href="http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/news/lacs-anti-snaring-film-travesty-say-rural-groups-58649">(story)
Guardian 19.5.16 Watch League Against Cruel Sports' shocking new ad - See a new ad that puts a human in animals’ place in our review of the best new advertising campaigns … League Against Cruel Sports: ‘Silent Enemy’ (starts at 02:47) – UK - Graphic depictions of animal cruelty and neglect tend to make us avert our eyes rather than face the unpalatable truths they convey…. (story)
Western Morning News/Plymouth Herald 18.5.16 Emotive video campaign that shows jogger strangled by a snare attacked by country sports group By WMNPBowern - Britain’s biggest pro-shooting organisation has attacked a video campaign by the League Against Cruel Sports that is attempting to have snares banned. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation says the emotive video, which shows a jogger trapped by the neck in a snare, illustrates a crime rather than the reality of humane and legal pest-control…. (story)
Mirror 17.5.16 Jogger suffers slow death after being snared in animal charity's hard-hitting anti-blood sport video BY KEYAN MILANIAN - It feels like an advert for a sports brand, with a runner jogging through a wood as he weaves through trees and hurdles fallen branches. But this is actually a hard-hitting new video produced by animal charity League Against Cruel Sports… (story)
Mail 17.5.16 'Death is painful, death is slow': Harrowing footage shows jogger being snared by a rope and strangled on forest floor in shocking animal cruelty campaign ad By CHARLIE MOORE FOR MAILONLINE - A harrowing video by animal cruelty campaigners shows a man sprinting through a dense forest before being snared by a rope and strangled to death… Actor Shaun McKee, who plays the Wolf in new blockbuster Alice Through the Looking Glass, then picks up the pace as he strides through the undergrowth. The voice of Downton Abbey star Peter Egan then booms: 'Adrenaline surges through the body… The moving video then ends with a message from charity The League Against Cruel Sports: 'Snares trap an animal every 20 seconds in the UK… (story)

Third Force News 16.6.16 Charities round on animal-maiming snares - Animal charities want to map snare use as they push for an outright ban by Graham Martin - Animal protection groups OneKind and the League Against Cruel Sports want vets to help them map the use of deadly snares in Scotland… (story)

Express 16.6.16 Express journalist awarded top RSPCA prize for valuable animal cruelty campaign - A DAILY Express journalist has been awarded a top RSPCA honour for his outstanding coverage of animal welfare issues By REBECCA PERRING - Stuart Winter, from Luton in Bedfordshire, has picked up the charity’s National Media Award for exposing extreme animal cruelty across the country… (story)

The Lincolnite 16.6.16 Lincoln animal rights group to stage ‘anonymous’ veganism demo - Emily Norton - A group of ‘faceless’ activists will be playing an animal rights documentary on tablets and laptops to passers by this weekend in Lincoln, encouraging them to consider veganism. The demo will be staged on Cornhill Pavement, outside the Lush store, from 12.30pm until 4.30pm on Saturday, June 18…. Co-founder of the group Amanda Kingston said: “We’ll be showing the film and demonstrating in white masks so we remain anonymous… (story)

Huffington Post 16.6.16 Animal Rights Activists Troll Baker Because Her Lifelike Cakes ‘Encourage Animal Cruelty’ - Natasha Hinde - A baker who creates lifelike animal cakes has come under fire from animal rights activists who say she is “encouraging animal cruelty”. Hannah Edwards, 34, is a mum-of-two and full-time baker at The Cake Illusionist. She has recently been trolled by people who claim her lifelike cakes encourage “animal cruelty” as people have to cut them with knives… (story)
Mail 15.6.16 Activists accuse mother of two of cruelty after she started baking cakes that look like real animals - Marvellous creations from Hannah Edwards, 33, have caused outrage - These spectacular cakes are so lifelike that barmy animal rights activists have blamed the baker for encouraging cruelty to actual animals… The one-woman business baker said: 'I was getting a huge number of enquiries after I made a husky cake and someone had a go at me saying it was cruel to do as it was encouraging violence to animals. 'I have had other stuff where there has been pictures of cut cakes and they have been reported to Facebook for encouraging animal cruelty… (story)


Cornishman 15.6.16 Marilyn's 'very special' horse triumphs after tough year - A LARGE field came forward for the Cornish regularly hunted class, which saw popular Four Burrow Hunt field secretary Marilyn Stead from Truro top the class on her eight-year-old dapple grey mare, Lowville Queen. The imposing Irish draught horse was purchased by Marilyn as a five-year-old from Andrew and Emma Richards of Tregurtha Downs and has hunted with the Four Burrow Hunt for the past three seasons… (story)

Huffington Post 15.6.16 A Hat for the Horses - Anneka Svenska - Day 1 of Royal Ascot saw me arrive sporting the largest hat IN ASCOT HISTORY. Paparazzi and film makers clambered for photos… . It was clad in black velvet and topped with hundreds of individually hand painted, red, roses to signify the 1400+ racehorses which have died at British races since 2007 (according to The Horse Deathwatch website).

Ecologist 14.6.16 Wildlife presenter wears 1,000 blood red roses to symbolise equine deaths from UK horse racing - Susan Clark - British conservationist and TV wildlife presenter Anneka Svenska is campaigning at Royal Ascot today to bring the plight of over 1,400 British racehorses that have died following racing injuries since 2007 to the attention of the mainstream - by wearing a dramatic hat made with a thousand blood-red roses…. (story)

Worcester News 15.6.16 Outcome of horse’s injury - – Sam Cone of Arena Racing Company which manages the Worcester Racecourse told us how the racing industry takes the welfare of the horses very seriously, but he failed to mention what happened to the horse Fear the Dark who was injured in the first race on Ladies Day… Max Burgess Malvern (letter)

Kent & Sussex Courier 15.6.16 Foxes strike again and destroy brake lines on car in Tunbridge Wells By Michael Drummond - Another Tunbridge Wells driver was put in danger after foxes chewed through her car brake lines. Kerry Scrivener, 48, had already set off from her home on Granville Road on Saturday when she made the disturbing discovery her brakes did not work…


Herald 15.6.16 Campaigners welcome SNP move to ban wild animals in travelling circuses - ANIMAL rights campaigners have welcomed a commitment to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Scotland…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 11.6.16 Scotland leads the way with wild animal ban at circuses - SCOTT MACNAB - Scotland is to become the first part of the UK to ban wild animals in travelling circus after the SNP government revealed it intends to end the practice… (story)

Worcester News 15.6.16 'Zoos are just animal prisons for animals' - I take issue with the comment (June 9) “Well-run zoos are not villains”. It depends how you define well-run… The only educational role is teaching that we have a right to confine other animals for our entertainment…. Roberta Balfour Malvern (letter)


Third Sector 14.6.16 Jeremy Cooper looks beyond the crisis at the RSPCA - Stephen Cook speaks to the new chief at the animal charity about his plans to rescue the charity's reputation - In what has seemed like an open season on charities, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has probably suffered most. It has come under intense fire from the countryside lobby, various politicians and the right-leaning media over foxhunting prosecutions, opposition to the culling of badgers and the euthanisation of pets… He has already arranged to meet critics, including some MPs, and says the RSPCA has already done useful work with the Countryside Alliance on the problem of horses being grazed on roadsides…. The prosecution by the RSPCA of the Heythrop Hunt (pictured, below) in Oxfordshire in 2012 attracted some of the harshest criticism of the charity…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 14.6.16 How should animal-lovers, vegetarians and vegans vote in the EU referendum? - ROSS ROBERTSON - What has the EU ever done for our animals? While the economy, immigration and sovereignty take centre stage in the referendum debate, here’s a look at EU issues relevant to those concerned about animals and their welfare… Farming subsidies and blood sports - One of the unfortunate quirks of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy for animal rights campaigners is the fact that those managing areas for blood sports such as grouse shooting, salmon fishing and deer stalking are entitled to claim EU farming subsidies… (story)


Female First 13.6.16 'Just by farming animals we're taking away freedom - it's their life not ours' by Lucy Moore - Jenny Liddle is a longstanding vegan- so we talked to her about what prompted the change so many years ago and asked her about raising her daughter on a plant based diet… (story)


Tenby Observer 12.6.16 Withholding evidence - The Countryside Alliance and Swansea University have criticised the RSPB on its use of unpublished data in scientific papers and has repeatedly refused to provide evidence to back up a serious claim it has made in one of these papers. The RSPB has used unpublished data in a paper co-authored with the Zoological Society of London and published in the British Medical Journal, to claim that there have been 45 confirmed killings of hen harriers since records began. This figure is considerably higher than previously believed, with the RSPB’s published figures showing the confirmed shooting of 14 hen harriers. If there is other unpublished evidence for 31 further killings, then the authors must be able to support such a serious claim… (story)

Sunday Herald 12.6.16 Animal cruelty on a plate - Some of the wording in Joanna Blythman's latest review cannot go without comment (Norn restaurant review, Sunday Herald Life, June 5). She writes about the veal having a "gentle personality"… How can Joanna Blythman not find it in her heart to feel some empathy with these gentle animals and how does she justify so much cruelty and suffering just so that she can enjoy some veal? Sandra Busell Edinburgh (letter)


Mirror 11.6.16 Nelson's Column: Buzz word politics for David Cameron and Nigel Farage if bees get the vote BY NIGELNELSON - Animal rights are all very well, but Sunday People political editor Nigel Nelson has reservations about extending them to insects - If you hear grasshoppers, earwigs and spiders loudly cheering a 69 year old Australian philosopher today do not be alarmed. They are showing their appreciation for the campaign Peter Singer has brought to Britain urging us to be kinder to creepy-crawlies… But I can assure them I’m against gratuitous animal cruelty . Hell, as a young man I was a hunt saboteur. I only gave it up when it played havoc with my love life as most girls I knew in those days sat on horses and chased foxes… (story)

Irish Examiner 11.6.16 Greyhound track protest over exports to win-or-die races in China - Animal rights activists will protest outside Curraheen Park Greyhound Track’s regular weekend meet in Cork tonight to highlight the scandal of greyhound exports from Ireland to win-or-die races in China…. (story)

Farmers Weekly 11.6.16 No end in sight to badger TB vaccine shortage - Dozens of badger vaccination schemes that form part of the government’s strategy to tackle bovine TB remain suspended across England amid a global vaccine shortage, Farmers Weekly has learned. The Welsh government announced it had suspended its badger vaccination programme in north Pembrokeshire at the end of December 2015. Due to a global shortage of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, Defra has also been required to suspend all of its funding for badger vaccination for an indefinite period… (story)

Mail 11.6.16 Kite fright! Dive bombing birds of prey are leaving children terrified and even bleeding in alarming attacks By HARRY MOUNT FOR THE DAILY MAIL - As you approach the village of Stokenchurch on the Wycombe Road, the red kites start to gather. Stacked like planes in a holding pattern over Heathrow, they circle lazily in the sky, their white-tipped, 6ft wings at full stretch, whistling a haunting tune… Reports are rife in the area of kites snatching sausages from barbecues and nabbing chocolate bars, puncturing villagers’ hands as they do so… (story)


Spectator 9.6.16 Ruthless Reynard or Fantastic Mr Fox? - Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain Lucy Jones - Roald Dahl helped rehabilitate the fox in the popular imagination, according to Lucy Jones — but most of us remain wary - Camilla Swift … This book — Lucy Jones’s first — is a fascinating discussion of the history of our attitude to the fox… . She does, however, try her best to grasp both sides of today’s fox-hunting debate, travelling to Blencathra in the Lake District to spend the day with a foot pack there and their aptly named huntsman Barry Todhunter… The author also rises early one morning to go out ‘sabbing’, but it’s in this chapter that things become confusing. She claims to be perplexed as to why the hunt were annoyed to see anti-hunt protestors out with them when the sabs, as she puts it, ‘weren’t physically preventing any riding or causing any harm’. But she’s already revealed that they had with them audio players ‘containing recordings of hounds and horns to confuse the proceedings’… (story)

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 9.6.16 Campaigners to hold protest walk around Highgrove House, near Tetbury, against badger culling - Ann Yip - WILDLIFE campaigners will be protesting against badger culling in a walk around Highgrove House, the family residence of Prince Charles. Protesters are staging the peaceful walk to highlight Prince Charles' potential involvement in the badger cull… Local organiser and national Badger Trust chairman, Peter Martin, said: “We will stop briefly at the gates to Highgrove House for photos and to display banners before heading towards Westonbirt and cutting back along the footpaths towards Tetbury…. (story)

Bridport & Lyme Regis News 9.6.16 KILLING FIELDS: Police probe after badgers shot dead and disguised as roadkill in west Dorset - David Bol - POLICE have launched an investigation after badgers were shot dead in west Dorset and disguised as roadkill. Officers are appealing for information after incidents in the Bradpole and Melplash area, where badgers were shot dead and left at the side of the road – giving the impression they had been hit by a vehicle… (story)
BBC News Online 9.6.16 Police probe after badgers shot and dumped in Bridport - Police are investigating a spate of badger killings in Bridport, Dorset…. (story)
Dorset Echo 9.6.16 Police launch investigation as badgers 'shot and left as roadkill' - Martin Lea - POLICE have launched an investigation after badgers were shot dead in west Dorset and disguised as roadkill. Officers are appealing for information after incidents in the Bradpole and Melplash area, where badgers were shot dead and left at the side of the road – giving the impression they had been hit by a vehicle… (story)

Northern Echo 9.6.16 Hybrid animals - Dr Julia Baines, Science policy adviser, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (letter)
Evening Standard 7.6.16 Balancing act of creating hybrids - Julia Baines, science policy adviser, PETA (letter)
Irish Independent 7.6.16 Human-animal hybrids wrong - Creating human-animal hybrids is bad for people and worse for animals. To create animals containing human material, animal mothers undergo invasive procedures to harvest their eggs and implant embryos…. With more investment and the use of humane, cutting-edge technology, we'll have much better science than the monstrous 'frankenscience' of creating human-animal hybrids. Dr Julia Baines People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, London (letter)

Nottingham Post 10.6.16 Nottingham's Bluebird Cafe caters for growing vegan clientele By JHLewis - It's been a busy few months at Sherwood's Bluebird Cafe. Adrian Bhagat took the restaurant from vegetarian into vegan territory… "I was interested in animal rights and went vegetarian at the age of 15. When I was at university I got involved in animal welfare issues and, looking back, becoming vegan made sense."… (story)

Reading Evening Post 9.6.16 Reading campaigner appeals for help to stop animal abusers BY NATHAN HYDE - A campaigner from East Reading is urging people to back her petition which calls for the Government to create a national register of animal abusers. Elizabeth Munro, of Carnavon Road, insists the authorities are unable to prevent convicted offenders from acquiring more animals as current legislation "is not fit for purpose"… (story)

Hull Daily Mail 9.6.16 Animal rights activists protest against Zippos Circus in Beverley By Amy Nicholson - Protestors have gathered outside Zippos Circus to call a ban on animals being used in circus performances.. Shena Louise, the organiser of the demonstration, said: "We want to make the public aware that animals don't belong in circuses… Another of the protesters, Willow Boyle, 38, owns vegan coffee shop, Blonde, in Cottingham said: "How anyone can be entertained by budgies is beyond me… (story)

Chester Chronicle 9.6.16 Travelling circus defends itself over animal welfare complaints ahead of shows in Malpas BY MIKE FULLER - A travelling circus has defended itself over animal welfare concerns as it arrives in Malpas. Peter Jolly’s Circus is performing a total of six shows in Hampton from June 8-12… Opponents from Animal Defenders International say the ‘small, mobile accommodation’ means the needs of some of the animals cannot be met. Zebras, camels and horses all feature in the shows… (story)


Western Morning News 8.6.16 Masterchef's Gregg Wallace joins in summer celebration of country sports By WMNPBowern - Summer is a lean time for country sports. But the game fair season is about to launch. Philip Bowern reports - When the CLA announced last summer that after another loss-making event the game was up for the Game Fair, country lovers were dismayed… But next month (July 29-31), rising phoenix-like from the Ashes, the Game Fair is back… The new team are building on that, with TV food presenter Gregg Wallace of Masterchef overseeing a wittily named “Shot to Pot” restaurant, specialising (obviously) in game… Gregg is the official face of the Game To Eat Countryside Alliance campaign, which has been promoting game for a decade and seen its popularity soar… (story)

Newcastle Chronicle 8.6.16 Should there be stricter air gun controls? You have your say after cats are shot by pellet rifles BY SIMON MEECHAN - Should there be stricter controls on air guns? A cat shot by an air gun in South Shields last month had to be put down after suffering horrific injuries… (story)

BBC News Online 8.6.16 Grimston beagle-breeding farm judicial review fails - An animal rights group has lost a judicial review against government approval for a firm in East Yorkshire to breed dogs for medical experiments. Cruelty Free International (CFI) challenged the decision in the High Court over planning permission for the B&K Universal site in Grimston… (story)

Metro 8.6.16 Vegan cricketer calls for ban on leather balls - Ashitha Nagesh - Leather balls, milky tea – it’s all part of cricket tradition… right? Maybe, but its days are numbered – and cows are likely to be happier for it. Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie, the vegan coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, has called for a ban on balls made from leather and for an end to the dairy and meat industries…. (story)


Western Morning News 7.6.16 Huntsman of famous Westcountry fox hunt hands over reins - to his daughter - The Countryside Alliance magazine’s cover story this month tells how Cornwall’s Four Burrow Hunt is keeping it in the family. Writer Henrietta Rutgers reports - The Four Burrow hounds, founded on January 1, 1780, are so named because of a Stone Age burial ground that lies as a prominent landmark in their hunt country which today covers Mid Cornwall from Padstow to Camborne… Paul Hancock joined the Four Burrow as kennel huntsman having previously spent time at the North Cotswold and the Tetcott. Paul then became huntsman in 1984, and joined the mastership in 1990… The only difference is that he hands the reins of huntsman over to his daughter Nikki who will hunt hounds for the first season this year having previously held the role of kennel huntsman since 2008… (story)

Western Morning News 7.6.16 BBC under fire as Countryfile backs conservation benefits of game shooting By WMNPBowern - Grouse shooting gets a tough press in some quarters. But, as Philip Bowern reports, BBC Countryfile, not always a friend of country sports, appears to have done it a service… Sunday night’s show (June 5) featured a longish segment during which a presenter visited a Scottish shooting estate specialising in grouse shooting and deer stalking to look at the benefits for wildlife of managing land for country sports. Cue the outrage, but this time from opponents of shooting, who took to social media to register their disapproval… (story)

Shooting Times 7.6.16 “Muirburn could have prevented blaze on Howden Moor,” say keepers - Mark Layton - Muirburn on Howden Moor could have prevented the recent fire from causing so much damage to the region’s heather, according to keepers - Gamekeepers and countryside groups have stressed the importance of muirburn as a conservation tool, following the fire that destroyed more than 200 acres of heather moorland on the National Trust-owned Howden Moor in the Peak District National Park earlier this month…. (story)
Sheffield Star 18.5.16 Careless behaviour causes damage - The devastating fire on Howden Moor in the Peak Park, which destroyed more than 200 acres of heather moorland last week, is a reminder of the considerable damage to wildlife and the environment that can result from the combination of careless behaviour and tried and tested management practices being ignored by a few land managers…After the fire services left at dusk with the fire still burning, it was the Peak District’s gamekeepers that remained overnight to keep the fire under control. Had they not done so then, according to one expert on the ground, some 8,000 acres of heather moorland could have been destroyed. It was also those same gamekeepers who also managed to save a known hen harrier nesting site that had been used since 2003, from being destroyed by the fire... Tim Bonner Chief executive, Countryside Alliance (story)

Surrey Mirror 7.6.16 Fighting dogs offered to undercover investigators - FIGHTING dogs have been offered for sale to undercover investigators at a Surrey charity. Now the League Against Cruel Sports wants a minimum three-year prison sentence for those promoting dog fighting. It has also called for a register of banned owners…. (story)
Kirkintilloch Standard 1.6.16 MP hits out at cruel sport - East Dunbartonshire MP John Nicolson is backing a campaign by an animal welfare group against dog fighting. The League of Cruel Sports is calling for tougher sentencing and a national register to tackle the barbaric trade… (story)
Bedford Times & Citizen 1.6.16 Time to get tough on dog fighting - An investigation into dog fighting in Bedfordshire has found dogs are being slammed into walls to toughen them up, cats and dogs being used as ‘bait’ to train fighting dogs and dead dogs dumped in the countryside…. (story)
Derry News 27.5.16 Durkan calls for tougher penalties for dog fighting - SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has called for tougher penalties for those involved in organising dog fights. He was speaking after attending a parliamentary reception at Westminster held by animal welfare campaigners League Against Cruel Sports, highlighting the horrific reality of dog fighting…. (story)
Dunstable Gazette, Herald & Post 26.5.16 Shocking brutality uncovered in dog fighting probe - An investigation into dog fighting in Beds has found dogs are being slammed into walls to toughen them up, cats and dogs used as ‘bait’ to train fighting dogs and dead dogs dumped in the countryside…. (story)
Express 25.5.16 Tortured dog had her teeth PULLED OUT before being used as BAIT in dog fight - A PET called Cupcake used by gangsters as bait to train fearsome fighting dogs has made a miracle recovery. By STUART WINTER - The scarred and traumatised dog has been chosen as the poster pet for a new campaign aimed at wiping out the scourge of Britain's cruellest sport…. The League Against Cruel Sports has produced a touching video about Cupcake's life to highlight the horrors of dog fighting and also support its demands for a clamp down on the criminals still pitching animal against animal in shadowy basements… (story)
International Business Times 24.5.16 'Bait' cats used in illegal dog fights as brutal bloodsport surges in UK By James Tennent - There has been a resurgence in dog fighting in the UK, according to a report by The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) being published today (24 May). MPs and celebrities have joined the charity to call for tougher measures to tackle the bloodsport and the cruel practices surrounding it. LACS worked with 60 partners in a "typical UK urban area" for a six-month investigation named Project Bloodline…. (story)
BBC News 24.5.16 Dog fighting: Campaigners call for action against owners By Tom Symonds - Campaigners want tougher penalties for dog fighting, amid concerns about its prevalence on Britain's streets among young people using dogs for protection and to uphold their status… Campaigners want tougher penalties for dog fighting, amid concerns about its prevalence on Britain's streets among young people using dogs for protection and to uphold their status. The League Against Cruel Sports says undercover investigators were offered dogs that could be trained to fight… (story)
iNews 24.5.16 Dog fighting report reveals pet cats being stolen for bait - Tom Bawden - Dog fighting is so widespread that at least one contest is being staged somewhere in the UK every day, according to an alarming new report. It may have been banned nearly two centuries ago but an investigation by the League Against Cruel Sports has found evidence of a resurgence in dog fighting in recent years, suggesting that illegal bouts are happening all over the country… (story)
ITV 24.5.16 Tougher action needed to combat 'barbaric' dog fighting - Tougher punishments for "barbaric" dog fighting and a national register of people banned from keeping the animals are needed, according to a report which has found that dogs are being trained to fight daily. There is high demand for "status and fighting dogs", according to the League Against Cruel Sports,… (story)
Bedfordshire on Sunday 24.5.16 Campaigners call for tougher dog fighting sanctions after shocking undercover probe in Luton By Sam Webster - DOGS are being hung by their teeth from trees to improve strength for fights, according to undercover investigators at work in Bedfordshire. The League Against Cruel Sports want tougher sanctions for dog fighting after their study showed as many as one fight a day takes place across the UK… (story)
Mirror 24.5.16 Tortured dogs being 'trained to fight every day as other pets are tied down and used as bait' BY RICHARD WHEATSTONE , NINA MASSEY - The League Against Cruel Sports says its investigations found "status and fighting dogs" are being trained by tethering down other pets and using them as 'bait'… (story)
Mirror 24.5.16 Amanda Holden, Gemma Atkinson and Ricky Gervais demand crackdown on dog fighting BY BEN GLAZE - Celebrities today demand a crackdown on illegal dog fighting amid fears of an underworld resurgence of the barbaric “sport”. A six-month probe by the League Against Cruel Sports has uncovered disturbing fresh evidence of animals being bred for battle… (story)


Wakefield Express 6.6.16 How a former hunt saboteur became master of one of Yorkshire’s newest hunts (story)
Yorkshire Post 4.6.16 How a former hunt saboteur became master of one of Yorkshire’s newest hunts - Miles Cooper, a former hunt sabateur who went on various protests throughout the 1980s, but has now changed his views on hunting, so much so that he has become a master of Highmoor hunt near York…. For nearly a decade Miles was one of anti-hunting’s most dedicated servants. However, while he was often the one to rally support if a particular demo looked likely to be thin on the ground he quickly grew to dislike the air of violence that often accompanied the protests on both sides. He also started to question the motivation of some of the sabs….. Leaving the Hunt Saboteurs Association, Miles joined the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) where he monitored and filmed hunts and contributed to some of the organisation’s undercover work… “At LACS we were perpetually wanting to be surprised by what we discovered, but the truth was we found very little… “I know it would be more interesting to say I had a road to Damascus moment, but there were no blinding lights. It was much more of a gradual process. I was living in a market town in Oxfordshire and I came to know many of the farmers who lived there. I guess the more I talked to them, the more I began to question the anti-hunt stance… Over the intervening years Miles’s pro-hunting stance strengthened. So much so, he learned to ride and went out on his first hunt with the Warwickshire Hunt. He also breeds and works ferrets, shoots and hunts with his local pack of beagles…. (story)

BBC News Online 6.6.16 Row over shooting on Natural Resources Wales-managed land - Talks are taking place over the future use of shooting permits on Welsh public land, BBC Wales understands… Activists said pheasant shoots on public land were a risk to animal welfare, protected species and safety… Animal Aid said pheasant shoots take place in NRW-managed ancient woodland in mid and south Wales, some in areas of outstanding natural beauty… The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) said shooting was "massively important" to the Welsh countryside… (story)

Worcester News 6.6.16 Animal rights campaigners hold horse racing demonstration at Worcester Racecourse - Sam Greenway - CAMPAIGNERS from an animal rights group held a demonstration against horse racing at Worcester Racecourse on Saturday. The protest was organised by the Worcester Vegans and Veggies and staged to coincide with the Ladies Day meeting that took place outside the Pitchcroft ground on Saturday… Ronald Lee, who organised the protest, said 15 members of the group, dressed as ladies and gents, attended and held banners and placards…. (story)

Liverpool Echo 6.6.16 Carla Lane's funeral to be held at Anglican Cathedral - Comedy writer Carla Lane’s funeral will be held at the Anglican Cathedral…. (story)
Argus 2.6.16 Tributes paid to acclaimed sitcom writer Carla Lane - TRIBUTES have been paid to the acclaimed sitcom writer Carla Lane, who ran an animal sanctuary from her 16th century mansion in Sussex… In 1995, she was on the frontline of the “Siege of Shoreham” when violent clashes took place between animal rights campaigners and animal exporters at the town's harbour. Sue Baumgardt, who lives in Hove, met her at the protest and later volunteered at the writer’s animal sanctuary… (story)
Belfast 2.6.16 Sir Paul McCartney hails Carla Lane as 'advocate for animal rights' - Sir Paul McCartney has paid tribute to television writer Carla Lane, who died on Tuesday at the age of 87… (story)
Guardian 1.6.16 Carla Lane obituary: celebrated writer of TV sitcoms - Comedy writer known as much for her animal rights activism as for television hits including The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Bread… (story)
Sevenoaks Chronicle 1.6.16 TV writer and animal rights activist Carla Lane dies aged 87 By Will Harrison - Carla Lane, who wrote popular sitcoms The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Bread, as well as running a Sussex animal sanctuary, has died aged 87… (story)
East Grinstead Courier 1.6.16 Sitcom writer and owner of former Horsted Keynes animal sanctuary Carla Lane dies By DaveComeau - A comedy scriptwriter who ran an animal sanctuary in Horsted Keynes has died aged 87… (story)
Scotsman 1.6.16 Writer of TV’s Bread Carla Lane dies, aged 87 - TELEVISION writer Carla Lane - who created several popular sitcoms including Bread - has died aged 87… (story)
Mirror 1.6.16 Sitcom legend Carla Lane entertained a generation BY LOUISE SASSOON - Carla Lane's family led tributes to their “darling Carla” who “brought Liverpool to life”… (story)
Mail 31.5.16 BREAKING NEWS: Bread and Liver Birds writer Carla Lane dies aged 87 By By SAM TONKIN -The creator of the 1980s sitcom Bread, Carla Lane, has died at the age of 87. The television writer, who also wrote BBC's Butterflies and co-wrote The Liver Birds, passed away at a nursing home in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, earlier today… (story)
Liverpool Echo 31.5.16 Family pay tribute to their 'darling Carla Lane' following writer's death BY FRANCESCA FITZSIMMONS - The family of Carla Lane have paid tribute to the comedy writer following her death earlier today… (story)
Liverpool Echo 31.5.16 Touching tribute to Carla Lane released by Merseyside animal sanctuary she gave her name to BY FRANCESCA FITZSIMMONS - The animal charity named after Carla Lane has paid tribute to the comedy writer. Staff at the centre posted a heartfelt statement to the charity’s Facebook page after news broke of the popular writer’s death… (story)


Newcastle Chronicle 5.6.16 Rise in cats killed by air guns in the North East prompts calls for tougher laws BY LISA HUTCHINSON - Cat Protection is calling on the Government in England and Wales to make it a criminal offence to own an air gun without a licence or permit - Animal lovers John and Gina Wenn cuddle their cat after she survived being shot by air rifle yobs. But latest figures show many other pets aren’t so lucky following an alarming rise in fatal air gun attacks on cats… (story)
Cornish Guardian 5.6.16 Tougher air gun laws call as figures reveal nearly half of cats die from air gun attacks By WBHuw - There are calls for tougher air gun laws after new figures from Cat Protection showed that nearly half of cats in the South West shot by air guns die as a result. The survey, which comes 20 years after they first looked into the issue, found that nationally the percentage of cats surviving air gun attacks has plunged from 89 per cent to 54 per cent. The numbers show that cats are the most common victim of air gun attacks…. (story)

Sunday Express 5.6.16 Zoos are so depressing, says Camilla Tominey - AS “WORST case scenarios” go, your child falling into a gorilla enclosure during a visit to the zoo has got to be up there on every parent’s list of potential horror stories. By CAMILLA TOMINEY …Within seconds of the monkey business being posted online, it was feeding time on Twitter, where self-styled parenting “experts” (aka childless people) accused Mum of being “lazy” and dubbed the child “wild… One Animal Magic fan tweeted: “Sad thing is it looked like #Harambe was protecting the kid more than the parent was” as if there was actually something endearing about a primate with the strength of 10 men treating the child like his own personal plaything. Ah, isn’t he cute, he’s dragging the little toddler around by the leg, bless him! … (story)

Mail on Sunday 5.6.16 RSPCA has to climb down over shooting of 11 healthy horses: Owner's neglect conviction is quashed as witnesses refuse to testify at appeal By MARTIN DELGADO AND NICK CRAVEN - The RSPCA has been forced into a humiliating defeat after failing to contest an appeal by a woman whose 11 healthy horses were killed instead of being rehomed. Rachelle Peel, 56, had her animals confiscated by the RSPCA after they allegedly suffered ‘appalling neglect’ in a case exposed by The Mail on Sunday last September… Mrs Peel’s appeal was due to begin this month at Preston Crown Court, but two weeks ago the RSPCA suddenly announced it would no longer contest the case as several key witnesses were ‘unavailable’ because of illness or ‘unwillingness’ to testify…. Only later in the trial, during the cross-examination of the man who despatched the horses, livery contractor and licensed slaughterman Adrian Cooper Wilson, did the truth come out. He told The Mail on Sunday last year that some of the horses could have been rehomed, yet he was ordered to shoot them by RSPCA staff… (story)


Gloucester Citizen 4.6.16 Popular vegan juice bar owner and personal trainer Dan Fivey hits back at online trolls By LilyPattinson - Vegan fitness guru Dan Fivey has hit back at trolls who are abusing him for training a Hunt Master three years ago. Dan, who owns The Gym on the lower High Street which includes the vegan juice bar Not Just Juice, used to train the well-known Hunt Master David Redvers before he ran the London marathon. But since last November, a group of about five vegan activists have been hitting out at Dan after realising that he and David were connected… Dan says that the fact he knows David does not say anything about his views on horse racing and fox hunting…. "We're all vegans and animal lovers – we're supposed to stick together."… (story)

Braintree & Witham Times 4.6.16 Badger illegally shot outside its sett - AN investigation has been launched after a badger was illegally shot and found outside its sett… , Neil Yeo, of Colne Engaine, who has been a member of the North East Essex Badger Group for 20 years, received a phone call from a lady out walking who had discovered a dead badger… Mr Yeo reported his findings to the Badger Hotline and hotline volunteer, Judy Massie, immediately called Essex Police to report the wildlife crime… (story)

Yorkshire Post 4.6.16 Badger cull protest set for city centre - A protest against the Government’s badger cull policy will best held in Leeds today. Organised by the Badger Trust with the support of local wildlife protection campaigner Nuala Reilly and the Kirklees Badger Group, this will be the 36th protest march against the badger cull policy held in towns and cities across England over the last two and half years… (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 4.6.16 Pig industry hits out at planning process and ‘interfering’ welfare groups by Nancy Nicolson - Local authority planners and “interfering” welfare groups are being blamed for delaying improvements to the health of the British pig herd. According to the National Pig Association (NPA), new buildings dramatically reduce the need for veterinary interventions but pig farmers are finding it increasingly difficult to get planning permission to replace worn-out housing…. The Association’s policy services officer, Lizzie Wilson said that one of the problems facing pig farmers wanting to build new or replacement pig units was the growing disconnect between consumers and food producers. “For instance we’ve seen animal rights campaigners deliberately scaring local residents by telling them housing for 1,500 growing pigs will be a so-called mega-farm,” she said. “In fact a building for 1,500 pigs a year would be no more than a part-time venture… (story)

Mirror 4.6.16 Harambe the gorilla's death has brought out the worst in animal lovers - Sunday People columnist and Losee Women panellist Kaye Adams is left bemused by the abuse she received for saying that, regrettably, Harambe had to be shot - It turns out I am a speciesist. And because of that, I am likely to ¬attract a whole lot of pretty horrid abuse on social media…. Let me give you an example. A little boy finds himself in the grip of a phenomenally ¬powerful and unpredictable gorilla weighing 30 stones. What do you do? Sorry, but I am not hanging about for a ¬gorilla whisperer to turn up and assess his body language…. I could not believe what I was ¬seeing when I read on one forum: “Gorillas are an endangered ¬species, little boys are not.”… (story)

Irish Examiner 4.6.16 Zoos capture and kill wild animals - Jennifer White People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Society Building 8 All Saints St London N1 9RL (letter)
Western Mail 3.6.16 The message in a gorilla’s death - Jennifer White People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, London (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 2.6.16 Zoo must take blame for shooting of gorilla - JENNIFER WHITE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (letter)
Evening Standard 2.6.16 Zoos are merely prisons for animals - Jennifer White, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (letter)
Northern Echo 2.6.16 Life taken by captivity - Jennifer White, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (letter)
Independent 31.5.16 The unbearable cruelty of humans - We'll never know what would have happened if Cincinnati Zoo hadn't shot Harambe the gorilla, but we do know that if he hadn't been locked up to serve as a high-earning living exhibit, this incident would never have occurred… Jennifer White People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals London (letter)


Scotsman 3.6.16 North east sees highest air weapons surrender - SHÂN ROSS - More than 4,000 air weapons have been handed in ahead of the introduction of new Scottish licensing laws - with the highest amount so far in Police Scotland’s north east division. A total of 530 have been surrendered to police stations across Aberdeenshire, Moray and Aberdeen city. Police officers are urging people to hand in any remaining air weapons before next Sunday. The Scottish government pledged to introduce the licensing scheme following the death of toddler Andrew Morton, from Glasgow, who was shot dead by an airgun in 2005…. (story)

Farnham Herald 3.6.16 Universal postal service 'sustainable' - THE Countryside Alliance has welcomed Ofcom’s assurance that the universal postal service is “financially sustainable” following fears that competition was making the service unviable in rural areas… (story)

Guardian 3.6.16 Foxes are in the doghouse again – and everyday foxism is to blame - Lucy Jones - Another day, another story about urban foxes up to no good. Police officers in Tunbridge Wells said foxes are to blame for “destroying” brake lines on a number of cars. Poor foxes, in the doghouse once again… (story)
Guardian 2.6.16 Foxes blamed for motorists’ severed brake cables - Kent police warn drivers in Tunbridge Wells to check brakes before travelling after six incidents since blamed on fox cubs chewing through cables… (story)
Mail 2.6.16 Have they foxed the police? 'Teenage' fox cubs are accused of chewing through brake cables by Tunbridge Wells motorists By ISABEL HUNTER FOR MAILONLINE - Police have pointed the finger at a group of teenage foxes for a spate of attacks in Kent that have left half a dozen car owners with vandalised brakes. After finding no evidence of human involvement, officers called in a wildlife expert in a bid to solve the mystery and investigate a string of unexplained incidents where car owners had found their brakes had been damaged. As part of their investigation, called in wildlife expert John Bryant,74, to see if there was an alternative explanation to the damage rather than foul play. And John confirmed to them that the damage was caused by a family of teenage fox cubs chewing through the cables…. (story)
Telegraph 2.6.16 'Hooligan' foxes blamed for cutting motorists' brake cables - Martin Evans - Motorists in Royal Tunbridge Wells have been warned to check their brakes before setting out on car journeys after spate of incidents in which urban foxes were found to have chewed through cables…. (story)
Kent News 2.6.16 Foxes blamed for tampering with brakes on half a dozen cars in Tunbridge Wells - Chris Britcher - Motorists warned to be on the look out for the cheeky cubs which are chewing through brake lines - Police investigating damage caused to car brake lines in Tunbridge Wells say they believe foxes are to blame… (story)


Mirror 2.6.16 Balaclava-clad attackers 'rain punches on animal rights activists' as saboteurs' peaceful protest turns ugly BY JOSHUA NEVETT - An animal rights activist was left with blood streaming down his face after being attacked by a masked man when a peaceful hunt protest turned violent. The saboteurs were staging a peaceful protest against The Cheldon Buckhounds, who were out with their hounds in South Molton, north Devon, say campaigners. Horrifying footage apparently shows the moment Andy Kane, of the Hunts Saboteur Association, clashed with several men wearing balaclavas… (story)
North Devon Journal 1.6.16 Hunt saboteurs and supporters prompt police appeal after North Devon 'altercation' By NDJPeter - POLICE are appealing for information after a confrontation between hunt saboteurs and hunt supporters ended in violence. A member of the Bristol Hunt Saboteurs was left with a suspected fractured eye socket after the two groups clashed near Whitfield Lane, north of Brayford, at around 3.45pm on May 30. In a post on the group's Facebook page, the Bristol Hunt Saboteurs claimed a second member of the group had also been taken to hospital for head and rib injuries…(story)

Kent News 2.6.16 Countryside Alliance salute Tory PCC Matthew Scott after he reverses Ann Barnes’ decision on firearms licensing and pledges £39,000 - Chris Britcher - Countryside campaign group delighted with PCC’s swift action on controversial issue - The Countryside Alliance says it has sent its congratulations to Kent’s new police and crime commissioner after he rubber stamped £39,000 of new funding to clear the backlog in firearms licensing… (story)

Yorkshire Post 2.6.16 Video: These barbaric pole traps, banned for over a century, were discovered on Dales grouse shooting estate - RUBY KITCHEN - A man has been cautioned by police after setting “barbaric” traps on a grouse shooting estate in the Yorkshire Dales National Park…. (story)
Express 2.6.16 Outrage after bird trapper who used 'dreadful barbaric device' is given a caution By STUART WINTER - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said is demanding answers after a 23-year-old man was given a caution by police for setting three pole traps on a grouse shooting estate…. A suspect was subsequently questioned by North Yorkshire Police and was formally cautioned. It is that decision rather than take the suspect to court that has outraged the bird protection society with its one million strong membership… (story)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 1.6.16 Man receives 'caution' for use of pole traps on grouse moor - THE RSPB have said they "do not understand" the decision by police to let a man off with a caution for setting illegal pole traps. The individual admitted responsibility for setting three pole traps on a grouse shooting estate inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park… A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "The persecution of birds of prey is a UK wildlife crime priority, and the successful conviction in this case demonstrates the tenacity and strong working relationship that exists between North Yorkshire Police, the RSPB and other rural partners… (story)


Horse & Hound 1.6.16 ‘It’s devastating’: Beagle puppies stolen from hunt kennels - Polly Portwin - Three beagle puppies have been stolen from a hunt kennels in Oxfordshire. The 1½ couple of 11-week-old puppies were out in the grass yard at their kennels near Oxford, on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May, when they were taken at about noon…. “It looks like they just randomly grabbed whichever pups they could before they were disturbed,” continued the kennel-huntsman, who described the two men as wearing dark clothing with one in a baseball cap… (story)

Horse & Hound 1.6.16 Point-to-pointers no longer have to hunt to qualify for racing - Point-to-pointers will no longer have to go hunting to be eligible to race from this autumn. The qualification rule is to be dropped from the 2016/17 season, but all those involved are determined to retain the link between hunting and pointing, and to ensure hunts do not lose out as a result of the change…. (story)

Independent 1.6.16 'We can’t let them take over the county' - Councillor under fire for suggesting farmers shoot wild deer on their land - Catherine Devine - A councillor has been accused of cruelty by animal rights activists for suggesting that farmers shoot deer in order to curb the spread of Tuberculosis. Fine Gael Cllr Winston Barret suggested farmers be allowed to shoot deer if they’re causing a problem on the farms… John Carmody, founder of Animal Rights Action Network said that “anybody with brain cells will see that shooting the animals dead doesn't work.”… (story)

Cambrian News 1.6.16 Campaigner hits out over badger cull talks ‘snub’ By Antony Gedge - AN animal rights campaigner from Aberporth has hit out at Ceredigion County Council leader Ellen ap Gwynn after she refused to meet to discuss council support for a proposed badger cull. West Wales Animal Aid had approached councillors, including Cllr ap Gwynn, to ask to discuss issues around a badger cull and the reasons why the council voted to support a motion backing such a cull. But after Cllr ap Gwynn rejected a meeting, saying “there would be no point”, Mark Franchi, Aberporth-based spokesman for the group, said they were “dismayed” at the response… (story)

Swindon Advertiser 1.6.16 Caring couple fly to China in 'dog meat festival' protest - A caring Swindon couple are travelling to China to protest against the barbaric Yulin Festival which sees dogs and cats brutally tortured, skinned alive and slaughtered for their meat. Dan, 30, and Helen, 33, of Beaufort Road, will fly out on June 19 and spend three days in the country… (story)

Heart FM 1.6.16 PETA Activist Says Zoo Wrong To Kill Gorilla - An animal rights activist has told Sky News a US zoo was wrong to shoot dead a gorilla to protect a young boy who had entered its enclosure. Kirsty Henderson, campaigns co-ordinator at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said the life of an animal cannot be treated more importantly than a child's… (story)

Shropshire Star 1.6.16 Circus hits back at criticism over use of animals in performances - The owners of a circus which features performances from animals has hit back at protestors who have called on them to boycotted. More than 1,700 people signed a petition urging Newport Rugby Club to change their mind in letting the Peter Jolly’s Circus perform in their grounds. But, in a statement, the circus said the controversy has been greatly exaggerated by people, including a number of anti-circus groups… (story)