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Worcester Evening News 30.11.02 Kennels visit has helped to calm fears - I WISH to thank Robert Brierley and David Palmer for their invitation to the Worcestershire Hunt Kennels (in reply to my letter printed on October 2), which I accepted on November 16…. This has helped to calm the fear that I felt so strongly on my walk in September, but I will still feel apprehensive in the future. In response to J Burgess letter of reply, I found it condescending and uncaring…. SUE SOWDEN, Crowle, Worcestershire. (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 10.10.02 Understanding of word `private' - REGARDING the letter from Sue Sowden (You Say, September 2) I can confirm that there was very little noise from the hunt on that day. I am concerned as to how Mrs Sowden managed to get from the footpath between Crowle and Broughton Hackett on to the main Stratford Road without crossing "private" land for some distance… MRS KELLIE STREET, (ex-Broughton Hackett ), Worcester. (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 10.10.02 Fox hounds incident really a non-event - THE letter from Sue Sowden (You Say, October 2) regarding her encounter with fox hounds is a detailed account of what can only be described as a non-event… Ms Sowden is also upset that hunt followers failed to warn her of the danger from the hounds. As there was no hazard, obviously no warning was needed…. Though neither Ms Sowden or her two dogs were in any danger from the hounds, to correct any misunderstanding I suggest that she contacts the hunt involved and ask for a factual explanation rather than relying on unknown passers-by for her information…. JON BURGESS, Malvern (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 9.10.02 How hunt can calm her fears - KNOWING how many members of the Worcestershire Hunt and their supporters live in and around Crowle, I am concerned to read that Miss Sowden (You Say, October 2) could find no one who could have allayed her fears about the safety of herself and dogs… If she would care to contact me directly I would be only too pleased to arrange a visit for her and her dogs to our kennels to meet hounds… Many of her neighbours - including myself - were out on that day and not aware of the situation in which she found herself. ROBERT BRIERLEY, Worcestershire Hunt Spokesman (letter in archive)
Worcester Evening News 2.10.02 My terror surrounded by hounds - EARLY one Saturday morning, last month, I started on a regular walk from Crowle to Broughton Hackett along "public" footpaths. I will not forget this experience for a very long time, for I suddenly became aware that I was stuck in the middle of fields caught up in a foxhunt... I just went for a nice quiet walk in the country - one I'll not forget for a very long time. I cannot imagine the fear that the foxes suffer. SUE SOWDEN, Crowle, Worcester (letter in archive)

Cumberland News & Star 30.11.02 Sport of savages - EVERY so often some hunting supporters write to say that fox hunting is "not a priority" and there are far more important issues. It seemed to be a priority when Labour wanted to be elected but nearly five years later their officials are now saying "it never was a prime issue"…. Keep those letters coming, Elaine Milburn, on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports and your supporters. SYD EMMERSON Penrith (letter)

Cambridge News 30.11.02 Inquiry hears of 'fortress' lab fears …Coun Jane Healey raised the spectre of a laboratory surrounded by barbed wire to keep out protestors when she spoke yesterday at a planning inquiry into the proposed facility at 307 Huntingdon Road. Coun Healey, South Cambridgeshire district councillor for Girton, said most villagers accepted the research was in the national interest but were shocked and terrified by animal rights activists' demonstrations at the proposed site… (story)
Cambridge News 30.11.02 Benefits are there to see What a pleasant change it was to see a photograph of two attractive young ladies demonstrating with a banner against the proposed Cambridge University animal testing laboratory…. Ironic that these two young girls owe their health and beauty to the injections and medical care they have received from birth and through childhood to protect them against the many previously fatal diseases… I also earnestly wish they do not experience the pain of watching a loved one suffer from MS or neurological brain disease which indirectly, they are attempting to prevent researchers curing by their misguided but well-intentioned protests. Name and address supplied (letter)
Cambridge News 27.11.02 Officer's concerns over protests if lab is built - A SENIOR police officer told a planning inquiry into a proposed primate research centre that implementing Government policy on law and disorder in the face of animal rights protests was a tall order… For Cambridge University, Robin Purchas, QC, said: "The provision of world class state-of-the-art facilities for neuroscientific research is a matter of Government policy…." Richard Wald represented a coalition of six animal rights groups…. He also questioned the theory that the work planned for the new lab was of national interest and argued that the work was "scientifically flawed"…. Natalie Lieven represented BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection)…. "Much of the research is undermined by the level of stress that's caused to the monkeys. The benefits, whatever they may be, don't begin to outweigh the suffering inflicted on the animals."… (story)
Guardian 27.11.02 Animal rights lobby wins hearing - James Meek, science correspondent - An inquiry into Cambridge University's plans to build a £24m centre for medical research on monkeys could turn into a public debate on the rights and wrongs of animal experiments, after anti-vivisectionists won the right to show an underground video at the hearings… Mr Nixon has given consent for the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection to show a video shot by an undercover agent in one of Cambridge's existing monkey labs, showing what the union said was excessive cruelty to marmosets… Much of the day was given over to police concerns. They fear a repeat of scenes at and around Huntingdon Life Sciences, the subject of a sustained and sometimes violent campaign by animal rights activists (story)
Independent 27.11.02 A simple planning issue, or a turning point in the ethics of animal research? By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor -"Cambridge is a wonderful place to come and have a demonstration," said Reverend Dharmavidya, a friendly, beaming bear of a man among several other Buddhists watching proceedings yesterday in a Cambridge council chamber. "Because if you want to bring attention to an issue, you want to do it in a place where there's plenty of people watching."… The university wants to establish a laboratory complex for research on certain primates… The plans have inflamed the sensibilities of animal rights protesters… "It hits a raw nerve with us, and for many other religious communities," said Dharmavidya (formerly known as David Brazier), who has travelled down from Leicester where he lives in a Buddhist commune… Animal Aid also intends to call evidence that the research is unnecessary. Ray Greek, president of Americans For Medical Advancement, will be called as a witness… . Chief Inspector Pearl said the university was already the target of animal rights protests, and that a protest group called XCAPE – Cambridge Against Primate Experiments – had sprung up…. (story)
Independent 27.11.02 Steve Connor: The primate paradox that makes experiments on monkeys both necessary and controversial (story)
Telegraph 27.11.02 Inquiry into Cambridge animal lab By David Sapsted - A planning inquiry began yesterday that will determine the future of a controversial £24 million animal testing centre planned by Cambridge University… (story)
Cambridge News 26.11.02 Protest over monkey labs plan - PLACARD-carrying protesters demonstrated against a primate research centre today as an inquiry into the plan got under way…. (story)
Ananova 26.11.02 Minister backs new animal testing lab - Science minister Lord Sainsbury has given his backing to a plan to build a medical research centre which will use animals for testing… The project at Girton near the city has come in for fierce criticism from animal rights campaigners who say that the facility is unnecessary… (story)
Times 26.11.02 Cambridge fights for animal test facility BY MARK HENDERSON, SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT - CAMBRIDGE University will mount a last-ditch effort today to save a new laboratory that has won the Prime Minister’s personal backing, but that has been refused planning permission because of fears of animal rights violence… (story)
Cambridge News 25.11.02 Monkey lab talks underway PLANS to build a controversial monkey testing laboratory in a Cambridgeshire village will be discussed at an inquiry in Cambridge tomorrow. PLANS to build a controversial monkey testing laboratory in a Cambridgeshire village will be discussed at an inquiry in Cambridge tomorrow… (story)
Observer 24.11.02 Outrage erupts over monkey probe lab - Robin McKie, science editor - Controversial plans to build a £24 million research centre where scientists will experiment on the brains of primates are set to ignite a ferocious battle between researchers and animal rights activists this week. Both sides will clash at a public inquiry - which opens on Tuesday - that will decide the fate of Cambridge University's international neuroscience centre… (story)
Observer 24.11.02 Science rights - Tests on animals can be justified - Leader … Now is the time for the Government to take a firm ethical stance. This is not about protecting pharmaceutical giants. If Britons want to benefit from treatments for Alzheimer's and other cruel degenerative diseases, we must have some faith in our neuroscientists, and resolve to resist the vendettas of hate-mail, abuse and violence. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 19.11.02 JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN TO STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY - Of all the atrocities committed on animals by humankind, vivisection (cutting up of animals while alive) is without doubt the most vile…. The University of Cambridge wants permission to build a massive new research centre in which, every year, the skulls of monkeys will be cut open and their brains deliberately damaged with chemicals or through surgery. I am asking readers to please support the campaign opposing these cruel and unscientific experiments…. Please join X-CAPE (Cambridge Against Primate Experiments - web: in urging Cambridge University to abandon its plans for the new monkey research facility… Mrs Frances Wicks, Collingwood, Alphington Road, St Thomas, Exeter (letter)
Cambridge News 7.11.02 Getting facts on new lab From Joan Court Cambridge Against Primate Experiments, Sturton Street Cambridge - JUDGING by the numerous telephone calls I receive, people are puzzled by issues raised in your coverage of the controversial planning application to build a primate research centre in Girton…. (letter)

Argus 30.11.02 Horse horror - Each year, 87,000 horses leave Poland for slaughter in Italy, France and Belgium. They nearly always face overcrowding… For the sake of the horses, please contact Viva!, 12 Queen Square, Brighton BN1 3FD, and give your support… -Miss E Jarvis, Penlands Vale, Steyning (letter in archive)

Worcester Evening News 30.11.02 Animal suffering in the name of vanity - I AM dismayed that some shops in Worcester are selling real fur. When I have gone into these shops and spoken to the owners/managers I have been told it is "only" rabbit fur and is a by-product of the meat trade… PAULINE BURGESS, Malvern Link, Worcestershire. (letter)

Eastern Daily Press 29.11.02 Turkey farm investigated by RSPCA - A Bernard Matthews turkey farm is being investigated by the RSPCA following claims of cruelty and appalling conditions made by an animal rights group. Television footage was allegedly taken at the Norfolk turkey firm's fattening unit at Weston Longville in the early hours of last Thursday during an undercover investigation by Viva! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals)… Viva! Campaigner Claudia Terry said: "Sadly, these conditions will be replicated on turkey farms up and down the country…" RSPCA spokeswoman Emma Nutbrown said: "We are investigating two sites in Norfolk as a result of a complaint we have received. The investigations will take some weeks."… Stephen Lister, a professional veterinary consultant for the company, addressed the claims on its behalf… "A second bird was seen lying on its back, gasping. This bird was again in excellent condition, although alleged to have a broken leg. In my professional opinion, this bird had almost certainly suffered a heart attack and possible leg damage, which was caused by the film crew entering the house and panicking the birds." (story)

Croydon Advertiser 29.11.02 Campaigners urge boycott of real fur toys By Chris Sands News Reporter, Croydon Advertiser - Protesters say shops are ignoring animal rights' abuses by selling real fur toys. Croydon and Sutton Animal Aid began campaigning against a number of town centre stores on Saturday…. Pat Mear, of Croydon and Sutton Animal Aid, said: "You have to pause and think that an animal has to be killed in order to produce these toys…." Nauticalia's managing director Lynn Lewis said: "We use rabbit pelts that are waste products of normal rabbit farming in the north of China. We can't find any evidence of cruelty whatsoever." (story)

Argus 29.11.02 Veg pledge - I was pleased to see The George pub, Brighton, won a trade award for Vegetarian Pub of the Year. My wife, Sue, started the vegetarian and vegan menu in 1987... This brings me to the reason I am writing - to acknowledge the founder of what has now become one of Brighton and Hove's unique eating experiences... So, well done, Sue, and well done, The George. Keep the faith. -John H Gravenor, Ali-Cats, Brills Lane, East Street, Brighton (letter in archive)

Telegraph 28.11.02 MPs to debate Hunting Bill before Christmas - Plans for legislation on the future of foxhunting with dogs are due to be published next week and debated in the Commons before Christmas… (story)

Cotswold Journal 28.11.02 Hunt hits back over meet dates - ANTI-HUNT campaigners in the Cotswolds have called on the Heythrop Hunt to make its dates and venues public. The Cotswold Support Group for the Abolition of Hunting has hit out at the hunt for not making its dates and venues known, despite assurances from the Countryside Alliance that hunting is completely open and accountable in its activities…. group spokeswoman Linda Graham said the hunt was the only one in this area not to publicise its dates and venues… Liz Wills, one of the masters of the Heythrop Hunt, said… "We have never publicised our dates but we would be very happy to tell people when we will be in their area if they want to contact us."… Countryside Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner said… "There are some very nasty and violent people out there and sometimes publishing dates and venues only makes it easier for those who want to disrupt."… (story in archive)

Melton Times 28.11.02 APOLOGY AFTER HOUNDS CORNER FOX IN GARDEN - THE Quorn Hunt has apologised to a landowner after hounds cornered a fox in her garden. Flora Johnson, of Thorpe Satchville, said she was shaken by the incident on Saturday which saw around 20 hounds go after their quarry… "To see the hunting when you love wildlife, it's an emotional trauma…" (story in archive)

Whitehaven News 28.11.02 ROTARY AUCTION MAKES MORE THAN £3,000 - CONSERVATIVE leader Mike Graham made a point of bidding successfully for a day out with the Eskdale and Ennerdale Foxhunters at a charity auction. Mr Graham was among the 100 people supporting the Rotary Clubs' auction that raised more than £3,000 at Whitehaven Civic Hall last Thursday… He said: "As a Cumbrian I have always been supportive of rural life. I was very concerned when the Labour government decided to attempt to ban fox hunting…" (story)

Oxford Mail 28.11.02 Barbaric charade - It saddens me deeply still to see so many people willing to defend, support and try to justify the barbaric charade that is fox hunting…. PAUL BUCKLAND, Withers Way, Chipping Norton (letter in archive)

Leicester Mercury 28.11.02 WHERE IS THE SPORTING CHANCE? - When people go hunting they dress up in fancy clothes. Can they tell me how much it costs for the outfit? Then I would need a horse. How much does that cost… I am told it is a sport. I understood that a sport was where the contestants each have a sporting chance…. No I do not support the anti-hunt lobby, many of whom, I suspect, are anti-hunt out of jealousy because they cannot afford to hunt. If these overgrown children want to dress up and gallop over fields and hedges etc, then why should we stop them? They should be restricted to land owned by members of the hunt and there should not be any unnecessary cruelty. G T Roberts, Leicester (letter)

Banbury Guardian 28.11.02 HUNT OUT OF CONTROL - Today a hunt passed through Duns Tew. Although I didn’t see any dogs I did see Land Rovers and other vehicles tearing along Hill Farm Lane, far too fast for safety… This was yet another example of the arrogance of hunt members… Name and address supplied (letter)

Surrey/Hants Star 28.11.02 How birds are blasted in Malta - I HAVE just returned from two weeks in Malta and experienced both ends of the emotional spectrum… I’d heard of the obsession with shooting in the Mediterranean, but nothing had prepared me for the extent of this “sport” in Malta…. I am just so thankful that there are obviously a few of the next generation who will try to protect the birds on Malta…. Claire H Burridge, Hillside Road, Aldershot (letter)

Chigwell Guardian 28.11.02 Poaching on the increase - ILLEGAL poaching near Passingford Bridge is "getting out of hand" with armed gangs hunting and fishing in the area most nights, it is claimed… (story)

Argus 28.11.02 Despair over badger talks verdict - A proposal to save badgers from being killed has been turned down. Holders of two licences issued to cull the animals in Saltdean rejected a compromise put forward at a meeting in London between badger groups, politicians, English Heritage, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and animal lovers…. (story in archive)
Brighton 26.11.02 Badger protest on again by Carrie Buckle - A protest against the Saltdean badger cull will go ahead in London tomorrow after all…. the meeting is back on and dozens of campaigners will demonstrate with placards and banners outside. Trevor Weeks, of the South Downs Badger Group, said: "We're not sure of numbers but I hope hundreds of campaigners will turn up to protest outside the meeting…" (story in archive)
Brighton 26.11.02 Badger demo is off by Karen Hoy - Campaigners fighting plans to cull a family of badgers in Saltdean have cancelled their London protest. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - which issued the cull order - was due to discuss the situation tomorrow… But Trevor Weeks, of the Southdowns Badger Group, said: "It's not certain now that the meeting will go ahead…" (story in archive)
Meridian TV 21.11.02 Animal charity to help save Saltdean badgers from slaughter - The RSPCA has offered to help relocate badgers in Sussex in a bid to save them from being culled... (story)
Argus 21.11.02 Badger group queries official count - by Karen Hoy …Dr Elaine King, chief executive of the National Federation of Badger Groups (NFBG), said the Department of the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) cannot add up…. "In various statements and papers, Defra's local officials alleged there were six to eight or eight to ten and ten to 12 and, in the licence, 15 badgers…." Badger groups and residents in Saltdean opposed to the cull are organising a coach to take protesters to the capital to campaign against any decision to revoke the suspension of the cull licence…. (story in archive)
Argus 19.11.02 Badger cull anger at RSPCA by Karen Hoy - Campaigners fighting to save a colony of badgers have blamed the RSPCA for helping to sign the animals' death warrant. The animal welfare charity did not oppose a licence to cull the animals at Saltdean last month… The groups fighting for the cull licence to be permanently revoked… requested copies of the information compiled by Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the issue. Trevor Weeks, of the Southdowns Badger Group, said about a third of the information had been handed over. Among the reports was evidence that RSPCA chiefs had agreed the only way to deal with the badgers was to kill them…. Mr Weeks said the national decision to agree to the cull could have implications for local RSPCA workers… (story in archive)
Argus 8.11.02 Badger battlers' London demo by Karen Hoy - The local authority was not told before Government workers moved in to execute a family of badgers, a meeting was told last night. There were about 150 at the two-hour debate at Saltdean Community Centre to plan follow-up protests to safeguard the future of the sett, including a demo in London…. Dr Elaine King, of the National Federation of Badger Groups, told the meeting opposition from residents within Saltdean had proved crucial…. Campaigner John Carden, chairman of a local branch of the Labour Party, said: "It saddened me no one bothered to approach Brighton and Hove Council… Campaigners have formed the Saltdean Badger Coalition, which is planning to protest outside the Defra offices in London on November 27 during a meeting to discuss the future of the animals. Contributions to the campaign are invited, with cheques and postal orders made payable to the National Federation of Badger Groups sent to the Saltdean Badger Coalition, c/o Southdowns Badger Protection Group, 71 Court Farm Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9DY (story in archive)
Argus 5.11.02 Timewasters - I write on behalf of Brighton and Hove Green Party Animal Rights Group to express our extreme disappointment at the outcome of the meeting between the Badger Federation and Defra at Brighton Town Hall… -Alison Plaumer, Chairwoman, Green Party Animal Rights Group (letter in archive)
Argus 30.10.02 Protest at new badger meeting by our news team - Forty angry residents today demonstrated outside a meeting to discuss the future of the Saltdean badgers… Paul Cutler, 22, of Saltdean, said: "It's disgusting that Defra have not explored other options…" Trevor Weeks, of South Downs Badger group, said: "I don't think this meeting will produce a solution but hopefully it will be the start of something positive."… (story in archive)
Argus 30.10.02 Badgers' lives hang on talks by Karen Hoy - Protesters were due to demonstrate this morning outside a meeting where the future of the Saltdean badger sett was being discussed. Officials from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) were meeting councillors, badger group representatives and the residents who want the badgers culled. The debate was being held at a closed meeting chaired by Chief Inspector Peter Mills, of Sussex Police… (story in archive)
Meridian TV 30.10.02 Talks over Badgers future By Malcolm Shaw (story)
Meridian TV 29.10.02 Crisis talks on Saltdean badger slaughter By Peter Robinson (story)
Argus 26.10.02 Don't like badgers? Don't stay - I congratulate the Saltdean residents who welcome the badgers into their gardens and to those who don't, it's simple - sell up and move out… -Mrs Sheila Newington, Netherfield Green, Woodingdean (letter in archive)
Argus 25.10.02 Council plea over badger slaughter - Council chiefs are urging the Government to consult them before issuing licences to cull badgers following the Saltdean row. Open spaces councillor Heather James has written a letter to animal welfare Minister Elliot Morley…. (story in archive)
Argus 23.10.02 Big Brother really is watching us all - Tony Sturley asked why the police were filming the protesters at the Saltdean badger protest… I had never been to a protest or demonstration before so I am not a known "activist"… I have a family web site which, until now, was just a bit of fun. Once I started to report the Saltdean issue as I saw it, the site became political. During the past week, my "hit counter" (which logs how many people have visited the site and who they are) shows the police and a government agency have visited my site more than 40 times… -Paul Lloyd, Temple Grove, Burgess Hill (letter in archive)
Argus 23.10.02 Too far gone - As a person who has often been described as a badger fanatic, I am extremely concerned by the Saltdean issue…. As a member of the Labour Animal Welfare Society, I attend many fringe meetings at party conferences and have put the question of this method of diagnosis to Elliott Morley and others… -Coun Bob Carden, Kings House, Brighton (letter in archive)
Argus 23.10.02 Heavy hands - I was concerned to read that Sussex Police monitored the recent badger protests with a video camera… -Michael Casey, Norton Road, Hove (letter in archive)
Argus 23.10.02 Well done - It was nice to hear the head of Sussex Police say the animal rights protesters on the badgers protest the other week were all well behaved… -Mary Frankel, Hove (letter in archive)
Argus 23.10.02 Long live the badgers …I also say "Good on you" to all the people who joined the protest that weekend. Your loyalty and determination paid off…. -Mrs J Wornham, Harbour Way, Shoreham Beach (letter in archive)
Argus 23.10.02 Coverage made a difference … several party members, including myself, went to the demos… -Alison Plaumer, Brighton and Hove Green Party Animal Rights Group, Brighton (letter in archive)
Argus 21.10.02 Press stopped cull going ahead unseen - One thing I know to be true about the Saltdean badger cull scandal - and it is, indeed, a scandal - is that without the attention of The Argus the badger "executions" would have gone ahead widely unnoticed by the public… -Richard Tassell, Buckhurst Close, East Grinstead (letter in archive)
Argus 21.10.02 Badger badge - On behalf of the South Downs Badger Protection Group, I thank The Argus for its coverage of the badger protests at Saltdean. I would like to personally thank Trevor Weekes, Lindy King and Julie Hosier, from the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, and Roger Mussele. I also thank Paul Skinner and Tony Slow from the Mid-Sussex Badger Group and, most importantly, the hundreds of residents who backed the protest…. -Graham Amy, chairman, South Downs Badger Protection Group, Newhaven (letter in archive)
Argus 21.10.02 Road kill - If it wasn't for the valiant efforts of the Saltdean protesters and hero Trevor Weeks, I would be inclined to agree with Becky Lloyd (Letters, October 12), who claims we are not a nation of animal lovers… -Mrs T Stokes, Cairo Avenue, Peacehaven (letter in archive)
Argus 21.10.02 State threat - Tony Sturley (Letters, October 17) is right to ask why the police were filming peaceful protesters in Saltdean. Perhaps he is not aware, some time ago, animal rights protesters were considered a number-one threat to society. There is even talk about classifying us as terrorists… On the first night of the demonstration at Saltdean, we were even threatened with Section 42 - stalking and harassment - if we shouted or used a loudhailer… -Susan Baumgardt, Stoneham Road, Hove (letter in archive)
Argus 21.10.02 Bank on it The Government could easily restore its credibility on animal welfare issues by putting Tony Banks in charge of the department… -Miss R Reeves, Burford Road, Horsham (letter in archive)
Argus 18.10.02 Minister leads badger review - Animal Welfare minister Elliot Morley today announced a wide-ranging consultation exercise on the future of the threatened Saltdean badgers… (story in archive)
Argus 18.10.02 Our policing is fair to all - I read with interest the letters about the recent demonstrations about the badger cull in Saltdean. The duty of the police is very clear. We have to protect people and property. We also have to ensure peaceful and lawful protest…I personally spent time talking to the people who demonstrated and found them co-operative. Sadly, some Saltdean residents were threatened and I was duty-bound to act to provide a reassuring police presence… We had reliable intelligence some hard-line activists who had previous convictions, including damage and violence at protests, were going to Saltdean. This proved to be true in that at least one of these people attended the protest. I believe the measure of our action was that no crime or disorder took place… -Peter Coll, Superintendent Crime and Operations, Brighton and Hove Police Division (letter in archive)
Argus 17.10.02 Peaceful end to badger battle? by Karen Hoy - The badgers of Saltdean are safe from slaughter for now. As with any animal story, emotions run high and there are two sides to the tale… Last Wednesday, we revealed that after 14 years of the animals invading gardens and wrecking them, four residents had applied to Defra for a licence to have the animals shot… Des Turner, Labour MP for Kemp Town, Brighton, said of the licence suspension: "This move gives the badger groups a further opportunity to make representations and, in particular, to suggest further alternative sites for possible relocation of the badgers."… (story in archive)
Argus 17.10.02 Police regard us all as the enemy - Voice Of The Argus (October 15) quotes the police as saying they had never before encountered such a good-natured and peaceful protest as that against the Saltdean badger cull. Why, then, was it deemed necessary for the police to video-record those who were protesting. as shown on TV news?... -Tony Sturley, Warren Way, Telscombe Cliffs (letter in archive)
Argus 17.10.02 Light work - Just a thought about the way the police manage their time and allocate priorities. Burglary in progress - too busy, no one available… Number one in the priorities list this past week - "protesters against badger culling", as seen on TV; four cars and six officers… -Robin Livett, Cornwall Avenue, Peacehaven (letter in archive)
Argus 17.10.02 Stop to think - I wish to protest in the strongest possible terms about the totally irresponsible journalism displayed by The Argus in recent coverage of the culling of badgers… Everyone has a duty to protect their property and if the powers that be, namely Defra, suggest a certain course of action, the householders have to follow that professional advice. That they should then be harassed and pilloried by the animal rights people - who not only invaded their gardens but also screamed abuse and threats over last weekend, causing the police to intervene and general mayhem to result - is really the fault of The Argus's journalism….-Betty Mulcahy, Marine Drive, Brighton (letter in archive)
Argus 17.10.02 Wonderful - I would like to thank The Argus for the wonderful coverage given to the Saltdean badgers, bringing public attention to their plight… -Judy Way, Overhill, Southwick (letter in archive)
Argus 17.10.02 Solid unity - As two local residents who attended throughout the Saltdean badger protest, we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to Trevor Weeks and Lindy King of the South Downs Badger Group… -Ann Smallwood and Eileen Cawte, (letter in archive)
Argus 17.10.02 Good deeds - How pleased we are with the threat of a cull lifted to the remaining badgers. Many groups, large and small, worked hard to lobby Defra over this incident, including ourselves, and all are delighted with the outcome -Gary Hills, Labour Animal Welfare Society, Bridge Street, Walsall (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Insensitive Defra gave us such grief - My house is at the forefront of the recent demonstrations against Defra's action to cull local badgers. We have lived here for 25 years and, throughout that time, I have put in hundreds of man-hours and a considerable amount of money in order to adapt my garden to allow badgers to go about their business while minimising the damage they cause… At a very early stage of the demonstrations, I was made aware from a reliable source, subsequently confirmed by people to whom I spoke in the crowd, that I was being named as the instigator of the action… My purpose in writing is to try to show how easy it is for people to be unfairly implicated when matters that are so sensitive are handled badly by a government department. -P Rodgers, Lustrells Crescent, Saltdean (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Country air …I voted against the destruction of our badger family and hope the powers that be listen to the majority of us. Live and let live. -Steve Vallance, Westfield Avenue South, Saltdean (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Animal tales - Like a lot of people, I am dismayed by the sad tale of the badgers in Saltdean… -Anne McLaren, Roundhill Crescent, Brighton (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Not in mine - My house was built in 1957, not on a badger sett but near one… With the new law to protect them, they have obviously grown in number out of proportion to the region. After 45 years, I am beginning to be visited by the animals looking for new lodgings… I suggest anyone wanting to rescue these poor beasts gives them a home in their back garden, leaves the people of Saltdean in peace and stops parading in front of our houses. -Mrs A Guyther, Lustrells Vale, Saltdean (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 We are many - As a Saltdean resident, I congratulate Defra for issuing a licence to cull the badgers. We are sick and tired of replacing our garden fences, re-turfing our lawns and finding flower pots ruined. The Argus refers to only four homes having problems. We can assure you there are hundreds… -Name and address supplied (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Before us …On summer evenings, our family's great joy is to sit quietly while the new family of badgers uses the same track they always have done and we can sit within feet to watch them feed… -Dawn Austin Locke, Saltdean (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 People power - I am delighted Defra has made the decision to suspend its licence to kill the surviving badgers at Saltdean… -Coun Lynda Hyde, Brighton and Hove City Council (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Simple minds - The four families in Saltdean responsible for persuading Elliott Morley to destroy the badgers' sett on the same site as their homes had a responsibility in law to engage surveyors when looking to buy their homes… -Valerie Paynter, Clarendon Road, Hove (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Down below - Can someone please help us? We have lived in our home for three generations and have put up with noisy neighbours for almost as long… -Enrique Badgerio III, Number One, The Sett, Saltdean (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Tim'rous beasties …There are, unfortunately, always a few people - in this instance, living in Saltdean - too insensitive and selfish to understand what all the fuss is about. -Basil Dick, Handcross (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 A matter of priorities - What a shame 200 people descended upon Saltdean to save a few badgers when, each year, thousands of forgotten and abused children are slaughtered across the world… -James Walshe, Priory Close, Sompting (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Real reason for cull? - Do people who chose to live on the edge of the Downs really resent badgers… or was the licence issued because the site has now stood dormant for more than a year and the builders feel they are losing money? -Debra Corthorn, Westfield Avenue, Saltdean (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Cars kill more badgers - It seems strange the Saltdean badger protesters don't campaign to close roads and ban cars, the combination of which kills thousands of badgers every year… -Andrew Shanks, Tower Ride, Uckfield (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 The reason I don't vote - Who are these people running our country? I refer to Elliot Morley, the Minister for Animal Welfare. Talk about double standards… -R E Sharp, North Lane, Portslade (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 This might never have happened - There was ample warning of the proposed slaughter so why did the experts and people of Saltdean not whisk the poor creatures away to a new habitat before the cull started?.. -Ron Wood, Hartington Road, Brighton (letter in archive)
Argus 16.10.02 Badgers could have been moved - I see no reason why the Saltdean badgers could not be trapped, TB tested and, after negative results, relocated to a place where they are welcome. -Bill Cunnington, Pickwell, Melton Mowbray, Leics (letter in archive)
Argus 15.10.02 Badger cull U-turn by Karen Hoy - A badger colony threatened with execution has been spared after a five-day street protest by animal welfare campaigners… Trevor Weekes, of the South Downs Badger Protection Group, who had stayed at the site since news of the cull broke, said: "I'm absolutely delighted…" Lindy King, of the South Downs Badger Group, said: "Now talks can really begin as to where we can go from here."… John Austin-Locke, of Coombe Vale, Saltdean, said: "This is absolutely wonderful news…" Resident Pauline Price said: "We are very pleased…" (story in archive) Killing badgers was not the answer …The two badgers killed should have been humanely captured and taken to another part of the Downs or to a nature reserve where they would cause no further problems… -Steve Fuller, Rowan Avenue, Hove (letter in archive)
Argus 15.10.02 Learn to give - I wish to agree wholeheartedly with those people who have written about their shock and dismay at the issuing of a licence to kill off a whole badger sett… -Joyce Edmond Smith, convenor, Sustainability Commission (letter in archive)
Argus 15.10.02 Undeserved - How can Elliot Morley, the Minister for Animal Welfare, sleep at night knowing he is responsible for the death of such quiet, gentle animals?... -Judy Way, Overhill, Southwick (letter in archive)
Argus 15.10.02 Disgusted - I have just read Defra's and Elliot Morley's statements (October 11) and am disgusted with the sheer ignorance and hypocrisy of these comments… -Carole Belton, Lindfield Close, Saltdean (letter in archive)
Argus 15.10.02 Resign now - I fully support my former colleague Councillor Heather James in her stance against the disgraceful badger deaths ordered by Animal Welfare Minister Elliot Morley… I have, therefore, proposed a motion to my Labour Party branch calling for the resignation of Elliot Morley as Minister for Animal Welfare. -Nimrod Ping, (letter in archive)
Argus 15.10.02 Playing God - Why could the two badgers not be relocated instead of killed? Why not just let the baiters in there?... - Vanessa Weild, The Drive, Southwick (letter in archive)
Argus 15.10.02 Live with animals - How it seems to a visitor from overseas: What is happening to this once-civilized society of England?... -Michael Tilling, British Columbia, Canada (letter in archive)
Argus 15.10.02 Leave the badgers alone …It is absolutely disgusting. -Haven Hutches and Pet Foods, South Coast Road, Peacehaven (letter in archive)
Argus 15.10.02 Switched off to public opinion - How strange that both the Parliament and House of Commons web sites became unavailable during the unfolding badger story… -Paul Lloyd, Temple Grove, Burgess Hill (letter in archive)
Argus 14.10.02 Badger cull on hold by Karen Hoy - The controversial Saltdean badger cull has been suspended until Wednesday while Government officials hold talks with police and animal groups… (story in archive)
Argus 14.10.02 Race to halt badger killings by Chris Baker - Animal lovers today faced a race against time to end the controversial cull of a colony of badgers blamed for damage to property… Trevor Weekes, of the South Downs Badger Protection Group, said: "We just want to make our presence known and show the Government we are not going to take this lying down."… Saltdean demonstrator Julie Hosier, dressed as the Grim Reaper with the word 'Deathra' stencilled on the back of her costume, said: "We are angry at Defra's trigger-happy policies against the badgers." Fellow protester Lindy King, dressed as a badger, said: "There is absolutely no reason for it…" Jack Jackson, from Saltdean, said: "We believe these animals should be relocated and not killed.." Tina Miles, from Telscombe Cliffs, said: "I just thought I would give support in any way I can…" Joining Saturday's demonstration was animal-loving Brighton and Hove councillor Bob Carden, who said he was reminded of the live animal export protests in the Nineties… "This is Shoreham revived, the same faces are here but they are a little bit older. It was good camaraderie down there and the same camaraderie is here today. I am giving a donation of £10 to the Federation of Badger Groups, instead of sending it to the Labour Party…"
Argus 12.10.02 Sett to - A quiet street is under siege fromanimal rights pro-testers battling to save a family of badgers from slaughter… Angry protesters gathered throughout yesterday and promised to remain until the wire-mesh traps had been removed…. Homeowners who requested the destruction of the animals were branded "murderers" by the army of protesters…. Trevor Weekes, of the Southdown Badger Protection Group, said: "I can't describe how I feel. I was in tears when I heard the badgers had already been killed…" Vanessa Kelly, from Woodingdean, said: "These animals have been murdered…" Janet Rowland, from Telscombe Cliffs, said: "We're gathering to hold a vigil…" (story in archive)
Argus 12.10.02 Happy hunt? - Perhaps the Lewes Hunt, with its packs of hounds, silly uniforms and toy trumpets, could be brought in to cull the badgers, thus making the pro-hunt perverts and the residents of Saltdean happy?... -Becky Lloyd, Temple Grove, Burgess Hill (letter in archive)
Argus 12.10.02 Shame on you - I cannot believe the badger cull has actually gone ahead. This is an outrage, a serious crime against nature…. -Chris de la Nougerede, Brighton (letter in archive)
Argus 12.10.02 Defra dismay … Brighton and Hove City Council was dismayed to learn that Defra (the Department of Environment, Food the Rural Affairs) had already issued a licence to cull before any serious consultation took place with local wildlife groups to find a more humane resolution…. -Coun Heather James, deputy chairwoman, environment committee, Brighton and Hove City Council (letter in archive)
Argus 12.10.02 Con trick - New Labour came to power brandishing a colourful and glossy leaflet entitled New Labour, New Life For Animals. Now Elliot Morley is quite happy to sign the death warrant of the Saltdean badgers, despite only four residents finding them a problem… -Susan Baumgardt, Stoneham Road, Hove (letter in archive)
Argus 12.10.02 Betrayed … In the meantime, as I understand only four homes are affected, feeding the animals could be an alternative…. If I lived in one of these homes, I would not be able to live with myself if this killing were allowed. These animals form a trust with humans - to their cost - and this must not be betrayed. -Mrs E Young, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham (letter in archive)
Argus 11.10.02 Badger slaughter begins by Lilly Peel - A controversial cull on a family of badgers which have burrowed under homes in Saltdean started today with the slaughter of two animals. Neighbours sobbed in the streets as Government officials admitted the two badgers had been trapped and shot… Protesters shouted "Shame on you" and "Murderers" through a megaphone outside the homes of residents believed to have called in the Department of Farming, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra)… Neighbour Sue Price, who grew up in Saltdean feeding the badgers, burst into tears and said: "I can't believe they have done this…" Trevor Weekes of the Southdown Badger Protection Group accused Defra of secretly trying to kill the badgers before the campaign to save them could gather steam… Fellow group member Lindy King said: "We were given funds this morning to contact a solicitor. We're looking at the legal issues and we believe there is a way around it." (story in archive)
Argus 11.10.02 If you hate nature, stay away from it - As a resident of Saltdean, I am appalled to learn that a number of very beautiful badgers face extermination because a mere four people have complained about them… -David Roberts, Cissbury Crescent, Saltdean (letter in archive)
Argus 11.10.02 Joy of life - I was so angry to read about Saltdean residents complaining about badgers and possibly being instrumental in their destruction… -Carole Belton, Lindfield Close, Saltdean (letter in archive)
Argus 11.10.02 Power abuse … This is wanton destruction of a family of gentle, shy nocturnal creatures…. -Nicki Bailey, Holly Hill, Colemans Hatch (letter in archive)
Argus 11.10.02 … I feel the proposed badger cull is the most appalling way in which to treat wild animals that lived in the land before it became the gardens of the houses of people who were completely aware when they moved in the badgers were already there…. -Claire Price (letter in archive)
Argus 11.10.02 Trigger happy - I have just read the article regarding the proposed slaughter of badgers and have become so wound-up that my blood is boiling… Please do not write an article on fox hunting because that would really get me going. -Aline Vlahoyannis, (letter in archive)
Argus 11.10.02 Licence to kill - This government promised it would ban fox hunting, which it has not done. Now it has given a licence to kill badgers… -Shirley Reeve, Capel Avenue, Peacehaven (letter in archive)
Argus 11.10.02 Retribution? … It is alleged that the Saltdean badger family has caused damage to foundations and there is a need for a solution to be found. Fine. Then the answer is to relocate them to a suitable territory…. -Richard Tassell, Buckhurst Close, East Grinstead (letter in archive)
Argus 11.10.02 Shameful - Perhaps Elliott Morley should apply for the new government post of Minister for the Appeasement of Rich, Privileged Hard-Hearts… I suggest if they know the identities of those who have asked for the badgers to be killed they should completely ostracise them and treat them as the miserable lepers they are. No, sorry, lepers can't help being ill… -Bob Sellwood, Clarendon Villas, Hove (letter in archive)
Argus 10.10.02 Badger cull divides community - Neighbours in Saltdean are demanding a reversal of the decision by animal welfare minister Elliot Morley to cull a family of badgers… Claire Price, who lives in East Saltdean, but whose family has lived in Winton Avenue for more than 30 years, said: "I remember my granddad feeding the badgers bread and dripping in the garden. The badgers have been there longer than the homes. The residents are going mad about it."… John Carden, environmentalist and member of the Friends of Telscombe Tye, said he was planning to contact Labour MP Des Turner to complain about the cull… Trevor Weeks, of the Southdowns Badger Group is calling for the resignation of Mr Morley… (story in archive)
Argus 10.10.02 Save the badgers I cannot believe what I have just read. I would almost understand if there were hundreds of badgers - but only 12? If they are doing so much damage, they should be removed and transferred somewhere else, not killed… -J Crean, Falmer Library, University of Brighton, Falmer (letter in archive)
Argus 10.10.02 Just too wild I read with some alarm about a proposed badger cull in Saltdean (The Argus, October 9). What next? Shoot all the seagulls for making noise in the early hours and trap all the pigeons leaving mess in the streets?... -Jeffrey Elson, Holland Road, Hove (letter in archive)
Telegraph 9.10.02 Anger over order to slaughter badgers By Robert Uhlig, Farming Correspondent - The animal welfare minister, Elliot Morley, has taken the unprecedented step of licensing the slaughter of a family of badgers to maintain the value of private property after some invaded the gardens of four suburban homes in East Sussex… The National Federation of Badger Groups said Mr Morley's issue of a slaughter licence had set a "deadly precedent"… Farmers were similarly enraged, not because the slaughter had been licensed to protect private property, but because they have been campaigning for years for selective culling to stem the spread of bovine tuberculosis… (story)
Argus 9.10.02 Badgers face execution by Karen Hoy - A family of badgers is facing slaughter after the Government granted its first cull licence in six years… Animal welfare minister Elliot Morley took the rare step of issuing the licence as a last resort. His department said the animals had damaged sewers and the foundations of a number of homes in Saltdean with their burrowing in the past 14 years… Graham Amy of the South Downs Badger Group, said: "We used to be a nation of animal lovers but now we're a nation of animal loathers…." Roger Musselle, of Roger's Wildlife Rescue in Woodingdean, Brighton, said: "I'm appalled…" Dr Elaine King, chief executive of the National Federation of Badger Groups, said: "It is the first time a minister has licensed the extermination of a large badger family, apparently in order to increase the value of private property and to prevent seemingly minor damage…." (story in archive)

Western Daily Press 28.11.02 CHARITY HAS NOTHING TO HIDE IN PAY DEAL - I write regarding D Tinsey's letter, Charity Cash Goes On Wages. I appreciate the letter writer's concern about the salary offered to the new RSPCA director general and I would like to take the opportunity to respond to the points raised… The RSPCA employs about 1,700 people and with an annual turnover in excess of £70million it is essential that the RSPCA employs professional staff to ensure that it remains the foremost animal welfare charity in England and Wales…. Janet Kipling Press officer Exeter Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 23.11.02 PLEA FOR BALLARD - Where has J Tinsey been for the past few years (WDP November 19)? Doesn't he know that all charities, especially the major ones, pay top professional business people to run them?... P Burt Frome Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 19.11.02 CHARITY CASH GOES ON WAGES - With reference to the letter, Congratulations To RSPCA Chief, what the public has to bear in mind when giving money to charities, such as the RSPCA, is that some of the money may not be going to save animals at all but to paying the salaries of people like Jackie Ballard… D Tinsey Cranham Gloucestershire (letter)

Derby Evening Telegraph 28.11.02 PAYMENT IS 'OBSCENE' - I must reply to the letter from Martyn Hubbard, regional superintendent, RSPCA… I may be misguided, but I sincerely believe that, when Mr and Mrs Joe Public give a donation, either by post or by putting money into a "volunteer's" RSPCA charity tin, they believe it is for animal welfare, not to fund the salaries of director-generals of a charity, which, by your own admission, relies solely on the "generosity" of the public… Christopher Hunt, Longmoor Lane, Breaston. (letter)
Derby Evening Telegraph 18.11.02 RSPCA HQ ALSO HAS VITAL ROLE - While commending Telegraph reader Chris Hunt's support for the RSPCA's struggling Derby animal centre, I must also draw to her attention the vital role played by RSPCA HQ in improving animal welfare in Derby… Donations made to RSPCA HQ do not only help to pay our director general… They also fund the front-line work carried out by the Society's inspectors and animal collection officers in Derby and across the country…. Martyn Hubbard, RSPCA regional superintendent, Scudamore Road, Leicester (letter)
Derby Evening Telegraph 9.11.02 DONATE DIRECT TO SHELTER - I was horrified to learn of the £90,000 per annum salary being paid to ex-Liberal Democrat MP Jackie Ballard now appointed as Director General of the RSPCA… It is particularly disturbing because the local RSPCA animal shelter in Abbey Street, Derby, is struggling to keep open through lack of funds… Chris Hunt, Longmoor Lane, Breaston (letter)

Taunton Times 27.11.02 THE TORIES ATTACKED RURAL LIFE WHEN IN GOVERNMENT - I am pleased to see that Jeremy Browne takes a different attitude to hunting from Jackie Ballard… If any politicians lack principle, it is Tories in rural areas who suddenly found countryside issues important enough to form the 'Countryside Alliance' when a Labour Government threatened to ban hunting. Did we hear a squeak of protest from them while the Tory Government systematically attacked rural life ?... Councillor T J SLATTERY Member for Halcon ward (letter)

Ryedale Gazette & Herald 27.11.02 Research confirms vital role of moors - GROUSE shooting, sheep farming and conservation seem to go hand-in-hand in the North York Moors National Park… , moor managers heard reports from the RSPB and the Merlin Study group and the results, the park reports, "are seen as a success for moors which are traditionally managed for grouse shooting and sheep farming; they show high numbers of breeding waders in contrast to unmanaged, unkeepered moors which had very low numbers."… (story in archive)
Yorkshire Post 19.11.02 Birds boom as grouse shooting boosts conservation on moors - Politically correct it is not – but more evidence surfaced yesterday that grouse shooting on the North York Moors is helping conserve some of the world's most important birds. Game keepers keep predators in check and manage the moors to preserve habitats of many species which are in sharp decline nationally, research suggests. As a result, the numbers in the national park are growing so lapwings – which have declined by 50 per cent over the last 15 years – have increased by 41 per cent on the moors between 1996 and 2000…. The results are seen as a success for the moors, which are traditionally managed for grouse shooting and sheep farming… This was supported by a joint study by the RSPB and Game Conservancy Trust which showed that moorland managed for grouse has higher densities of wader bird, but fewer carrion crows and song birds, for which the habitat is less suitable… (story)

Gloucester Citizen/Gloucestershire Echo 28.11.02 CONFUSION ON PHEASANT LAWS - With another pheasant shooting season now upon us, a new investigation by Animal Aid makes shocking reading for town and country people alike… BECKY LILLY, Campaigns Officer for Animal Aid (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 29.10.02 SHOOTING SPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL - In response to the letter by J Green of Hull. I have spent a large part of my life involved in shooting and conservation… I don't know where Mrs Green got her information or arrived at her figures, probably from one of the ill-informed anti-elements, but I can assure readers that in fact 75 per cent of reared pheasants are shot and eaten… Without shooting sports, the British countryside would change dramatically… S Thompson, Hull and East Riding Wildfowlers Association, St John's Avenue, Bridlington (letter)
Northumberland Gazette 24.10.02 Valuable rural industry - RE: Campaign against pheasant shoots. I feel that I must respond to Becky Lilly’s letter, which purported to "expose" pheasant shooting. Her "new investigation" must have been carried out in an inner-city pub, or a similar environment where facts were not allowed to interfere… Angus Collingwood - Cameron, New Bewick Farmhouse, Alnwick. (letter)
NewsShopper series 18.10.02 Not at all pheasant - Becky Lilly, Campaigner for Animal Aid (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 16.10.02 COUNTING THE COST OF PHEASANT TRADE - Every year in Britain 35 million pheasants are reared in pens and then released into the wild. Only one quarter of the total produced are eaten - that's according to the industry's own advocates… Jane Green, Belvoir Street, Hull (letter)
Northern Scot 11.10.02 Shocking finds on shooting - BECKY LILLY, Campaigns Officer for Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1AW. (letter)
Keighley News 11.10.02 SIR - With another pheasant shooting season now upon us, a new investigation by Animal Aid makes shocking reading… BECKY LILLY, Campaigns Officer for Animal Aid (letter in archive)
Lakeland Echo 9.10.02 Pheasants face a cruel needless end - Becky Lilly, Campaigns Officer for Animal Aid (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 27.11.02 WARNING AS 'SAVAGE' WILD MINK ARE BLAMED FOR SPATE OF ATTACKS ON PETS - Savage wild mink are being blamed for a spate of attacks on family pets and animals in villages near Lincoln. Falconer Steve Talbot has issued a warning to residents in the Heighington and Washingborough area after hearing about two attacks on rabbits and guinea pigs in their hutches…. But an RSPCA spokesman claimed it was "pretty unlikely" that mink would have the strength to rip open a hutch… (story)

Yorkshire Post 27.11.02 Ordeal of turkeys packed into lorries From: C Tweddle, York - The horrors of intensive poultry farming have been exposed recently in the media – dirty, overcrowded, deformed and injured birds unable to reach food and water – it's impossible for this system to be humane… Millions of birds will be freed in future years, if we all go free range this Christmas. (letter)

The Sentinel (Stoke on Trent) 27.11.02 SEASON OF MUCH MISERY FOR BIRDS As Christmas approaches, I hope you can think of the the sensitive species which suffer during our festivities. In the wild, turkeys roost in trees, fly at up to 50mph and live for up to 10 years. Yet we cram them into stinking, overcrowded sheds to fatten them up for our so-called "season of goodwill"… MARK RICHARDS Newcastle (letter)

Argus 27.11.02 Buy organic - Buy turkeys and chickens that have been genuinely reared on free-range and organic farms… -R Edwards, Parkside, Shoreham-by-Sea (letter in archive)

East Anglian Daily Times 26.11.02 Officer investigated after assault claim BY SAM THOMSON - A POLICE officer is under investigation for an alleged unprovoked assault on a hunt saboteur during a meeting of the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds. It is claimed the officer punched a man in the face as the hunt drew to an end in Chattisham, near Ipswich, last September… A Suffolk police spokesman confirmed the allegation was being dealt with by the force's Professional and Ethical Standards Unit…. The hunt saboteur who contacted the EADT also claims that, since the complaint was made, police officers have been more aggressive during other hunts. He alleges that at another hunt organised by the Hadleigh-based Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds that took place last Saturday, officers invoked powers to search the saboteurs…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 26.11.02 ANTI-HUNTING FOLK CAN LEARN FROM THE SPANISH ATTITUDES TO THEIR 'CRUEL SPORT' I was in Spain not so long ago…. why the fuss about bullfighting? Well, it was just that it struck me how very different these things are seen in different countries. In Spain bullfighting remains very much a minority sport which is popular only in certain rural areas. Most Spaniards don't go to the bullring at all. But nobody is suggesting it should be banned. The majority of Spaniards are quite happy for the minority to get on with their peculiar sport, even if it does mean the death of many fine bulls… Whatever your views on fox-hunting might be, surely it is a great shame that tolerance and respect for other peoples' ways of life cannot be allowed to reign in our brave new Britain. Perhaps both sides in the dispute need to actually listen to what the other side is saying (story)

Northern Echo 26.11.02 HUNTING - I FEEL I must correct John Young (HAS, Nov 15). Many foxes are torn apart by hounds excited by the chase and suffer an agonising and prolonged death… Why not drag hunting? Or is it not so exciting without a kill? - F Rolfe, Crook.
Northern Echo 22.11.02 FOXHUNTING - BILL Young (HAS, Nov 15) invites us "to look at both sides of the coin when considering fox hunting" then proceeds to look at one side… To my mind, the foxhunting fraternity do not want to move on. Their motive is macabre fun rather than civilised behaviour. - Geoffrey Bulmer, Billingham (letter in archive)
Northern Echo 15.11.02 FOXHUNTING - LET us look at both sides of the coin when considering fox hunting… Even the very best of shots can wound an animal sometimes, but with hunting it either dies a very quick death or it gets clean away. There are no half ways. What the hunt does to foxes for three months the fox does to others all year. - Bill Young, Middleton St George. (letter in archive) TRUE to form, no sooner does someone mention relocating Plymouth Airport to the South Hams, when up pops SHARD (South Hams Against Rural Destruction)…. No new towns, no airport, but plenty of hunting, shooting and fishing and - as usual down here - it's the Government's fault if you can't travel with any degree of certainty or speed. H Cameron Saltash (letter)

Manchester Evening News 26.11.02 Friendly foxes - WE write to express our great surprise and puzzlement at your article (MEN, Nov 15) regarding a so-called "killer fox" terrorising a neighbourhood and, allegedly, killing a domestic cat… We live on the edge of town and, for the past 18 years, have enjoyed late evening visits from several foxes… At no time has any fox shown the slightest aggression towards ourselves or the cats… Cat Lovers, Norden, Rochdale (letter)
Manchester Evening News 15.11.02 Alert over fox's reign of terror - A FOX terrorising a neighbourhood is forcing people to keep their pets indoors. The latest victim was Amanda Watson's cat, Tiggy. It was grabbed from her garden in Whitnall Close, Moss Side, as she looked on helpless… Manchester Metropolitan University ecologist Paul Chipman said it was rare for foxes to attack cats… A spokesman for the RSPCA said anyone could scare the foxes off by using the repellent Relladine… (story)

Newcastle Journal 26.11.02 Deer cull by mines giant sparks row By Dave Black, The Journal …UK Coal - already under fire over the environmental impact of its massive Stobswood mine on local families - was claimed to be a "neighbour from hell" yesterday over its latest moves to cull a herd of roe deer… The company says limited culling is needed to prevent a population explosion and says the deer damage thousands of young trees planted as part of the restoration of the nearby Maidens Hall opencast mine… Yesterday Valerie Seddon, who chairs Widdrington Village parish council and lives next to the woodland which the deer use, said: "UK Coal says the deer are devastating the plantation but we can simply see no evidence of this…." (story)

Derby Evening Telegraph 26.11.02 ANIMAL TESTS - I think D. Spencer of Belper is right about animal experiments and their unreliability… Olwen Shiers, Shrewsbury Road, Stretton (letter)
Derby Evening Telegraph 18.11.02 ANIMAL TESTS NOT ESSENTIAL - Whilst most people are opposed to animals suffering and would be happy to live without some "new improved" animal-tested shampoo, for example, many people are still prepared to accept the use of animals in medical research. But this need not be the case. Medical progress is not dependent on the continued use of animals. Testing is unreliable, unethical and inhumane… D. Spencer, Dovedale Crescent, Belper (letter)

Western Morning News 26.11.02 ACTION ON DOLPHIN DEATHS IS TOO SLOW - I am writing to express my deepest concern and anger at the slow manner in which the dolphin dilemma is being handled by this Government and the European Commission… We need meaningful action right now to stop the tide of blood and tears. David Bowman, St Dennis, St Austell (letter)

Western Daily Press 26.11.02 CRUELTY THAT IS FORGOTTEN AT CHRISTMAS DINNER TABLE - Further to the article, Cheap Imports Stuff UK Turkeys, I wonder how many people knew the facts about were their Christmas bird comes from?... The life of an intensively farmed turkey is a far cry from the natural life of its ancestors… The animal welfare group VIVA! are giving out free packs this year containing delicious, vegetarian recipes…. Elizabeth Howe Yeovil Somerset (letter)

26.11.02 MEPs win crucial battle to protect live animal exports - IRELAND'S ability to export live animals commercially was saved last night, despite attempts by MEPs to block the trade… (story)

Daily Post 26.11.02 Export crisis will kill North Wales farming By Andrew Forgrave Rural Affairs Editor - ANGRY Welsh hill farmers were last night facing a fresh crisis after the Government effectively killed off the live lamb export market. Lamb prices nose-dived immediately amid dire predictions for the future of the Welsh sheep industry. The price fall was prompted by rural ministry Defra's decision to block the use of farms as "assembly centres" to collect sheep destined for export… The Ministry yesterday said it was merely implementing an EC directive but UK farm-ers claim no other EU country had followed suit…. In a further snub to farming, Margaret Beckett, Defra Secretary of State, yesterday chose to miss London's Royal Smithfield Show, one of UK agriculture's biggest showcases… (story)

Western Morning News 26.11.02 THIS ECOTOURISM MASKS SAVAGE CRUELTY …In Thailand, elephants in the wild and in captivity are victims of the tourist industry… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has learned that cash-strapped villagers keep Thailand's 40-plus camps supplied with baby elephants by taking the young elephants from their mothers and "breaking" them with a process of ritualised torture call "phaajaan", which means "break the love between two"…. Jane Garrison, Elephant specialist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Norfolk, Virginia, USA (letter)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 26.11.02 Decision could mean ivory trade reopening - JAN CREAMER Director, Animal Defenders Goldhawk Road London (letter in archive)
Western Morning News 26.11.02 IVORY SALE WILL REOPEN THE DOOR TO POACHERS - Jan Creamer (currently in the field at CITES) Director, Animal Defenders London (letter)
Western Daily Press 18.11.02 IVORY TRADE IS BACK AGAIN - Last week, the 159-member country Convention of the Parties to CITES - the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species - voted to allow the one-off sale of ivory stockpiles held by Botswana, Namibia and South Africa…. Jan Creamer Director Animal Defenders Goldhawk Road London (letter)

Western Daily Press 25.11.02 CAMERA SHOWED FARCE OF HUNTING - As the debate about hunting still continues, may I mention something my wife and I spotted on a recent news programme. It was a hunt in all its glory… There was the monster all those men, horses and hounds were chasing - a poor little thing the size of a big moggie. My wife and I just fell about laughing. J Silver Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)

Cambridge News 25.11.02 Ballet man quits after protest - A MEMBER of the board of the English National Ballet has resigned after animal rights activists interrupted a performance to protest against his links with a company accused of animal cruelty. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) targeted Hamish Ritchie… Joseph Dawson, a spokesman for SHAC, said: "The aim of our protest was to have Hamish Ritchie removed from the ballet and we achieved our goal…. (story)
Times 23.11.02 Ballet chief quits after animal protest halts show - ANIMAL rights activists have forced a member of the board of English National Ballet to resign after they interrupted a performance to protest about his links with a company that experiments on animals. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty targeted Hamish Ritchie, chairman of Marsh UK, because his company insures the Huntingdon Life Sciences laboratory in Cambridgeshire. Mr Ritchie will also stop making personal donations to the ballet company…. The latest protest came during a performance of The Nutcracker, at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. A dozen demonstrators stood up, chanting slogans, sounding klaxons and distributing leaflets… The orchestra tried to play on, but many of the children in the audience became distressed and others started booing the protesters…. The protest group is also trying to have Mr Ritchie removed as a director of the Caldicott School Trust independent boys’ preparatory school… (story)
Southern Daily Echo 18.11.02 Protesters disrupt ballet - POLICE were called to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre after animal rights activists turned the last night of The Nutcracker Suite into chaos. Around a dozen demonstrators were involved in the debacle, which happened minutes after the start of the English National Ballet production on Saturday evening… As staff attempted to eject the campaigners, shouting ensued between other members of the audience who were chanting to the group to leave… It is understood that the demonstration was made against a director of English National Ballet. No one for the company was available for comment. (story in archive)

Manchester Evening News 25.11.02 Veggies give chef a roasting - A TOP chef received hate mail after saying he would like "to take a flame-thrower to vegetarians". Paul Kitching opened the anonymous letters at his award-winning Juniper restaurant in Altrincham… He made his peace with veggies by cooking an 18-course gourmet meal for members of the Vegetarian Society… (story)
Manchester Evening News 12.11.02 Veggie solution - CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Kitching (King of the kitchen, MEN, Oct 25) for his undoubted achievements. What a shame, though, that he wants "to take a flame-thrower to veggies."… Liz O'Neill, The Vegetarian Society, Altrincham (letter)

Shropshire Star 25.11.02 Disgust at depravity of animal torturers - I read the article (Shropshire Star, Friday, Page 24), entitled "Father's Jail Term For Kitten Kill Video"… I question myself: Did I have the right to bear my three, decent children and force them to live in this apparently decent society?... These people are not fit to crawl in the dust on their bellies… D Lisney, Hadley, Telford (letter in archive)

Sunday Times 24.11.02 Vegetarianism is a principled choice - IN your piece about a recent reduction in the number of vegetarians (News, November 3), one of your interviewees described vegetarianism as “a fad for most people”. Vegetarianism is a principled choice that is made by millions of sincere, compassionate and serious people in this country…. Juliet Gellatley, Director, Viva!, Brighton (letter)
Sunday Times 3.11.02 ‘Veggies’ turning back into carnivores - RACHEL DOBSON - ONE-FIFTH of vegetarians have returned to eating meat or fish in the past two years, according to a survey showing that the effects of BSE and other food scares of the 1990s are fading from public consciousness. Women lead the change, comprising 500,000 of the 600,000 Britons who are estimated to have abandoned vegetarianism since 1999. A decade ago vegetarianism was popularised by people such as Linda McCartney. Now it is less fashionable and former celebrity vegetarians such as Anthea Turner, Julia Sawalha and Madonna are reported to be omnivores again…. (story)

Telegraph 23.11.02 Country diary: hunting the hunt - Jonny Beardsall takes his family through the Wild Wood to see a hunt in full swing… (story)

Times 23.11.02 Animal suffering - Sir, Mr Antony Crookston (letter, November 18) disagrees with the concept that killing animals for food is acceptable because no pleasure is involved… Intensive pig-rearing is a prime example. From birth until their slaughter these unfortunate animals are forced to live in unspeakable, crowded conditions… Foxes, on the other hand, live their lives in their natural environment and in natural family groups, enjoying their freedom as Nature intended. Even when pursued by hounds, many foxes avoid being caught because they know their home ground so well… KEVIN HART, Vent House, Charing, Ashford, Kent TN27 0HH (letter)
Times 18.11.02 Animal suffering - Sir, Mr Sam Dunkerley (letter, November 12) asserts that killing an animal “becomes defensible” if the purpose is to provide sustenance for the killer but not when a killer is “seeking nothing but pleasure” as in foxhunting. This argument is flawed… have been a vegetarian for 35 years and, unsurprisingly, I hold no brief for hunting but, though cruel, it is practised on a relatively small scale. The rearing and killing of livestock for meat generates suffering of epic proportions… ANTONY CROOKSTON, Finchdean House, nr Horndean, Waterlooville PO8 0AU (letter)
Times 12.11.02 Religious law and animal slaughter - Shechita, the Jewish religious method of animal slaughter (Thunderer, November 7), is not merely a custom but is the only permitted method according to Jewish religious law. It is a biblical law, as are the many Jewish religious injunctions against cruelty to animals…. NEVILLE NAGLER, Director General, The Board of Deputies of British Jews, 6 Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2LP
Any killing of an animal must, by definition, be cruel. But it becomes defensible if the killing is to provide sustenance for the killer. It becomes indefensible when the killer is seeking nothing but pleasure. The hunting of foxes can simply not be equated with halal and Shechita… SAM DUNKERLEY, 3 Birch Lee, Beverley, Yorkshire HU17 8TH
I am grateful to Anthony Browne for raising the issue of halal slaughter… I believe that both the fox/deerhunt and the barbaric slaughter of fully conscious animals are activities which have no place in a modern and civilised society. Yours faithfully, M. HERBERT, 6 St Andrews Place, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0RH (letters)
Times 7.11.02 Forget foxhunting, what about the halal butchery? BY ANTHONY BROWNE - I don’t really care for foxhunters. Despite growing up in the countryside surrounded by foxes, I rarely met those who kill them for fun. I don’t believe their spin about its economic importance. I am against cruelty to animals, and all things being equal I would support a ban. But all things are not equal — just the opposite. And it has turned me into a sympathiser for those fighting off hunt-hating Labour MPs, who are waging a campaign in hypocrisy, intellectual fraud and blatant class war… That hypocrisy has a name: it is halal butchery, when modern painkilling techniques are not used…. the Prince of Wales was right: if foxhunters were ethnic minorities like Muslims or Jews, they would not be persecuted in the way they are… MPs determined to ban hunting insist that they are against cruelty. But until they oppose the far greater cruelties of ritual slaughter, they are hypocrites waging class war. I don’t care for foxhunting. But I do care for fair play. While Muslims and Jews can carry on their customs, Anglo-Saxons wearing red should be able to carry on theirs. (story)

Leicester Mercury 23.11.02 COMPASSION THAT IS HIGH ON THE AGENDA - Over the years I thought that I had heard every conceivable excuse for the continuation of blood sports. However, Ian Kilgour's recent letter (Postbag, Nov 8) was, I think, nothing more than hysterical nonsense. Quite how he would define extremists I am not too sure, but if he means the mild-mannered, polite, level-headed Christians which I am privileged to count as friends and colleagues, then his interpretation is very different from mine!... Linda J Bodicoat, for the Leicestershire Branch of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals (letter)
Leicester Mercury 8.11.02 SOCIETY'S ARGUMENTS 'FLAWED' - Welfare of Animals (Postbag, October 25), I fear this organisation is being driven by extremists using their involvement with the church to give credence to seriously flawed arguments. Being interested in country life and field sports, I sent for this organisation's information pack. I was appalled… The booklet on hunting only sets out the arguments against hunting… Would we expect any other when this booklet has been written with "the advice and assistance" of The League Against Cruel Sports, an organisation with a history of extremism?... Ian Kilgour, Thurcaston (letter)
Leicester Mercury 25.10.02 PRAYERS WERE FOR ALL ANIMALS - Regarding the letter from P B Collins regarding the Animal Welfare Sunday Service… The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals has always been against all blood sports. Indeed our Chairman, the Bishop of Reading, has written an article on the subject for the League Against Cruel Sports magazine. He is also Vice-President of the RSPCA… ASWA services are never merely about companion animals, but embrace the suffering of all animals whether in the wild, on farms, in laboratories or in our homes. Mrs Samantha Chandler, The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 25.10.02 WILD ANIMALS INCLUDED - In reply to P B Collins, I can give an assurance that official order of service used on Animal Welfare Sunday included prayers for wild animals and those abused for sport and entertainment or who suffer in our laboratories and intensive farms… Dominic Walker, Bishop of Reading, Chairman, ASWA (letter)
Leicester Mercury 17.10.02 PRAYERS FOR ANIMALS Recently we held our 14th annual service for "All Creatures Great and Small" at St Andrew's Church, in the city… On behalf of The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals, both nationally and locally, I would like to express our warmest thanks to all who continue to support us in our work to raise awareness of animal welfare issues amongst the wider Christian community… Linda J Bodicoat, For the Leicestershire Branch of ASWA. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 15.10.02 A PRAYER FOR WILD ANIMALS? Regarding the church service - just for pets on Animal Welfare Sunday, Oct 6, I hope that during the course of the service a prayer was said for the many wild animals, such as the fox, deer and hare which are cruelly abused every year in the name of sport. Why does the Church of England still allow hunting on their land, why do C of E bishops consistently try to block any Bill to ban hunting when going through the House of Lords?... P B Collins, Leicester. (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 23.11.02 WELL VERSED - The debate on blood sports has influenced Worle reader N C Sweeney's poem… Rape Of The Wild/It's a beautiful day Let's go out and kill something… N C Sweeney, Worle, Weston-super-Mare (poem)

Western Morning News 23.11.02 20 DEFRA STAFF FACE EXPENSES INQUIRY - JAMIE MCGINNES - Twenty workers involved in controversial badger trials in the South West are being investigated over expenses claims…. (story)

Argus 25.11.02 Internet firm supplies veggie treats by Lynn Daly - Frustrated by the lack of choice for vegans, a former shop worker has launched her own award-winning internet supply business. Lisa Rankin set up Veganstore to supply a delicious menu of roast 'chicken', 'ribs', sticky buns, chocolate-laden deserts and vegan caviar, not to mention designer clothes…. (story)

Independent 23.11.02 Turkeys give thanks for Moby By David Usborne in New York - Feathers are flying between the poultry industry in the United States and the animal rights group Peta – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – which has recruited Moby, the dance music star, to record a telephone hotline urging Americans to eschew their traditional Thanksgiving ritual of putting turkey on their tables…. (story)

Wiltshire Times 22.11.02 `Make hunt ban a must' - WILTSHIRE'S anti-hunt campaigners have warned that any compromise over hunting is unacceptable… David Thompson, chairman of the Wiltshire branch of the League Against Cruel Sports, is confident the sport will be outlawed… Militants from the Real CA, a group formed by pro-hunt campaigners who believe the Countryside Alliance has not done enough to resist the hunt ban, are threatening to sabotage essential services…Countryside Alliance Chairman John Jackson said: "We expect the Government to keep its word and make proposals which are fair and based on principle and evidence…." (story in archive)

Chester Chronicle 22.11.02 IN REPLY to Cllr John Price's letter of October 18, Cllr Price is obviously anti-hunting… The issue here is freedom of choice; we do not live in a dictatorship yet. He is not entitled to fascist dictums banning anything he disapproves of…. EMMA WOOD Overton, Wrexham (letter)
Chester Chronicle 8.11.02 THE wildly emotional outburst from John Price, devoid of any rational argument, ought to be ignored as a contribution to the hunting debate… That someone holding the honoured position of leader of Chester City Council should indulge in such unbridled emotion without seeking properly to evaluate the published evidence and available research is not only outrageous, but puerile… Mr Price should also ask himself why it is that numerous chief executives and senior staff of the League Against Cruel Sports, notably Messrs Coarse, Barrington, Davies, Hodges, Sirl and now Cooper, have changed their opinions and now all actively campaign against any hunting ban…. RICHARD MAY Chairman, Countryside Alliance (Cheshire), Sunrise House, Hulley Road, Macclesfield
THE ignorant class-ridden nastiness of John Price's letter (Points of View, October 18) is a sure indicator of its writer's own character and tells us far more about John Price than it does about hunting and hunting people… PETER PRESLAND Ashbourne (via the website) (letters)
Chester Chronicle 18.10.02 A PACK of dogs ripping apart an exhausted, terrified animal, while grown men and women dressed in 19th Century garb pound across our countryside in hot pursuit. Is this effective pest control, the exercise of tradition and liberty? Or is it just an outdated, grisly bloodsport, the indulgence of hooligans on horseback?... Cllr JOHN PRICE Leader, Chester City Council (letter)

Chester Chronicle 22.11.02 IN YOUR edition of November 8, you published the final results of the poll on hunting… You defined a vote as a single coupon. However, your published results include those named on the returned coupons. According to a careful count, 582 individuals and 10 families were in favour of hunting under self-regulation, while 391 individuals and two families supported an outright ban… This more specific count shows an even larger majority of those who responded to your poll to be in favour of the continuance of hunting… J M M SELLERS Rushton, Tarporley (letter)
Chester Chronicle 30.8.02 THANK you all for latest additions to our Chronicle Great Hunting Debate and to the many readers who have taken the trouble to vote. Here are your votes so far. And please keep your coupons coming in. (list of all those who have voted) (story)

Shropshire Star 22.11.02 Group has lost the plot - I do hope that the advertisement in the Shropshire Star November 13, featuring gay hunters Rob and Mark, indicates that the Countryside Alliance will be joining those of us who have argued for the abolition of Clause 28 for years, and will actively campaign on gay and lesbian issues, as well as on behalf of other persecuted minorities… No human being, gay or straight, black or white, has the "freedom" to pursue and kill animals for sport…. L M S Murphy, Hopton Wafers (letter in archive)

Western Daily Press 22.11.02 JOANNA SHOULD KNOW BETTER - What a hypocrite animal rights' campaigner Joanna Lumley is… yet she gets involved, along with about 20 others, with Land Rovers chasing wild animals till they drop with exhaustion. Then they are trussed up with ropes and bundled into trailers - all in the cause of conservation… I wonder how many of these animals die with stress-related illnesses?... When a fox is caught by the hunt it is killed and feels no further stress whatsoever. It appears that people such as Joanna Lumley can go to other countries and chase wild animals with vehicles, etc, and that's OK. But if it's done in this country, it's classed as cruel…. D Tinsey Cranham Gloucestershire (letter)

Wiltshire Times 22.11.02 Thank you for your help - I AM writing on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports to thank all those members of the public who made donations during our street collection in Trowbridge on October 19. We collected £83.60… DAVID THOMPSON, Baileys Barn, Bradford on Avon (letter in archive)

Belfast Telegraph 22.11.02 Hunting horror - ON Saturday, November 9, I was walking with some friends along the Newry Canal towards Scarva… The beauty of the day was transformed into cruelty and horror. It was a hunt. In front of us a terrified deer clambered out of the canal with a pack of ferocious dogs at its heels… HORRIFIED, Belfast 4. (letter)

West Cumberland Times & Star 22.11.02 LAURA'S WIN GIVES HOUND TRAILING A BOOST - THE traditional Lake District sport of hound trailing is to get a boost with the success of enthusiast Laura McGee in the national final of the Heritage Stars competition… Laura, 18, a kennel maid from Cleator Moor, won the first prize of 500, while the project in which she is involved, Hound Trailing Local Heritage Initiative project, receives 1,000. The project has produced a video about hound trailing produced by six unemployed young people, with help and advice from Laura. It will be launched at Cockermouth Sheep and Wool Centre at 7.30pm today and will be distributed free to schools, libraries and the County Record Office… (story)

Dorset Daily Echo 22.11.02 Badger man moves on to pastures new by Rachel Read - FOR two decades Alistair Kilburn has provided people in the New Forest with a fascinating insight into one of our most elusive creatures - badgers. But after enabling thousands of people to enjoy these beautiful nocturnal mammals over the years Alistair is now retiring and leaving these shores for France… Alistair explained why it would be impossible for the badger watch to continue after he has left…. (story in archive)

The Sentinel (Stoke on Trent) 22.11.02 GIVE BADGERS HIGHER PRIORITY - I am writing to you as a concerned supporter of the animal rights group, Naturewatch, about the issue of badger cruelty in this country… Naturewatch firmly believes that police forces will not become more pro-active in tackling badger crime until it is made a notifiable offence and becomes an area where their performance is measured… EVELYN NGUYEN Newcastle (letter)

Telegraph 22.11.02 The fur flies – Peterborough - Sophie Ellis Bextor's anti-fur protests, together with the demonstration planned against diamond giant De Beers, have put the environmental lobby firmly back on London's social agenda. So what does top model Lisa B, a committed representative of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, make of it all? "I applaud Sophie Ellis Bextor for the stand she has made against fur,"… (story)

Scotsman 21.11.02 Hunt master to challenge ban - william chisholm - A BID to overturn the ban on foxhunting in Scotland is set to reach court early next year when the joint master of the country’s oldest pack of hounds will challenge the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act with an application for judicial review. But as Jeremy Whaley embarks on a legal process which he fully expects will take two to three years to run its course, the master and huntsman of the Berwickshire Hunt is also committed to developing the first Scottish-based pack of bloodhounds… Mr Whaley is quick to emphasise the chases that follow human scent left by men running ahead of the bloodhounds will never be regarded as a substitute for foxhunting… "Once the legal challenge to the legislation passed by the Scottish parliament is won, the Berwickshire will hunt foxes two days a week, and the bloodhounds will be out for one day."… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 21.11.02 ERIC: I'LL VOTE AGAINST LABOUR ON HOSPITALS …Eric Martlew… also renewed calls for an all-out ban on hunting with hounds, and accused fellside hunts in Cumbria of breeding foxes to kill…. (story)

Shropshire Star 21.11.02 Inquiry is so stupid - How stupid the government is. They have ordered an inquiry to investigate the "utility" of hunting… This, they say, will be measured against the "cruelty" of hunting. Cats are the cruellest and most prolific killers of all… Keeping cats, according to new Labour logic, should be banned… Hunters are the target today. It could be you tomorrow - Henry Curteis, Shrewsbury (letter in archive)

Western Daily Press 21.11.02 SOME ADVICE FOR THE RSPCA - I have two comments to make in reply to the letter from Mr Mulholland, regional manager for the RSPCA, West Central. He mentions severely depleted manpower, staff sickness and limited resources. Surely two of these afflictions would be less severe if the RSPCA really studies the hunting issue and stopped pouring money into a cause which will cause more suffering to animals if hunting is banned… Secondly, I know from my own attempts to obtain help from the RSPCA, that where traveller groups are concerned, they much prefer to arrive too late to act. J Farley Horton Gloucestershire (letter)

Barry & District News 21.11.02 Ban hunts - SO the government will attempt to ban hunting with hounds once again in the next session of Parliament. I hope that this will now be the end to a cruel and barbaric blood sport…. There is only one predator on this earth and that is mankind. Why can't we leave nature alone? Richard Bertin Carew Close Lundy Park Barry (letter in archive)

Independent 21.11.02 Fur Special: The habit fashion can't break - Although fur is still largely frowned on in Britain, its worldwide sales are increasing, partly through the efforts of a Danish supplier. Susannah Frankel , 'The Independent's fashion editor, wonders how long the UK can hold out… (story)
Independent 21.11.02 Fur Special: Fox pop - Eight people spotted on the streets of London explain why they are wearing fur, real or fake By Clare Dwyer Hogg (story)
Independent 21.11.02 Fur Special: Fur and loathing with Peta - From dropping a dead raccoon into Anna Wintour's soup to distributing 'Unhappy Meals' outside McDonald's, Peta's shock tactics have made it one of the most effective protest organisations in the world, says David Usborne… (story)
Independent 21.11.02 Fur Special: The fur debate - There was a time when the way to display status and wealth was with a mink coat. But what do today's fashionable young women really think? A fur trader and a leading actress give their personal views… PRO: LAURA PHILLIPS, Fur trader… ANTI: GINA BELLMAN, Actress… (story)
Independent 21.11.02 Fur Special: The glossary of fur - By James Sherwood - To its detractors, fur is the Myra Hindley of fashion. Its mention elicits rabid, uncompromising opposition. If we choose to wear fur and it matters not whether that be "by-product" pelts such as rabbit and shearling or inky black mink then to supporters of Peta we, like the model Gisele Bundchen, are "fur scum"…. (story)
Independent 21.11.02 Fur special: The skin trade - Fur is back - top designers are unafraid to use it, despite the animal-rights campaigners' graphic adverts and headline-grabbing demonstrations. Has there been a resurgence in the trade? Who wears fur? And can it be morally justified? Paul Vallely reports… (story)

Bristol Evening Post 21.11.02 MP'S WAR ON FUR - Bristol East Labour MP Jean Corston is backing a new anti-fur campaign by the anti-fur organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals…. (story)

The Sentinel (Stoke on Trent) 21.11.02 FUR STANCE DELIGHT - - I was delighted to see singer Sophie Ellis Bextor's ethical stance in her advertisement campaign against fur… MARK RICHARDS Newcastle (letter)

Warrington Guardian 21.11.02 End to animal tests - WARRINGTON Euro-MP Chris Davies has spoken out about a law set to come in next year to help bring an end to the use of animals for testing cosmetic products…. (story in archive)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 21.11.02 PROTEST CALLS FOR BOYCOTT - The Salmon Farm Protest Group yesterday launched a nationwide campaign to encourage shoppers to boycott farmed fish. The group will be holding events in Edinburgh, London and Dublin throughout December - handing out presents of wild Alaskan salmon and urging consumers against buying factory-reared fish… (story)

Telegraph 20.11.02 Notebook By Andrew marr - I had the great good luck to get a sneak view of David Hockney's latest paintings last weekend… Hockney is a great critic of government interference, from pornography to banning fox hunting, and told me he went on the recent Countryside Alliance demonstration in London…" (story)

Worcester Evening News 20.11.02 Support for ban reaches new low - IT is unworthy of Maurice Brett (You Say, November 9) to launch a personal attack on myself rather than concentrating on the important matters of conserving the countryside and improving proper animal welfare… Mr Brett claims hounds are continually allowed to attack livestock. He must be unaware that young hounds spend considerable time on farms learning obedience and respect for farm animals… Mr Brett accuses a hunt in Yorkshire of allowing their hounds to attack two dogs. I strongly suggest he names the particular pack involved, produces the evidence for the Police to prosecute and takes the matter up with the Independent Supervisory Authority for Hunting and the RSPCA…. JON BURGESS, Malvern, Worcestershire (letter in archive)

Forres Gazette 20.11.02 Thoughts on geese Could I share my thoughts on shooting geese with your readers? It’s Saturday morning. The sun glimmering gold and the sky blanket blue. The tide is out in Findhorn Bay. The mountains stand still, snared in snow. And there is magic in the air…. By the time I reach my home its soul has soared elsewhere. I sit down to write to the sounds still of shooting. And the geese fly overhead KATE FITZGIBBON, Whiteinch. (letter)

Scotsman 19.11.02 Peer in bid to tighten hunt laws - A FORMER Labour minister today attempted to amend animal protection legislation in a bid to head off attempts to ban hunting with hounds in England because of alleged confusion over similar measures in Scotland. Lord Donoghue believes the anti-hunting law passed in Holyrood is flawed and confused…. His proposed bill would link in with the Burns report on hunting with dogs, which would "produce a gradual solution to the issue and be accepted by the vast majority of the population". (story)
York Evening Press 19.11.02 MPs support `sensible' hunting compromise - THE Parliamentary "middle way" group was today attempting to torpedo legislation to ban hunting with dogs by promoting its own animal cruelty Bill. The group - which has campaigned for a compromise on the thorny issue - is backing a proposed law which would make it an offence to cause "undue suffering" to any wild animal. Such a move would allow hunting with dogs to continue under strict licensing - but would outlaw any elements of the pursuit which are considered "excessive"… (story in archive)

Guardian 19.11.02 The Conservatives' Lady Blatch… warned the government against using parliament acts to push through a hunting ban into law, when the issue was decided on a free vote in both the Lords and the Commons (story)
Telegraph 19.11.02 …peers debated the rural affairs aspects of the Queen's Speech. They heard Lord Kimball (C), a deputy chairman of the Countryside Alliance, warn the Government not to ban hunting with hounds…. (story)

Western Mail 19.11.02 Seven guiding principles drawn up for the hunting community - Sheila Coleman Farming Editor - TO coincide with the start of the hunting season, the Campaign for Hunting has issued seven new principles of modern hunting… Campaign for Hunting's chairman Sam Butler said, "These principles formed the basis of our evidence to Alun Michael during the Govern-ment's six-month consultation process…." (story)
Western Mail 19.11.02 The rules to be followed – Humanity… Utility… Openness… Accountability… Integrity… Honesty… Leadership… (story)

Western Mail 19.11.02 `Misleading advertising' complaint is rejected - THE Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint from the League Against Cruel Sports that advertising for the Liberty and Livelihood March was misleading and could encourage people who did not support hunting to attend the march. The authority noted that the advertisement asked readers to call if they intended to march and that callers were given details of the five-point credo which included a specific reference to defending the right to hunt…. (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 19.11.02 Hunt supporter's Tory donation - EDMUND Vestey, one of East Anglia's biggest supporters of foxhunting, has given the Conservative Party a donation of £6,050, figures published by the Electoral Commission revealed yesterday. The Commission's internet site indicated that Mr Vestey, of Vestey Hall, Thurlow, near Haverhill, a former master of the Thurlow Hounds, paid his donation directly to Conservative Central Office on August 1…. (story)

Times 19.11.02 Upland foxhunting - With so much ignorance surrounding the debate on hunting, accurate information is important. Valerie Elliott stated (report, November 14) that “hunting in upland Britain . . . is largely carried out by gunpacks on foot”. While there are a few gunpacks in some parts of Wales, the Cumbrian fells are hunted on foot by packs of fell hounds with no guns… Those of us who take part in traditional hunting deplore the situation in Scotland, which has been brought about by confused and ridiculous legislation from the Scottish Parliament… ALAN BOLT (Master of Foxhounds), Downfield House, Leece, Ulverston, umbria LA12 0RD. (story)

Leicester Mercury 19.11.02 GUARDIANS OF GOD'S CREATURES - In response to letters regarding foxhunting, indeed all hunting, human beings are the only species on earth capable of cruelty in the strict moral sense of the word…. Who are we to be selective? We were given guardianship, not permission to abuse. Marilyn Pinger, Kibworth (letter)

Western Daily Press 19.11.02 SAVAGE TRADITION - No doubt the hunter would say I lack moral fibre, but the idea of cubbing is, to me, repulsive… P Dean Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)

Western Morning News 19.11.02 MORALITY MUST TAKE PRIORITY IN ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS ARGUMENT - Prime Minister Tony Blair is the one who is misguided about protests over "Frankenstein foods" and animal-based medical "research"… Conscience asks the question - is it right? Morals are more important and now - not later - as Mr Blair wants!... Louise Piddington, Plymouth (letter)

Grimsby Telegraph 19.11.02 BITING BACK ON BEHALF OF POLICE DOG TRAINING - Can i reply to Pat Wickham's letter to you in Tuesday night's Viewpoint? I worked for 24 proud years in the Humberside Police Force Dog Section, and, may I say, that I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them…. The value to the police of police dogs is, may I say, unquestionable. My dogs have, over the years, saved me and other officers from serious injury…. Martin High, (Address supplied). (letter)

Western Morning News 19.11.02 Come clean now - FOLLOWING your article "Controls on bovine TB are a failure"; and letters from Martin Hancox about millions of pounds wasted on badger culling trials, now is the time for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs come clean on this issue - Pamela Dean, Whiteshill, Stroud (letter)

Western Daily Press 19.11.02 ANIMAL RIGHTS - Sheep or peacocks, what's the difference? In my view, Michael Cuttell had every right to shoot David Baker's dog… D Tidball Street Somerset (letter)
Telegraph 13.11.02 Ex-JP fined for killing dog A former magistrate was yesterday found guilty of "executing" a dog with a single shot to the head in revenge for it mauling one of his peacocks…. Cuttell was found guilty of criminal damage and breaching his gun licence. He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs by magistrates in Swindon, Wilts. (story)
Guardian 12.11.02 Former JP shot dog 'to avenge peacock's death' - Tania Branigan ….Parish councillor Michael Cuttell, 64, used his .22 calibre rifle to kill the Irish Wheaton terrier with a shot to the head while she was locked in a shed, Swindon magistrates heard…. Cuttell, who denies charges of criminal damage and failure to comply with conditions of a firearms certificate, was described by his solicitor as a man who opposed hunting… (story)
Times 12.11.02 Millionaire 'shot tenant's dog for savaging peacock' BY SIMON DE BRUXELLES - …Michael Cuttell shut Misty, a four-year-old curly-coated terrier, in a shed while he went home to fetch his rifle. When he returned he shot Misty in the head, killing her instantly, magistrates in Swindon were told… The court was played a tape of a police interview with Mr Cuttell who claimed that he had shot the dog twice, first accidentally and second to put it out of its misery. He said: “I am anti-hunt, anti-fishing, anti-sport shooting…" (story)
Yorkshire Post 13.11.02 Estate owner fined for shooting pet dog …Millionaire and parish council chairman Michael Cuttell, 63, was convicted of one charge of criminal damage in relation to the dog's death and one firearms charge at Swindon Magistrates' Court…. Magistrates took more than two hours to find Cuttell guilty of criminal damage and of failing to comply with a firearms certificate. He was fined £500 and also ordered to pay £1,000 costs. There was no separate penalty for the firearms charge, but Cuttell's rifle was ordered to be forfeited and destroyed…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 19.11.02 STILL MAKING THE FUR FLY? - Would you WEAR FUR ON THE STREETS OF LEICESTER? Adam Wakelin finds out if the issue is still getting under people's skins… The woman I am with is wearing a mink coat…"No, thank you," scowls clearly disgusted owner Kevin Taylor when invited to have a stroke… Customer Laura Rooney, 18, agrees: "I think it is horrible…" Meanwhile, vegetarian Elaine Hopkins, 50, glowers at us… (story)

Telegraph 18.11.02 W F Deedes - When the House of Commons debates the new government measure to deal with foxhunting, it will have the advantage of knowing what has happened in Scotland… A fox may now be hunted by riders and hounds but, when flushed, must be shot by guns, which are required to be in attendance. What the guns, most of them keepers and experienced shots, have shown is how difficult it is to kill a fox outright with a shotgun. So Scotland's New Labour version of foxhunting is leaving more wounded foxes in the field than old-style hunting ever did…. (story)

Worcester Evening News 18.11.02 Ban on animal testing - READERS concerned about animal welfare should be delighted to learn that the European Parliament and the European Council have finally reached agreement to end testing of cosmetics on animals… PHILIP BUSHILL-MATTHEWS, Environment & Public Health Committee, European Parliament, Brussels (letter in archive)
Shropshire Star 18.11.02 Cosmetic testing is now to end - Philip Bushill-Matthews, Environment & Public Health Committee European Parliament Brussels (letter in archive)

Irish Examiner 18.11.02 Moby invites anti-fur protesters to his Dublin show By PJ Gibbons Entertainment Correspondent - A small group of anti-fur campaigners staged a peaceful demonstration in Dublin last night in advance of Moby's concert at the Point Theatre… Arriving for the gig, chart-topping singer Moby confirmed the demonstrators from the Animal Protection Agency (PETA) were specially invited to his concert last night to help create awareness of the Irish campaign to stamp out fur farming here… (story)
Irish Examiner 18.11.02 Fur farms should be shut down - PETA’s anti-fur advert showing singer Sophie Ellis Bextor holding a dead skinned fox (Irish Examiner, Nov 12) is very shocking. Maybe more shocking is the fact that there is at least one fox farm operating in the Republic, as well as six mink farms… Mary-Anne Bartlett, Director, Compassion in World Farming - Ireland, Hanover Street, Cork. (letter)
Sunday Times 17.11.02 Moby uses Dublin concert to voice protest at fur trade - SCOTT MILLAR - THE American pop star Moby is to attack the Irish fur trade during his concert at the Point Depot today… The singer’s comments will mark the launch of the Irish leg of a campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), an animal rights lobby… Edward Hannon, a spokesman for Peta in Ireland, said: “Support of stars such as Moby, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Alicia Silverstone are key to raising awareness of animal welfare issues…." Mary Ann Bartlett, of Compassion in World Farming, said: “Although the majority of the Irish public are against this cruel practice, some people are mistakenly buying items with fur trimmings which they believe are fake.” … (story)
Observer 17.11.02 Fur is all the rage as sales rise 35pc - Mark Townsend - Britain's fur trade is enjoying its strongest growth for 20 years, suggesting a dramatic softening of public attitudes towards wearing animal skins… Yet despite fur's growing acceptance, the decision of 23-year-old Bextor to pose for animal welfare charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), indicates a persistent hostility towards the trade…. (story)

Telegraph 18.11.02 Peterborough - The fur debate continues to raise temperatures in the cool world of fashion…. Now Cindy Jackson - the 47-year-old cosmetic surgery devotee - has launched an all-out attack on the fur-loving British designer Zandra Rhodes… (story)
Western Daily Press 16.11.02 FUR FLIES AS PROTESTERS TARGET SUPERMODEL New York Supermodel Gisele Bundchen's love of fur made her the target for animal rights protesters as she strutted her stuff in sexy underwear on a catwalk… Four women members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) leaped on to the catwalk as supermodels Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and Karolina paraded… (story)
Ananova 15.11.02 Supermodel targeted by animal protesters Giselle Bundchen's love of fur made her the target for animal rights protesters as she appeared in sexy underwear on a New York catwalk… Four women members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals leaped on the runway as Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and Karolina paraded wearing expensive next to nothing… (story)
Independent 9.11.02 Dress-Down Friday: Fur is a feminist issue - Charlotte O'Sullivan - Back in the Nineties, five models claimed they'd rather go naked than wear fur. Today, only two – Christy Turlington and Elle Macpherson – haven't changed their minds… As someone who eats factory-farmed meat and eggs, and wears leather shoes, I can't take the moral high ground… Even the link between fur and the whole Countryside Alliance surge doesn't put me off…. (story)
Telegraph 6.11.02 Ooh, the little minks - Gisele Bundchen's latest megabucks contract has brought her into conflict with the hairy armpits of the animal rights brigade… A spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is predictably unhappy: "Gisele's a Brazilian bloodsucker - all legs and no heart. She obviously wants the attention, and she's gonna get it, though not the kind she might want." (story)
Sunday Times 3.11.02 Supermodels wrap up warm for a fur revival - CLAUDIA CROFT - FUR is back. After decades of rejection by the fashion world and consumers on the grounds of political incorrectness a growing band of style icons — including Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, who all once took part in anti-fur protests — are decking themselves out in sable and mink. Sales to mere mortals are also climbing… (story)

Scotsman 18.11.02 Bid to stop the sale of foie gras - John Innes - ANIMALS rights activists are planning a renewed campaign over Christmas to name and shame Scottish restaurants and shops that sell foie gras…. Establishments which sell the delicacy will be targeted in a leaflet campaign by Advocates for Animals, which has already received the backing of former model and animal rights activist Twiggy…. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who sells foie gras at his Glasgow restaurant, Amaryllis, described the dish as "sex on a plate". He said: "As long as I live it’s staying on the menu…" (story)
Scotland on Sunday 17.11.02 Animal activists plan to name and shame those serving up foie gras - CLAIRE GARDNER - ANIMAL rights groups are planning to target Scottish restaurants and shops which sell foie gras, the pâté traditionally made from the livers of force-fed geese or ducks… Advocates for Animals are also writing to 23 individual restaurants and department stores in Scotland, including Harvey Nichols and Jenners, asking them to stop selling the pâté… In a separate campaign, a Fife-based animal rights group is planning to demonstrate outside Scottish turkey farms, saying the birds should not be killed… Edinburgh-based Advocates for Animals defended its action saying it was high time foie gras was taken off the menu for good. Campaigns officer Ross Minett said: "I find the cruelty involved in foie gras production hard to stomach… (story)

Sunday Telegraph 17.11.02 Militant group declares 'war' on hunt ban By Daniel Foggo - Militant hunt supporters are threatening to sabotage essential services, including electricity pylons, gas supplies and food deliveries, in reaction to the Government's decision to introduce a Bill that would ban foxhunting. The decision to step up the "war" against the Government was made two days ago at a secret summit meeting of the so-called Real CA… Edward Duke, the group's spokesman who attended the meeting, said: "The Real CA were hopping mad, really furious, and the talk was very serious indeed. They are talking about highly criminal acts, but they feel they have been driven to it…" (story)

Sunday Post 17.11.02 Animal testing - WITH CHRISTMAS on the horizon and our thoughts turning to shopping, I appeal to readers to carefully choose cosmetics for presents. Many cosmetics — toiletries, perfumes and after-shaves — have been tested on animals… Josephine Harwood, Blackpool.

Telegraph 16.11.02 Queen's Speech gives hope to hunt campaigners - The mood among Countryside Alliance supporters was upbeat as a record 15,000 crowd turned out yesterday for its annual fund-raiser at Cheltenham racecourse…. Ann Mallalieu, the alliance's president, told supporters she felt victory was within reach… Sophie Heath, 17, who has ridden with the North Staffordshire for six years, said: "A ban would destroy us. It's not just hunting, it's everything - it's our community."… (story)
Guardian 15.11.02 An ideology vacuum - Blair promised action in his second term. But this Queen's speech could have been drafted by John Major - Polly Toynbee … Depressingly, the only piece of legislation that could not emanate from a Tory government is the hunting bill, an illiberal interference with other people's weird pleasures that will waste precious political energy on a footling issue…. (story)
Telegraph 15.11.02 A free country By Stephen Robinson … The Hunting Bill maintains the guerrilla campaign against the hundreds of thousands involved in this traditional activity…. (story)
Worcester Evening News 15.11.02 Cautious hunters keep powder dry - HUNT supporters in Worcestershire are remaining tight-lipped about the Government's latest statement in the Queen's Speech… "Until such times as we know what Alun Michael and the Government will do, any comment will be fatuous," said Bob Brierley, Worcestershire Hunt spokesman… (story in archive)
Guardian 14.11.02 Fight for outright ban left to MPs - Lucy Ward, political correspondent - The government yesterday paved the way for a fresh parliamentary clash over fox hunting with the promise of legislation, but no confirmation of a ban… Lobbyists believe the bill, which is still being drafted, is likely to suggest a number of categories, in which some hunting, possibly hare coursing and stag hunting, will be banned, some will be allowed to continue and others will be subject to review by an independent statutory body…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 14.11.02 Hunting ban battle is back on agenda - A NEW battle over the future of foxhunting has been unleashed by a three-word statement in yesterday's Queen's Speech… The announcement made no mention of a ban, but was welcomed by Ken James of the New Forest Animal Protection Group… But Nick Smith, spokesman for New Forest Hounds, said: "All the previous talk of a ban has gone…" (story in archive)
Guardian 14.11.02 What we needed ... Leader …The great issues facing parliament in 2002-03 are mostly not, after all, those that topped the legislative agenda unveiled yesterday. The big issues are terrorism, war with Iraq, African famine, improvement of public services and Britain joining the euro. Compared with these, even the umpteenth attack on the jury system, cross-media ownership, the widening of the licensing laws - to say nothing of a fox-hunting ban - are all secondary. (story)
Independent 14.11.02 Battle looms over pledge to reach a conclusion on fox-hunting law By Nigel Morris, Political Correspondent - A fierce battle between the Commons and Lords over fox-hunting looms after the Government pledged to "reach a conclusion" on the contentious issue. Anti-hunting campaigners are convinced that the promise will start a process that will end with a total ban on bloodsports by the middle of 2004. But the subject has proved a running sore between the two Houses in recent years, with Commons votes to outlaw hunting consistently overturned by the Lords… (story)
Telegraph 14.11.02 Hunt supporters in final campaign to prevent ban By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - Supporters of hunting have changed their tune in a final attempt to save some forms of hunting with dogs, which Government leaks indicate will be banned as a result of the Bill announced in the Queen's Speech yesterday…. In the wake of these leaks, the Countryside Alliance's Campaign for Hunting has published a list of what it says are the new principles of modern hunting. In them, it says hunting fulfils the all-important principle of "utility" - rather than by carrying out pest control as it has argued before - "by maintaining the populations of quarry species at levels acceptable to land managers, as well as providing irreplaceable economic, social and cultural value to the communities in which it takes place"…. (story)
Telegraph 14.11.02 From war on yobs to open-all-hours pubs …Hunting - A Bill "to enable Parliament to reach a conclusion on hunting with dogs" may be in place before Christmas… (story)
Telegraph 14.11.02 Taking liberties with flawed laws By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor - Every Queen's Speech has a theme. This year, it is illiberalism…. the House of Lords is certain to witness some mighty struggles over provisions in the new criminal justice legislation, the European arrest warrant and the proposed ban on hunting with dogs among other measures… (story)
Telegraph 14.11.02 Joined-up injustice 'We are at our best when at our boldest," claimed Tony Blair at the Labour Party conference. Scarcely a month later, there was precious little sign of it in the Queen's Speech yesterday… even though important measures on mental health and the Civil Service had to be dropped for lack of space, the Prime Minister still managed to find yet more parliamentary time to devote to hunting…. (story)
Times 14.11.02 Tribunals seen as answer to hunt ban issue BY VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - A SYSTEM of local tribunals to decide the fate of hunting is emerging as the compromise from the Government to regulate the sport. Ministers are shaping new legislation, pledged in the Queen’s Speech yesterday, which would offer a total ban on hunting in England and Wales, except for specific exemptions which include licensed hunting… (story)
Times 14.11.02 The Queen's speech - A war against crime being fought on too many fronts … Other items, such as the composition of the House of Lords, might inspire more interest within Westminster. Different proposals, notably a hunting ban, will prompt more passion beyond Parliament…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 14.11.02 Foxhunting row set to start running again - THE row over foxhunting looks likely to re-ignite in the next session of Parliament with a new hunting Bill – but no mention of a complete ban… (story)
Yorkshire Post 14.11.02 Repeat prescription - THERE was a time, not so long ago, when the Queen's Speech was an occasion of considerable political theatre and real substance. No longer. Tony Blair's contempt for Parliament, evidenced in a sprawling and incoherent speech which made little reference to the detail of his legislative ambitions, is now complete…. If Parliament has heard all this anti-crime rhetoric before – remember Jack Straw's child-curfew orders and his crime-and-disorder legislation? – so too has it heard the class-war hostility to hunting with dogs and the needless meddling in the constitution of local and regional government. Yet another Bill on hunting – to "enable Parliament to come to a conclusion" on the issue – will take up time that could be spent on more pressing matters… (story)
Glasgow Herald 14.11.02 The government's legislative programme … Hunting with Dogs Bill - The government promised to deal once and for all with the thorny issue of fox hunting, introducing a bill "to enable Parliament to reach a conclusion on hunting with dogs"…. (story in archive)
Western Daily Press 14.11.02 BLAIR LEAVES WEST OUT IN THE COLD - The countryside was abandoned in the Queen's Speech as the Government focused on contentious new hunting laws. Critics said Tony Blair was doing nothing to address rural problems and was concentrating on bloodsports when there were higher priorities….Tory rural affairs spokesman David Lidington attacked the Prime Minister for ignoring rural problems… RSPCA spokesman John Rolls warned the Bill must contain a complete ban. He said: "Any compromise that allowed some hunting to continue would prolong the controversy."… (story)
Leicester Mercury 14.11.02 OUTRIGHT HUNTING BAN 'LOOKS LESS LIKELY' - An outright ban on fox-hunting is receding following the announcement of a new Bill in the Queen's speech, it was claimed today… Fernie Hunt joint master Joe Cowen said the wording of the Queen's Speech opened the door for hunting to continue under licence… Michael Clayton, a member of the Cottesmore Hunt and Leicestershire spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, said: "It does look though like there will be some form of compromise." Tor Owen, of the Belvoir Hunt, said she would prefer for hunting to continue unregulated… (story)
Western Mail 14.11.02 Fox hunting row re-ignites - THE political row over fox hunting is set to re-ignite in Parliament's next session with yesterday's announcement of a new Hunting Bill… The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) Cymru yesterday made it clear they would continue to oppose anything which would limit their members ability to use hunting as a form of pest control… (story)
BBC News Online Wednesday, 13 November, 2002, 16:52 GMT - Queen unveils Blair's crime blitz …On hunting, a bill will be introduced "to enable Parliament to reach a conclusion on hunting with dogs"… (story)
Scotsman 13.11.02 Queen's speech focuses on crime …Other measures…. A bill which will "enable Parliament to reach a conclusion on the contentious issue of hunting with dogs in England and Wales”…. (story)
Guardian 13.11.02 Tories and Lib Dems home in on civil rights - Patrick Wintour - Tory and Liberal Democrat peers are to confront the government over legislation in today's Queen's speech which they regard as an unjustified attack on civil liberties… In what could be another early trial of strength between the Lords and the Commons, it is expected that the rural affairs minister, Alun Michael, will publish a bill before Christmas setting out the government's plans to ban some forms of hunting with dogs. Lobbyists expect that Mr Michael will publish proposals suggesting some hunts will be banned outright, some allowed to continue, and others will be subject to review by an independent statutory body… (story)
Western Morning News 13.11.02 HUNT DEBATE HANGS ON QUEEN'S SPEECH - JASON GROVES - Hunt supporters in the Westcountry are bracing themselves for today's Queen's Speech, which is expected to give the first indications of whether Ministers will press ahead with plans for a total ban on hunting with dogs… Mal Treharne, Westcountry spokesman for the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, said that neither side in the debate would be prepared to accept a compromise… Peter Anderson, South West spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports, was equally uncompromising. "Our position is the same as it has been all along - we want to see a complete ban on all hunting, coursing and baiting of animals. Nothing we have seen has altered that view…." (story)
Ananova 13.11.02 New legislative programme to focus on crime … Fox hunting, with a measure licensing hunts which can show any other way of tackling the problem would be more cruel. (story)
Western Daily Press 12.11.02 BAN ON HUNTING: THIS TIME BLAIR MEANS BUSINESS - New laws to outlaw most hunting with dogs and to crack down on thugs causing mayhem on the streets will be unveiled tomorrow… Her Majesty will also have to announce a new Hunting Bill expected to see bloodsports outlawed in all but some upland areas. And hunt supporters fear Labour MPs are plotting to use their huge Commons majority to make all forms of hunting a criminal offence…. (story)
Western Mail 12.11.02 BAN ON HUNTING: THIS TIME BLAIR MEANS BUSINESS - New laws to outlaw most hunting with dogs and to crack down on thugs causing mayhem on the streets will be unveiled tomorrow… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 12.11.02 QUEEN'S SPEECH BRIMMING WITH CONTROVERSIAL REFORMS …Hunting - an overhaul of the common agriculture policy will form the basis of the legislation but MPs have been told they will be allowed to table amendments demanding a total ban on hunting…. (story)
Lincolnshire Echo 11.11.02 TRIBUNALS TO RULE ON HUNTING? The future of hunting in the county may be decided by a new tribunal which will consider each individual case. Legislation outlining the Government's plans to deal with the controversial subject will be will be outlined in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday…. But Countryside Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner said: "We'll wait until we see what the Government is bringing forward on Wednesday…." Anti-hunt campaigner Jean Battersby, who runs the Lincoln Animal Rights group, said: "I would support a tribunal." (story)
Scotsman 11.11.02 Blair makes crime key in Queen's speech - JASON BEATTIE Chief Political Correspondent… In a legislative programme heavily slanted towards England and Wales… There will also be two Health Bills, a Higher Education Bill, a Hunting Bill and a Licensing Bill, allowing pubs in England and Wales to open 24 hours. (story)
Scotsman 11.11.02 FRASER NELSON'S WEEK IN POLITICS - Graffiti and litter rule OK in Tony Blair's list of reforms - Fraser Nelson …Foxhunting. A ban for England would be announced by Her Majesty through gritted teeth and still may not be there at all. The idea is for a licensing system to grant permits to hunts that can show their pursuit of foxes is necessary to protect farmyard animals and the like from predators. All other hunts will be banned. Countryside Alliance sympathisers have been pitching tents alongside the Iraq protesters outside the Commons for weeks. Expect a suitable demonstration from them on the day… (story)
Sunday Telegraph 10.11.02 Field sport foes will sit in judgment on local hunts By Francis Elliott, Deputy Political Editor - The government is to hand the final decision on whether to ban or preserve individual hunts to new tribunals whose members will include representatives from groups opposed to hunting. The bodies will be chaired by senior legal figures and will include members from animal welfare and countryside groups - in most instances the RSPCA and the National Trust…. the proposed law will divide the various forms of hunting with hounds into three categories: those to be banned outright, those to be permitted and those that must prove they can be justified. Hare coursing and stag hunting are believed to be included in the banned category. Ratting and the use of dogs to hunt rabbits will be allowed… Foxhunting is to fall in the third category. Individual hunts will have to make the case for their survival…. "What it means in practice is that the lowland hunts will be banned because they won't be able to argue that hunting with hounds is more humane than shooting foxes," said one Labour MP, who supports a total ban… (story)
Sunday Times 10.11.02 Licensing system will be tactic to wipe out hunts EBEN BLACK AND JONATHAN LEAKE - MINISTERS plan a rigorous system of licensing for foxhunting likely to result in the disappearance of most hunts under proposals set to be announced in this week’s Queen’s speech… (story)
Guardian 8.11.02 Big theme missing amid ragbag of bills - Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt - Tony Blair has often quoted Mario Cuomo's edict that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. There is nothing more prosaic than the Queen's speech, often a ragbag of bills born of unconnected departmental white papers… Hunting - Reform of the common agriculture policy will be the main subject engaging the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, but there is also the issue of hunting with dogs. The countryside minister, Alun Michael, has yet to decide how to deal with the issues of cruelty and utility, but the government has given an undertaking that it will allow backbenchers to table an amendment imposing a total ban on the activity…. (story)
Times 4.11.02 Blair takes soft option on Section 28 and hunting BY PHILIP WEBSTER, POLITICAL EDITOR - TONY BLAIR is to steer away from an immediate clash over foxhunting and the Section 28 law on homosexuality when he unveils the Government’s new programme next week… Mr Blair will also, as previously promised, herald a Bill on foxhunting. But he will avoid stating the Government’s favoured solution for dealing with a ban. A report drawn up by Alun Michael, the Rural Affairs Minister, has been delayed until after the Queen’s Speech. It is widely expected to propose a ban on foxhunting in all but limited areas. But the government whips accept that anything less than a total ban is unacceptable to Labour MPs. The Bill will be based on Mr Michael’s report but is expected to be amended as it goes through… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 4.11.02 DECISION SOON ON NEW HUNTING LAWS The decision on the feared ban on hunting with dogs could be announced "within days", say hunt supporters… It is in the hands of Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael whose public consultation period on the sport's future came to an end in September. He is expected to outline the Government's new hunting legislation at the Queen's speech on November 13…. Supporters claim it would be "a terrible nightmare" if this autumn's hunting season is the last. However, that is exactly what anti-hunt protester Jill Purser wants to see. The Cotswold Support Group for the Abolition of Hunting member said: "It upsets me to know that it is still legal… Most of the county's hunts had their opening meetings at the weekend, including Prince Charles' Beaufort Hunt, the Cotswold Hunt, the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt and the Berkeley Hunt…. (story)

Telegraph 16.11.02 I pulled the trigger, and a beautiful animal was dead - Deer may be majestic creatures, but managing them can be a problem. Julian Barnard joins a stalking party… (story)

Leicester Mercury 16.11.02 CITY PEOPLE LOVE THEIR BRUSH WITH URBAN FOXES - It's not just trendy young couples who are flooding into Leicester to get a taste of urban living - foxes are doing it too! In one of the most comprehensive studies undertaken so far, people in the city have been busy capturing the urban fox on camera. The best 40 pictures will go on display from today at the New Walk Museum… (story)

Scotsman 16.11.02 Campaign - Stephen McGinty's article (S2, 14 November) misses the point. Why should the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals be "nice"?... Helen Harper Zyw ROTHIEMAY, BANFFSHIRE (letter)
Scotsman 14.11.02 Wrong kind of rights - Warning: Don’t cross PETA . The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals does not extend the same courtesy to its enemies. And who might those enemies be? Well, almost everybody. Everyone who eats red meat or white meat or fish of any hue, wears leather, walks their dog and refuses to move an earthworm, struggling on a baking pavement, to the cool sanctuary of its native earth…. The charity will not be content until everyone has renounced the use and abuse of animals - everyone, that is, except PETA - and the world is goose-stepping over worms, having embraced their narrow view of civilisation… It is this radical belief that gives them licence to make statements of breathtaking bad taste. Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA , stated in The Washington Post: "Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses."… PETA is incapable of displaying such magnanimity. In 1999 the organisation euthanised 1,325 cats and dogs it had reclaimed from the streets and was subsequently unable to place in a home… (story)

Argus 16.11.02 Direct action - Much has been written in the past few weeks about the £90,000 a year allegedly paid to the new chief executive of the RSPCA… It is not widely known that the local RSPCA centres (ours is at Patcham) are entirely self-supporting… Instead of sending your donations to head office, send them to Patcham, your local centre… -Mrs P Field, St John's Road, Polegate (letter in archive)

North West Evening Mail 15.11.02 ANTI-HUNTING BATTLE BEGINS - ANTI-blood sports MPs have fired the first shots at the start of another battle to ban foxhunting in Cumbria. More than 160 politicians have signed a House of Commons motion calling for a total ban on the controversial pursuit… (story)
Guardian 15.11.02 More than 160 MPs have signed a Commons motion backing an outright ban on fox hunting… (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 15.11.02 Queen's Speech still talks Scots - Brian Monteith … Bill has no bite after all - I SEE that the procurator fiscal has decided not to prosecute a hunt where a hound was found to have killed a fox…. The truth is that this Bill has no bite. Mounted fox hunts were terribly inefficient at killing foxes, but hounds by themselves are not. Ask anyone involved in pest control in the countryside and they will tell you that more foxes are being killed now than before. The man that piloted this Bill is now our Tourism Minister - any bets on that industry’s future? (story)
Telegraph 14.11.02 Police refuse to prosecute Scots hunt By Tom Peterkin, Scotland Political Correspondent - The fox-hunting ban in Scotland was branded a disaster yesterday when police refused to prosecute a hunt that used hounds to despatch a fox. The Grampian force decided not to act on a complaint made against the Kincardineshire Foxhounds…. A police spokesman said: "The matter was discussed with the procurator-fiscal and it was concluded that no crime had been committed." Mike Rumbles, the Liberal MSP for Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, said the police decision showed that the legislation was a "disaster"… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 14.11.02 KINCARDINESHIRE LAIRD WILL NOT FACE CHARGES FOLLOWING FOX HUNT - A north-east huntsman has not committed a crime by stalking foxes with dogs. Kincardineshire Foxhounds master Richard Holman-Baird will not face any charges following an investigation by Grampian Police… Following the announcement that there will be no prosecution, Mr Holman-Baird turned on those who continue to lambast hunting… The police statement confirmed what North-east MSP Mike Rumbles said he knew would happen from the first time the legislation was discussed…. "Members of the Parliament did not listen to their expert committee, on which I sit, when it said the law was unenforceable." (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 5.10.02 PROTESTER TELLS SCOTTISH HUNTSMAN TO GO BACK TO ENGLAND - ALAN GORHAM - An ANTI-FOXHUNTING protester yesterday told the North-east's only hound huntsman to go back to England - even although he is a Scot. Kincardineshire Foxhounds master Richard Holman-Baird received the call after his pack helped in the killing of five foxes on Thursday... He said: "The fact is that we are no less Scottish than anyone else who is native to Scotland - I simply sound different because I went to the 'wrong' school (a public school in the North-east). I just wonder whether or not this woman was a vegetarian, or just against the killing of animals. Does she do the same thing to people who work in slaughterhouses?..." Les Ward, chairman of the Scottish Campaign Against Hunting With Dogs, said he believed that Mr Holman-Baird was probably being "responsible" in his work. (story)
Independent 5.10.02 Campaigners say kill breached hunting law By Paul Kelbie Scotland Correspondent - Two months after fox hunting with hounds was banned in Scotland, police are investigating the first possible breach of the new law. Kincardineshire Foxhounds, which was on foot near Echt in Aberdeenshire, chased five foxes into the path of a firing squad armed with shotguns in an incident which left one wounded animal to the mercy of the hounds... However anti-hunt supporters disagree. "If this dog was deliberately allowed to kill foxes then the hunt is in breach of the law," said Les Ward, chairman of the Scottish campaign against hunting with dogs... (story)
Times 5.10.02 Huntsman defends killing of five foxes - THE killing of five foxes has prompted a police inquiry into whether the new law banning hunting with dogs has been broken.... Mr Holman-Baird, laird of the Rickarton Estate at Stonehaven, said: “It is totally within the bounds of the law that if a fox is wounded we should despatch it as soon as we possibly can. One of the problems with the methods we are left with, during these fox control days rather than the old tried system, is that when a fox is inside the ring of guns there is little chance of it escaping. What you are going to do is kill far more foxes than by the old method, when in effect you were testing their fitness by running them over a distance.” ... (story)
Scotsman 5.10.02 Police investigate killing of five foxes - John Innes - THE killing of five foxes has prompted an investigation into whether a law banning hunting has been broken, it emerged yesterday.. Huntsman Richard Holman-Baird confirmed that one of the foxes during the hunt was finished off by hounds, but insisted he obeyed the letter of the law... (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 4.10.02 FOX HUNT BACK IN ACTION - DESPITE BAN - ALAN GORHAM - Two months after a new law came into force banning hunting with dogs in Scotland, the Kincardineshire Foxhounds took to the woods yesterday - and killed five foxes. Police are investigating if an offence has been committed…. Yesterday, huntsman Richard Holman-Baird, laird of the Rickarton Estate at Stonehaven, said: "What we are here for is not to kill foxes for enjoyment but to control their population to preserve livestock in the are…" Les Ward, chairman of the Scottish Campaign Against Hunting With Dogs, said it sounded as if Mr Holman-Baird may be "one of the responsible" huntsmen… West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MSP Mike Rumbles, who sits on the Scottish Parliament's rural affairs committee, said he was opposed to the bill from the start. "Here is a case in point that it is just not possible to enforce that bill, one which I don't think should ever have been passed. I think that this is the one thing that we (the Scottish Parliament) have done that was really rather stupid." (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 4.10.02 POLICE INVESTIGATE - BUT HUNT HAPPY AFTER FIVE FOXES KILLED - ALAN GORHAM ….Local farmer Gordon Troup was among the shotgun-bearers training their sights on the edges of the forest Mr Holman-Baird and his pack searched yesterday. He said: "All these do-gooders who say this should be stopped just don't know enough about it to speak about it…. (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal or Evening Express 4.10.02 PROBE AS HUNT KILLS FIVE FOXES IN FOREST - A north-east hunt is being investigated by police after five foxes were killed in an Aberdeenshire forest. Huntsman Richard Holman-Baird, laird of Stonehaven's Rickarton Estate, said it was a legitimate pest control exercise…. Four of the foxes killed yesterday were shot while the fifth was finished off by the hounds after it was only wounded by the gun… (story)

Cumberland News 15.11.02 MSP TACKLES PROBLEM OF DEALING WITH DEAD HORSES - THE CLOSURE of hunts over the Border is causing a horse disposal crisis, says South of Scotland Tory MSP David Mundell… Mr Mundell is raising the issue in the Scottish Parliament with Rural Development Minister Ross Finnie after horse owners and vets alerted him to the potential difficulties of disposing of animals after the closure of the Dumfriesshire Hunt which used to offer the free service…. (story)

Kent/Sussex Courier 15.11.02 BITE THE BULLET AND MOVE ON Of course minorities should have rights, but those rights have to come with responsibilities. Why should any government take seriously the cries of groups demanding the right to be cruel to any living creature? Are we seriously to consider the rights of paedophiles or female circumcisers for example? Then surely equally so hunting… Dave Wetton, Castle View, Hadlow (letter)

Kent/Sussex Courier 15.11.02 HOUNDS ON LEADS IN CAT-FREE ZONE - R faux's proposal for a cat-free zone in Paddock Wood (Courier, November 8) and that all cats should be on leads like dogs must be leads me to suggest that as he is a keen hunt supporter, he also puts all the hounds on leads, so that they can't chase my cat when they are in West Peckham. M Hayman, Swanton Road, West Peckham (letter)

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 15.11.02 Hunt parallels explained - I WOULD inform Jeanne Young and her friends (Letters, November 6) that Adolf Hitler banned hunting with hounds in Germany prior to World War Two, whereas Winston Churchill enjoyed riding to hounds… JAMES ILOTT, Albert Road, Colne. (letter in archive)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 13.11.02 Fox following its instincts - FOR the fun of it and just for the sport of it were just two descriptions which Mr J G Monkhouse (Letters, November 6) used to explain why foxes kill.… the theory of a wanton and ruthless killer really does not exist and the unjustified persecution of foxes will continue as long as there are people who think they have the God-given right to be judge, jury and executioner. B JONES (Miss), Lytham Road, Blackburn. (letter in archive)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 6.11.02 'Cruel' sports need defining - REGARDING J Young's views against cruel sports (Letters, October 14), I was born and bred in the country -- Cumbria, to be exact - and I've hunted foxes. Make no mistake, they are vermin… But if Mr Young wants support to stop deer hunting by people on horses and chasing them until they drop, I'll support that. I've no time for them. Most are not farmers - they are people trying to be gentry, which they are not… MR J G MONKHOUSE, Kent Walk, Helmshore. (letter in archive)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 14.10.02 Petition against hunting was a hit …At our hugely successful anti-hunt petition-signing day in Clitheroe, we had people tell us they were against bloodsports and happily signed our petition, even though they are attending the Countryside Alliance march. No wonder the single-issue Countryside Alliance hide behind real rural issues. J Young (Lancashire League Against Cruel Sports support group), Stanworth Terrace, Abbey Village, Chorley. (letter in archive)

Kent/Sussex Courier 15.11.02 FISH FEEL PAIN LIKE ANIMALS - It WAS distressing to read about the injuries and in some cases, agonising deaths inflicted on animals by thoughtless anglers at Barden Lake. What many people forget is that fish feel pain like any other animal and fishing is an inherently cruel sport… It would be good to see angling stopped, like all other sports dependent on the suffering of a living creature. Richard Mountford Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)

Western Gazette 15.11.02 FOXES BLAMED FOR LOSS OF TERN EGGS - Only a handful of little terns hatched on the Chesil Bank this year, despite the efforts of wardens to protect them. Most of the losses, from 65 pairs, were attributed to foxes… (story)

Argus 15.11.02 We should share with animals - Mrs A Ginnings (Letters, November 11) should be glad she has only a playful fox in her garden… Anne Enefer, Bexhill-on-Sea (letter in archive)
Argus 11.11.02 Brazen Reynard is ruining my garden - I have gone off wildlife. My garden has been commandeered by it. Foxes have designated my garden chief repository, playground, supermarket and refuse tip… I am still a member of the local Wildlife Trust but only just. Have any other readers met the urban fox? And why have most people stopped using dustbins with secured lids? -Mrs A Ginnings, Wilbury Crescent, Hove (letter)

Western Gazette 15.11.02 BADGERS BAIT KEEN ALLOTMENT GROWERS Electric fences could be built by desperate tenants in a bid to keep out "vandals" who are destroying their prized allotment plots. The Rustywell Allotments in Rustywell Lane, Yeovil, have recently become the target for attacks by badgers, in which the animals destroy crops and dig large trenches… (story)

Western Daily Press 15.11.02 Sir - With reference to Mr Stevens' letter, badgers are a pest in more ways than one. I fully support Mr Capel regarding badgers breaking into his chicken house as we have had it happen…. I also had a ewe with lambs just born found with the lambs half eaten and all the ewe's entrails across the field. Robert Harding Winford Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 12.11.02 BADGERS HAVE TO SURVIVE - - In the letters page of November 2 there was a letter from H Capel of Winscombe, where there is an allegation of a badger breaking into a "perfectly sound chicken house, ripping out part of the shed wall with its teeth!" This must surely be an exceptional animal to be able to rip apart wooden structures!... As far as the comment about numbers needing to be "controlled" for their own sake (kill them), it leaves me speechless. I don't think that it is the people who make the laws who need to be educated. D Stevens Badgers Wood Wells Somerset (letter)

Argus 15.11.02 Choose cruelty-free - Good news for the animal world. The cosmetic companies are going to have to ban testing on animals (The Argus, November 8) but can anyone tell me why it is going to take six years to do it?... -L M Carr, Hangleton Road, Hove (letter in archive)

Independent 15.11.02 Paul Vallely: I can't stomach these sanctimonious vegetarians - You can't wear silk because of the worms bred to spin it, or eat digestive biscuits because of the gelatine… (story)

Western Morning News 15.11.02 Exploitation - WHAT'S in a name? In the case of the witch fish it's the difference between survival and probable decimation… The fishing industry has become too successful for its own good. It's over-exploiting a finite natural resource and so is ultimately doomed. R A Gagie Paignton (letter)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 15.11.02 Stop the sale of exotic birds - I RECENTLY visited an elderly couple in their home. It was 1pm. They had a bird in a cage with a large towel covering the cage to stop him screeching… Selfish old people, and selfish single people it is time to call a halt and stop the sale of all exotic creatures in this country… Christine Hall Archer Close Swindon (letter in archive)

Cumberland News & Star 14.11.02 HUNTING LOBBY'S BID TO THWART DEMOCRACY - CAROLE Smith will have her little joke by misreading Mori polls (News & Star, Nov 9). Mark Bainbridge also appears to have trouble reading what the polls say (News & Star, Nov 11). Of course people know there are more important issues than the issue of foxhunting, but that does not mean they do not also want a ban on this barbaric, minority sport… ELAINE M MILBOURN, Torpenhow, Wigton (letter)

Barry & District News 14.11.02 No hunting - FOX HUNTERS argue that their barbaric pastime is essential to keep fox numbers down. But in reality fox populations regulate their numbers naturally… some hunts even provide artificial breeding dens and even feed foxes to ensure there are plenty of animals to hunt - a fact the foxhunters prefer to hide… Cllr Rob Curtis, 118 Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry. (letter may be in archive)
Penarth Times 14.11.02 Fox facts - FOX HUNTERS argue that their barbaric pastime is essential to keep fox numbers down. But in reality fox populations regulate their numbers naturally…. Cllr Rob Curtis, 118 Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry (letter may be in archive)

Denbigh Free Press 14.11.02 Flashpoint in Ruthin - Police head off clash at haulage company as animal-rights demonstrators protest - Animal rights activists have branded local haulage company L E Jones and Son ´Dealers in Death´ and mounted a vicious internet campaign against them. And on Monday morning North Wales Police headed off a protest by the group, Farmed Animal Action, at the company´s Ruthin headquarters at Brickfield Lane on the Denbigh Road…. (story in archive)
Daily Post 12.11.02 Animal protest targets haulage firm - ANIMAL rights campaigners targeted North Wales' biggest livestock haulage business yesterday. Fifteen protesters picketed Ruthin Farmers' Auction mart before moving on to L.E Jones and Son's depot in Brickfield Lane, Ruthin… Some campaigners entered the compound but were removed by police officers. Meanwhile, a group of local farmers also arrived to support the company but there was no confrontation… (story)

Times 13.11.02 Rural workers mount human rights challenge BY ANTHONY BROWNE, ENVIRONMENT EDITOR - A UNION representing gamekeepers and huntsmen is seeking a judicial review to overturn the Scottish ban on hunting with dogs, on the grounds that it is illegal discrimination when groups such as Muslims and Jews are allowed to conduct ritual slaughter…. The Union of Country Sports Workers, which has 4,000 members, will argue in court in Edinburgh that the Scottish Executive is in breach of international treaties that commit it to defend human rights and to oppose discrimination…. The union will contest that the Scottish hunting ban breaches the articles in the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the right to a way of life and lifestyle, the freedom of expression, and freedom from discrimination. (story)

Guardian 13.11.02 Rapper denies fox hunting support - Jeevan Vasagar - A rapper who wrote a song the Countryside Alliance claims as its anthem has condemned bloodsports and is accusing the campaign group of exploiting him. The President, a 27-year-old from Washington DC, has made a string of media appearances where he apparently spoke in defence of hunting… The Countryside Alliance yesterday accused the rapper of cynically changing his views after he was refused a grant to make a video…. The President feels the story has been spun out of his control. The rapper, who plays his debut British gig next week, fears his career will be blighted if he is pigeonholed as the "fox hunting rapper"… Countryside Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner said: "Prior to that he has been absolutely consistent that he sees hunting as a civil liberty issue. It's the exact opposite of what he said before…. Mr Payne came in last week and asked for £30,000 for PR for the record and to make a video - money the alliance just doesn't have. This isn't genuine. Sam has proved to be rather cynical."… (story)

Telegraph 13.11.02 Peer behind Bill to ban foxhunting praises shooting By Tom Peterkin, Scotland Political Correspondent - Lord Watson of Invergowrie, the MSP behind the foxhunting ban, was accused of hypocrisy yesterday after he extolled the virtues of shooting game and stalking deer…. In an article for the magazine Landowning in Scotland, Lord Watson said Scotland was world-renowned for its field sports. "I am aware of the strength and value of this industry to rural economies and to Scottish tourism. The quality of field sports in Scotland, be it grouse shooting or deer stalking, is widely recognised by enthusiasts…." Allan Murray, the director of the Countryside Alliance… said: "They [ministers] are realising too late that the damage has been done. All these activities can create a vibrant economy…." Les Ward of Advocates for Animals… "Throughout the time that the Bill was running he made clear it was not his intention to stop shooting or stalking, His intention was to end the cruel practice of using dogs to chase, terrify and kill wild mammals." (story)
Times 13.11.02 Hunt ban architect backs field sports BY OUR SCOTTISH POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT - THE politician behind the banning of hunting with dogs in Scotland border revealed himself yesterday as a supporter of field sports. Mike Watson, the Scottish Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, has written an article for the latest edition of Landowning in Scotland, the journal of the Scottish Landowners’ Federation, in which he says that grouse-shooting and deer-stalking are vital to the Scottish rural economy…. Alex Fergusson, the Tory MSP who led much of the opposition to the foxhunting ban in the Parliament, said: “This is all-too-typical hypocrisy from Mike Watson.” … (story)

Grimsby Telegraph 13.11.02 TRIBUNAL TO CONSIDER HUNTING - The future of hunting in Lincolnshire may be decided by a new tribunal which will consider each individual case… Two large hunts in Lincolnshire, the Brocklesby and South Wold, would then have to apply to legally go ahead (story)

Market Rasen Mail 13.11.02 HUNT SECRETARY IS HONOURED - SUE Thompson got quite a surprise when her friends staged a 'thank you' presentation to mark her retirement as Secretary of the Burton Hunt. The masters, committee, subscribers and friends of the hunt presented her with a beautiful painting of horses returning home at the end of a hunting day by Lincolnshire artist Daniel Crane… (story in archive)

Fermanagh Herald 13.11.02 Saboteur head makes cruelty link - A huge volume of research exists, which shows a strong correlation between substantial animal abuse in childhood and later personal violence to humans…. Those who hunt animals are addicted to the sense of controlling the situation in which an animal is terrorised and killed…. The urge to torture and kills animals for fun is no more normal than the desire to inflict physical, mental and sexual abuse on a human victim. John Tierney, Campaigns Director - Association of Hunt Saboteurs, PO Box 4734, Dublin 1 (letter)

Cumberland News & Star 13.11.02 EUROPE BANS COSMETICS TESTED OUT ON ANIMALS - AN EU agreement has been drawn up to stop the practice of testing cosmetic products on animals… (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 11.11.02 MEP BACKS LAB TEST BAN - Notts MEP Phillip Whitehead has welcomed an EU proposal to ban the testing of cosmetics on live animals… < target=main href="">(story)
Guardian 8.11.02 Cosmetics tested on animals to be banned - Andrew Osborn in Brussels - The sale of virtually all animal-tested cosmetic products will be banned in Britain and the rest of Europe from 2009 after a deal was struck yesterday between the European parliament and EU governments… "This should lead to the end of animal testing in the EU for cosmetics as we know it," said John Bowis, a Tory MEP… "There is definitely more bad than good," said the RSPCA's Marlou Heinen last night… Animal rights campaigners gave a guarded welcome to the deal. Wendy Higgins, from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, said: "This has been an extremely long battle to convince Europe to finally stop killing animals in cosmetics tests."… (story)
Independent 8.11.02 EU agrees to ban animal testing on cosmetics from 2009 By Marie Woolf Chief Political Correspondent A deal to ban the use of animals to test cosmetics in Europe was agreed yesterday after fraught negotiations between MEPs and governments… (story)
Telegraph 8.11.02 EU to ban cosmetics tests on animals By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in Brussels - The European Union has agreed to ban the use of animals for testing key cosmetic products, overcoming fierce French resistance in a marathon 12-hour session that ended years of wrangling…. (story)
Scotsman 8.11.02 Cosmetic tests on animals banned - A Europe-wide ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics was agreed between Euro MPs and EU governments yesterday… (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 13.11.02 Restricted freedom for battery hens - After years of lobbying, battery cages will be banned by 2012, which is a great, great victory…This is not the end though. Just as the battery cage is going out, a new one is coming in, calling it the 'enriched' cage…. Write to Margaret Beckett… TINA CANHAM, Palmerston Road, Ipswich (letter)

Western Mail 12.11.02 Documentary series hopes to show human impact of hunting ban - AS the hunting issue hots up again this week, tonight on S4C a programme looks at the issue from the personal perspective of someone at the heart of the debate. Yr Helfa (The Hunt) is a series of four programmes which comes from the personal perspective of someone at the heart of the hunting debate… the series follows professional Snowdonia huntsman, Dylan Davies… Dylan is employed by Richard Williams, the landowner who famously sold the southern slope of Snowdon to the National Trust. It was Mr Williams' grandfather who established the Eryri hunt and Dylan's job is regarded as one of the best of its kind in Wales… (story)

Western Mail 12.11.02 Hunt backer and Government minister clash - A FOX-HUNTING supporter and a Government Minister clashed at the weekend over the future of the sport, just days before a Bill outlawing it is expected to be announced in the Queen's speech. Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael said claims by huntsman Alan Hargreaves that speakers at a rural conference had been hand-picked to avoid mentioning hunting were "complete garbage"…. (story)

Times 12.11.02 Ministers still cannot shoot straight on hunting - AIDAN HARRISON - A ban would, ironically, lead to the extermination of the fox population - Our Government is pressing the EU to scrap its ban on genetically modified crops because such decisions should be based on scientific environmental research rather than on emotion. At the same time it has drafted legislation, to be announced in the Queen’s Speech tomorrow, for an entirely emotive ban on foxhunting without any environmental impact study whatever. I am one of a vast number of rural people without any enthusiasm for country sports, yet who feel strongly that any new law should have a clearly defined and positive objective... Despite our supposedly rational and ecologically conscious society, the anti-hunting process is so clearly driven by bigotry and sentiment rather than by science and intelligent compassion that the naming of any anti-hunting legislation creates a major dilemma. Any Bill published with a title along the lines of “The Protection of Wild Mammals . . .” will be a lie. The author’s family have been farmers for 400 years (story)

Western Daily Press 12.11.02 WHAT WILL WE REALLY FIND? - What a sensible approach offered by C Weir (WDP Letters, November 7) encouraging us to visit hunt kennels… I shall want to see some of the older hounds and to establish where those too old to work are lovingly cared for to the end of their days… J Whittle Wheddon Cross Exmoor National Park Minehead Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 7.11.02 COME AND SEE OUR HOUNDS - Susanna Cramond (letters November 4) wonders how hounds are treated in between hunts. I suggest that instead of wondering and making snide and inaccurate comments, she goes along to our hunt kennels and sees just how well the hounds are treated. C Weir Bridgwater Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 4.11.02 Sir - I was interested in a letter from J W Alexander titled Politicians Are As Sly As Foxes. Concerning the subject of fox hunting, my concerns are for the hounds. I cannot help wondering how they are treated between hunts… Susanna Cramond Weston-Super-Mare Somerset (letter)

Western Morning News 12.11.02 'IT IS DUTY OF A LOYAL CITIZEN TO DISOBEY AN UNJUST LAW' - In a recent edition you had a front page story on the start of the hunting season and on the campaign to be launched in regional papers to counter the ridiculous story that the people who hunt are "toffs"… Nearly 2,000 years ago Pliny the Younger wrote that "It is the duty of a loyal citizen to disobey an unjust law".? Any ban on hunting would be unjust… Your report was echoed on Channel 4 News where the spokesman for the anti-hunters repeated their other well-worn lie - "that every poll shows a majority in favour of banning hunting".?The latest poll among the general public shows support for a ban falling to 41 per cent…. Richard Gore-Lloyd, Tiverton (letter)

Western Morning News 12.11.02 WE CERTAINLY DO KNOW 'WHAT WE'M MISSUN' - So, another 3H season - hounds, horses, and huntsmen - out to commit grievous bodily harm or worse to any poor fox, or whatever, that can't get out of their way quick enough… on a coach trip to North Devon one day… I was having to get past parked cars and there was one parked in the middle of the road…. I was suddenly aware that someone had opened the emergency door just behind me on the coach… This someone was rattling a wooden collecting box towards the passengers and asking in a voice worthy of any town crier - "Do anybody in yer wanna support th' North Deb'm Hunt?"… I tried to explain that there were certain rules about opening emergency doors on passenger vehicles, and in any case it looked like we were all on the side of the hunted - to which she replied - "You dunnaw what you'm missun boy. None of 'ee do." Les Terry, Teignmouth (letter)

Western Morning News 12.11.02 Gutsy leader welcome - JASON Groves infers (WMN, October 22) that Mrs Denham, who has resigned from the RSPCA's ruling council in protest at the appointment of Jackie Ballard as the new Director General, did so because of Mrs Ballard's opposition to hunting... Mrs Denham is herself a very outspoken, staunch opponent of all forms of hunting… The appointment of Jackie Ballard is greatly to be welcomed however…. Lena Holgate, Newton Abbot (letter)

Western Morning News 12.11.02 SURELY HUNTING FOXES IS PEST CONTROL - The Government informs us that it is unable to act to control the problem of urban foxes. Subsequently, Lord Whitty… told Peers that "this was not a matter for Government but rather for pest control". Is Lord Whitty unaware that the Government is at present making the control of foxes very much "a matter for the Government" or is he proclaiming that it is all right to kill foxes but not by hunting them, mounted on a horse with a pack of hounds?... John Christian, South Tawton (letter)

Western Morning News 12.11.02 Let Charles leave - REGARDING Prince Charles and his letters to the Government, it would appear that because of his pro-hunting comments that he has relegated Great Britain to nothing more than his personal base camp for blood sports… F Cleaves, Par (letter)

Leicester Mercury 12.11.02 WHERE WERE THEY WHEN MOTORWAYS WERE BUILT? - Before foot and mouth disease ravaged our countryside, the public's main concern was cruelty to a wild animal. That cruelty still remains, but is far exceeded by foot-and-mouth disease which is cruelty to the farmers and others earning a living in the countryside. The situation was so grave, as most saw on television, that some farmers took their own lives The Countryside Alliance were heard to be saying that the farmers were their friends. What a way to treat friends!... If this so called Countryside Alliance is supposed to protect our countryside, where were they when all the motorways were constructed?... D A Randle, Wigston. (letter)

East Anglian Daily Times 12.11.02 Cruelty of hunting live prey must end - Peter Austin's letter talks about the support of hunting on the recent march in London (EADT November 4). Blood sports were born out of ignorance and supporters are attempting to balance the suffering, trauma and killing of wild animals with the pleasure, tradition and employment of a few. No one should have the liberty to inflict suffering on to any animal…. ROSEMARY MCCARTHY, Westwood Drive, West Mersea, Colchester (letter)

Western Morning News 12.11.02 HESITATE BEFORE TAKING HEED OF 'HORROR STORIES' - In his letter (WMN, October 22) Neil Kernick pays me a handsome compliment, but seems to have missed the point of my letter… My letter suggested that instead of dealing with only one method of slaughter of animals for food Mr Crowle should carry out a whole survey of the problems and practices of animal transportation and slaughter before he tried to single out one particular practice for criticism… In the meantime we should be hesitant about taking too much heed of horror stories - aspects of which often grow with age… Harry Pusey, Camborne (letter)
Western Morning News 29.10.02 RESPECT FOR LIFE SHOULD EXTEND TO ALL OUR ANIMALS - I write in response to the letter from Harry H Pusey (WMN, October 8). As a vegetarian I am against all cruelty to animals. I too have resided in a Muslim country. Although, as Mr Pusey states, "Islam requires respect for all life", it is frequently forgotten or misinterpreted… As for Halal slaughter, I disapprove of any kind of animal killing, but to be hung upside down in chains and have your throat slit is an appalling way to die… I abhor all animal cruelty and agree that controls in our own slaugherhouses are certainly not rigorously enforced and this should be changed without delay. Elizabeth Gurney, Newmill, Penzance (letter)
Western Morning News 22.10.02 Halal view - HARRY H Pusey of Troon wishes for a more balanced view of halal slaughter. If, as he says, it is no more repugnant than other slaughter methods, then perhaps it would help WMN readers to have a more balanced view on the subject…Neil Kernick Kingsteignton (letter)
Western Morning News 8.10.02 TIME FOR A BALANCED VIEW OF HALAL SLAUGHTER - I had been hoping that someone else would pick up the problems raised by Mr Crowle (WMN, September 3) in connection with halal slaughtering… I am not a Muslim but I lived for many years in Muslim states - and in African countries as well…. I suggest he also visits a traditional slaughter house in this country and follows it up with a visit to a chicken slaughter facility in this country and then by a visit to a halal slaughtering place in the UK… Harry H Pusey, Troon, Camborne (letter)

Ananova 12.11.02 Sophie Ellis Bextor set to shock in anti-fur campaign - Sophie Ellis Bextor is appearing in a hard-hitting advertisement attacking the fur trade… The striking image was taken by Mary McCartney, fashion photographer and daughter of Sir Paul McCartney… The advertisement for anti-fur group Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is due to appear in magazines around the world and possibly billboards…. (story)
Guardian 12.11.02 Pop star backs anti-fur campaign - Charlie Porter, deputy fashion editor - The singer Sophie Ellis Bextor has become the latest celebrity to pose for the anti-fur organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). The advertising campaign, which features the singer holding up a skinned fox with the caption: "Here's the rest of your fur coat," was shot by Stella McCartney's sister, Mary McCartney Donald… (story)
Telegraph 12.11.02 Pop singer brandishes skinned fox in protest against the fur trade By Sally Pook (story)
Daily Record 12.11.02 FUR THE RECORD - Pop singer Sophie Ellis Bextor will urge people not to buy fur in a new advert for animal charity PETA… (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 12.11.02 Fur flies as Sophie strikes pose (story)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 12.11.02 I don't want to be healthy and wise! - I don't want to be told that eating veggie food is better for me, or that it's better for the animals, the planet, the starving, will save water, the environment and save us five and half billion pounds in subsidies to farmers!... Respect for life, what's all that about?... And who cares if I'm a little overweight. I'm in training now and I can manage to press the button on the remote without panting now!... DENIS HARRISON, Beaulieu Close, Toothill, Swindon (letter in archive)

Western Morning News 12.11.02 DUCKS FOR THE TABLE LIVE IN BAD CONDITIONS - Supermarkets are now promoting duck as the new healthy meat. In fact it is nearly all factory farmed. Birds which are close relatives of the mallards you see on local ponds are kept in unbelievable cruelty… R A Gagie, Paignton (letter)

Telegraph 11.11.02 The National Trust will let visitors pay in euros By Charles Clover, Environment Editor …At the meeting, Nicholas Soames, the Conservative MP, and Clarissa Dickson Wright, the television cook, were elected to the trust's 52-member ruling council. They were among eight new council members who included the trust's chairman-elect, Sir William Proby. Both are pro-hunting and their election, with significant numbers of proxy votes from the trust chairman Charles Nunneley, has been seen as an attempt to restore a balance between hunting and anti-hunting interests on the trust's council after its much-criticised decision to ban stag hunting in 1997. Robin Page, a Telegraph columnist, and Roger Scruton, the philosopher, also pro-hunting, were not elected…. (story)
Guardian 11.11.02 Voting muddle creates red faces at National Trust - Peter Hetherington - The National Trust hierarchy was rebuffed at the organisation's annual meeting when members refused to endorse the appointment of a City executive to a central position, amid concern over voting procedures… Members of the trust - and the three millionth joined the organisation at the weekend - can assign proxy votes to the chairman to use as he sees fit. Around 30,000 "discretionary proxies" were allocated under this rule at the weekend meeting in Birmingham. Their existence, widely criticised by some members, also ensured the success of two pro-hunting lobbyists, Tory MP Nicholas Soames and chef Clarissa Dickson Wright. Both insisted hunting would be incidental to their role… (story)
Guardian 9.11.02 Trust tries to heal wounds inflicted by hunting - Peter Hetherington - As the man charged with taking a great British institution back to the ideals of its founders, he seems an unlikely choice… Sir William Proby, City financier and master of Elton Hall, near Peterborough, is preparing to oversee 600,000 acres, 164 historic houses, 19 castles, 160 gardens, and hundreds of other assorted properties… Sir William noted yesterday that he sees his job as "keeping a reality check on what's going on" while presiding over a broad church in which hunting is "peripheral". Some clearly do not see it that way. Since the trust banned stag hunting on its land in 1997 - fox hunting is still allowed -pro and anti activists have been marshalling forces… The outgoing chairman, Charles Nunneley, has let it be known he is casting his discretionary proxies in favour of Sir William and prominent supporters of fox hunting, notably the Tory grandee Nicholas Soames, and the TV cook Clarissa Dickson Wright. As it happens, these two appear on a slate drawn up by a ginger group, called Friends of the National Trust (Font) formed by hunting activists after stag hunting was banned…. (story)
Guardian 9.11.02 Question of trust - Britain's largest charity needs reform - Leader (story)
Telegraph 9.11.02 Three million sign up to the National Trust By Charles Clover, Environment Editor … The National Trust's annual general meeting in Birmingham today will hear the result of a ballot in which two pro-hunting members, Nicholas Soames, MP, and Clarissa Dickson-Wright, are expected to be elected to its ruling council. This goes some way to correcting an imbalance that pro-hunting activists have felt existed since the Trust decided to ban stag-hunting on its land in 1997… (story)
Telegraph 2.11.02 A healer for the wounded trust - A new chairman will bring much-needed calm to the National Trust, says Charles Clover … Why should the council of the National Trust choose anyone as splendidly out of step with these Blairite times as Sir William Proby, 53, master of Elton Hall near Peterborough, to succeed Charles Nunneley as chairman?... And then, of course, there is hunting. "My wish," he says, "is to move on." Whatever your views, he says - and he lists shooting among his interests - "hunting is peripheral to the trust's business and shouldn't be taking up too much trust time."… (story)
Western Daily Press 16.10.02 QUESTIONABLE TACTICS AT NT - Once again some National Trust members will be misled at its next annual meeting by candidates for the committee not declaring their support for cruel sports… D Thomas Hisomley Westbury Wiltshire (letter)
Independent on Sunday 13.10.02 National Trust accused of pro-hunt bias in bid to woo Prince Charles - By Severin Carrell - Prominent supporters of fox hunting, including the television cook Clarissa Dickson Wright and Prince Charles's close friend Nicholas Soames, are being backed by the National Trust as candidates for its ruling council. The decision by Charles Nunneley, the trust's outgoing chairman, to endorse these public figures has prompted accusations that the trust wants to please the pro-hunting Prince the better to persuade him to become the charity's new patron. He is poised to take over the role from the Queen Mother… A coalition of three of Britain's largest animal welfare and rights groups, the RSPCA, League Against Cruel Sports, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, has called on sympathisers to vote against the four pro-hunt candidates…. The vote comes against a background of increasing tension between the pro and anti-hunting movements. Last week, two prominent League Against Cruel Sports activists were allegedly assaulted by a leading member of a hunt in Sussex… (story)
Guardian 18.9.02 Eco Soundings John Vidal - The National Trust's annual meeting is in November… At least five of the 17, who will be fighting for eight vacancies, have a definite pro-hunting stance, and only one of them has made this clear… (story)

Western Daily Press 11.11.02 REAL REASON BEHIND MARCH After reading your second page and Comment on hunting, (The Citizen, November 4) perhaps you would care to write the same amount of coverage against hunting. The countryside Alliance was very crafty; most of those people on the march were there because of schools, post offices, buses and shops. If the march had just been about hunting it would have been a small amount of the people there… MRS M. BRIAN, Address supplied (letter)
Western Daily Press 4.11.02 IS FOX HUNTING REALLY BAD SO BAD IT SHOULD BE BANNED? In A matter of days the Government is expected to announce legislation that could see England's controversial bloodsport of foxhunting propelled into oblivion… So why has the future of this bloodsport - a pastime affecting a tiny minority of our society - become such a political powderkeg? It's because, in rural eyes, Tony Blair's desire to regulate the sport epitomises his disregard for countryside traditions… Now, with the eyes of the rural community fixed firmly on him, he must ask himself some important questions. Does Labour, which gained over 90% of its seats from urban areas, really have the legitimacy to ban the customs and traditions of people it appears to know little about?... What would be really courageous, however, would be recognising the Government cannot press ahead with a ban because it is wrong in principle (story)
Gloucester Citizen 4.11.02 THE HUNT PLAYS IMPORTANT HISTORIC ROLE FOR THIS VILLAGE - They gathered outside Berkeley Castle, resplendent in their red, black and blue jackets and complete with beautiful horses and hounds… But as well as the rain, members of the famous old Berkeley Hunt must also have felt the uncomfortable winds of change…. (story)

Worcester Evening News 11.11.02 Rural shops - I SEEM to recall that one of the many gripes of the Countryside Alliance was the closure of rural shops. Why is it then that I see so many of their (foreign) vehicles parked outside large supermarkets in the Worcester area?... SIMON TAYLOR, Worcester (letter in archive)

Bolton Evening News 11.11.02 This cruelty to animals has to cease - WHATEVER became of common sense in our leaders and those elected to office? There are plans to ban fox hunting because it's cruel. But children from the age of three years old are throwing explosives about the streets for three months and terrify every animal in the country… Bill Hughes Stoneclough Road Radcliffe Manchester (letter in archive)

Bolton Evening News 11.11.02 Total hunt ban needed - HERE'S hoping that, in the New Year, we will see a total ban on hunting. Social scientists and law enforcement officials have identified animal abuse as a symptom of emotional illness and a precursor to violent crimes against human beings…. Animal-lover (Name and address supllied) (letter in archive)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 11.11.02 Right to die decently - I do not consider myself a do-gooder by supporting the anti-fox hunting lobby as suggested by G Thomas ("No thought for the fox"). My opinion is based on the far stronger belief that any animal used for sport has the right to a decent life - and death… Mr Thomas is correct in the thought that I do not like others enjoying themselves with fox hunting, but for the rights of the fox, not despite it. Edward Tobin, New Street, Wolverhampton (letter)

Bolton Evening News 11.11.02 Sports gear's shock origins - IF you are thinking of buying trainers or football boots this coming festive season, please think carefully. Choose that sports gear with thought, because the Australians are shooting kangaroos and beating their babies to death, when they have dragged them from their mother's pouch. What for? To make kangaroo skin trainers!... Margaret Mead, Halliwell Road, Bolton (letter in archive)

Argus 11.11.02 Veggie diet on TV trial by Aidan Radnedge - A vegetarian teenager's efforts to convert her stepbrothers to a meat-free diet have been filmed for a children's TV show. Hannah Barlow, 13, was caught on camera giving one of them a roasting after he broke a week-long ban on eating meat. … Hannah, who lives with her mother in Stanmer Park Road, Brighton, had volunteered for the show after her school advertised for a vegetarian interested in taking part - and she seemed to be the only one…. (story in archive)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 11.11.02 The case for becoming vegetarian - MY letter concerning cruelty carried out on animals at slaughterhouses and the beneficial effects vegetarianism would have on world hunger brought out the expected drivel from meat eaters, and an indignant farmer. What I found most disappointing was the complete lack of concern for animal welfare shown by these people… PHILIP BEAVEN Merton Avenue, Swindon (letter in archive)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 11.11.02 The case for becoming vegetarian no:2 - OH DEAR, Mr Beaven has rattled a few cages. I would like to answer the letters sent by Tim Finney and Frankie Jay (EA Wednesday October 30)…. If Britain went vegetarian, less than half the farm land would be needed leaving plenty of room to produce trees for fruit and fuel use and allowing room for animals to live as they were intended, free! Marilyn Harrison Beaulieu Close, Toothill, Swindon (letter in archive)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 1.11.02 harbour no prejudices …I harbour no prejudice against either Mr Beaven or vegetarians, though I am inclined to subscribe to the oft quoted view that vegetarianism is harmless enough, though is apt to fill a man with wind and self-righteousness… If Mr Beaven would restrain his prejudices, his commendable concern for animal welfare would be more widely shared. J P HUNTER Kerry Close, Shaw (letter in archive)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 1.11.02 We'll decide what to eat …We might all enjoy a pleasant life more if the likes of Philip Beaven did not dictate so much…. E M, Wroughton (letter in archive)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 30.10.02 Eating veg fills you with wind... WITH reference to Mr Beaven's letter of October 23, as Sir Robert Hutchinson said: "Vegetarianism is harmless enough, though it is apt to fill a man with wind and self-righteousness." JP HUNTER Kerry Close, Shaw, Swindon (letter in archive)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 30.10.02 nasty end, maybe, but it's a good life - We were disappointed that you gave such a prominent headline to the letter from Philip Beaven last week (October 23). It was as if he had just discovered that death, in any form, to any sentient being, is a `nasty end'. We have never suggested that death really is anything else! Indeed, compared to the vast majority of livestock and meat businesses, we go out of our way in our literature to tell people about the whole process… All we are trying to do within this pioneering business is to ensure that the life of the animal, from birth to the point of death, is as stress-free as possible…. We have had several curious vegetarians around our enterprise over the years, and some of them have found our work so engaging that they have become ex-vegetarians overnight. TIM FINNEY Managing Director, Eastbrook Farm Organic Pigs Ltd Bishopstone, Swindon (letter in archive)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 30.10.02 You're missing the big picture, Mr Beaven …Mr Beaven is obviously against animals being reared for human consumption… The bigger issue is that significantly more people in this country pour boiling water on tiny ants, chop slugs in half or poison them slowly and allow their cats to decimate the wildlife population than will ever go chasing foxes around the countryside… There is only one issue that every one should be discussing and working on: War is Stupid. Why bother with any other issue because becoming a vegetarian and stopping hunting won't stop wars and it won't lead to more food being grown. Frankie Jay Woodside Avenue Swindon (letter in archive)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 23.10.02 A pleasant life and nasty end - I WAS very interested in the article in Friday's Adver concerning organic farming, and in particular, Bishopstone Farm… I understand that every effort is made to ensure the pigs welfare until arrival at the gates of the abattoir, but that is as far as it goes. The by-now stressed and very frightened creatures are then in the hands of the psychopaths and bullies that actually carry out the slaughter…. If we all became vegetarian there would be more than enough food in the world to feed everyone. Philip Beaven Merton Avenue Swindon (letter in archive)

Scotsman 11.11.02 Glasgow Zoo being kept afloat by housebuilders - Liam McDougall - AN animal welfare charity has demanded that Glasgow Zoo is placed in administration, following revelations that its day-to-day running costs were being met by a firm of housebuilders…. in a letter to the Scottish Charities Office, John Robins, campaigns consultant for the pressure group Animal Concern, has called for an administrator to be put in charge of the zoo and an investigation launched into the relationship between the zoo’s management and Miller Homes… (story)
Scotsman 31.10.02 Activists hit out as Glasgow Zoo wins a reprieve - John Innes - ANIMAL rights groups yesterday attacked the decision not to close the beleaguered Glasgow Zoo despite worldwide calls for its licence to be revoked… Yvonne Taylor, of Advocates for Animals, said: "This is just another delay. The zoo just keeps getting let off the hook every single time…." (story)
Scotsman 19.10.02 Glasgow Zoo faces an inquiry into its accounts - John Innes - GLASGOW Zoo has been reported to a charity watchdog over claims managers broke the law by failing to release their annual accounts to the public… Animal Concern claims to have requested recent accounts but received copies of audited accounts dating from 1997-1998 instead… But Roger Edwards, the chief executive of the zoo, said yesterday: "We know Animal Concern is trying to close us down. We know it has made various complaints, but it has never aired them to us." He claimed the zoo’s auditors, which he refused to name, had withheld the accounts and added that the zoo was taking "professional advice" on the matter…. (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 9.7.02 Zoo seeks political support By Alexander Robertson - A DRIVE to gather political support for cash strapped Glasgow Zoo is underway amid claims by bosses of a "targeted campaign" to shut it… In an open letter published on Glasgow Zoo's website Mr Edwards states: "We are witnessing a targeted campaign to disband the zoo, following a recent campaign which successfully closed all the local authority animal parks in Fife. Advocates for Animals have admitted that Edinburgh Zoo is also on their closure list…" Ross Minett, campaigns director with Advocates for Animals, said there was overwhelming support for closing down the zoo… Local supporters today vowed to fight the campaign and backed Mr Edwards. James Allison, 34, from Dennistoun, said: "We simply can't let these people win." … (story)
Scotsman 26.6.02 Call for zoo review - A TEAM of inspectors called in to investigate conditions at the crisis-hit Glasgow Zoo yesterday called for an urgent review of its licence… The move comes only weeks after former workers claimed that farm animals were slaughtered and fed to giant pythons to save money. The animal rights campaigners, Advocates for Animals, also compiled a dossier claiming evidence of numerous fire hazards and poor animal housing. (story)
Scotland on Sunday 16.6.02 Zoo question - Rescued pets are not fed to other animals at Glasgow Zoopark (News, June 9)… It is important that Andrew Condie explains why snakes he was responsible for could possibly have been fed in this way, and why he did not report such a serious matter at the time. Roger Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Glasgow Zoopark (letter)
Scotsman 15.6.02 Call for zoo to be closed - JAMES REYNOLDS A LEADING animal campaign group has called for Glasgow zoo to be closed down immediately after claiming it is so badly maintained that animals, staff and visitors are at risk. Advocates for Animals has compiled a report following a series of inspections at the zoo… (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 10.6.02 Zoo denies claims that pets were fed to snakes - TROUBLED Glasgow Zoo has hit back at claims it used children's pets as snake food to save money… zoo chiefs say the allegations, made in a dossier which Mr Condie sent to animal welfare groups, are a pack of lies.Animal keeper Laura Rennie says the claims are "sour grapes". She said: "His allegations are a pack of lies. For one we don't take in pets and haven't for a number of years…. and we wouldn't use animals as feed when we don't know their history because they could be carrying diseases…" (story)
Scotland on Sunday 9.6.02 Did zoo feed pets to snakes? - FRANK HURLEY - A FORMER animal keeper has alleged that Glasgow Zoo agreed to take care of children’s unwanted pets only to feed them to its snakes. Andrew Condie, a full-time volunteer at the zoo for two years, said youngsters believed their pets would be looked after at the children’s farm on the site… Condie’s allegations are made in a dossier that he has now passed on to animal welfare groups. Advocates for Animals yesterday called for an investigation… (story)
Scotland on Sunday 9.6.02 Did Glasgow’s zoo feed its unwanted pets to the snakes? - FRANK HURLEY - A ZOO agreed to give new homes to unwanted pets and then fed them to its snakes, former members of staff claimed last night… The allegations are contained in a dossier drawn up by a former volunteer worker at the 100-year-old zoo which has been passed on to the influential charity group, Advocates for Animals… Condie’s claims have been corroborated by another former volunteer worker, who has asked to remain anonymous… The charities Advocates for Animals and Animal Concern separately investigated the zoo in February this year and produced damning reports on its squalid state… (story)

Sunday Times 10.11.02 Mean fields: Jonathan Miller: Anyone for a fox kebab? JONATHAN MILLER - For the first time I go off with the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable, since I reckon that if I am to try riding to hounds I’d better get my jodhpurs on before the grim commissars ban it… In all this debate over countryside sports I remain neutral on hunting. Having done it, I still don’t get it. It is an almost insane way to spend a morning, especially when you consider the inadequacy of NHS accident and emergency facilities… As to its cruelty, the grim commissars have still to explain to my satisfaction how hunting is any more cruel than exterminating rats. But now that we live in a one-party state I do not suppose rational argument will play much part in the decision to ban it, or not…. (story)

Scotland on Sunday 10.11.02 No sympathy for the demise of hunting - WHEN 74% of the British population reject the claim that live animal hunting is a humane sport and 73% think it time that the Westminster parliament banned it throughout the British Isles, can Nicky Birkbeck expect to gain much sympathy with his laments about "the end of a way of life" and the Scottish parliament ruining everything (News, October 13)… The Scottish parliament voted the ban in with a majority of 47 votes this February, and this has been proved compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. In ceasing to allow the Dumfriesshire Hunt to use his land, Sir Rupert Buchanan-Jardine is only complying with the law… Katherine Watson, Stockport (letter)

Telegraph 9.11.02 Still in the pink After 105 years, hunting's definitive guide remains on the scent, says Julian Barnard - Every few years, a rumour circulates that the revered Baily's hunting directory is to be discontinued. On these occasions, its readers rally around their 105-year-old witness to hunting. First in the firing line is Mark Pearson, Master of the South Dorset Foxhounds and part-owner of the directory, who has to field the anxious phone calls from all over the world…. (story)

Western Daily Press 9.11.02 THIS SPORTING LIFE . . . Having lived with a hunting man for some years, I feel qualified to comment on the subject. They are supremely selfish and egotistical… Family life is next to nothing to them and I would have left years before I did had I not had two very dear sons to bring up… Of course, it should be banned utterly and absolutely…. Jennifer Lord Dursley Gloucestershire (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 9.11.02 Fish ban is a healthy option - THE proposed ban on the fishing of haddock and cod is an inevitable result of the systematic destruction caused by commercial fishing…. Seafood is the number one cause of food poisoning in many parts of the world…. Dawn Carr, Director, Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) UK PO Box 36668, SE1 1WA, London (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 9.11.02 Peta so wrong - I SEE the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been making fools of themselves again… they are now trying to convince fish eaters to go vegetarian… Perhaps Peta has never heard the sayings "fish is brain food" or "Scotland got her brains from the herring"…. I’m all for the humane treatment of animals, but I am also for the ethical treatment of human beings, the welfare of whom I, like most reasonable people, place above animals. Leslie John Thomson Moredunvale Green, Gilmerton (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 5.11.02 Fish mascot in bid to net supporters - A SIX-FOOT "fish" walked along Princes Street today as part of a campaign to persuade people to turn vegetarian. The anti-fishing mascot of animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) was carrying a sign which read "For Cod’s Sake Go Vegetarian"…. (story)

Western Gazette 8.11.02 ROCKET ATTACK SHOCKS FATHER - A terrified dad who had a burning firework pushed through his letterbox claims extremist prohunt supporters are behind the attack. Anti-hunt campaigner Neal Buckoke yesterday condemned the cowards who fired the rocket through the door of his house in central Dorchester, saying it had threatened the lives of his young family…. Mr Buckoke, who is a member of Dorset Anti-Blood Sports, claims that other anti-hunt protesters have already been targeted. He said Kevin Sheehan of Osmington Mills had a dead fox left under his car and that he has received many threats… (story)

Shropshire Star 8.11.02 Gauntlet is thrown on anti-hunt claims By James Whittaker - The head of the Countryside Alliance in Shropshire has challenged anti-hunt campaigners to join one of the county's packs and witness the sport for themselves. Clare Rowson has invited protesters to find out the facts about the sport before they condemn it… (story)

East Sussex Courier 8.11.02 HUNTING SEASON STARTS - The HUNTING season got off to a quiet start in Chiddingstone as the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt held its opening meeting at Lockskinners Farm. More than 150 horses and foot-followers took part in the event on Saturday and encouraged the public to attend to see what goes on… (story)

Malvern Gazette 8.11.02 Lending their face to hunt campaign - A MALVERN plumber and a vet from Knight-wick will see their faces in newspapers across the region as part of a pro-hunting advertising campaign. Bob Taylor and David Denny are among seven West Midlands people who enjoy hunting and have agreed to lend their faces to the campaign… Malvern plumber Bob Taylor, who supports the Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt… (story in archive)
Wrexham Mail 7.11.02 Ad campaign to quell traditional hunting myths - THE Countryside Alliance's Campaign for Hunting (CfH) has launched a hard-hitting advertising campaign of seven new advertisements featuring real people from different backgrounds who support hunting… (story)
Leicester Mercury 6.11.02 HUNT AD CHALLENGES CLICH??S - REBECCA SHEATH - The alliance's Campaign for Hunting (CfH) has launched a regional advertising campaign consisting of seven adverts featuring people from a diversity of backgrounds who support hunting. Mark Halford, of Melton Mowbray, and his partner feature in the first of the adverts, launched this week… Paul Adams, of East Midlands Hunt Saboteurs Association, said: "This desperate last-ditch campaign smacks of tokenism at its very worst… " (story)
Worcester Evening News 4.11.02 Bob the plumber is new hunt champion - A MALVERN plumber has become the latest weapon for the pro-hunt pressure group the Countryside Alliance. Huntsman Bob Taylor will feature in a series of posters produced by the Alliance - which campaigns to maintain rural life - in a bid to win over hearts of those who may be undecided on the issue…."If hunting is banned I would lose the privilege of riding in open countryside," said the 38-year-old who rides with the Croome and West Warwickshire Hunt… (story in archive)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 2.11.02 Hunting ads aim to alter 'toff' image - A hard-hitting ad campaign aimed at transforming the traditional image of hunt enthusiasts as "toffs in red coats" will feature a student from Albrighton. The face of Shropshire student Fleur Keely peers out from under the heading "Scum?" in the Countryside Alliance's new campaign advert designed by hunt campaigners to break down stereotypes… (story)
Telegraph 1.11.02 Campaign to show real hunt enthusiasts By Peter Foster - Foxhunting is attempting to shake off its traditional image as the pursuit of "toffs in red coats" with an advertising campaign featuring a plumber, a student and a gay couple. The campaign, launched yesterday by the Countryside Alliance, is aimed at challenging the stereotypical perceptions of hunting that supporters say are peddled by opponents who want the sport banned… The Alliance cites Rod Liddle, the former Today editor, whose column on September's Liberty March contemptuously referred to the "belch-filled dining rooms" of London clubs as an example of the blind prejudice the hunt community faces from the liberal establishment and the majority of backbench Labour MPs…. (story)
Shropshire Star 1.11.02 Hard hitting ads planned by Alliance By James Whittaker - A hard hitting advertising campaign aimed at transforming the traditional image of hunt enthusiasts as "toffs in red coats" will feature a young family, a gran and a student from Shropshire. Their faces will appear under provocative slogans such as "Scum?", "Perverts?" and "Barbaric?" in the Countryside Alliance's new campaign…(story)
Western Daily Press 1.11.02 THE NEW FACES OF THE HUNT - A row erupted last night as countryside campaigners unveiled a hard-hitting advertising campaign designed to challenge the traditional image of pro-hunt supporters. Pictures of a gay couple, a vet, a plumber, nurse, family, student and grandmother, were all revealed yesterday as the modern faces of fox hunting in a drive by the Countryside Alliance…. But last night anti-hunt protestors hit back, claiming the publicity drive was biased and "desperate". "If the Countryside Alliance wants to throw a six-figure sum down the drain on a lost cause then that's up to them," said Miranda White, of the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)

Harborough Mail 8.11.02 HUNT MAN GUILTY OF BLOCKING BADGER HOLES - Francis Philips (65) was caught on a hidden camera set up by animal activists at a large badger sett near Caudle Bridge, Tilton-on-the-Hill…. Prosecuting witness Bill Cunnington, a badger expert, had been monitoring the sett and had filmed Philips filling in the holes… (story in archive)
Melton Times 7.11.02 BADGER CASE MAN 'DID NOTHING WRONG' - THE Quorn Hunt is to stand by its earth stopper who was found guilty of interfering with a badger sett at Tilton-on-the-Hill… One count was dismissed by deputy district judge Mary Connelly but she found him guilty last Wednesday of a second charge, giving him a 12-month conditional discharge and ruling he should pay £1,000 court costs…. Mr Carden said: "We know the constituents of the Badger Act very well, as do all our stoppers including Mr Philips… It was clear from the judgement that the judge accepted he acted in good faith." (story in archive)
Leicester Mercury 29.10.02 MAN DENIES BADGER SETT CHARGES - Members of the League against Cruel Sports used the equipment to record Francis Phillips at a badger sett on the Caudle Bridge railway cutting near Tilton-on-the-Hill. Mr Phillips, 65, a sett stopper for the Quorn Hunt, denied two charges of obstructing a badger sett when he appeared at Harborough Magistrates' Court yesterday… Prosecution witness Bill Cunnington, of the Leicestershire Badger Group, had been observing the sett and making video recordings of Mr Phillips at work… (story)
Leicester Mercury 9.11.02 MAN TO FACE TRIAL - A Barrow--upon-Soar man will stand trial on charges of blocking badger setts. Francis Phillips, 65, of Thirlmere Road, has denied blocking two setts near Tilton-on-the-Hill… (story)

Craven Herald 8.11.02 May I make use of your columns to express the hearty thanks of the organisers to all those who attended the Countryside Alliance "Host a Roast" fundraising dinner held at the Masons Arms, Eastby…. John Edwards, Kirk Lane, Embsay. (letter in archive)

Gloucester Citizen 8.11.02 HIGH TIME BLAIR MET HIS PROMISE TO OUTLAW THIS BARBARIC PRACTICE …How any civilised (church- going?) human-being can justify ripping a warm-blooded animal to shreds because it's a "pest", beggars belief… The day this government gets on with what the British people (democratically and twice-over) voted it to do, is long overdue. Thank heavens for common sense. STEVE HAINES, Kemble Road, Tuffley, Gloucester (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 8.11.02 HUNTING BAN IS ONLY SOLUTION …I am a countryman and have taken a great interest in all that goes on. I can only say the foxes I have seen that have escaped the hounds are very traumatised and I can only conclude it is a very cruel way of going on… G. J. PEGLER, Castlemead Road, Rodborough, Stroud (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 8.11.02 HUNTERS SHOULD FEEL FOX'S PANIC - I think they should stop fox- hunting. How would the hunters like to feel like the poor fox must feel, getting all the hounds and men on horses chasing it. They should put themselves in the fox's place and feel the same panic as they must feel… M. R. McKANE, Ann Wicks Road, Frampton-on-Severn (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 8.11.02 DON'T GO BACK ON HUNT PLEDGE - Prior to the General Election(s), the Labour Party made a pledge, should they come to power, that the issue of hunting with dogs/hounds would be of importance to the voter… The Government must see this matter through, whatever the outcome… PAMELA DEAN, Field Road, Whiteshill, near Stroud (letter)

Gloucester Citizen (or Gloucestershire Echo) 8.11.02 FOX INTRODUCED TO LAND BY HUNT - My father was a farmer at the foot of Bardon Hill, Leicestershire… The Quorn Hunt introduced cubs into the area, then claimed to be hunting to keep the vermin (foxes) down… I also regard fox-hunting as a cruel sport BETTY KELHAM, Leonard Road, Gloucester (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 8.11.02 FALCON HUNTING IS NOT THE SAME - I feel I must reply to E Caine's letter on falcons. How can he possibly compare falcon hunting in the wild to fox hunting? One is nature taking its course, the other is a barbaric sport to entertain country gentlemen… Phil Usher, via e-mail. (letter)
Bristol Evening Post 4.11.02 FALCONS CAUSE FALL IN BIRD NUMBERS I write regarding the recent letter from Ed Drewitt, RSPB ("Let's welcome rare birds of prey to our city centre, Open Lines, October 28)… Numerous arguments are put forward to defend birds of prey but in my opinion the peregrines and other birds of prey have caused 90 per cent of the losses in recent years… Falconry in my opinion is on par with fox hunting. With fox hunting they have the excuse of controlling the prey. There is no excuse for the murder of small, defenceless birds… E Caines, by e-mail. (letter)

Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph 8.11.02 NOT INFORMED OF CULL - As LEADER of the Conservative Group on North Lincolnshire Council, I was concerned at the full page article on deer culling at Normanby Hall. We had no idea this was to take place. As someone who is involved in animal husbandry at the sharp end, I appreciate the need for stock management, and culling is the only way providing it is carried out in a proper manner… There is a need for those who run the council to ensure all elected representatives are fully aware of all the council's activities, large and small, but when decisions are made behind closed doors it does come as a shock to read such headlines…. Embarrassment has been caused to the council by keeping this information from members of the public, and I will be writing to the chief executive to ensure that in future, notice is given to nearby residents. Don Stewart, Epworth, (Leader, North Lincolnshire Council Conservative group). (letter)
Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph 4.11.02 PROTEST OVER DEER CULL AT NORMANBY A deer cull is under way at North Lincolnshire Council-run Normanby Park…. Every year a cull is carried out, but one of the park's neighbours, Carl Hamilton, has claimed that shooting the park's deer is too cruel and a bullet could go astray - claims denied by the council… (story)

Gloucester Citizen/Gloucestershire Echo 8.11.02 ROW GROWS OVER TRAPS AT HIGH SOCIETY SHOOT A bizarre row involving alleged conspiracies, apparent law-breaking and the cream of British society was escalating last night. The row centres on illegal snare traps allegedly found on one of the country's most exclusive shooting estates by animal rights activists earlier this autumn… Three groups, Animal Aid, the Anti-Snare Campaign and the League Against Cruel Sports, claim they found as many as 12 "dragpole" snares around pheasant pens on the Polesdon Estate, near Hungerford, this autumn… Animal Aid director Andrew Tyler was one of those who allege they ventured onto the estate over the course of three days and discovered the snares… But Sir Jocelyn Stevens seemed to accuse the animal rights campaigners of planting the traps to discredit him. He said: "It's completely untrue. I wouldn't do that sort of thing. Somebody dumped some illegal traps, which had never been used, and then rang the police to tell them where to look. They dumped them in a place near the pheasants to make it look like they were to do with us… (story)
Western Daily Press 6.11.02 'ILLEGAL TRAPS AT ESTATE' PROBE - Police confirmed last night they are investigating allegations of illegal snare traps being laid at a top West estate. The exclusive Polesdon Estate, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, is frequented by royaltyand former Cabinet Ministers, who attend pheasant shoots hosted by the former chairman of English Heritage, Sir Jocelyn Stevens… Animal Aid, the National Anti-Snare Campaign and the League Against Cruel Sports, passed their dossier of evidence, including photographs, to Wiltshire Constabulary… Sir Jocelyn Stevens denied the snares had been set by his employees and accused the animal rights activists of planting them…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 8.11.02 BADGERS' TB RISK TO CATTLE Being born into and connected with the farming industry for over 70 years, I read with interest the paper's topics on the "badger wars"… Over the years, with increases in the rabbit population destroying crops, myxomatosis was inflicted on them, so what of the damage to the few remaining herds? Are there laws for land and laws for animal welfare? ALICE MCBRIDE, Hulks Barn, Yorkley Road, Lydney (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 8.11.02 FUNDING OFFER The National Anti Vivisection Society (NAVS) has offered to partially fund a new national scientific research centre which does not use animals for testing. (letter)

East Grinstead Courier 7.11.02 HUNT MEETS THE CHILDREN - Over 70 children and their families attended The Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt's children's meet. Joint Master Graeme Worsley said: "The idea behind the day was to introduce children and their parents to fox hunting and to let them know what actually happens on a hunting day."… (story)

Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard 7.11.02 One hundred fox hunters start new season by Tamash Lal - THE FOX hunting season began last week, less than two weeks before the government is expected to outline plans to ban the sport… On Saturday, more than 100 mounted huntsmen from the Vale of the White Horse hunt set off from South Farm, Fairford for their first chase of the season. Joint master Mark Hill said 300 foot followers joined them and two foxes were killed…. This season will see the launch of a Countryside Alliance advertising campaign aimed at altering the perception of hunt supporters… But Paul Richardson, of Cirencester Animal Rights, said: "We don't care what kind of people go hunting…" (story in archive)

Daily Post 7.11.02 Hunting lives on, but not as we know it Country Life, With David Lloyd, Daily Post - FOX hunting is under way for what some believe will possibly be the last time. But is that likely to be the case? Not if the experience of what's taking place North of the Border eventually applies to England and Wales. The Scottish Parliament, flushed with an abilityto legislate in ways denied to the Welsh Assembly, rushed its fences to ban hunting with dogs. But reports from the other side of Hadrian's Wall indicate that the hunts are in full cry and all that's happened is that the legislators have created the need for more paperwork…. (story)

Telegraph 7.11.02 What facts? Last Friday, the anti-hunting Guardian boasted a front page "scoop", excitedly claiming that the Countryside Alliance holds files… Three days later, the same paper's Corrections column admitted that the alliance in fact "holds no systemised personal information on its opponents"… (story)
Guardian 4.11.02 - In a front-page report, Hunt lobby holds personal files on thousands, November 1, we said: "The Countryside Alliance has declared that it holds financial, sexual, religious and other personal intelligence on its opponents." We accept that while it does hold files on a small number of individuals for security reasons, it holds no systematised personal information on its opponents.(story)
Western Daily Press 2.11.02 HUNT GROUP KEEPS SECRET FILES ON RIVALS - West anti-hunt protesters were outraged last night as the Countryside Alliance revealed it had compiled files on its opponents' personal lives… The League Against Cruel Sports yesterday branded the news "absolutely scandalous". West spokesman Paul Tillsley, said: "We are interested in the hunting debate, not about who is sleeping with whom and how much their mortgage is…" Tony Holdsworth, of the Beaufort Hunt in Gloucestershire, said: "We have had vicious attacks by the anti-hunt side, including on women and children. The alliance may want to prove these are nasty people." (story)
Guardian 1.11.02 Hunt lobby holds personal files on thousands John Vidal and Stuart Millar - The Countryside Alliance has declared that it holds financial, sexual, religious and other personal intelligence on its opponents, using data from sources including private detectives, political groups, police and debt collection firms. According to its 27-page entry on the data protection register, the pro-hunt organisation, which coordinated the Liberty and Livelihood march of 400,000 people in London in September, also discloses information on its opponents to the police, the Inland Revenue, judges, the prison service, Customs and Excise, the Home Office and the armed forces… The alliance is doing nothing illegal in holding its records. The Data Protection Act is concerned more with how personal data is handled than the nature of the data itself…. Anti-hunt groups voiced surprise at the size of the alliance files. "The alliance seems to treat people who oppose them like the quarry they hunt," said Doug Bachellor, head of the League Against Cruel Sports…. (story)
Scotsman 1.11.02 Data alert to anti-hunters THE Countryside Alliance holds personal information on its opponents, obtained from sources such as private detectives, political groups and the police, it emerged today…. (story)

Sunderland Echo 7.11.02 Navy naughty names - I WONDER if Chris Mullin has noticed that one of Her Majesty's ships which docked in Sunderland recently is named after a famous hunt?... So come on Chris and rather than fight for a better health service or safer streets why don't you waste more time and energy by campaigning to have the names of these minhunters changed? Something more politically correct perhaps? How about HMS Foxes Are Nice Furry Animals or HMS Fish Have Feelings Too?... Joe Salt, Seaham (letter)

Western Daily Press 7.11.02 ANIMALS BLASTED BY THE ANNUAL FIREWORK TERROR - As a lover of animals and birds, wild or domestic, here's a thought for all left-wing MPs and anti-hunt supporters. Did you host or attend a fireworks evening? If so, then you were party to far more distress and agony than is ever inflicted upon a fox during a hunt…. J H Oliver, Swindon Wiltshire (letter)

East Anglian Daily Times 7.11.02 More concern for foxes than children - In the next session of Parliament a new bill may be introduced to ban hunting with dogs… I do not know how many foxes were killed by hounds last year. But I do know how many little heating hearts of unborn children were silenced forever by abortion… M CAMPBELL-PRESTON (Mrs), Melton Meadow Road, Melton, Woodbridge (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 7.11.02 GRUESOME ARISTOCRATS ..but just spare a thought for poor Prince William. Not only does it look like one of his favourite pastimes, foxhunting, could well be abolished by the beastly Commons, but he has also recently be 'linked' to two aristo gels called Davina Duckworth-Chad and Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calhorpe…. JACK CRITCHLOW, Sherwell Hill, Torquay (letter)

Gloucester Citizen/Gloucestershire Echo 7.11.02 ARE YOU GAME FOR A TASTY LOW-FAT TREAT? - Ean, lithe and free to roam - it's small wonder more and more people are going for game. And Game To Eat, an initiative jointly funded between DEFRA and the Countryside Alliance, is providing information and inspiration to the public about this versatile range of food… (story)

Western Daily Press 7.11.02 NO FOOLPROOF TEST FOR ANIMAL TB - Farmer Manners who eliminated TB from his herd in the 1950s ( October 31) had one inspiration which brought him the success which modern farmers, following the same health and hygiene rules, have failed to achieve - he mistrusted the Ministry test… It was MAFF's misplaced confidence in the test, still echoed by some farmers - it can't be the cattle, so it must be the badgers that led to the present mess… E Overend Leighton Near Frome (letter)
Western Daily Press 31.10.02 NO LOGIC TO TB ARGUMENT - I was a schoolboy when Mr L J Manners, of Minety, wrote A Countryman Looks Back, and I have farmed all my life not far from where he lived. My knowledge and experience would lead me to draw entirely different conclusions from his writings than those drawn by M J Haines and Janet Hall in their recent letters…. John Tuck Wootton Bassett Swindon Wiltshire (letter)
Western Daily Press 22.10.02 FARM STUDY PROVES POINT - Having read Farmer's Fury At Delays Over TB, in the Farming Green, of October 15, may I draw your attention to a book written by an old friend of my grandfather L J Manners, of Minety, Wiltshire. A Countryman Looks Back was published by Taylor and Sons, Minety, Wiltshire…. My point is that in 1951 Mr Manners and two other local farmers managed with logical reasoning, hygiene, and careful management to eradicate TB from their dairy herds. Since that time over 20,000 badgers have been killed… Janet Hall North Home Road Cirencester (letter)
Western Daily Press 22.10.02 BADGERS NOT TO BLAME FOR SPREAD OF BOVINE TB Any person with the slightest knowledge of cattle, or to use the correct name bovine TB, dictionary explanation: "pertaining to cattle, " knows only too well that the disease is spread cattle to cattle by coughing, sneezing and close contact in confined spaces. it is also spread by faeces contaminating pastures. This, in turn, transmits the cattle TB to badgers… I recommend these farmers read the book A Countryman Looks Back, by Len Manners, written between the wars… M J Haines Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)

Ulster Herald 7.11.01 Truth is revealed on animal tests - When it comes to animal testing for cosmetics, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has always argued that an EU testing ban alone is not enough… the BUAV has revealed a secret internal memo leaked from within cosmetics giant Procter & Gamble which proves that some cosmetics companies will try anything to hold onto animal testing…. Wendy Higgins, BUAV Campaigns Director, 16a Crane Grove, London N7 8NN (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 6.11.02 Extremists attack Fat Lady's shop By MARK SMITH - TWO Fat Ladies star Clarissa Dickson Wright’s shop in the Grassmarket has been vandalised by animal rights extremists. Stickers with the words "Animal Abuser" and a picture of an animal’s body torn to pieces have been plastered on the front of her Cook’s Bookshop. Her outspoken views in support of fox hunting have made her a target for animal rights extremists in the past but this is the first time her shop in the Capital has been vandalised… (story)

Times 6.11.02 Rare hunt book up for sale BY VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - HUNT followers and collectors of memorabilia will compete at auction tomorrow for one of the most important medieval hunting manuscripts to come on sale in Britain. The illuminated manuscript, expected to fetch up to £300,000, is a rare copy of the Livre de la Chasse and Livre de l’Ordre de Chevallerie and was completed in 1389 by Gaston III, a courtier under Charles V and Charles VI… (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 6.11.02 CRUEL IRONY OF BLOOD SPORTS - John Mortimer says hunting is "cruel" (Post October 31)… When the Scottish Parliament bans hunting, whose "freedom" will John Mortimer consider paramount when English border hunts "invade" Scotland? NORMAN ELSDON Oakdale Road Carlton (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 31.10.02 QC AUTHOR DEFENDS SPORT HE DEPLORES - Barrister and Rumpole creator Sir John Mortimer will be in Nottingham tonight to argue against making fox-hunting illegal… Sir John, 79, will defend the right to hunt at Illusions of Freedom, at the University of Nottingham's Portland Building - even though he finds hunting distasteful and cruel. "You don't have to like hunting," he said, "But it"s wrong to send people to prison for doing it."… Illusions of Freedom is one of a series of question-and-answer sessions, hosted by barrister and senior law lecturer Therese Murphy. Admission is by prior arrangement only…. (story)

Bath Chronicle 6.11.02 IT'S KILLING FUN So the Avon Vale Hunt has enjoyed a really good hunt (Chronicle, November 4). Good. They haven't chased any fellow animal to desperate exhaustion, or torn it apart, or splashed blood on children to show them what fun it is to kill, have they? I hope not. TERRY BROWN Bassetts Pasture, Bradford on Avon (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 6.11.02 HUNTERS' DIVERSITY DEFENCE IS FLAWED - I write in response to the two letters about fox hunting of November 1. Firstly, with regard to the letter of H. Brown, I don't believe that Satan was ever referred to in my last correspondence. But I do not believe it civilised behaviour to delight in pursuing a vastly outnumbered creature running for its life or enjoy seeing any creature torn to pieces…. Mr Gray attempted to hijack the countryside march for his own purposes… RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITH Lincoln. (letter)

Epsom Post 6.11.02 Law outfoxed in search for brake vandals By Post Reporter, Epsom Post - POLICE investigating car vandalism were shocked to discover the real culprits were foxes. Officers spent weeks staking out parts of Epsom after 22 cars in three adjacent streets had their brake cables cut after dark… John Bryant, a former vice-president for the RSPCA, instantly identified that the culprits were foxes… (story)
Bristol Evening Post 31.10.02 COPS CALL IN UNI EXPERTS TO HELP OUTFOX FURRY CAR VANDALS Foxes have been blamed for damaging car brakes. They were put in the frame by police working with researchers from the University of Bristol. Officers had become alarmed after 22 cars in the Epsom area of Surrey had their brake hoses cut in the past few weeks… It is thought fox cubs, who may have been recently evicted from their dens as they came of age, were probably seeking shelter underneath cars and chewing at anything they found… But the RSPCA remained sceptical about such claims, saying that there was still no evidence foxes chewed at brake hoses… But police said it was "beyond doubt" they had fingered those responsible as it had been confirmed by urban fox expert John Bryant, a former vice-president of the RSPCA. (letter)

Western Morning News 6.11.02 Stinging attack - SO the new head of the RSPCA is quoted in an interview as saying that yes, she would kill wasps and bees if she had to. Bees? What an utterly unbelievable statement from the person now in charge… Juanita Casey, Okehampton (letter)

Edinburgh News 6.11.02 All fur fashion - I FELT very sad to read how animals are subject to barbaric cruelty at fur farms in China (News, October 24)…. I hope Yvonne Taylor of Advocates for Animals will be successful in her campaign in China to highlight this trade. Mrs J Fleming Market Street, Musselburgh (letter)

Western Daily Press 6.11.02 HOLIDAY ISLE HELL FOR NEGLECTED ANIMALS - We recently returned from a holiday in Rhodes.We witnessed starving dogs tied to trees, with no shelter or comfort, abandoned dogs, stray cats, and neglected donkeys. We believe Greece should be banned from the EU… We have contact with Rhodes Animal Welfare, address: PO Box 265 Lindo Road, Tsairi, 85-100 Rhodes, Greece…. D Head and R Williams Ross on Wye Hereford (letter)

Western Mail 5.11.02 Moves to ban hunting `will create very serious unrest' - Amanda Brown & Sheila Coleman, The Western Mail - THE Government has been warned that any moves to impose a hunting ban will lead to "some very serious unrest" and "civil disobedience" in the countryside. Sam Butler, chairman of the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, forecast trouble ahead if a Hunting Bill is introduced into Parliament this month to outlaws the traditional rural sport… (story)
Western Mail 1.11.02 Warning of unrest - THE Government was yesterday warned that any moves to impose a hunting ban will lead to "some very serious unrest" and "civil disobedience" in the countryside. Sam Butler, chairman of the pro hunting Countryside Alliance, fore-cast trouble ahead if a Hunting Bill was introduced into Parliament and that outlaws the traditional rural sport. He told a London news conference that MPs who have voted for a ban on several occasions since 1997 were out of step with public opinion… (story)

Western Mail 5.11.02 Shooters make barn owl survival a target - DECLINING barn owl numbers have received a boost in North Wales with the creation of new habitats. The habitats are the result of the enthusiasm and dedication of members of the Y Fforyd Wildfowlers and Conservation Association…. (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 5.11.02 Sights set on shooting ban? - IF EVER proof was required, your correspondent Jim Davenport (Letters, October 30) supplied it with the headline 'Pheasant shooting is simply immoral.' Us bods that know "nowt" have always said, ban hunting then the follow-on will be shooting and fishing. KEN HOLMES, Cliffe Common, Selby. (letter)

Ananova 5.11.02 Mel B to star in new psychological thriller … The film is about a group of animal rights activists trapped in a disused lab where they become the subjects of the experiments… (story)

Hull Daily Mail 5.11.02 SECRET OF LONGEVITY IS VEGANISM …Chatting to a very senescent friend last year, I asked her what the secret of her longevity was. I was slightly surprised when she said she believed it to be her veganism. "Dairy produce gives you cancer," she sighed. Cancer research "experts", are you listening? Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington.(letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 5.11.02 Animals are still trapped - The "gruesome" man-trap donated to the Bloody Code exhibition ("Don't step out of line or else", October 28) is a reminder of the horrendous cruelty of our recent past. Unbelievably, millions of the world's most beautiful animals are still being trapped each year using similar devices… RICHARD DE VILLE Information Officer Respect For Animals Nottingham (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 5.11.02 LINDY BLASTS GREENPEACE CREW - BY PHIL LAVER - Greenpeace protesters who have arrived in local waters for a fortnight's dolphin-counting survey have made a prominent South Devon marine conservationist see red. Lindy Hingley MBE of Brixham Seawatch, claimed: "The Rainbow Warrior crew counting the odd fin or two swimming past for two weeks will achieve absolutely nothing in reducing dolphin deaths in fishing nets. Greenpeace are just looking good on TV…" (story)
Western Morning News 30.10.02 GREENPEACE SAILS IN TO HELP DOLPHINS - AURA SABADUS - Rainbow Warrior, the world-famous Greenpeace flagship, has arrived in Westcountry waters to help in the campaign against the slaughter of dolphins caught in fishing nets. As part of a countrywide tour, the environmental icon will assist scientists from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society to carry out a complex research into the killing of the cetaceans which fall victims to pair trawlers in their hunt for bass… (story)
Western Morning News 29.10.02 GREENPEACE IN DOLPHIN BATTLE - THE Greenpeace battleship, Rainbow Warrior, was last night heading for Westcountry waters amid fears that the winter slaughter of dolphins and whales caught in fishing nets has already begun… Torbay conservationist Lindy Hingley, who has worked tirelessly to protect cetaceans, said the whale spotted at Prawle Point was "just the beginning of what might follow this winter"… Mark Simmonds, WDCS science director, said: "It is great to be able to use the Rainbow Warrior which is an icon for environmentalists around the globe. She is a great boat and we hope to raise awareness of the plight of these species."… Lindy Hingley now believes the campaign to save the dolphins and whales should enter a second stage… But she expressed misgivings about the awareness campaign undertaken by Greenpeace and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society… (story)

Shropshire Star 4.11.02 Season opens for threatened tradition By James Whittaker - Is this picture of the North Shropshire Hunt one of the last glimpses of a sporting tradition destined for the scrap heap? Defiant country folk were out in force across the county this weekend as the hunt season got under way across Britain…. The Albrighton Hunt, the North Shropshire Hunts and The Ludlow Hunt were among scores of organisations who began the hunt season last week. Patrick Webster, chairman of the Albrighton Hunt, said around 80 people attended Tuesday's meet… (story)

North East Evening Gazette 4.11.02 Members ride on despite 'ban hunt' calls - In traditional style, members of the Cleveland Hunt met for only the second hunt of the new season at the weekend…. Howard Thompson, joint master of the Cleveland Hunt, rejected the arguments of anti-blood sport campaigners… Today Ashok Kumar, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, re-emphasised his "strong" opposition to hunting. "I have always been anti-hunting ever since I was a young man and I support animal rights," he said…. (story)

Western Mail 4.11.02 Poem provokes accusation that farmers are too fat and lazy to look after livestock - Rhodri Clarke, The Western Mail - FARMERS were accused yesterday of being too fat and lazy to look after their livestock properly. The outburst from an anti-fox hunting campaigner was provoked by a new book by one of Wales's leading poets. Dic Jones, who has been chaired twice at the National Eisteddfod, takes a swipe at hunt protesters in a book of poems responding to news reports of the past two years. Mr Jones… criticises the Wales lAliance Against Cruel Sports and others "who have never seen a fox except in pictures"… Ralph Cook, chair of the Waacs, said, "He's proved his own point. He's blind to his own blindness. "He hasn't asked what I know about foxes. In fact I'm one of the foremost experts on foxes. I've lived with them all my life. I've bred them and I've killed them…. Golwg ar Gán, by Dic Jones, is published by Gwasg Gwynedd at £5.95 (story)

Telegraph 4.11.02 Renewed criticism - - I read with some concern, but not total surprise, your report (Oct. 30) on the criticism levelled again at the BBC2 programme Clarissa and the Countryman. The BBC has shown, over the past six weeks or so, a total bias against hunting and its supporters… Simon Warde, Meopham, Kent (letter)
Telegraph 30.10.02 'Pro-hunt' TV show criticised …Television executives have been told that the edition of Clarissa And The Countryman must not be repeated and are looking into ways of tightening up their procedures (story)

Shropshire Star 4.11.02 The real reasons -The foxhunting clan have the opinion that the London march was all about fox hunting and the ban… People wanted to bring to the attention of the Government the rural problems concerning the countryside… The rich landowners who are subsidised put the money up to protect their sport, with the help of the village folk donating £5 to support their own problems. Seventy-six per cent of the population are against the cruel sport. Genuine country folk are kind and gentle people and want no part of it. GW Evans, Dawley (letter in archive)

Shropshire Star 4.11.02 Protesting at home In reply to Keith Eriandon. If the Countryside Alliance isn't a right wing organisation why do they sponsor the Conservatives?... We staged our protest by staying at home - 400,000 looks rather sick against the 58 million silent protesters… Betty Rogers, Baschurch (letter in archive)
Shropshire Star 1.11.02 Truth out over the marchers - At last someone tells the truth about the Livelihood and Liberty March. Thank you Keith Erlandson for speaking the truth and telling us what most of us already know - that the march was organised by, and used by, the fox hunting people who used the other marchers for their own gain…. I also know that most farmers will be glad to see the end of foxhunting… The only reason most farmers allow hunting is they are tenants so have no choice. Jack Davenport, Llandrinio (letter in archive)
Shropshire Star 21.10.02 No march but for the hunt help - Robert Griffiths seems somewhat confused regarding the Great London March (letters, October 14). The march was organised by the Countryside Alliance, which supports all field sports but the hunts were the backbone of the march and organised the bulk of the transport which took the marchers to London… Those bodies opposed to hunting have declined to stage their own march and have admitted they just could not raise the numbers. Perhaps Mr Griffiths could recruit several million anti-hunting rural dwellers to swell the numbers? Keith Erlandson, Llangollen (letter in archive)
Shropshire Star 14.10.02 Shame of hijacked marchers - So Cheryl Jagger of Nesscliffe thought that the march in London was a great success? She should be ashamed that her hunting friends hijacked this march to further their own ends… I know of hundreds, myself included, who would have gone if the hunters had not been involved… Robert Griffiths, Ellesmere (letter in archive)
Shropshire Star 1.10.02 Big march was a huge success - I attended the "Liberty and Livelihood" march in London. The sheer magnitude of attendance showed it to be a resounding success… While listening to the radio I heard doubts expressed over the legitimacy of the counting of marchers… If anything the counting was rounded down not up as people streamed through the counting gate in a constant block…. Cheryl Jagger, Nesscliffe (letter in archive)

East Anglian Daily Times 4.11.02 March was funded by donations - Sir, – I wonder where Richard Bourne (Letters, October 24) thinks the 'huge sums of money' come from to help organise the recent London March, I can tell him – from the 400,000 marchers together with donations from probably another two to three million other labour and conservatives with liberals who could not join the march this time…. PETER AUSTIN, Aldham Gate, Aldham (letter)
East Anglian Daily Times 24.10.02 Death of hunting draws closer - Liz Mort has to accept that there will be confusion around the pro-hunting campaign. It was an obvious tactic for hunting supporters to try and pretend that the campaign to defend hunting (which has little support) was also about other rural issues (each of which will have some support)… I have campaigned against hunting for 30 years and can wait a bit longer. I am now convinced that this barbaric practice will be banned in my lifetime… RICHARD BOURNE, Fenno Close, Colchester (letter)
East Anglian Daily Times 21.10.02 Success of march brings detractors - Unsurprisingly the overwhelming success of the Liberty and Livelihood march has brought detractors and denigrators out of the woodwork. Some politicians have asserted, absurdly, that the hunting lobby “hijacked” the march. But it is pretty difficult for us to have hijacked our own event… LIZ MORT, Eastern Regional Director, Countryside Alliance (letter)

Western Daily Press 4.11.02 REPEATING THE SAME OLD LIES - The cruel sports fraternity continue to insult the intelligence of well informed, experienced people. In Country File, (WDP October 26), some hunt master claimed that animal welfare will be the biggest loser if fox hunting was banned and that other more stringent methods of control will be used. It will be obvious who will inflict further suffering and cruelty - the same people who do so now. The fox is currently shot, snared (the fur trade being a nice little earner), poisoned, as well as having hounds and terriers set on to it… D Thomas Westbury Wiltshire (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 4.11.02 SPEND CASH ON CATTLE VACCINE - As Don Tinsey mentions me in his letter, I would like the right to reply. There can be no doubt of Don's feelings regarding the badger - in his opinion there are too many of them… PAMELA DEAN, Field Road, Whiteshill Nr Stroud (letter)
Western Daily Press 1.11.02 NOT JUST A TOPIC FOR FARMERS - Don Tinsey seems to feel that only farmers have a right to comment on the badger/bovine TB issue, but glosses over the fact that we, the general public by way of taxes, subsidise the farming industry - and highly too…. Pamela Dean Whiteshill Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.10.02 NO INCREASE IN POPULATION - There is no scientific proof that the badger population has increased… So the badger population has never had a chance to over-run the country as Don Tinsey ridiculously claims. A Williams West Country Badger Control Patrol Groups Bath (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.10.02 WHAT IS NEXT ON THE LIST? What a sick person this Don Tinsey must be. I suppose it must have been people like him who were responsible for the spread of myxomatosis in rabbits which, incidentally, is still widespread today… S R Grimes Sharpness Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 29.10.02 BADGERS ARE PROTECTED Don Tinsey obviously has no idea that badgers are protected by the Protection Of Badgers Act 1992… David Stevens Badgers Wood Wells Somerset (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 28.10.02 BROCK DEFENCE IS MISINFORMED - I would think that you have printed more column inches from letters by Martin Hancox, Tony Dean and Pamela Dean about defending badgers being slaughtered - because in their opinion, they have nothing to do with spreading TB - than anyone else…. DON TINSEY, Cranham (letter)
Western Daily Press 25.10.02 NO KNOWLEDGE OF BADGERS - You have printed many column inches of letters written by Martin Hancox, Tony Dear and Pamela Dean about defending badgers from being slaughtered because, in their opinion, badgers have nothing to do with spreading TB… Don Tinsey Cranham Gloucestershire (letter)

Independent 4.11.02 Cosmetics company memo reveals plan to sidestep EU animal testing ban - By Marie Woolf, Chief Political Correspondent - One of the world's leading cosmetic companies planned to sidestep an EU animal-testing ban by conducting the experiments outside Europe, according to a leaked memo. Procter & Gamble, which makes Head & Shoulders shampoo and Max Factor make-up, proposed testing cosmetic ingredients outside the EU while being "able to market them in EU countries". An internal memo sent to its chairman, Alan Lafley, by Barbara Slatt, a senior US executive, also revealed the company planned to lobby governments to delay the EU legislation by up to 10 years…. Wendy Higgins, the campaigns director of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, accused P&G of trying to hide its position on animal testing…. (story)
Independent 4.11.02 There is no excuse for trying to avoid a ban on animal testing - The testing of cosmetics on animals is politically, scientifically and morally indefensible… Arrogant transnationals such as Procter & Gamble are, evidently, not inclined to respect the views of peoples and parliaments if they get in the way of their business. If they treat the laws made by a rich and powerful bloc such as the EU with so much contempt, then we can well understand the difficult predicament in which governments of developing nations find themselves when trying to deal with such powerful groups… (story)

Shropshire Star 4.11.02 No need to be rude on the phone - It is with great sadness that I write to you to complain about the attitude of the telephone operators who are employed by the RSPCA in Shropshire… They are aggressive not assertive on the telephone and talk down to callers. To be told I have an attitude when all I want is help for animals in distress is appalling… Name and address supplied (letter in archive)

Hull Daily Mail 4.11.02 AVOID ANIMAL CRUELTY - Peta, the animal rights charity, has for some time been campaigning to highlight the plight of backyard dogs. It states that as dogs are pack animals, keeping solitary dogs is a form of cruelty in itself…. S Broom, Ings Road Estate, Hull. (letter)

Observer 3.11.02 Cook: Britain is most centralised state in Europe - Rob Blackhurst … "The real problem now is in England", the leader of the house told the Charter 88/Observer Conference on the Future of Democracy…" Charter 88 director Karen Bartlett admitted following the conference that involving countryside and pro-hunting groups had proved difficult: "the similarities between human rights on the left and civil rights on the right are superficial. They are interested in civil liberties for themselves but not human rights for people they don't like."… (story)

Ananova 3.11.02 Hawks being used to scare off London's pigeons - Hawks are being used to scare off pigeons around some of London's most famous landmarks… Some animal rights activists complain the hawks often kill their prey rather than simply scare them away. But falconers say a predatory bird couldn't kill more than a bird a day… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 3.11.02 Squirrel birth pill trial abandoned - CRAIG WATSON - AN experiment which involved feeding contraceptive ‘pills’ to grey squirrels has been halted after it failed to reduce pregnancy rates…. Scientists expressed disappointment that the study had failed to reduce long-term fertility in the sexually active greys… Moore’s work, which began nine years ago, was followed up by promising laboratory trials. The encouraging results were not achieved in field trials, perhaps because the squirrels would not eat the bait laced with the contraceptive vaccine. (story)

People 3.11.02 TV CARLA FEARS FOR SANCTUARY - STORM damage may force the closure of TV writer Carla Lane's animal sanctuary… (story in archive)
Argus 31.10.02 It must be dove for cash-hit Carla by Linda Harrison - Carla Lane has a way with animals, as this pigeon proved when it perched on her head. However, the weekend's storms may be the last straw for the cash-strapped TV writer and her animal sanctuary. High winds caused damage costing as least £8,000… However, she said she could no longer afford to keep the sanctuary going. "We are so proud of what we do here. We have saved hundreds of animals from slaughter. "But I just can't keep up with the amount of money needed anymore…."

Observer 3.11.02 Law set to ban circus tricks by wild animals - Gaby Hinsliff, chief political correspondent - A crackdown on the treatment of animals in circuses, which could see wild creatures banned from performing, is being drawn up by the government… 'I don't know what will happen to the circus. I think its future is very uncertain,' said Martin Burton, owner of the Zippo Circus, which has been working with the Department for Environment, Food and Agriculture (Defra) on new animal welfare laws…. Animal welfare groups misunderstood the relationship, he added. 'What they do is attempt to give animals rights. Along the way I think they remove liberties of human beings.'… The RSPCA also wants a ban. A spokeswoman said performing elephants had been known to suffer arthritis and joint problems from being forced to pose on their hind legs…. (story)

Independent 2.11.02 Defiant Ledbury hunters refuse to sound the Last Post By Brian Viner - The heavens opened on the first day of the fox-hunting season yesterday, but the persistent rain did not remotely dampen the spirits of the Ledbury Hunt. Nor, more importantly, did the prospect of this being the last season before a parliamentary ban consigns fox hunting, if not to oblivion, then certainly to illegality. "Look around you," said the joint master, Donald Haden. "We have more support than we've ever had."… Car-followers, as they are known, are a phenomenon just about tolerated in hunting circles. "A pain in the butt," snorted Richard Leeke, even though he was himself following in a battered Volvo… "For God's sake keep your voice down," he urged. "It will be extremely unfair if a fox stops and looks at you and gets a hound up his bum." Unfair on the fox, or the hound, or the huntsmen, or all of the above, he did not say…. (story)

Independent 2.11.02 Countryside group misses deadline to form rural council - The Countryside Alliance has failed to meet its deadline to set up a "broad-based" rural council within 40 days of the 40,000-strong protest in London in September… The Alliance has been trying to fend off claims that its message is dominated by the hunting issue and said it would be an equal partner with other groups on the rural council, described as a TUC for the countryside…. The Alliance said more than 20 rural organisations were due to attend the meeting at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, but would not give details or say what was on the agenda until it was confirmed by the Bishop of Hereford, the Right Rev John Oliver, who is to chair the meeting….(story)

Independent 2.11.02 Mr Blair should show some courage and outfox his critics - The Government has dithered so long over the issue of blood sports that it is impossible to be sure that this year's fox-hunting season in England and Wales, which started yesterday, will be the last… What would be really courageous, however, would be to recognise that the Government should not press ahead with a ban, not because it is not worth the trouble but because it is wrong in principle… The true liberal ought to recognise that other people must be allowed to do things of which the majority disapprove, provided the balance of harm is roughly even (story)

Western Morning News 2.11.02 Home hunting: HOW nice to know that despite the impassioned arguments on both sides hunting has its humorous aspect! The Westcountry Homes supplement with last Saturday's WMN had on its front page a picture of a hunting lodge - offered through Stags! Alexander Markin, Penzance (letter)

York Evening Press 2.11.02 Justify your hunt bloodlust - At last, the vandal who spray- painted his sick beliefs all over our public highways has finally shown his face. (`Why I made a stand for hunting,' October 16). I have felt so strongly about seeing these comments daubed on roads and road signs, I had to put pen to paper… at the end of the day you have to justify your bloodlust. We city dwellers don't understand that one! Sheryl Williams, Lowfields Drive, Acomb, York. (letter in archive)
Ryedale Gazette & Herald 16.10.02 Why I had to break the law by Peter Teasdale - I ACCEPT that there is nothing more stupid than spraying road signs. I am sorry to have to admit that I did this in order to keep hunting in the press and provide some evidence of the frustration and depth of feeling among country people. I am equally sorry that it came to the point that I felt such action necessary. I hoped that it might make our politicians sit up and listen - rather than be dismissive of a lifestyle that is far from the urban life that most people now live…. (story in archive)
York Evening Press 16.9.02 Stupid hunt stunt - PETER Teasdale received a caution after costing North Yorkshire County Council thousands of pounds for cleaning all the stupid pro-hunting slogans he painted on road signs. This stupid stunt could have cost someone's life by distracting them while driving…. People such as Peter Teasdale like to see animals suffer, why else would they watch the poor fox or deer being ripped apart until all its blood and life is drained from its poor body?... D Fillingham, The Crossway, Muncaster, York (letter in archive)
York Evening Press 5.9.02 Farmer faces civil action - HIGHWAYS chiefs in North Yorkshire have announced plans to pursue a civil action against a farmer cautioned for his part in an illegal campaign to stop a ban on fox-hunting… Peter Teasdale, of Pockley, near Kirkbymoorside, was cautioned by Crown Prosecutors this week after he was accused of damaging six signs around Nawton and Helmsley on May 31 and further signs around Dishforth between May 31 and June 8… (story in archive)
York Evening Press 3.9.02 Fox-hunting farmer tells why he daubed slogans on signs by Simon Horsborough - A FARMER arrested for his part in an illegal campaign to save fox-hunting says he was prepared to go to jail for his beliefs. Peter Teasdale is a member of a secret group of hunt supporters who have been painting pro-hunting slogans across North Yorkshire… Yesterday Mr Teasdale turned up at Scarborough Magistrates Court expecting to be sentenced. But no hearing took place after Crown Prosecutors announced he was instead to receive nothing more than a caution… The 48-year-old, who has a wife, Gloria, and two children, Thomas, 15, and Madeleine, 12, is a member of the Sinnington Hunt and a pillar of his community in Pockley, near Kirkbymoorside… (story in archive)

Times 2.11.02 World's wildlife in the spotlight - Sir - Delegates attending the United Nations Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) from November 3 to 15 (report, October 30) will be asked to consider proposals seeking permission to trade 87,000kg of stockpiled ivory… Elephant numbers across Africa have fallen from 1.3 million in 1979 to an estimated 420,000… we would like people from all over the world to join us in establishing an Elephant Conservation Fund to meet the legitimate needs of local communities and ensure the survival of elephants. WILL TRAVERS, Chief Executive, The Born Free Foundation, 3 Grove House, Foundry Lane, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5PL
Sir, If the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species cannot be persuaded that slicing the fins off a living shark before dumping the body overboard to drown is barbaric and wasteful (report, October 28), consumers must take positive action by removing demand for shark product… GRAHAM BUCKINGHAM (Campaign Director), Bite-Back, 38 Almeric Road, SW11 1HL. (letters)

Reuters AlertNet 1.11.02 UK hunting season opens with battle lines drawn By Emma Graham-Harrison - - A new fox hunting season began in Britain on Friday, and supporters threatened a campaign of civil disobedience if the government tried to ban the controversial sport… - A new fox hunting season began in Britain on Friday, and supporters threatened a campaign of civil disobedience if the government tried to ban the controversial sport…. Mair Hughes, a self-employed hunt supporter from Mid Glamorgan who has been hunting for 30 years, is among those who said they would be prepared to break a law banning it…. Robin Ray, vicar of Exmoor in southwest England has also been hunting for over three decades. "I wouldn't involve myself in civil disobedience, but I would find it hard to condemn those who did,"… "It actually belittles everybody in this country," said Jaine Wild, a library assistant from Bognor Regis who has been campaigning against hunting for 15 years…. (story)

Cumberland News 1.11.02 PEEL RELICS STAY IN COUNTY - A COLLECTION of memorabilia thought once to belong to Cumbria's greatest huntsman, John Peel, are to stay in the county following their sale at auction last week… . After furious bidding, the collection was sold to a Penrith collector for £2,200…. (story)
Cumberland News 25.10.02 SALEROOM HAS PEEL APPEAL - A COLLECTION of memorabilia thought once to have belonged to Cumbria's greatest huntsman, John Peel, was being auctioned yesterday. The auction, at Naworth Castle, was expected to attract huge crowds eager to snap up a piece of Cumbria's hunting history… (story)

Newark Advertiser 1.11.02 Hunt laws - Having seen a hunt pass through quite a large village this week, I wondered why their dogs were not on leads, and why none of the hangers-on were busy with poop scoops. Are they exempt from the laws that govern everyone else? - J. C. TICKRING, Millgate, Newark (letter may be in archive)

Hexham Courant 1.11.02 HUNTING FOLK SHOULD SHOW MORE RESPECT - REGRETTABLY, as a hunt supporter with a partner who has a bit to do with it, I felt I had to write this to make hunt people sit up and take notice… recently I attended a meet in my car whom no one recognised, and I saw a very different side to foxhunting, which I very much regret. I was stared at, stopped on main highways by horses with riders who seemed to think the public highway was their property, and also several times by people walking or in cars parked not bothering to get out of my way… When I pursue my field sport, I make sure I don't block any highway or gateway, I am always courteous to general public (not everyone likes field sports) and I never condemn any other field sport as a lot of hunting folk do…. DISHEARTENED FIELD SPORT ENTHUSIAST Name and address supplied. (letter in archive)

Gloucester Citizen 1.11.02 STOP 'EXPERTS' MESSING ABOUT - Having been on the Government's badger TB panel, and observed this debate for a dozen years, it has become apparent that there is one very simple misunderstanding clouding the route to tackling the mounting cattle TB crisis… It's about time the "scientific experts" stopped messing around and wasting time and money on pointless badger "research". MARTIN HANCOX Nouncells Cross, Stroud (letter)

(Exeter Express & Echo) 1.11.02 LIVE EXPORTS In REPLY to Giles Chichester's letter… May I suggest they vote for a bill in the House of Commons and the House of Lords to ban live animal exports? T McCANN, Southway (letter)
Western Morning News 10.10.02 STOP THE CRUELTY IN EUROPEAN MARKETS I have received a great many letters with regard to animal welfare in livestock markets… I have received a great many letters with regard to animal welfare in livestock markets…. Giles Chichester MEP, Exeter (letter)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 1.11.02 Boycott furry gifts - WITH Christmas approaching, there are lots of lovely items filling Swindon shops. However, today I saw some ornaments and toys made from real fur…. these animals are often raised and killed in the most appalling way… Mrs M Harrison, Beaulieu Close, Toothill, Swindon (letter in archive)

Kent/Sussex Courier 1.11.02 ANGLERS CAUSE HIDDEN DANGER - Animals are suffering needless injuries and agonising deaths at a popular Tonbridge lake due to careless anglers leaving their fishing tackle lying around, RSPCA inspectors have warned… anglers were liaising with the Egham Swan Sanctuary to obtain advice and agree good practices (story)

Western Daily Press 1.11.02 APPALLED AT LACK OF RESPONSE - Thank you for publishing my letter concerning the dreadful death of a dog, dragged to its death behind the owner's car. The RSPCA has been unable to help. I am now horrified to read of the absence of action on the part of the RSPCA officers at a sale where ponies were in such a bad condition… I have always given to the RSPCA, but now I seriously wonder if donations and legacies are misplaced… R Hayes Bridgwater Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 17.10.02 THIS CRUELTYMUST BE PUNISHED - Thank you for publishing my letter concerning the cruel death of a little dog - dragged to its death behind a car… Could any readers be the ones to bring this dreadful man to justice? Rhoda Hayes, Bridgwater, Somerset (letter)

Leicester Mercury 1.11.02 DISGUSTED BY 'UNUSUAL DELICACY' We felt we had to write in order to show our absolute disgust at the article: "Gourmets rattled by taste of snake" (Mercury, Oct 21)". Did it really need the Mercury to publicise this dreadful practice?... Michelle and Edwina Moore, Leicester. (letter)