November 2003

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Sunday Times 30.11.03 Huntsmen go gunning for US urban bear - SARAH BAXTER, NEW YORK - AN ARMY of New Jersey hunters is preparing to shoot to kill. Their target is a black bear population that is surging out of control and encroaching on suburban homes. Pitted against them are animal rights activists determined to stop the state’s first official bear hunt for more than 30 years… “There has never been a death in New Jersey from a bear,” said Stuart Chaifetz, a freelance artist and vegan… A member of the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance, Chaifetz learnt the art of protest as a hunt saboteur while a student in Brighton, East Sussex, in the late 1980s.,,, (story)

The Courier Journal, Kentucky 30.11.03 They call it fox hunting – even if quarry's a coyote By TOM WHITUS - It's an enigma in Central Kentucky: a sport that involves horses but isn't focused on them. The participants must have hunting licenses, but the hunt is more about the chase, the etiquette and the social interaction. It relies on the support of local farmers and also provides a service to them. The sport is fox hunting. And if the image of somebody in a scarlet coat and black helmet shouting "Tally-ho!" while riding through a grassy field seems a bit more fitting outside London, England, than Lexington, Ky., then the Iroquois Hunt Club can provide a glimpse at a different time and place…. (story)


Hull Daily Mail 29.11.03 VITAL TO GET BOTH SIDES OF THE ARGUMENT In reply to a letter about protesters being "offensive" and "ignorant"… We do not "thrust" our opinions on anyone… As for the size of our posters, we find it offensive when we walk past butcher's shops and see animal carcasses hung up with blood dripping all over…. Margaret Bardsley, Weghill Road, Preston (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 20.11.03 PROTESTERS OFFENSIVE AND IGNORANT Further to the article "Feud over banners" (Mail, November 11), as a regular user of the Hornsea Road, I often have to pass the protesters, who claim they "must inform the public of what is happening to animals". I find the posters not only distracting as a driver but offensive and ignorant… Name and address supplied. (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 15.11.03 DEMONSTRATORS MADE TO FOLLOW HIGHWAY CODE - As someone who regularly has to negotiate demonstrators in the village of Garton-on-the-Wolds at a particularly dangerous road junction, I am delighted to read that at long last the police are bringing some control over them... Name and address supplied (letter)

Northern Echo 29.11.03 ANIMAL RIGHTS - I'D like to express my outrage at the article (Echo, Nov 15) relating to the distribution of leaflets to people going to see Finding Nemo. As co-ordinator of the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundations educational exercise, I feel angry that the article misrepresents what was both written in the press release and what actually took place…. Diane Sanderson, NARC, Newcastle. (letter in archive)


Darlington & Stockton Times 28.11.03 A horsewoman's tale of grief, hope and a cross-country ride by Sheila Todd - WHEN Ann Bowes gets the bit between her teeth, there is no stopping her. She has written, produced and marketed her first book and dedicated it to the memory of her 25-year-old son, who drowned nine years ago… "He was such a well-known, popular lad. He stayed at home and built dry-stone walls. He just lived for cricket and football and was captain of the local cricket club. He loved hunting and was about to be taken on to look after the hounds for the Glaisdale Hunt. Everyone in the valley knew him," said Mrs Bowes… "Someone has put money into this for me and another local person gave me a very generous donation. It has been very much a local production and a share of the profits will go to medical research," added Mrs Bowes. (story in archive)

BBC News Online 28.11.03 Monkey brain research: The case for - A neuroscientist explains why labs such as the proposed Cambridge primate research centre are still needed to study monkey brains… (story)
BBC News Online 28.11.03 Monkey brain research: The case against - Dr Ray Greek, medical director of Europeans For Medical Advancement, puts the case against using monkeys in neuroscience research… (story)

Burton Mail 28.11.03 CRUEL HOAX by DAVID POWLES - THE WIFE of a worker at a farm near Burton told of her horror today after animal rights extremists launched a counterfeit letter smear campaign against her. Shops in Burton have received letters claiming to be from Staffordshire Police warning them to look out for Hilary Wright. The letters, which include a photograph of Mrs Wright and are written on what appears to be Staffordshire Police headed paper, wrongly claim that she is wanted for 'flooding the Staffordshire area with counterfeit bank notes and cloned credit cards'… Mrs Wright, of Greenway, Winshill, whose husband works at the Darley Oaks guinea pig farm in Newchurch, told the Mail today of her fears that the letter signalled the start of the campaign…. Animal rights activists have been linked to previous smear campaigns against staff at the farm, one of which saw posters falsely alleging that another worker was a convicted paedophile put up in the Horninglow area… (story)

Western Daily Press 28.11.03 ANGERED BY APPROVAL FOR MORE ANIMAL TESTING LABS - Louise Piddington Plymouth (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 27.11.03 LABOUR HAS LET US DOWN ON ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS - Since it was announced by John Prescott, on November 21, that the go ahead to build three more labs to house primates for research, we have yet more cause to be disillusioned by Labour promises. They were supposed to cut the number of animals used per annum not increase then. I am furious and many will be as gutted as I am to have been taken in… Louise Piddington, Stoke, Plymouth (letter)

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 28.11.03 MP seeks end to trade in pet skins - A NORTH-WEST Euro MP has added her support to a European Parliament bid to ban trading in cat and dog fur. And Labour MEP Arlene McCarthy also wants to see an end to seal culling. She has added her name to two European Parliament Written Declarations being spearheaded by Euro MPs… (story in archive)

Independent 28.11.03 Court rejects call to end suffering of broiler chickens By Michael McCarthy, Environment Correspondent - A legal attempt to end the factory farming of millions of broiler chickens has failed in the High Court. The move, by the group Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), was thrown out by Mr Justice Newman, who ruled that there had to be a balance between the needs of animals and intensive farming's commercial interests…. (story)
Western Daily Press 28.11.03 JUDGE RULES FACTORY FARMING IS A REALITY - A Legal move that would have wiped out the factory farming of chickens in the UK failed at the High Court yesterday. Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) challenged Government policies which, it claims, breach EU law by allowing the birds to suffer during their production…. The organisation was refused permission to take the case to the House of Lords but can petition the Law Lords directly. CIWF was also ordered to pay two thirds of Defra's costs and faces a bill for legal fees estimated at more than £50,000. (story)
Independent 30.10.03 Chicken breeding is greatest scandal in farming, court is told By Cahal Milmo - Chicken breeding methods in Britain inflict a life of misery on millions of birds which is tolerated by the Government but breaks international law, the High Court was told yesterday… International farm animal welfare group, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), claimed modern broilers were bred to reach their slaughter weight in 41 days, twice as fast as 30 years ago. Lawyers for the group said the methods were permitted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), despite the fact that they breach European Union directives on animal welfare…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 30.10.03 Chicken breeders deny health claims - CHICKEN breeders in Yorkshire have hit back at claims made in court by an animal welfare pressure group… Compassion in World Farming is challenging Government policies which, it says, breach European Union law by permitting the production of birds which are subjected to suffering… But later yesterday broiler producer Paul Stephens, of West Heslerton, near Malton, hit back, saying that most of the pressure group's statements were 10 to15 years out of date… (story)
Western Daily Press 29.10.03 LAW ALERT ON PLIGHT OF BROILER CHICKENS Animal welfare campaigners are taking the Government to court, claiming Ministers are allowing millions of chickens to suffer high levels of cruelty on British farms. Compassion in World Farming is launching a judicial review in the High Court tomorrow of the rules covering broiler chicken farming… (story)
Ananova 29.10.03 Chickens 'starved before slaughter' - Methods used to rear 800 million chickens in the UK every year are illegal, the High Court has heard. Compassion in World Farming is challenging Government policies which, it says, breach EU law by permitting the production of birds which are subjected to suffering…. (story)

Bristol Evening Post 28.11.03 ROW OVER CDS FOR TURKEYS - A BRISTOL-based animal welfare organisation has condemned as "sick and beyond belief" a farmers' scheme to play relaxing music to turkeys. The Vegetarian International Voice for Animals (Viva!) attacked the initiative by the National Farmers' Union as completely absurd and said factory poultry farming should stop immediately…. (story)


North Devon Journal 27.11.03 WIDOW DIES AS HAY BALES FALL - Warm tributes have been paid to a "kind, thoughtful and joyful" farmer who died after she was crushed by straw bales at her Monkleigh farm. Widower Elizabeth Brooks, fondly known as Liz, died from massive internal injuries after becoming trapped under straw bales weighing 500lbs each… Farmer Rory Knight-Bruce got to know Liz through his involvement with Torrington Farmers' Hunt. He said he had known her for about three years and she walked hound puppies for Torrington Farmers' and Stevenstone Hunts…. (story)

Ulster Herald 27.11.03 Farmers taking a stand against fox hunting - With the hunting season well underway, it is significant that the number of 'hunt ban' notices appearing in provincial newspapers nationwide has almost doubled since last year. At long last, farmers are taking a stand against the arrogant, strutting clowns who have literally ridden roughshod over their lands and livelihoods for centuries… John Fitzgerald, Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (letter may be in archive)

Lancashire Evening Telegraph 27.11.03 Nothing decent about killing SO Donald Mitchell thinks hunting people are decent people does he (Letters, November 19)? Are these the same people who are signing a declaration that says they will break the law if hunting is banned?.. NEIL JAMES, Winton, Eccles. (letter in archive)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 19.11.03 Fears of hunt are unfounded - I QUESTION your decision to publish the letter (November 14) suggesting that no one approached the Holcombe Hunt when they made a detour into Loveclough recently to gather up their hounds because "people fear they will be verbally or physically abused if they dare to tackle any hunt over their behaviour." This is offensive nonsense that is a slur on the decency of hunting people…. It is animal rights activism in its many guises that is to be feared and not hunting people. DONALD MITCHELL, (address supplied). (letter in archive)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 14.11.03 Hunt protester had to put safety first - SO George Dickinson, joint Master of the Holcombe Hunt, says "no-one approached us to complain at the time." That's because people hear they will be verbally or physically abused if they dare to tackle any hunt over their behaviour.... NEIL JAMES, Parrin Lane, Eccles. (letter in archive)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 7.11.03 Shocked dad's fox hunt fury - A CONCERNED father of three has said his children were left terrified after witnessing a hunt which passed near their home unexpectedly. Peter Hughes, 40, of Stoneholme Terrace, Crawshawbooth, said his three children, Jade, 13, Josh, 12, and Jake, nine, had been upset by witnessing the Holcombe Hunt which passed through the village without warning… (story in archive)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 27.11.03 … The human animal is a hypocrite, if something or someone destroys his habitat the howls of protest are deafening, but he sees nothing wrong in destroying other species' habitat. Although I am persecuted I unselfishly plead the case for other animal species. By the time they are gone I will also be hunted to extinction. A Fox, c/o V Starling, Wavenham Close, Sutton Coldfield (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 27.11.03 Why an inquiry? From Christopher Cornell, Russell Court, Cambridge - LIKE Joan Court ( News,November 22), I too am incandescent with rage that the government inspector's report into 307 Huntingdon Road should be overturned by Prescott and his cronies.... (letter)

Guardian 27.11.03 'A price worth paying' - Mark Matfield on why he supports plans for a new primate research laboratory at Cambridge… My reasons for supporting the lab are straightforward. The lab will specialise in the type of fundamental neuroscience research that can only be done on primates, and without which we will not be able to gain the basic understanding necessaryto begin developing treatments for a number of human diseases…. (story)

Wharfedale Observer 27.11.03 Uncharitable - I agree with Mrs Denkinson that it is very unfair for charity shops to encroach on the livelihood of local shopkeepers… Many of the high profile charities that occupy our prime sites, notoriously the ones that do medical research (but there are others) do something far worse in the name of charity. They fund unnecessary vivisection tests on live animals, often without anaesthetics, which as a result suffer immense pain and terror. If you would like to do something to stop this vile practice, write to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)… Evelyn Friend, 24 Mount Pisgah, Otley. (letter in archive)

Gloucester Citizen 27.11.03 CRUELTY MUST BE STOPPED Cruelty towards animals still goes on. The suffering of those used in laboratories is terrible. They walk a course pre-destined by man and no-one else… We were given animals that we might have dominion - not domination - over them, and that involves responsible stewardship. JEAN CLARKE Westgate Street (letter)

Leicester Mercury 27.11.03 CRUEL JOURNEYS - The European Commission suggests a nine-hour journey for cows, pigs and sheep transported by truck into the EU… Compassion In World Farming urges a mandatory eight-hour limit for all journeys in Europe, which they assess as the best possible figure that is practical in countries with little animal-protection legislation. C Seal, Leicester (letter)


North Devon Gazette 26.11.03 Hunt followers ‘should stick to the roads’ - They still wear the uniform of their trade, red coats and white breeches, also the ladies look most attractive in their tailored jackets and jodhpurs… All this is very traditional and undoubtedly an integral piece of the history of our much-loved countryside that is under threat now. But what is not part of that tradition is the hordes of people who follow the hunt since motor transport became available to the masse… If only they would stick to the roads and keep their massive treaded tyres off the moor. C G Watts, Dart Park, South Molton. (letter in archive)

Argus 26.11.03 Joy as fireworks dog returns by Lilly Peel - Chip the Jack Russell has found his way back home 18 days after bolting from the sound of a rogue firework. The Argus reported how the four-year-old terrier fled just days after travelling to London with his 12-year-old owner Jamie Bickers to help present a Downing Street petition calling for tougher controls of fireworks. Jamie's mum, Liz Cook, feared he had died…. (story)
Argus 12.11.03 Fireworks crusade dog goes missing by Lilly Peel - Moves to toughen up the control of fireworks may be too late for Chip the Jack Russell terrier. For just days after helping to present a Downing Street petition on the subject, the dog has gone missing after bolting at the sound of a rogue firework. Chip travelled to London last Tuesday with his 12-year-old owner Jamie Cook and his mother Liz.... Chip had been going to schools with Mrs Cook, where she gives presentations to children on behalf of Animal Aid and the RSPCA.... (story)

Western Daily Press 26.11.03 ZOO ANIMALS AID - With reference to Naples Zoo, the Captive Animals Protection Society attempts to assist animals incarcerated in zoos…. A Heritage Bridgwater Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 26.11.03 LIVE ANIMAL CARGOES MUST GET INSPECTION - The European Parliament this week starts considering proposals for new rules governing the transport of live animals throughout the European Union. We MEPs are already receiving letters from people who believe they should be made more stringent… We will be looking to amend the proposals to make observance verifiable, and we hope our Continental colleagues will follow our lead. Caroline Jackson MEP Swindon (letter)

Guardian 26.11.03 Monkey business and the research lab - It came as no surprise to animal campaigners when the deputy prime minister John Prescott announced planning approval for Cambridge University's monkey brain research centre (Monkey lab gets go ahead, November 22). He continues in the government's misguided tradition of supporting animal experiments at all costs… Wendy Higgins, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection
A collective amnesia has taken over this government. I remember well the Labour manifesto "A new life for animals" which promised to consider a royal commission into the efficacy of vivisection. Cambridge University's primate centre has been purported to be a centre of excellence in research. To brain damage higher primates and then study the results tells us how the brain damage affects the primates only… A Moynihan, London (letters)

Gloucester Citizen 26.11.03 CHARITY SECRETARY QUITS IN CASH ROW - The Forest organiser of animal charity the RSPCA has resigned because of a lack of support from the Gloucester branch. Karen Davies-Buckingham quit as the auxiliary secretary of the Forest branch after seven years' working for the charity…. "They have a paid administrator, paid fundraiser, paid cleaner and a lovely warm, modern, secure building. We have a very cold, very damp, very insecure clinic and nothing else…." Mrs Davies-Buckingham has said that she will now continue in her role of member and trustee of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Rescue Centre in Hartpury and will now cover call-outs in the Forest (story)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 26.11.03 Spare a thought for what's on the table - CLAUDIA TARRY Campaigns Officer Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter in archive)
Keighley News 21.11.03 SIR - Tis the season to be jolly, to shop till we drop and stuff ourselves silly… Claudia Tarry, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter in archive)
Surrey Mirror 20.11.03 Give animals a festive break - 'TIS the season to be jolly, to shop till we drop and stuff ourselves silly. But spare a thought for the animals who will suffer. Here are some tips for indulging in cruelty-free style - Claudia Tarry, campaigns officer, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Ealing Times 26.11.03 Veggie food uses battery hen eggs – claim - VEGETARIAN products sold in supermarkets frequently contain eggs from hens kept in battery cages claims a report. The news has angered animal rights activists who have bought vegetarian produce under the belief that ingredients and methods used would not involve cruelty to animals. RSPCA experts who compiled the report said nine of the 11 retailers questioned by the charity, including Tesco and Asda admitted using battery eggs in products labelled as suitable for vegetarians… (story)


Argus 25.11.03 Concern as children are licensed to use guns - Children as young as 11 are obtaining gun certificates from Sussex Police…. Lewes MP Norman Baker highlighted the worrying facts to lobby for more gun control… "Whilst I believe older children should not be completely denied access to firearms, for instance in a safe and responsible environment such as a rifle range, I can think of no convincing reason why young children should be licensed to use lethal weapons. I find it all the more disturbing where such children are then encouraged to participate in bloodsports and are, consequently, being desensitised to the suffering of animals rather than being taught to respect wildlife."…. (story)

BBC News Online 25.11.03 Gamekeeper hit by coursers - A Norfolk gamekeeper was attacked after he confronted a group of men who were illegally coursing hares. Stephen Moore was hit on the back of the head with a "blunt instrument" after he challenged four men he saw coursing hares at about 1330 GMT on Monday… (story)

Guardian 25.11.03 It's harmful to deny vital role of animals - The letter by Kathy Archibald (Letters, November 18) about animal experimentation is seriously flawed, and presents a harmful point of view…. I would put it to Archibald that she ask the thousands of patients who have benefited from this surgery whether they would rather suffer from their disease or be restored to the dignity of normality. Tipu Z Aziz Department of neurosurgery, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
Just as creationists deny evolution, so anti-vivisectionists deny the value of animals in medical research. We know of no credible, independent medical organisation anywhere in the world that supports Kathy Archibald's claims… Simon Festing, Association of Medical Research Charities (letters)
Guardian 18.11.03 Animal testing no help to humans - The impression created by Philip Connolly [director of the Coalition for Medical Progress] that the research community is united behind the need to use primates in biomedical research is utterly false... Kathy Archibald, Europeans for Medical Advancement, London (letter)

Scotsman 25.11.03 Research torture - With reference to your report, "Go-ahead for research centre" (21 November), to say medical science will be jeopardised if there is a ban on research using primates is absurd. Just because animals are used extensively in research does not mean they are vital to advancements… SHEILA EDWARDS Dubai United Arab Emirates (letter)


Guernsey Press & Star 24.11.03 Mud but no blood on historic hunt by Max Hall - MORE than 100 people showed up to watch horses, hounds and riders compete in the Bigard Cup drag hunt on Saturday… ‘It’s fantastic and loads of people have turned up to watch,’ said Jan Coomer, 51, president of the Guernsey Riding and Hunt Club…. Twelve horses and riders came from Jersey to join the 26 from Guernsey… The scent was followed by 15 hounds - one fewer than was expected… (story in archive)
BBC News Online 22.11.03 First drag hunt for three years - The first drag hunt in three years is taking place in Guernsey on Saturday. Sixteen hounds and about 30 horses will take part in the event which is being organised with the help of the Jersey Drag Hunt and Chase Club…. (story)

Western Daily Press 24.11.03 MAJESTIC TURKEYS SHOULD BE SUPPORTED, NOT SLAUGHTERED - The festive season is almost upon us and once again millions of turkeys will be reared and slaughtered for the traditional Christmas lunch. I urge readers to try a tasty vegetarian alternative and sponsor a real one at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich…. Name and address supplied (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 24.11.03 IT'S WRONG TO KILL ANIMALS TO PUT MEAT ON PLATES - I do not see us all as vegetarians but here, in the Western World, many of us chase after meat as if our lives depended on it… I am certain the killing of animals and the Crucifixion go together. Killing animals and killing humans is much the same…. Tony Parsons, Haymans Close, Cullompton (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 24.11.03 DID HOSPITAL PROVIDE YOU WITH VEGETARIAN CHOICE? Ajaye Curry, Campaigns officer, Animal Aid, Tonbridge (letter)
Somerset Guardian 20.11.03 VEGGIE SURVEY LAUNCHED - AJAYE CURRY, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Bath Chronicle 17.11.03 VEGGIE SURVEY - AJAYE CURRY, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Wells Journal 13.11.03 HOSPITAL SURVEY NEEDS REPSONSES - Ajaye Curry Campaigns Officer Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent TN9 1AW(letter)
Belfast Telegraph 13.11.03 Veggie meals in hospitals - Continuing Animal Aid's campaign to ensure that vegetarians and vegans are catered for properly in all public sector areas, we are launching a new survey to test the provision made for veggies who are in hospital... AJAYE CURRY, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN1 1LL (letter)


Scotland on Sunday 23.11.03 Low prices mean estates have no incentive to extend deer culling - YOUR article on deer culling (News, November 16) gave the impression that extending the current open season either could or would lead to an increased level of culling… What would be a real incentive for an increased cull would be a realistic financial return for venison. While your article spoke of the current shop price being £9 per pound, the current price paid by venison dealers to individual deer stalkers or to estates is a ridiculous 20p per pound… Colin Shedden, director Scotland, British Association for Shooting and Conservation
I WAS appalled to read that the culling season may be extended, as the prospect of even more unregulated trigger-happy gunslingers is not a pleasant one…. Far from permitting an extension, the Scottish parliament should be looking at it in the same way that it did that other murderous ‘sport’, fox hunting. Alan Clayton, Strathlachlan
THE Deer Commission is on dangerous ground in calling for abolition of the closed season for stalking stags and extending the open season for shooting hinds… Animal Concern recognises that culling is a necessary evil. However, all animals deserve an undisturbed and safe breeding season. If The Deer Commission remove that period of sanctuary they can expect a backlash from animal rights… John Robins, campaign consultant (letters)

Observer 23.11.03 A greater good - The government has shown courage in giving Cambridge University permission to go ahead with a monkey laboratory…. The decision may well anger those animal-rights activists who have already tried to terrorise staff at Huntingdon Life Sciences' laboratory. None the less, while animal trials remain the only reliable method of assessing the safety of new treatments, the Government is right to give strong backing to such research (story)
Scotsman 22.11.03 Prescott backs research centre - JOHN INNES - SCIENTISTS and animal rights campaigners were at odds last night after the government gave Cambridge University permission to build a controversial research centre where tests will be carried out on monkeys…. (story) 22.11.03 Research centre goes ahead - Scientists and animal rights campaigners are at odds after the Government gave Cambridge University permission to build a research centre where tests will be carried out on monkeys… (story)
Times 22.11.03 Prescott gives go-ahead for monkey laboratory - A LABORATORY that will use monkeys to study brain diseases was approved by the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday… (story)
Telegraph 22.11.03 Activists declare war over new monkey lab By Roger Highfield, Science Editor - The Government gave Cambridge University permission yesterday to build a monkey laboratory where scientists will study brain disorders such as autism and Alzheimer's disease.... Dr Mark Matfield, director of the Research Defence Society, said the decision was good news for British research.... Andrew Tyler, Animal Aid director, said that the decision was "grotesque and astounding".... Joan Court of X-CAPE (Cambridge Against Primate Experiments) said: "This is a total abomination and a disgrace that the planning inspector has been overruled. There will be massive civil disobedience." (story)
Guardian 22.11.03 Monkey lab gets go-ahead - Animal rights protesters furious at 'shameful but predictable' approval for primate research centre - Alok Jha, science correspondent - Cambridge University was yesterday given the go-ahead to build a multi-million pound primate research centre… (story)
Independent 22.11.03 Activists to fight monkey lab at Cambridge By Charles Arthur, Technology Editor - Animal rights campaigners have vowed to block a new laboratory at Cambridge University that will experiment on apes and monkeys, after it was given planning permission by John Prescott yesterday. The pressure groups Animal Aid and the British Union Against Vivisection said there would be opposition and demonstrations "day after day" if the university tried to build the laboratory. Animal Aid said the centre would turn Cambridge into "the monkey torture capital of Europe"… (story)
BBC News Online 21.11.03 Primate experiment lab approved - Cambridge University has received UK Government approval for a controversial laboratory in which it intends to carry out brain experiments on monkeys…. (story)
Ananova 21.11.03 Cambridge University gets new monkey tests lab - Cambridge University has been given permission to build a controversial research centre where scientists will carry out tests on monkeys. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has ruled in favour of the plan…. (story)
BBC News Online 21.11.03 Doubt remains over primate lab By Jonathan Amos - Cambridge University has conceded its controversial primate laboratory may never be built because of high costs. The UK Government approved plans for the £30m neuroscience centre on Friday, to the dismay of animal rights groups who say the lab's work will be cruel. But Cambridge Pro-Vice-Chancellor Tony Minson said a £7m shortfall in funding would mean construction work next year would be delayed - and may never begin…. Wendy Higgins, from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (Buav), said the decision was no surprise, coming "just at the time that Cambridge University itself is throwing doubt over the project due to rising costs… (story)

Bedfordshire on Sunday 23.11.03 It's a dog's life - each year over two million cats and dogs are slaughtered in China to satisfy demand in Europe for cat and dog fur…. I urge consumers and animal lovers to put pressure on their local Westminster MPs to raise this matter with the Government and to write to Commissioner Byrne, European Commission, Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium, demanding that he take immediate action to ban the import, export and sale of these products…. Bashir Khanbhai MEP, Conservative (Eastern Region) (story)

BBC News Online 23.11.03 Concerns over horse passports - Equine charities in the South West have raised concerns that new horse passports, which could soon become law, could lead to animals being dumped or shipped abroad… Maureen Rolls from South West Equine Protection is concerned by the move. "If an animal has had any treatment at all then obviously they are unfit to go for slaughter," she said…. (story)


Western Morning News 22.11.03 STRATEGY ON BADGERS DELAYED TB VACCINE - At last it has been demonstrated that the reactive killing of badgers in hotspot areas has increased the prevalence of bovine TB breakdowns in cattle, these being the very same areas where badgers have been culled over many years under a variety of Ministry of Agriculture strategies, yet remaining hotspots… John R Starnes, Par Cornwall (letter)

Western Morning News 22.11.03 BREEDERS DISCOVERED EXPORTS LOOPHOLE - Followers of the Western Morning News' campaign to stop the resumption of the live export of horses and ponies to the continent will recognise Charlotte Faulkner as the breeder who last May successfully exploited a current loophole in the laws surrounding horse exports…. (story)


Newsletter/Belfast News/Derry Journal 21.11.03 Hare Coursing Club Defends Republic Meet - DUNGANNON hare coursing club has been slammed over its decision to hold its annual meet in the Republic. The League Against Cruel Sports has branded the move a cynical attempt to avoid the protection for the Irish hare…. The Dungannon club recently won a conservation award for the work it was doing with Queen's University. (story)

Hertfordshire Mercury 21.11.03 Hunt family grave attack - Horrified members of the Puckeridge Hunt believe animal rights protestors may be responsible for a vicious sledgehammer attack on their ancestors' graves. Headstones at poppy-strewn graves belonging to members of the Barclay family, from Brent Pelham, were smashed to pieces at St Mary the Virgin churchyard in the village…. Diana Pyper, daughter of Charles Barclay, whose grave was attacked, said: "The whole family is devastated and extremely upset. The people who did this horrible thing obviously have no respect for the dead…." (story may only be on website for a week)
Herts & Essex Observer 20.11.03 Hunting family's graves smashed - Animal rights activists are among suspects believed to have demolished three gravestones commemorating the lives of five members of the Barclay family, which has been involved with the Puckeridge Hunt for more than 100 years…. A spokeswoman for Herts police said there was no message left at the crime scene and the motive was unclear. However, she acknowledged that one line of investigation being pursued was that the perpetrators were blood sports opponents… Liz Mort, the Countryside Alliance's eastern region director, branded the vandalism "despicable" and said: "You get used to banners being daubed with blood, but to do this is appalling, especially so close to Remembrance Day." A spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) refused to condemn the criminals, but said it was not something that the HSA "would sanction or encourage"… (story may only be on website for a week)
Guardian 19.11.03 Hunting clan's graves smashed (story)
Scotsman 18.11.03 Hunt Family's Gravestones Attacked by Vandals By Lisa Davies, PA News - Three gravestones belonging to a well-known British hunting family have been smashed to bits in an overnight vandalism attack. Di Pyper, of the Barclay family, said she learned of the attack early this morning in which gravestones belonging to her parents, her grandparents and her great aunt were “completely smashed to bits.”…. The church yard where the vandalism took place is directly across the road from the kennels for a pack of hounds belonging to the Puckeridge Hunt in Brent Pelham, a village of about 180 people near Buntingford in Hertfordshire… Mrs Pyper, the current master of the hunt, said: “The police believe, and I myself believe, it must be the work of hunt saboteurs,”…. Captain Barclay died last year aged 83 after more than 50 years at the top of the hunting fraternity. Three of his children, Major Ted, Robert and Mrs Pyper were all both former joint masters with their father. His other son James is currently a joint Master of the Cottesmore Hunt… (story)

Western Daily Press 21.11.03 IDIOT FRINGE OF HUNTING SET TO SLAUGHTER DEER - Maverick hunt supporters will try to wipe out Exmoor's red deer population if the Government forces through a hunting ban, a deer management expert claimed yesterday. Peter Donnelly believes the "idiot fringe" of the hunting fraternity will indiscriminately slay as many deer as possible in a spiteful bid to give Tony Blair a bloody political nose…. Although not involved in hunting himself, the 69-year-old believes hunting has created a natural balance between the residents of Exmoor and its 4,000 red deer… Diana Scott, joint master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, said a ban would inevitably see an increase in shooting by landowners and farmers, but for reasons of pest control…. (story)
Western Morning News 19.11.03 EXPERT FEARS FOR FUTURE OF EXMOOR'S DEER HERD - England's last large herd of wild red deer needs all the help it can get - and it needs it sooner rather than later… Peter Donnelly, a deer management expert with a lifetime's experience, says… "The situation to me is like a narrow based isosceles triangle," he says. "At the apex you've got the hunt and fields sports fraternity; at one of the other points there are the antis like the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS); and at the third point you've politicians like Alun Michael. In the middle you've got the deer."… having made such a statement, Mr Donnelly - who does not hunt - is prepared to point a warning finger at the staghound fraternity. "At the minute they're saying: 'We hunt - we don't want to know about anything else. We're going to hunt - full stop, shut the door'…. (story)
Western Morning News 19.11.03 35 SANCTUARIES WHERE HERD CAN THRIVE IN SAFETY - Paul Tillsley, League Against Cruel Sports sanctuaries manager at St Nicholas Priory, near Dulverton, seemed unimpressed by Mr Donnelly's arguments…. (story)
Western Morning News 19.11.03 DEER WILL BE SHOT, BUT NOT OUT OF SPITE Diana Scott, joint master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, shrugs when she hears suggestions that hunting farmers and landowners will shoot deer out of spite. "Unfortunately deer will be shot, but I don't think people will do it out of spite," Mrs Scott told the WMN…. (story)

Leicester Mercury 21.11.03 FOUL PLAY OVER FOXES - Once again I read in the Mercury (November 4) that the citizens of Oadby and Wigston will be prosecuted if they fail to clean up after their dogs if they foul in parks…. Yet my complaints are more about the wild animals that the authorities do not want to try to contain or get rid of…. This is the second year our garden has been spoiled and I must say that these foxes are not breeding in my garden… I cannot see how this can be fair, to prosecute dog owners, yet allow authorities to leave foxes alone… B W Cross, Leicester. (letter)

Burton Mail 21.11.03 Chilling animal rights message by DAVID POWLES - A CHILLING message has appeared on an animal rights website from a group claiming to be behind a terrifying firework attack at a Burton home. The message claims responsibility for the attack in which 12 'explosive devices' were set off at a house in Portland Avenue, Branston, and calls upon others to carry out similar crimes…. The message appears on the Save The Newchurch Guinea Pig campaign website, a group opposed to the farm, but denies any involvement in illegal action to get its message across. Police today said they were aware of the message, but that the group had not been forthcoming in letting them know where it came from…. (story)
Burton Mail 5.11.03 Police vow they will catch terrorists by DAVID POWLES - POLICE today vowed to catch the animal rights terrorists behind a letter sent to staff working at a controversial farm…. Police today admitted that members of the group behind the threat were known terrorists and said they were taking the incident 'very seriously'…. (story)
Burton Mail 4.11.03 Terror group letter link by DAVID POWLES - THE GROUP behind a threatening letter to staff at a controversial farm are linked to terrorist attacks – including a bomb blast at 10 Downing Street, the Mail can reveal today… The Mail can today reveal that the group behind the letter, the Animal Rights Militia (ARM), is known to be one of the most dangerous animal rights groups in the country…. (story)
Burton Mail 3.11.03 TERROR THREATS TO FARM WORKERS by DAVID POWLES - TERRIFYING letters threatening a campaign of serious attacks on staff and their families have been sent to every worker at a controversial farm near Burton, the Mail can reveal. Staff at Darley Oaks Farm, in Newchurch, have received a sinister letter demanding that they resign from their job otherwise they and their families will come under attack…. (story)

Times 21.11.03 The law and animal rights protesters - “Animal extremists ‘will drive research abroad’ ” (headline, November 18). Apparently the Bioscience Innovation and Growth team says that new laws are needed to deal with animal extremists. Yet no mention is made of the recent injunctive orders obtained by Huntingdon Life Sciences and by a number of Japanese companies (for whom I acted in the High Court) against the animal rights extremists in general and the group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty in particular (see Law Report, October 22)…. TIM LAWSON-CRUTTENDEN, Lawson-Cruttenden & Co, 10-11 Gray’s Inn Square, WC1R 5JD. (letter)
Times 18.11.03 Animal extremists 'will drive research abroad' BY NIGEL HAWKES, HEALTH EDITOR - NEW laws are needed to deal with animal extremists if Britain is to keep its pole position in bioscience in Europe, a report said yesterday. Existing legislation is not working and immediate steps are needed to protect research workers and companies from harassment and attack, says the Bioscience Innovation and Growth Team, an industry group that is funded by the Government to provide advice.... (story)
Telegraph 18.11.03 Animal rights extremists 'halting lifesaving drugs' - New laws are needed to stop animal rights extremists blocking the development of lifesaving medicines, says a report into the future of Britain's biotechnology industry... (story)

Western Daily Press 21.11.03 BADGERS SHOULD STAY PROTECTED - I'm sure Johnny Kingdom loves his badgers but it would be wrong to remove the protection they now have…. Pamela Dean Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 20.11.03 JOHNNY IS SO HYPOCRITICAL - Johnny Kingdom is a first-class hypocrite. He professes to love the countryside, but writes on his feature page about controlling wildlife numbers - killing!... Last week it was hares, this week the Government's badger slaughter…. Malcolm Clark Chairman Wiltshire Badger Group (letter)


Kentish Express 20.11.03 Hunt disrupted by men with whips MEMBERS of Ashford Valley hunt have described their fear when a gang of 20 men dressed in black surrounded them brandishing whips. A hunt saboteur is due to appear back at Maidstone pol-ice station in January following the confrontation at the hunt's meet in Hunton, south of Maidstone, on Saturday… Followers of the Ashford Valley hunt say that one of the gang of protestors, a 33-year-old man, attacked a hunt supporter, knocking him to the ground and spitting at him. It is claimed that the victim, 53, from the Cranbrook area, was left bleeding and bruised and with ripped clothing… (story)
BBC News Online 16.11.03 Hunt protester accused of horse attack - An anti-hunting protester was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a horse during a clash with huntsmen in Kent, on Saturday... (story)
Sunday Telegraph 16.11.03 Hunt attack charges - A hunt saboteur, accused of attacking a horse with a homemade whip, is due to appear before Maidstone magistrates in Kent. Another man has been accused of assaulting a supporter of the Ashford Valley Hunt.... (story)
Ananova 16.11.03 Hunt saboteur accused of assaulting horse - An anti-hunting protester has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a horse during a clash with huntsmen in Kent. Kent Police said a group of around 20 protesters had been following the Ashford Valley Hunt... A spokeswoman for the Countryside Alliance said one protester struck a horse with a home-made whip, while the other was involved in an altercation with a member of the hunt... (story)
Scotsman 15.11.03 Hunt Saboteur Accused of Assaulting Horse By James Tapsfield, PA News - An anti-hunting protester was today arrested for allegedly assaulting a horse during a clash with huntsmen in Kent… (story)

Cornishman 20.11.03 BADGERS AND TB: WHY SO LONG FOR A VACCINE - Anne Shaw, Tregarth, Nancledra - In case anyone is wondering about the sudden influx of dark green landrovers and blue truckman vans in the area, don't worry, it's only DEFRA here once again killing as many badgers as they can, under the doubtful heading of a 'scientific study'…. Don't forget, the badger is a protected species, and you are not allowed to shoot them, unless you're from DEFRA, then it's perfectly okay to blow their brains out! (letter)

Western Gazette 20.11.03 CRUELTY PAYS - I Am in complete agreement with the sentiments expressed in the letter of 6 November concerning a suitable punishment for the despicable duck killer… in contrast to that meted out to a friend of mine who was protesting outside Huntingdon Life Sciences… he threw a small lump of mud towards the police line, hitting nobody. For this heinous 'crime' he received 250 hours community service. It obviously pays to be cruel instead of caring… Yeovil resident, name and address supplied. (letter)

The Sentinel 20.11.03 NOSTALGIA BRUTALISES FARM ANIMALS - I just had to write after reading Saturday's Sentinel magazine Your Week. I was totally appalled. On page 10, Jim Morgan's Picture Remembered. This week it was the picture of sheep grazing in a field. It seemed that people were very happy to reminisce about the sheep and their fate… These poor helpless creatures were slaughtered and so petrified that they tried to run away… Society has to change its views on animal cruelty. Reminiscing about seeing helpless animals, ready to have their throats cut and then bleed to death, is not a way that will change it. D BARNETT Meir (letter)

Ulster Herald 20.11.03 Shauna's searching for animal heroes from Omagh - TV presenter Shauna Lowry has joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to reward people who have done something significant to help animals. The awards are part of IFAW's Animal Action Week and will be presented next year in the House of Lords…. (story in archive)
The Forester 20.11.03 SHAUNA IN QUEST FOR ANIMAL HEROES - Animal Planet TV presenter Shauna Lowry is searching for animal heroes in the Forest of Dean. The awards are part of IFAW's Animal Action Week and will be presented next year in the House of Lords…. (story)
Kent/Sussex Courier 14.11.03 SEARCH IS ON FOR ANIMAL HEROES - The International Fund for Animal Welfare is searching for animal heroes from Tunbridge Wells. The charity wants to reward people who have done something significant to help animals as part of its Animal Action Week... Nick Jenkins, Animal Action Week Office, 186 High Street, Rochester Kent ME1 1EY (letter)
Edinburgh Evening News 7.11.03 Nominations wanted for dogged work - NOMINATIONS are being invited from Edinburgh for an awards evening to recognise people who help animals. The International Fund for Animal Welfare has established the awards, which will be presented next year in the House of Lords.... (story)


Argus 19.11.03 Airport ban for arson offender by Aidan Radnedge - Gatwick bosses have banned a baggage-handler from crucial parts of the airport after discovering he was jailed for arson 24 years ago. Michael Tomsett had his airside pass confiscated after BAA Gatwick checked his record and found he was jailed for three years in 1979… He was a 21-year-old part-time firefighter at the time and was on one of the crews called to tackle the blazes…. His trial at Lewes Crown Court in February 1979 heard he set fire to straw at the Southdown Hunt kennels at Ringmer on October 1, 1978…. (story)

Shropshire Star 19.11.03 Woman left helpess as hounds hit garden - A Shropshire woman is up in arms after she watched helplessly as her garden was invaded by a pack of foxhounds, which scattered her cats and damaged her plants. Julie Stealey, from Edgerley, near Kinnerley, Oswestry, was sweeping up leaves in her garden yesterday afternoon when a fox flashed past her, quickly followed by a pack of baying hounds…. untsman Nick Ashcroft, who was out with the Tanatside Hunt yesterday, said he was immediately behind the hounds and got them away from Mrs Stealey's garden as soon as he saw she was upset…. (story)

Fife Free Press 19.11.03 DISMAY EXPRESSED OVER BIRD DEATHS - AN EAST Neuk farmer has been left "shocked" and "upset" by the discovery of five birds of prey found dead on his land…. Bert Burnett, SGA committee member and a professional gamekeeper, said: "I am not aware of this particular case and we do not condone the poisoning of birds of prey…." (story)

Bristol Evening Post 19.11.03 OPPOSITION TO GREYHOUND TRACK - Sports fans will be welcoming the news that Bristol City and Bristol Rovers football clubs are considering building a new 30,000-seater football, rugby and athletics stadium near Easton Compton. However, I urge all readers to oppose the plans to include a greyhound track. Already thousands of greyhounds are bred every year in Britain and Ireland and a similar number are "disposed" of by the greyhound racing industry… Mrs M Harrison via e-mail. (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 19.11.03 Taken out of our hands - From Amanda James, Wheatley Crescent, Bluntisham - IT SEEMS very odd that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister last week issued a press release suggesting that "The Government is committed to making the planning system faster, fairer and more responsive to the needs of the community and business"…. In February 2001, South Cambridgeshire District Council heard a planning application from Cambridge University to build a huge new research complex to carry out experiments on monkeys… However, rather than allowing the people of Cambridgeshire to play a part in a planning decision which will shape their communities, the Government announced instead that it would make the decision…. (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 19.11.03 Lab of no benefit - Paul Hayhoe, Colville Road, Cherry Hinton - THE proposed monkey lab will not benefit mankind and they will kill thousands of primates because tests will not give any relevant results. Is it going to benefit animals as well?... (letter)

Ananova 19.11.03 Activists call for Wilkinson to ditch kangaroo boots - Animal welfare campaigners are calling on Jonny Wilkinson to ditch the boots which have helped kick England through to the Rugby Union World Cup final. Activists are angry the 24-year-old fly-half is wearing boots made using leather from kangaroos killed in Australia…. "Three million kangaroo skins a year are exported from Australia and the vast majority are used to make football boots," said Viva! spokesman Graeme Wotherspoon… (story)


Western Morning News 18.11.03 Not on a Sunday I AM a pro-hunter but I totally agree with M Cooper, Postbridge (WMN, November 4) that there was no need whatsoever to go hunting on a Sunday. Margaret Hawker Ermington South Devon (letter)
Western Morning News 4.11.03 HUNT HAS NO RIGHT TO STARTLE WALKERS - I was walking through the forest at Postbridge on Sunday, (November 2) at 2pm with my dogs running free when a fox crossed my path (not unusual) then suddenly I heard what I thought were foxhounds. No, I thought, it's Sunday. Then the riders in the distance confirmed that a hunt was in progress… I assume the reason for the hunt was because the riders attended the march at Honition the day before. Well, that was their choice. So what gave them the right to invade everyone else's space on Sunday… M Cooper (letter)

Bath Chronicle 18.11.03 HYPOCRISY OVER KILLING OF ANIMALS - I Note that Judith Burgess, in her letter to The Chronicle (November 10) concerning foxhunting, conveniently excludes animals that are bred and slaughtered exclusively for human consumption from her list of animals whose fate is supposedly treated with disdain. If a vegan, I forgive her oversight. If not, I smell hypocrisy at work…. The claim, by A Williams, that woods used for rearing pheasants are devoid of wildlife as a result of culling weasels and stoats, is both contemptible and bewildering. These delightful little creatures are indiscriminate predators, classified as vermin by the government and have to be controlled by law… I repeat, shooting is a force for good in our manmade, man managed and wonderfully diverse English countryside. ADRIAN C WELSH, Walcot Street, Bath (letter)

Western Morning News 18.11.03 HORSES BATTLE HITS NO 10 - Carla Lane joined thousands of readers in saying no to the live export of horses yesterday when she took their signatures supporting the Western Morning News campaign to Downing Street…. (story)
Western Morning News 18.11.03 OUR 65,982 REASONS TO LISTEN, MR BLAIR Yesterday a delegation presented the WMN's petition opposing the possible resumption of live exports to No 10 Downing Street. Sarah Pitt reports… Carla was joined by animal rights campaigners from Compassion in World Farming, representing the 65,982 readers who have signed our petition appealing to Tony Blair and his Government to close a loophole in EU law which undermines the British ban on exporting horses…. Michael Sutcliffe, a CIWF supporter for 25 years, said: "We are standing here near Westminster and the Houses of Parliament and we seem to have lost our sovereignty…" Fellow CIWF member Ailsa Pain said presenting the petition was "part of the democratic process" which would ultimately get Government ministers to act. And another supporter, Killy Cavendish, said she was unhappy to think that any horses could be subjected to horrific journeys across Europe in crowded trucks…. (story)

Western Morning News 18.11.03 Gratifying … The Government must ensure that this inhuman form of live exports never happens again. F G Bowles, Sticker Cornwall (letter)
Western Morning News 18.11.03 'DON'T CARE' ATTITUDE TO LIVE TRANSPORTATION The picture of the poor donkey being dragged out of the trailer in a European market (WMN, October 3l) had me in floods of tears… Lyn Sawkins, Holsworthy (letter)
Western Morning News 17.11.03 EVIL HORSE TRADE MUST NOT RESUME - Thank you for exposing the fact that this evil trade regarding the transporting of horses and other animals to European countries could re-start… Eileen M Jeffery, Newton Abbot
Keep fighting … Please, Margaret Beckett, fight to keep this ban in place. Mrs L Julyan, Sticker
Sad practice … As a nation we do not agree with eating our pets, therefore why should we allow this to happen? Iris Newman Stratton Cornwall
Very upset - I would just like to say how disgusted and upset I was to read your article in the WMN regarding the transportation of horses… Mrs L Worth Launceston
They should not end lives in pain … I am appalled that any live animal, born and bred in this country, should be subject to the barbaric conditions of transportation, so graphically described…. A B R Harvey Camborne
No justification - I would like to express my wholehearted support to the WMN for your Live Exports Campaign… Claire Wright, Feniton Honiton
Unbelievably cruel … We have great respect for your newspaper for championing this most worthy cause. J and E Cleveland Exeter
We must opt out - It is completely unacceptable in a civilised society for animals to be subjected to the cruelty involved in being transported across European countries… Cyril L Dent Newquay
Exports are wrong … I have always contended that this kind of long-distance transportation and export of live animals is wrong and I have not changed my position…. Tess Nash Helston
Extend the campaign - I hope all our efforts will succeed in protecting our horses and ponies… S Gilmore Devon
People power - It's no good relying on these lily-livered politicians. We must use people power which comes from the heart and attack the very idea of bringing back this horrific trade…. Joan O'Neill St Ives
Cost of privilege … Shame on us, and shame on our Government if we close our eyes to the needless suffering of horses, ponies, and donkeys through live exportation… Pamela Pike Ilminster Somerset
Unveil anger .. We must ensure Margaret Beckett is fully aware of the anger of people in this country… Clare Sampson Braunton North Devon
Shame on this nation For a nation which prides itself as one of animal lovers, we can only be thoroughly ashamed of ourselves… Marian Brook Exmouth
Compassion desert The thought of the resumption of live horse exports for slaughter is sickening…. Mr P Lethbridge St Neot
We must stand united … It is not too late to let it happen again. Sonia & Peter Dodsworth Plymstock (letters)
Western Morning News 17.11.03 LIVE EXPORT CAMPAIGN LETTERS It is with horror that we hear of the prospect of the return of live transport of horses, ponies and donkeys to the Continent… N and J Sheppard, Antony Torpoint
Surely the only way to combat this trade is to point out to those involved the economic nonsense of this trade… Jenny Tavy Hayle
I am absolutely appalled to learn that the live export of horses, donkeys and ponies could be reintroduced… Mrs C J Bone Par
… How can a nation, calling themselves animal lovers, condone such a horrific trade? W Marshall, Ilsington Newton Abbot
I am appalled and horrified that in the year 2003 any live animal exports are deemed necessary… Tamsin Purtell, Braunton
It would be a shameful day for this country if this vile trade were to be resumed… Jenny Hewison Lustleigh
… Animals should only be exported after they have been slaughtered as humanely as possible in this country…. Penelope, John and Amelia Hooper, Bridgwater (letters)
Western Morning News 17.11.03 CRIES THAT SHOULD MAKE WORLD LISTEN … Britain is an EU member - how can we allow this? The cry from these animals should be heard and acted on - now. Sylvaine Shapland, Wellington, Somerset
Barbaric treatment - I am totally opposed to the live export of ponies, donkeys and horses - it's barbaric… Jane Dunsford, Higher Barton, Devon
It is past all understanding - I would like to express my disgust of this evil and cruel practice, which in this day and age, is past all understanding. Mrs G Doidge Launceston
Stand up for these creatures - Thank you very much for all the work you are doing about the live horse exports… Mrs E Stephens Bittaford, South Devon
Extend protection - It would be outrageous if our UK legislation regarding the ban on live horse meat exports was to be swept away…. Valerie Uren Tavistock
Brutal disregard There should be a total and irrevocable ban on the export of all livestock, including horses, wild ponies and donkeys… Dennis Woodcock Taunton
Is there a hidden reason? … Surely animals should be slaughtered in this country and then transported in carcass form. Is there a hidden reason why this doesn't happen? Joanne Goodman Totnes
We have learned this lesson… It is not workable and mustn't be allowed to start again. D J Ogle South Brent
Only on the hook Well done WMN for bringing this issue to everyone's notice. Shirley Renowden, Cornwall
Speak on their behalf .. It is about time someone stood up for these poor unfortunate animals and spoke out on their behalf. Mrs H Howell Perranwell Station, Cornwall
Call for civil disobedience - It is now obvious that the introduction of equine passports is timed to allow the resumption of live exports from this country…. Quentin Blacke Penhallow
Pictures left me in tears The pictures I saw in the WMN of the horses being exported brought tears to my eyes…. Mrs M Taylor Harrowbarrow Cornwall
How can anyone condone this? .. If people have to eat animals, the very least the animal should have is a happy life, being well cared for, then a quick and humane slaughter. Ruth Bethel Blackborough, Devon
Stop this murderous slaughter - I look into the eyes of the beautiful creatures, and all I can see is a line of cruelty…. Lynette Dunn St Ives
You can see fear in their eyes - It is unbelievable that in 2003 we are even considering bringing back live export for horses and ponies… Sue Smith, Wadebridge
Helpless victims …. Live animal exports are barbaric and must not be resumed. Christina Chapman West Buckland, Kingsbridge
Do they have no conscience? Surely no live animals, let alone horses which are not bred for eventual slaughter for food anyway, should be exported live… Elizabeth Cooper Dartmouth (letters)
Western Morning News 11.11.03 CAMPAIGN COULD EXTEND TO PROTECT ALL LIVESTOCK I hope that all our efforts will succeed in protecting our beloved horses and ponies.... S Gilmore, Devon
People power - IT'S no good relying on these lily-livered politicians. We must use people power which comes from the heart and attack the very idea of bringing back this horrific trade... Joan O'Neill, St Ives
Cost of privilege ... I have seen the eyes of animals being transported in trucks, pressed together and driven through busy traffic - the stark terror I see there makes me ashamed... Pamela Pike, Ilminster Somerset
Unveil anger A CHANGE in EU law leading to the live export of horses is unthinkable... Clare Sampson, Braunton North Devon (letters)
Western Morning News 11.11.03 BIRTH CONTROL COULD BE HUMANE SOLUTION ... There are so many horsey people in Devon, why can't they help too - or do they only care about their own horse or pony, to be able to ride and pursue their sport with, be it eventing, Pony Club, gymkhanas, hunting, dressage, polo etc? Jan Martin Fox Ledger, Totnes Devon
No animal must suffer I WOULD like to register my protest against the live export of horses, ponies and donkeys - in fact any animals... Angie Thompson, Dartington
Young and passionate I AM 11 years old and live in Newquay. I have read the reports in the paper and think it is very cruel to all the horses, ponies and donkeys... Charlotte Walters (and Lady the horse), Newquay (letters)
Western Morning News 11.11.03 NO ROOM FOR CRUELTY IN ENLIGHTENED TIMES Thank you, WMN, for your campaign to put an end to the dreadful live export trade.... I & R Johnson, Moretonhampstead
Seek royal figureheads I SUPPORT your campaign to stop the possibility of exporting live horses, ponies and donkeys abroad, to be slaughtered for meat.... Mrs B Rosevear, Nanpean St Austell
Legislate against trade - PLEASE add our names to your campaign against the live export of horses to the Continent and elsewhere.... Mr & Mrs Stanbrook, Exeter (letters)
Western Morning News 4.11.03 A NIGHTMARE FACES OUR FAITHFUL FRIENDS - I wrote this poem several years ago and sent it as a Christmas card all over Europe to help stop the transport of horses…. Mary Lascelles, Porthleven… (letter)


Exeter Express & Echo 17.11.03 NEW VIDEO TO SPOTLIGHT CRUELTY - Bird poisoning, badger baiting and egg collecting are featured in a new hard-hitting video which highlights the problem of wildlife cruelty. Police and local authorities will be using the Government-backed video to help raise awareness of the issue in schools…. (story)
Western Morning News 15.11.03 A SHOCKING video including sickening scenes of badger-baiting and illegal egg collecting has been released to help fight wildlife crime in the Westcountry. The five-minute film - narrated by actor Richard E Grant - has been produced for the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) to raise awareness of the extent and variety of wildlife crime.... UK wildlife crimes featured range from violent scenes of badger baiting to the illegal collection of rare birds' eggs and the large-scale collection of flowers like bluebells and snowdrops from the wild.... (story)

Central Somerset Gazette 17.11.03 ANIMAL TESTING IS UNETHICAL, UNRELIABLE, AND USELESS' - In response to Thomas Bromley from Seriously Ill against Medical Research (Central Somerset Gazette, October 2003)… Nicole Vosper Cheddar (letter)
Cheddar Valley Gazette 13.11.03 'ANIMAL TESTING IS UNETHICAL, UNRELIABLE, AND USELESS' In response to Thomas Bromley from Seriously Ill against Medical Research (Cheddar Valley Gazette, October 2003).... Human patients would be better off if drug companies did no tests on animals because the results are unreliable... Vivisection is unethical, unnecessary and useless, a system designed to pump out drugs as quickly and cheaply as possible to make profits for pharmaceutical companies... Nicole Vosper Cheddar (letter)
Cheddar Valley Gazette 6.11.03 MEDICINE NEEDS ANIMAL TESTING - In response to Wendy Higgins of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (Chedar Valley Gazette, October 30). The views expressed by our patron Jane Asher merely reflect that of mainstream medical and scientific opinion which recognises the valuable contribution made to medical progress through the use of animals and the very real need to continue to use them where no alternative exists…. Thomas Bromley, SIMR executive secretary (letter)
Cheddar Valley Gazette 30.10.03 'CELEBRITY BACKING FOR VIVISECTION IS MISLEADING' - Wendy Higgins, Campaigns Director, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) Crane Grove, London (letter)
Western Morning News 21.10.03 ACCEPTABLE FACE OF ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS - What a comfort it must be to the animal testing industry that cake-maker and one time Crossroads actress Jane Asher has entered the debate on animal experiments…. In choosing a so-called celebrity backer like Jane Asher, the CMP are trying to make support for lab animal suffering more appealing by conjuring up an imaginary world where labs animals suffer no more than a pin prick, dying peacefully in the noble cause of saving humanity… Wendy Higgins, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), London (letter)
Dundee Courier 14.10.03 Nothing wrong with this kind of idealism - Regarding Jane Asher’s comments (Actress defends drug testing on animals, Courier, October 9); since she is described as a patron of Seriously Ill for Medical Research, it is worth pointing out that there is also an organisation called Seriously Ill Against Vivisection… To set limits to what we are willing to do to animals for our own (in this case, highly dubious) benefit is not a betrayal of humanity but a fulfilment of the best human qualities—compassion and moral choice. Katherine Perlo. Dundee Animal Welfare Network, 5 Pitfour Street, Dundee. (letters)
Telegraph 13.10.03 Animal data is crucial - All drugs have to be tested on human subjects before being approved for clinical use... There is no doubt that the sum total of suffering would be reduced if we could find useful alternatives to animal experiments. Until truly superior alternatives are available, it might be worth bearing in mind that those benefiting from the drugs in question are people like you, me and (at the risk of sounding emotive) our children. From: Chris Norbury, Oxford (letter)
Telegraph 11.10.03 Animals just provide cover - Jane Asher has been sadly misled by representatives of the pharmaceutical industry who have a keen vested interest in animal testing... Europeans For Medical Advancement contends that drugs would be much safer for patients if they were tested not on animals, but on human tissues, human DNA chips, computer models of human organs and finally in risk-free micro-dose studies in human volunteers.... Ray Greek, London W13 (letter)
Telegraph 11.10.03 Asher's ethical naivety - Jane Asher's support for animal vivisection (report, Oct 9) betrays an ethical naivety bordering on the irrational.... Margaret Ellis, High Bentham, Lancs (letter)
Telegraph 11.10.03 Between us and them? - Jane Asher seems to think that animal experimentation is a choice between using animals or helping people. However, there are now methods that do not involve animal testing.... A. Wills, Ruislip, Middx (letter)
Telegraph 9.10.03 Asher makes the case for animal experiments - Jane Asher - actress, cake supremo, charity worker, novelist and soap opera superbitch - has added another string to her bow, as a fervent advocate of animal experimentation…. "Looked at from the practical point of view, it's very hard to see how any rational person can object to carefully controlled, humanely conducted experiments used to develop drugs and medical techniques to benefit mankind," she told a London meeting of the Coalition for Medical Progress, an umbrella group of academics, universities, patient groups, medical charities and pharmaceutical companies … (story)
Ananova 8.10.03 Actress backs drug testing on animals - Jane Asher says medical researchers should stop apologising about the need for drug testing on animals. The actress believes that unless people are willing to renounce virtually all medical intervention for themselves, their families and even their pets, arguments against using animals in research are unsustainable… Ms Asher, patron of the charity Seriously Ill for Medical Research (SIMR), was speaking at a meeting in London organised by the Coalition for Medical Progress… (story)

Bath Chronicle 17.11.03 HOG ROAST'S A SELL-OUT BY JESSICA DACEY - Queues of customers formed as a controversial hog roast was launched in Bath city centre…. Next to the hog roast was Ed Caldecott, a vegetarian who has had a photo stall at the same spot for 15 years…. Activist Rob Hill was also there to photograph the stall for a publication produced by the Bristol Animal Rights Group. "I live a vegetarian lifestyle and would never hurt an animal. It is a free world but seeing something like this, I feel nauseous. It is disgusting. I do not think it is right for people to have to see that."… (story)
Bath Chronicle 3.11.03 HOG ROAST UNDER FIRE- AGAIN - A SUNDAY hog roast in Bath is to be placed between a stall run by a life-long vegetarian and another run by a Jewish woman. A licence has been given for a whole pig to be cooked on a spit in Union Street every Sunday. But Ed Collacott, who sells fine art photographs, and Edna Summerell, who sells pots, are both against the decision as a matter of principle… (story)
Western Daily Press 27.10.03 HOW TO MAKE A KILLING IN BATH - It seems only right that the traditional Hog Roast in Bath city centre should be allowed to take place. This year, perhaps an added attraction to draw the crowds could be the public slaughter of the chosen pig prior to roasting…. I suspect the number of vegetarians in the City of Bath would rise sharply… (letter)
Western Daily Press 23.10.03 FORCE GET A ROASTING OVER HOG FEAST BAN - Police last night backed down in their controversial attempt to ban a traditional hog roast from taking place in Bath city centre…. (story)
Bath Chronicle 22.10.03 HOG ROAST OBJECTIONS DROPPED BY POLICE BY SARAH HILLS - Police have withdrawn controversial objections to plans for a weekly hog roast in the city centre. A police officer had originally opposed the Sunday stall, saying it might offend religious groups and provoke protests by animal rights activists… It is understood Sgt Bebbington's stance had annoyed some of her colleagues…. Sarah Broadwith, of the Bath Hunt Sabs and Animal Rights group, also said it was a step too far and ruled out any protests… (story)
Bath Chronicle 17.10.03 POLICE OBJECT TO PIG ROAST IN CITY CENTRE BY SARAH HILLS - Police have objected to plans for an open-air hog roast stall in Bath city centre because it might offend animal rights activists and religious groups. Trader Marie Gibson wants to bring the traditional method of cooking a whole pig on a spit set up in Union Street every Sunday…. In a letter to the council Sgt Jan Bebbington, of the police's city centre team, says that the majority of her colleagues felt that such a stall would be inappropriate. She lists eight reasons for objecting, including: "We have an active animal rights group in Bath which would more than likely protest, should the stall be allowed to operate at this location."… Sarah Broadwith, of the Bath Hunt Saboteurs and Animal Rights group, said it was a step too far… "… to my knowledge there has never been a protest against a hog roast. It is minor compared to other things such as fox hunting and vivisection…" But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a national animal welfare organisation, welcomed the police objections… (story)


Telegraph 15.11.03 Obnoxious, arrogant, uninformed - I find Steven Berkoff's views on the "working class" and foxhunting as obnoxious as they are arrogant and uninformed.... Mr Berkoff has obviously never been to the north or ever heard of the Banwen Miners Hunt in South Wales. Still, being a good socialist (if I don't like something, I'll ban it), he has made up his mind, and he must be right. From: Joy Lunn, Aberystwyth, Wales (letter)
Telegraph 12.11.03 Mr Berkoff gets even - working-class hero is now a gentle, if rather garrulous, soul. He talks to Catherine Shoard.... Working-class people don't like fox-hunting. We find it repellent. But the middle classes think there's something weird about that. They claim not to like fox-hunting, but not because of animal welfare. They're too afraid to admit that they're sensitive to something as small as a little fox."... (interview)

Birmingham Post 15.11.03 Animal rights group 'behind arson' By John Revill, Birmingham Post - Animal rights protesters were last night blamed for an attempted arson attack on a home linked to a guinea pig breeding centre. Staffordshire Police said army bomb disposal experts were called in after a dozen fireworks were hurled at an address in Burton-on-Trent... (story)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 15.11.03 Police blame activists for street blasts - Police are hunting for animal rights extremists after powerful fireworks went off in a Staffordshire street in the early hours of yesterday morning. A dozen devices were lit outside homes in Portland Avenue, Branston, near Burton upon Trent.... The Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs group, which was set up to try to close Darley Oaks Farm, said it condemns violence.... (story)
BBC News Online 14.11.03 Activists blamed for firework attack - Army bomb disposal experts were called after a suspected animal rights protest in which dozens of fireworks were thrown at a house linked to a guinea pig breeding centre. The explosions in Burton-on-Trent were reported to police at 0245 GMT on Friday.... (story)


Newark Advertiser 14.11.03 More red tape - My wagon mare and driving pony are also extremely well looked after. I'm also furious that I have to pay over £50 for passports for them. These passports are just silly bits of paper which are of no use to me, the horses or anyone else since these horses will never go abroad or be eaten. They will probably be with me till their dying day and will then be put down in my yard and sent to the hunt kennels.... (Mrs) S. C. SCARLETT, Home Farm, Staunton. (letter may be in archive)

Newcastle Journal 14.11.03 Farmers question badger cull suspension - Defra must reassure cattle farmers that its shock decision to suspend badger culling in the reactive zones of the Krebs TB control trials is based on sound science and completely impartial. The National Beef Association warns there are deep suspicions within the cattle sector that the department is looking for an easy political solution to a difficult animal disease problem so it can get a smoother ride from pro-badger voters... (story)

Ledbury Reporter 14.11.03 Farmer is unmoved by badger cull shock - A FARMER hit by two outbreaks of TB in his cattle says he still has faith in the Government's badger-culling trials. Fred Simcock, of Coddington, was speaking after the recent shock decision to suspend a key element of the trial.... Andrew Field, spokesman for the Herefordshire Badger Group, said: "We're calling for a complete cessation of culling in this part of the world. We want money to be spent on scientific research into the issue of TB rather than just the badgers' part."... (story in archive)

Burnham & Highbridge Times 14.11.03 BADGER CULL TO CEASE - News that reactive culling of badgers is to cease has been welcomed by Secret World founder Pauline Kidner... (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 14.11.03 BADGER CULL HAS NOT HALTED TB - Having been on the old badger TB panel, I was as astonished as everyone else at the suspension of badger culls in reactive areas (Echo, November 5). But, as is often the case, 180 degree political U-turns appear out of a clear blue sky.... M Hancox, Stroud (letter)

Bristol Evening Post 14.11.03 FOUNDER TO MEET BEARS SUPPORTERS The founder of a charity set up to highlight the plight of captured bears in China will meet local supporters at a fundraising show. Jill Robinson, of the Animals Asia Foundation, will also give an update on progress made with the campaign at the event organised by the South Gloucestershire branch of China Bear Rescue.... (story)

Hull Daily Mail 14.11.03 DON'T TRY TO IMPOSE FOOD WISHES ON US ALL - In reply to Eileen Girling's letter... You must be getting desperate when you can quote the Bible, so out of context, and then claim you don't know why God made animals. Cheryl R Sampson, Cleeton Lane, Skipsea. (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 6.11.03 IT'S NOT IN GOD'S NAME Please may I reply to Cheryl Sampson's letter… Eating meat at the very least is unethical. The earth cannot sustain it…. Mrs E Girling, Sigston Road, Beverley. (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 27.10.03 COULD YOU KILL YOUR OWN FOOD? I Read with amusement the letters from meat-eaters and vegetarians…. But if everyone had to kill their own meat there would be millions more vegetarians, me included. G Gibbins, Cottingham Avenue, Hull. (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 16.10.03 WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO EAT WHAT WE LIKE - Eileen Girling you are the "pot calling the kettle black". It's all right for you and your likes (vegetarians) to be accusing meat eaters of being killers but it's not all right for meat eaters to answer back. It's all right to eat plants because, according to you, they don't feel pain like animals. That's the same argument as saying that just because animals can't speak, doesn't mean that they can't suffer pain…. Cheryl R Sampson, Cleeton Lane, Skipsea, near Hornsea (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 7.10.03 'BODY NOT DESIGNED FOR MEAT' - Living near factory farms and slaughterhouses explains the lack of compassion for the suffering of animals from recent letter writers in favour of meat…. A billion cows worldwide pumping methane into the atmosphere do more damage than all the responsible, caring vegetarians. S Broom, Ings Road Estate, Hull (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 7.10.03 'CARNIVOROUS COMMENTS WERE UNDERMINED' - Simon Mason's tacit acceptance of the Theory of Evolution (Mail, October 1) undermines his carnivorous comments… My cat eats meat and, as far as I am aware, this has not helped him evolve to the point where he walks on two legs…. Peter Minns, John Street, Kingston Square, Hull. (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 2.10.03 VEGETARIANS UNDER ATTACK ONCE AGAIN - Re: Chris Baron and Cheryl Sampson's letters (Mail, September 24). Once again vegetarianism is attacked by meat eaters via the well known argument of living plants… Eileen Girling, Sigston Road, Beverley. (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 1.10.03 VEGETARIANS SHOULD NOT DENY EVOLUTION - If members of the vegetarian lobby examined their own teeth, they would discover something quite interesting.... These are to facilitate eating meat. Are they denying thousands of years of evolution by saying humans are not supposed to be omnivores? Simon Mason, Tranby Lane, Anlaby. (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 24.9.03 VEGETARIANS ARE KILLERS - I Am sick of vegetarians' attitude of holier than holy because they don't kill animals to live on. What planet do they live on?... So it's time for vegetarians to stop accusing meat eaters of being killers when they kill vegetables to live themselves. Cheryl R Sampson, Cleeton Lane, Skipsea (letter)
Hull Daily Mail 17.9.03 VEGETARIANS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATHS In His indulgence for roast beef, Chris Baron states that "he harms no one but himself"… Each person that eats meat is directly responsible for the animal's death. Vegetarians do not cause killing. Eileen Girling, Sigston Road, Beverley (letter)


BBC News Online 13.11.03 Gamekeeper's poison conviction - A gamekeeper has been fined £250 for illegally possessing poison, 11 gin traps and a wild buzzard's egg. Ronald Allison, 66, was the only suspect when a buzzard was poisoned on Balmanno Estate in Perthshire.... (letter)

Royston Crow 13.11.03 Bid to drive out illegal hare hunts - ABOUT 50 landowners and farmers from Eastern Hertfordshire's rural areas attended a meeting to examine ways of tackling problems associated with illegal hare coursing last night. The meeting at Stevenage police station saw Nicholas Moss, the deputy chairman of the North Hertfordshire magistrates' bench, and eastern area commander Chief Supt Andy Wright speak on the problem... (story)

Sheerness Times & Guardian 13.11.03 Busy being badger's friends - BADGERS are nocturnal creatures, rarely seen by the human eye and rarely given a passing thought. The only time most of us see them is when they have been hit by a car and their bodies are lying at the side of the road. But these gentle creatures have a group of champions fighting to help them survive through all seasons: the West Kent Badger Group…. (story)

Ilkley Gazette 13.11.03 Fur flies as animal rights group targets fashion shop - HEATED scenes broke out in Ilkley town centre yesterday as animal rights protesters targeted an Ilkley shop selling real animal fur. Members of protest group Fur Free Yorkshire set up banners and began leafleting outside 5th Avenue fashion store at the Moors Shopping Centre... Member of Fur Free Yorkshire, Damian Tapper, from Burley-in-Wharfedale, said: "No doubt the owners of 5th Avenue and other shops selling fur call themselves animal lovers, which at best is laughable."... Campaign organiser, Anna Harris, from Sheffield, said: "Catching animals from the wild or breeding them in cages, in order to supply the fur trade is completely unnecessary and totally barbaric...."

Eastern Daily Press 13.11.03 Princess calls on horse lovers to fight - The Princess Royal yesterday called on horse lovers to join her fight against the export of horses and ponies for slaughter. Princess Anne urged visitors to the annual seminar of the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) to lobby the Government in the group's fight against new draft regulations from The European Commission.... (story)

The Forester 13.11.03 'EXPERIMENTAL BADGER CULLS A WASTE OF TIME' - A Forest farmer welcomes the news that some experimental badger culls have been halted as the end of a 30-year smokescreen.... Humphrey Phelps has been farming at Westbury on Severn for 50 years, and he thinks a return to the practices of the past would prove more effective against the scourge of Bovine TB than killing badgers.... (story)

Dundee Courier 13.11.03 Hypocrisy of government - Jim Crumley’s excellent account of the vile destruction of badgers highlights, yet again, the hypocrisy of government, when it comes to animal welfare.... Politicians are too occupied gloating over their ever-increasing bank balances and lucrative expense accounts to really care about animals. I would rather have 100 badgers on my doorstep than one of these hypocrites. Bob Beveridge. Old Town House, Falkland. (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 13.11.03 Arrest after vandalism at city war memorial - A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested in connection with the vandalism of Cambridge's city centre war memorial... (story)
Cambridge Evening News 12.11.03 TODAY OF ALL DAYS - A WAR veteran said he felt sick after an "outrageous" act of vandalism tarnished a Remembrance Day ceremony. Vandals sprayed images of monkeys on to the war memorial in Station Road, Cambridge, just hours before the ceremony at 11am this morning.... (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 12.11.03 Vandals attack war memorial - POLICE are hunting vandals who daubed images of monkeys on a war memorial in Cambridge hours before a Remembrance Service... (story)

Western Daily Press 13.11.03 ONE ANIMAL LOVER'S CRUSADE TO RESCUE BATTERY FARM HENS - Animal lover Jane Howarth has launched a one-woman crusade to save hundreds of battery hens from life in cramped cages. Jane buys the hens from farmers and then helps find new owners for them... (story)


Scotsman 12.11.03 Usual suspects in defence of rural 'liberty' - FORDYCE MAXWELL - I CARE about the future of the countryside, most of those who live in it and the farmers who look after much of it. But if I thought that writing about it and making a case for it for a working lifetime was for the benefit of the types who appear in a book called Liberty and Livelihood: a portrait of rural life, I’d quit tomorrow. The book is published this week by, no surprise, the Countryside Alliance. I have expressed doubts about this organisation before for running a pro-fox-hunting campaign under the pretext of speaking up for rural life as a whole and for managing to sell the idea that it represented the unanimous view of everyone in the countryside... (story)

Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer 12.11.03 SHOOT MAN DIES - A MAN, who was airlifted to hospital last Saturday after apparently suffering a heart attack while out shooting near Oswestry, is believed to have died in hospital... (story may be in archive)

Torquay Herald Express 12.11.03 RACING CRUELTY - One of the pets I've had over the years was Bandit, a retired greyhound. He made a wonderful pet. Sadly of the 9,000 greyhounds retired every year only 20 per cent are homed. The rest face an uncertain fate.... The league against cruel sport is campaigning for a compulsory levy of 1p in every £1 taken by bookmakers to become a statutory part of the government's forthcoming animal welfare bill. ROBERT GAGIE, All Hallows Road, Paignton (letter)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 12.11.03 DEMONSTRATION: Police to talk to HLS protesters - POLICE are due to hold talks with protesters who are planning another massive demonstration against the controversial Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) laboratories. About 1,000 people are expected to descend on Huntingdon town centre on Saturday, December 6 for a march and rally organised by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC).... Heather James, spokeswoman for SHAC, said she believed the demonstration would have more impact in the town centre... (story)

Chester Chronicle 12.11.03 RECENT reports concerning the slaughter of dolphins in Japanese coastal waters are truly appalling. The annual dolphin hunt from September 1 to March 31, kills an estimated 20,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales… MALCOLM ESPLEY Tattenhall (letter)

BBC News Online 12.11.03 Protest against puppy farm grants - Dog breeders and animal welfare campaigners opposed to grants being given to farmers take their protest to the Welsh assembly on Wednesday.... Karen McGarrigle, co-ordinator of the Say No to Puppy Farms campaign said: "While we sympathise with the plight of the farmers affected by the foot-and-mouth outbreak, raising a puppy that is going to live with your family requires a far different approach to that used for rearing and animal destined for the meat market...." (story)


Swindon Evening Advertiser 11.11.03 How can we expect better? Yet more beautiful birds killed by thoughtless young men (EA November 6). However, what do we expect, what messages are we giving out to our young people? Air guns are freely available... Our rich friends are allowed to kill semi-tame birds by the thousand... People ride around our countryside killing foxes, deer, hares, and any unsuspecting pet that happens to get in the way.... Mrs M Harrison, Toothill (letter in archive)

Worcester Evening News 11.11.03 Badger debate - BADGER culling will be on the agenda when an MP meets members of the National Farmers' Union this weekend. Sir Michael Spicer, Conservative MP for west Worcestershire, is to meet the Pershore and Upton-upon-Severn branches of the NFU at Pershore College on Saturday... (story in archive)

Shropshire Star 11.11.03 Workers at RSPCA against job strike - RSPCA staff in Shropshire and Mid Wales are no longer likely to take industrial action over plans to cut 40 jobs, union bosses announced today. A meeting is due to take place tomorrow to discuss a redundancy package which has been offered to workers at the animal charity's flagship headquarters in Dorrington, near Shrewsbury, and the RSPCA Cymru centre in Brecon.... (story)


Cumberland News & Star 10.11.03 GET HOOKED ON ANGLING By Fiona MacRae - CUMBRIAN adults and children are being offered the chance to become hooked on angling. The Environment Agency is running free coaching sessions on coarse or freshwater fishing this winter.... (story)

Cambridge Evening News 10.11.03 NO WONDER THEY WON'T TELL US From Christopher Cornell, Russell Court, Cambridge - IN YOUR report on the proposed monkey lab (News, October 30), there is a reference to the Cambridge University Council refusing to discuss details of the experimental work... I would suggest the reason why the university does not want to discuss the details of the monkey brain experiments is that once the details of the experimental procedures are in the public domain the general public will become horrified by the details and protest even more about them. (letter)

Argus Pleading poverty - One minute Carla Lane is pleading poverty for help with her animals and the next minute she can afford to pay out £8,000 for a court case against her… 10.11.03 -Mary Frankel, Hove (letter)
Argus 27.10.03 Carla Lane in £8k payout to sanctuary worker by Virginia Bridgewater - Screenwriter Carla Lane was ordered to pay out more than £8,000 in what a tribunal panel described as the worst case of unfair dismissal they had seen. The writer of hit TV series' Bread and Butterflies was taken to a tribunal by her former employee Mandy Rutherford, who claimed she was a victim of sex discrimination and unfair dismissal…. Miss Rutherford said she was made to feel stressed, self-conscious, undermined and intimidated by John Bully, whom Miss Lane had employed as a manager at the sanctuary…. (story)

Bucks Free Press 10.11.03 Stop this shocking treatment of animals - I HAVE recently become aware of a shocking example of the cruelty of factory farming: the pig farrowing crate... For information on factory farming and vegetarianism contact Viva!... Mrs Sue Smith Ivins Road Holtspur (letter)

Western Mail 10.11.03 Bovine TB group calls for meeting - Steve Dube, The Western Mail - THE Farmers' Union of Wales is demanding an emergency meeting of the UK bovine tuberculosis forum following the Government's sudden decision to suspend part of the Krebbs trials.... NFBG chief executive Dr Elaine King said the reactive culling data confirmed there was a bovine TB link between badgers and cattle. She went on to call for tighter cattle movement restrictions and improved cattle TB testing regimes.... (story)
Western Mail 8.11.03 Cause of TB spread still controversial Duncan Higgitt, The Western Mail - YEARS of research and bitter debate over any role badgers play in the spread of TB among cattle have failed to find an answer. Farmers have long argued that Mr Brock is to blame... (story)
BBC News Online 8.11.03 Restrictions on cattle 'possible' - The movement of cattle could be restricted under government plans to eradicate bovine tuberculosis.... Anthony Gibson, of the National Farmers' Union in south-west England, says his members feel as if they are being left with no solution to a problem that is ruining their lives and businesses... But Dr Elaine King, of the Federation of Badger Groups, applauded Mr Bradshaw's decision and forecast that all culling would eventually be proved to be wrong.... (story)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 8.11.03 Badgers get stay of execution - DOZENS of badgers in Wiltshire have been granted a stay of execution by the Government... (story in archive)
Cornishman 6.11.03 SOME BADGER CULLS TO BE SUSPENDED - MAX CHANNON - Defra has announced it is to suspend the killing of badgers in 'reactive' culling areas as part of its Randomised Badger Culling Trial - but the killing looks set to continue in West Cornwall's 'proactive' zone…. (story)
Guardian 5.11.03 Badger killing led to rise in TB - James Meikle and Paul Brown... Ministers yesterday abandoned part of a controversial £25m badger culling trial after it emerged that killing the wildlife was often counterproductive in the battle against tuberculosis in cattle... The results effectively signal doom for any national culling programme, since the only other option for killing badgers - big pre-emptive strikes before TB is found in cattle herds - would be judged unacceptable to voters.... The National Federation of Badger Groups believes badgers are a scapegoat for the disease, with most of them not even infected. Elaine King, its chief executive, said: "These extraordinary results confirm the warnings that I and other scientists have been giving for years...." Ben Gill, the National Farmers' Union president, said the findings proved badgers "move about and spread TB". The "best and only answer" was to stop "infected badgers coming into contact with cattle".. (story)
Independent 5.11.03 Cull of badgers is spreading bovine TB, not stopping it By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor - Government trials to see if the spread of tuberculosis in cattle can be controlled by killing badgers have only spread the disease further, scientists have discovered. The findinghas stunned ministers, officials and the scientists themselves. It led yesterday to the immediate abandonment of half of the controversial culling trials, which have cost £25m in the past five years... Elaine King, chief executive of the National Federation of Badger Groups, welcomed the decision... (story)
Telegraph 5.11.03 Badger cull halted over spread of TB By Robert Uhlig, Farming Correspondent - Ministers yesterday halted a badger culling trial designed to determine whether badgers spread tuberculosis among cattle, after one of the two forms of culling used was found to increase the spread of the disease.... (story)
Times 5.11.03 Cull of badgers is halted after TB in cattle increased BY VALERIE ELLIOTT, COUNTRYSIDE EDITOR - A CULL of badgers on farms where cattle were infected with TB has been halted because the killing has spread the disease.... Elaine King, chief executive of the National Federation of Badger Groups, said that the findings showed that farmers who had been illegally killing their badgers had made their situation worse... (story)
Yorkshire Post 5.11.03 Badger reprieve as doubts grow - Ministers ordered part of a badger culling trial to be suspended yesterday after results showed it was counter-productive in the fight against tuberculosis in cattle....(story)
Times 5.11.03 Farmers sure over blame for cattle TB - YESTERDAY'S decision to suspend part of a Government-implemented badger cull comes after years of bitter debate over the role the animals play in the spread of bovine TB. Farmers have long argued that the creatures are to blame for transmitting the disease to cattle, causing both emotional and financial distress.... (story)
Western Morning News 5.11.03 BADGER CULLS SCRAPPED - Westcountry farmers reacted with anger and disbelief yesterday after the Government suspended part of the controversial badger culling trials despite "very clear" evidence that badgers are involved in the spread of TB in cattle… (story)
Western Morning News 5.11.03 'GOVERNMENT MUST LISTEN TO COMMON SENSE' - The region's farmers yesterday argued that they were being "driven to distraction" by the Government's attitude to tuberculosis in cattle and the suspension of the culling of badgers in affected areas…. (story)
Western Morning News 5.11.03 WELFARE GROUPS WELCOME REPRIEVE - Badger welfare campaigners yesterdaytues4nov welcomed Defra minister Ben Bradshaw's announcement that reactive badger culling was to be suspended on suspicion that it was actually increasing the rate of bovine TB in cattle. Dr Elaine King, chief executive of the National Federation of Badger Groups (NFBG), said any money saved should be put into alternative methods of controlling the spread of the disease…. (story)
Western Daily Press 5.11.03 BADGER CULLING TRIAL CALLED OFF - Ministers ordered part of a badger culling trial to be suspended yesterday after results showed it was counter-productive in the fight against tuberculosis in cattle… (story)
Newcastle Journal 5.11.03 Calls for vaccination By Jennifer Mackenzie, The Journal - Urgent calls are being made to pursue vaccination as the only realistic policy to control bovine TB… (story)
Scotsman 5.11.03 Badger cull ends on shock TB rise - FORDYCE MAXWELL AND VIC ROBERTSON - FARMERS and veterinary surgeons have been stunned by a government decision to end a badger cull - and by the trial’s effect on the spread of tuberculosis in cattle…. (story)
Gloucester Citizen 5.11.03 BADGER CULL HALTED ON NEW EVIDENCE - Ministers have unexpectedly suspended controversial trials to establish the link between badgers and bovine TB in Gloucestershire…. (story)

Shropshire Star 10.11.03 Help fight to end awful trade in horses - Readers may already be aware that horses are exported live from Poland to Italy to be slaughtered for meat on arrival. When animal welfare group Viva! first went to Poland to start campaigning against the live export of horses for meat, nearly 100,000 animals were being transported every year.... Elaine and Paul Evans Welshpool (letter)

UTV 10.11.03 Animal-welfare group to protest in Dublin - Compassion in World Farming, Ireland's leading farm-animal welfare group, is to hold a 'ban live exports' protest at the Department of Agriculture in Dublin tomorrow.... (story)


Western Daily Press 9.10.03 PHEASANT IS EATEN - I would be interested to know which shoot your letter-writer Mrs Hudd attended to enable her to witness "pits" being dug to dispose of unwanted pheasants…. If pheasants are "so familiar with we humans", then why can I never catch one? Miss L Ebert Cheddar Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 27.9.03 THE LIFE OF A GAME PHEASANT - Is Simon Clarke living in some kind of dream world or on another planet?... How does it benefit the countryside? All predators are shot or poisoned, including foxes, cats, buzzards, all to protect the pheasants... at the end of the day, if no-one wants the pheasants, a pit is dug and the dead birds are buried! Mrs Pat Hudd, Calne, Wiltshire (letter)
Darlington & Stockton Times 26.9.03 This is not sport - In his letter Simon Clarke states (D&S, Sept 19) that "Shooting is a fast-growing sport ..." Fast-growing it may be but a sport it is not… Those who refer to killing as a sport, whether what they kill are pheasants, grouse, deer, foxes, hares or fish, do so in an attempt to justify their delight in killing…. PATRICIA TRICKER Arrathorne, Bedale. (letter in archive)
Western Daily Press 26.9.03 THEY JUST CANNOT JUSTIFY THE KILLING - It beggars belief how the "hunt 'em and shoot 'em for fun" brigade justify their so-called "sport". One lot tells us that hundreds of livelihoods will be lost, and now Simon Clarke tells us that it is being done by kind, environmentally-minded volunteers. As for wild meat coming from pheasants, the only thing "wild" about these poor hapless birds is their attitude when they are removed from their cosseted, tame early life and then put in the covers, awaiting death… Cllr Tony Shortt Stroud District Council Cainscross Stroud Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 25.9.03 KILLING THAT'S CALLED A SPORT - The pompous tone of Simon Clark's letter made me cringe. There is no shooting on my holding but loads of wildlife. How can banging away with guns at these tame birds be called a sport?... I suspect most shooters are also hunt supporters…. Shooters and hunters should admit that they love killing and only use so-called countryside benefits etc, as an excuse. Chris Hull Yetminster Dorset (letter)
Shropshire Star 25.9.03 Pastime is barbaric - In Friday's paper we hear from another supporter of bloodsports trying to justify their barbaric pastime…. It is hardly sporting to shoot birds which are bred and reared by humans and as a result have a less than natural fear of humans. I have no problem with anyone shooting, say a brace of pheasants, for a family meal but to do it purely for pleasure is totally abhorrent. M Blakey, Shrewsbury (letter)
Manchester Evening News 23.9.03 Try pheasant - Simon Clarke, BASC, Rossett, Wrexham (letter)
Western Daily Press 22.9.03 AIMING FOR CONSERVATION Simon Clarke BASC Wrexham (letter)
Daily Record 22.9.03 SHOOTING AID -Simon Clark, Wrexham (letter)
Yorkshire Evening Post 20.9.03 Good shooting - SIMON CLARKE British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Rossett, Wrexham (letter)
Shropshire Star 19.9.03 Shoots do have lots of benefits - The pheasant shooting season begins on October 1. Shooting is a fast-growing sport which provides many benefits to the countryside. The season itself is the culmination of year-round work to manage the countryside to improve habitats…. why not try pheasant, wild duck, partridge, venison, or grouse this winter and help support this largely unpaid management and conservation work? S. Clarke, Wrexham (letter)

Independent on Sunday 9.11.03 Nature reserves sanction duck shooting - How wildlife groups allow 'management by death' at Britain's top conservation sites - By Severin Carrell - Leading nature conservation charities routinely allow game shooters to hunt ducks and geese on their wildlife reserves and bird sanctuaries, an Independent on Sunday investigation has found.... Simon Clark, of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, claimed wildfowling clubs were often the best guardians of a nature reserve: "They will have managed their stretches of marsh for 40 or 50 years, and will be the first to know if something is going wrong." (story)

Bedfordshire on Sunday 9.11.03 Campaigners kick up a 'pet shop noise...' - CAMPAIGNERS aiming to stop the sale of puppies at a Bedford pet shop took their battle to the Town Hall this week.... Campaigners Sheila English and Fran Cornwell's letter to the council states: 'We have been monitoring Posh Petz for a few months now and are always gleaning information from the public the vast majority agreeing with us that puppies should not be sold in pet shops..." (story)


Northern Echo 8.11.03 CHRISTMAS TURKEYS - Christmas is now well on its way, and many people will be planning their Christmas dinners... Consumers can bring about change by voting with their purses, they can let suppliers know that they want food that has been humanely reared. Vegetarian Christmases can actually be a lot more enjoyable, however. - Name and address supplied. (letter in archive)

BBC News Online 8.11.03 Protest over foie gras menu - Animal rights protesters have held a rally outside a French restaurant in Kent, because foie gras is available on the menu. The French owner of the restaurant, Element 5, in Canterbury, said he will continue to serve the goose liver delicacy, despite the doorstep protest.... (story)


Bury Times 7.11.03 Hunt pub's fury - A PUBLICAN has hit out at a campaign to boycott pubs with links to hunting. Alison McCarthy, landlady of the Shoulder of Mutton, at Holcombe, has labelled a bid by the North West Hunt Saboteurs Association (NWHSA) bid as another attack on country life.... The Shoulder of Mutton is the meet for the Holcombe Hunt's New Year's Day meeting.... (story)

Northern Echo 7.11.03 HUNTING - LAST week one of your correspondents compared riders of horses racing along footpaths and bridleways to riders of motorbikes and off-road motors… I agree that chasing a fox up hill and down dale is something that I think is sick and should be banned, but at heart the hunt riders don't harm the public who use the walkways for walking…. Peter Brown, Trimdon Village (letter in archive)

BBC News Online 7.11.03 Officials target hare coursing - Police in Hertfordshire are targeting people who trepass in the countryside to take part in illegal hare coursing. The effort comes after the force recently uncovered a stash of weapons they said had been used in connection with the activity.... (story)

Independent 7.11.03 Cambridge halts plan for lab to test monkey brains By Charles Arthur Technology Editor - Cambridge University is ready to abandon its plans to build a laboratory near the city to experiment on monkeys' brains.... Andrew Tyler, a director of the anti-vivisection group Animal Aid, called the retreat a face-saving measure... (story)

Surrey Advertiser 7.11.03 Call to end animals’ firework nightmare - THE explosion of firework nights across Surrey has prompted Guildford animal lovers struggling to calm terrified pets to call for restrictions... Sharon Goodman, manager of Treetops Boarding Kennels, Guildford, said staff have to sit up with terrified animals all night... Judy Brooks, of Sun Valley Greyhound Rescue, West Clandon, said fireworks are “the bane of any animal rescue home’s life”.... Graham Cornick, of Hydestile Wildlife Hospital, near Godalming, said the problem was “outrageous”.... (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 7.11.03 DON'T PERMIT OUR HORSES TO BE EXPORTED FOR MEAT Recently published draft European Union legislation on animal transport appears to open up the terrible possibility that British horses and ponies may be exported to the continent for meat…. E Smith, Church Road, St Thomas, Exeter (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 7.11.03 CARLA CAN HELP... If your report on Carla Lane's response to the council's application for a ban on pigeon feeding is true, there is one way she could show her solidarity with Donald Booth. She could offer to buy out the most-complaining neighbour. She could then enjoy living with the pigeons and their droppings…. COLIN D. CAMPBELL Scalford Drive Wollaton Park (letter)
Nottingham Evening Post 29.10.03 AUTHOR'S PIGEON PROTEST BY GUY WOODFORD - Top author and animal rights campaigner Carla Lane has criticised council bosses for banning a couple from feeding pigeons. The writer, whose hits include TV comedy Bread, said Nottingham City Council had been harsh in obtaining a court injunction against Donald Booth, 61, and wife Carol…. (story)
Nottingham Evening Post 22.10.03 PRISON THREAT TO BIRD FEEDER BY REBECCA SHERDLEY AND GUY WOODFORD - A Nottingham couple face prison if they feed birds - after being served with the first injunction of its kind in the city. Donald Booth has been given repeated warnings about feeding pigeons at his Wollaton home. But now he and his wife Carol could be imprisoned if they breach the city council order by feeding pigeons inside the city boundary… (story)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 7.11.03 Slaughter ban `insult to faiths' By Hazel Ettienne, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner - A MUSLIM councillor is spearheading a national campaign against the proposed ban on Islamic and Jewish methods of slaughter. Kirklees Tory councillor Imtiaz Amee, who represents Thornhill, Dewsbury, presented a 6,000-name petition to Downing Street yesterday. He was accompanied by David Lidlington MP, the shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary, who has defended the rights of Islamic and Jewish communities to practise religious slaughter…. (story)

Preston Citizen 7.11.03 Show won't go on by Margaret Blackburn A PRESTON animal rights group has claimed victory after the broadcast of a 'trash' TV programme featuring animals competing against humans was postponed…. Preston-based Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) complained to Granada and ITV about the show, and is now spearheading a campaign along with 13 other groups, including the RSPCA, to stop it ever being shown… Honorary treasurer for CAPS, Sue Berry, 54, of Penwortham, said: "We are considering protesting. I have written letters personally to programme makers and I campaign not just for animal rights but for lack of justice everywhere…." (story in archive)


Coventry Evneing Telegraph 6.11.03 Market is OK for hunt meet - Atherstone's cobble-stoned market square can be used by fox-hunters for a New Year's Day meet, borough councillors have decided. Members of the Atherstone Hunt, which has been meeting since 1815, won the backing of North Warwickshire Borough Council's community and environment board to hold their traditional festive gathering in the town centre…. (story)
Coventry Evening Telegraph 3.11.03 Festive hunt set to meet in town - Atherstone Hunt is expected to be given permission tonight to use Atherstone's cobbled Market Square for its New Year's Day meeting…. (story)

Kent Messenger 6.11.03 Commuting dogs brighten journey - THERE were some unusual passengers aboard a steam train at the weekend ones with four legs. To the amazement and delight of passengers, 33 beagles boarded at Tenterden Railway Station for a journey to Wittersham Road. The hounds were from a pack called The Bolebroke Beagles. The event was organised by Trevor Chapman, of the Bolebroke Beagles hunt, to mark the first day of the hunting season, to celebrate Tenterden Railway Station's centenary and to re-enact an old event… (story)

Cornishman 6.11.03 WOMAN IN HORSE FALL - A woman taking part in the St Just Feast hunt was air lifted to the Treliske hospital on Monday after falling from her horse. Carol Harry, of Halsetown - who was seriously hurt in the fall - had been one of 50 riders taking part in the Western Hunt's St Just Feast Day Meet… (story)
Western Morning News 4.11.03 INJURED HUNT RIDER FLOWN TO HOSPITAL - A woman horse rider involved in a Westcountry foxhunt was airlifted to hospital yesterday after being seriously hurt in a fall. Carol Harry, of Halsetown, near St Ives, had been one of 50 riders taking part in the Western Hunt's traditional St Just Feast Day meet…. (story)

Western Daily Press 6.11.03 THE HARE IS NOT SO RARE The elusive hare is surviving in Dorset, a major survey by conservationists revealed yesterday. Their numbers have nose-dived nationally by 75 per cent since World War II, mainly because of modern farming methods. But a new report by the Dorset Wildlife Trust reveals they can still be found across the county…. (story)

Barry Gem 6.11.03 Hunting’s not jolly - DESPITE the fact that polls consistently show that 70 per cent of the population are against hunting, on October 39, you ran a piece that was blatantly pro-hunting… Nick Canever, Ogmore by Sea (letter)

Ulster Herald 6.11.03 Bloodthirsty activity must be ended forever - John Fitzgerald, (Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports) Callan, Co. Kilkenny (letter may be in archive)
Irish Examiner 5.11.03 Fighting gangs behind bloodiest ‘sport’ of all - HEARTIEST congratulations are due to the gardaí and ISPCA officers who broke up a dog fight recently… John Fitzgerald, Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports, Lower Coyne Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny. (letter)
Irish Examiner 1.11.03 Gardaí seize animals and cash after tip-off on dog fight By Niall Murray - SEVEN dogs were found and a sum of cash was seized when gardaí and animal cruelty inspectors raided an illegal dog fight in Co Kildare yesterday morning.... (story)

Cambridge News 6.11.03 Bizarre reasoning - From Christopher Michaelson, Stop Primate Experiments at Cambridge, Northampton - IF THE Girton monkey lab isn't built, that has to be good news but if the reason is budgets, that's a bizarre reaction…. Even if this lab costs us nothing, it would not be worth it. The progress of the debate has proved that conclusively (letter)

Western Daily Press 6.11.03 DON'T KILL THESE INQUISITIVE GOATS - I read with shock in your paper that Lynmouth Town Council is considering a cull of goats who have roamed free near the town for more than 1,000 years…. Duncan Patrick Taunton Somerset (letter)
Sunday Telegraph 2.11.03 Villagers get gruff over council's plan to cull Devon valley goat flock By David Harrison, Environment Correspondent - They have roamed the rugged rocks of Devon for centuries but now the county's wild goats face the marksman's bullet. The council is considering a cull of the animals in a move that has divided the tranquil tourist village of Lynton on the north Devon coast.... (story)
North Devon Journal 2.10.03 LEARNING TO LIVE WITH THE WILD LYNTON GOATS - For many visitors to Lynton's Valley of Rocks, the famous wild goats which roam the area have become as much a part of the scenery as the craggy rocks and breathtaking coastal views. But crusaders and complainers are at loggerheads at how to control swelling numbers of the herd... (story)
North Devon Journal 25.9.03 GOATS GROUP AIMS FOR TALKS TO STOP CULL TALK - A society battling to protect the wild goats roaming the Valley of Rocks hopes to begin talks with Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council following today's full meeting. Members of Friends of Lynton Goats were appalled when a cull was suggested as a potential solution to increasing complaints about damage caused by the animals…. (story)
North Devon Journal 25.9.03 SIMPLE STEPS COULD ENSURE GOATS AND PUBLIC CO-EXIST - I wish to complain about the title of a letter last week which appears to be linked with a campaign to effect a major cull of the Valley of Rocks herd of rare goats. The only things that appear to be out of control are some members of the town council… DR C.E. RIDSDALE, Botanist, Lynton/The Hague, Netherlands.
THE proposed plan to cull Lynton's feral goats is yet another example of political spin which, if it goes ahead, is going to be a waste of taxpayers' money…. JAN HUNT, North Walk, Lynton
I WAS surprised to read the letter about the 'out of control' goats in Lynton. Far from it, the main complaint of visitors this year seems to be they find it extremely difficult to see any goats…. ELAINE EVANS, Station Hill, Lynton (letters)
Western Morning News 10.9.03 CAMPAIGN TO HALT GOAT CULL - An action group is calling for a halt to plans to cull up to half the wild goats roaming Lynton's Valley of Rocks. Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council is considering slaughtering the feral goats after a string of complaints made by residents about the damage the animals have caused…. But the Friends of the Lynton Goats Society claims the problem has been exaggerated and wants a detailed study into the goats to be carried out before any decision is made…. (story)
North Devon Journal 28.8.03 FURY OVER PLANS TO CULL VALLEY GOATS - Plans to slaughter the famous wild goats of the Valley Of Rocks have been greeted with outrage by a wildlife group. Lynton and Lynmouth town councillors will be discussing whether to proceed with a cull of the animals within the next two months at September's full council meeting. An earlier informal meeting was held between councillors, the town clerk and members of the Friends Of The Goats group where the question of a cull was raised…. Spokesman Carolynn Gold said: "We see no need for such a reduction in numbers at this time.." (story)

Swindon Evening Advertiser 6.11.03 Don't buy birds - Reading the sad story of Gizmo the parrot (EA Friday October 31), I would like to urge all readers not to purchase exotic birds… M Harrison Toothill (letter in archive)

BBC News Online 6.11.03 College geese plans criticised - Plans to reduce the number of Canada geese at a Cambridge University college have been criticised by animal rights campaigners.... (story)
Channel 4 News 5.11.03 University under fire for geese cull - A Cambridge university college has been criticised by animal rights campaigners over plans to cull Canada geese. St John's College said it has received complaints about the geese gathering in its grounds and disturbing the working life of the college… But animal welfare group Animal Aid said Cambridge University should be setting an example and learn to live with the geese… A spokesman for the Cambridge University Animal Rights Society said: "If it is true I think it is disgraceful and shocking… (story)

Slough & Langley Observer 6.11.03 ICI boffin’s book could be lifesaver A scientist is sharing his research into vegetarian food in a book about plant-based diets. Stephen Walsh is a vegan, and therefore does not eat meat or animals products, such as milk, eggs and cheese. He wrote ‘Plant Based Nutrition and Health’ in his spare time when not working as a scientific analyst at ICI Dulux Paints in Slough, to give everyone a guide to the health and ethical benefits of eating plant foods…. (letter in archive)

Surrey Mirror 6.11.03 Do your bit to help protect horses - I AM extremely concerned to hear that we are at risk of losing crucial legislation that protects British horses and ponies from being transported vast distances in appalling conditions to be slaughtered abroad for their meat... Sonia Odds, Cheyne Walk, Horley (letter)

Wells Journal 6.11.03 SUPPORT FOR OUR FARMERS I write in response to all letters recently sent in on the dairy farming "debate".. I do not oppose anyone who is a vegan or vegetarian so do not see why they should oppose the dairy industry…. The difference between Mr Currie and myself is that I have eaten meat and dairy products all my life and it has not had a negative affect on me in any way whatsoever. Kate Pether, Badgworth, Axbridge (letter)
Wells Journal 6.11.03 WE TREAT COWS LIKE WORKMATES I am writing in response to the letter published on October 30 by Mr A Currie. He has all the figures probably correct but as far as saying farmers are cruel to their animals, he has no idea what goes on down on the farm… R Major, Polsham Farm, Polsham near Wells (letter)
Wells Journal 6.11.03 DAIRY PRODUCTS ADVERTISING IS MISLEADING Although I suspect you will think this subject has run its course, I am writing to defend my letter to your paper two weeks ago (October 23) which has been misinterpreted and misquoted by George Baker in last week's edition… I stand by my assertion that dairy products are potentially harmful to health…. Until recently I was running a country based vegetarian business (working from before 7am until after midnight, seven days a week) but that was killed off by the foot and mouth epidemic, and as a result I had to opt for other employment, and received no government compensation…. John Higgins, Benedict Street, Glastonbury (letter)
Wells Journal 30.10.03 BACKING FOR DAIRY FARMING AND MILK - Having read John Higgins' letter in last week's paper, I would like to put across a different interpretation of the "facts" about dairy farming which he has stated in a misleading manner. While exceptional herds may produce relatively high levels of milk per year, in this country this has been achieved by improved genetics and nutrition, and very high regard for the welfare of the animals.... How does he think that this wonderful countryside we live in was formed? By farmers of course, farming in environmentally-friendly ways, maintaining hedges and other wildlife habitats for future generations... George W Baker Frome Road Farm East Horrington (letter)
Wells Journal 30.10.03 'ENORMOUS' AMOUNT OF ANIMAL SUFFERING - Despite the assurances of the dairy supporters who wrote in response to Rose Moloney's letter about their industry, everything is far from rosy on the dairy farm... Dairy cows may look lovely in the field but the reality is that the dairy industry causes an enormous amount of animal suffering every year... Alistair Currie Campaigns Office Viva! 8 York Court Wilder Street Bristol BS2 8QH (letter)
Central Somerset Gazette 22.10.03 DAIRY COWS GREATEST VICTIMS AS FARMERS INCREASE YIELDS - In response to your two correspondents in last week's Central Somerset Gazette (October 16) who felt compelled to belittle the opinion of Rose Maloney, I feel that perhaps they would prefer to respond to the hard facts regarding the dairy industry…. I am not a townie who knows nothing of country life. I've lived in rural Somerset all my life. My grandparents were dairy farmers, and my uncle became a millionaire in the same trade - at the expense of his happy family of meadow ladies. John Higgins, Benedict Street, Glastonbury (letter)
Central Somerset Gazette 16.10.03 INVITATION TO VISIT DAIRY FARM AND SEE REALITY - Oh dear, oh dear. I could not believe the ignorance and naivety of Rose Moloney's letter in last week's paper (October 9). I would assume she is writing with her own pre-conceived ideas, rather than from any factual information… We shall look forward to welcoming Rose Moloney to our farm, to see what it really is like… Our "meadow ladies" live very long, fulfilled lives… And milking is at 5am. We await your visit, Rose. Mrs Jean Tincknell, Very proud dairy farmer's wife, Latcham, Wedmore (letter)
Central Somerset Gazette 16.10.03 A FARMER WOULD NEVER KILL HIS OWN LIVESTOCK - I write with interest over Rose Moloney's comments on the ignorance of dairy farmers (October 9), or should it be Rose's ignorance of dairy farming? Her comments are either entirely false, or simply fabricated by people who do not know anything about dairy farming, despite living in the countryside…. Charlie Johnson, Cheddar (letter)
Central Somerset Gazette 9.10.03 IGNORANCE OF DAIRY FARMING - Re: Editor's comment, October 2. Thanks for highlighting the ignorance of most people about dairy farming. Few children, if any, know that calves are either killed a few days after birth or taken from their mothers after two days… The mothers are killed more slowly by milking to death before "culling" in relative youth. Rose Moloney, Arbour Cottage, Wedmore (letter)


Cambridge News 5.11.03 Thrill of the chase From Len Rix, Thetford Road, Mildenhall - IN SPITE of what Mr Michalak may think, if foxes were ever artificially reared for hunting, there is certainly no need for it now, as the role of the hunt is to remove all the dumped urban foxes that townies haven't the guts to deal with in the proper way of all other pests... (letter)
Cambridge News 23.10.03 Hooray Henries ready for day's sport From Mike and Ingrid Michalak, Burwell - NOVEMBER 1 sees the start of another fox-hunting season. The hundreds of artificial earths carefully hidden from prying eyes will have served their purpose well. To encourage foxes to breed under careful management so the Lords and Ladies, the Hooray Henries and assorted hangers-on can enjoy a good day's sport and be almost guaranteed a kill… (letter)

Bolton Evening News 5.11.03 Any hunting ban should cover the lot …At the outset, let me say that I am swayed neither one way nor the other on the subject of hunting. What I cannot see is how the devil those who oppose it (including MPs such as Mr Lewis and Dr Iddon) can differentiate between the pain suffered by fox, deer, mink and hares to that of fish… I am not sure which I would prefer, a poorly-aimed gunshot wound, being torn apart by dogs, or being pulled from my environment by a huge (from the fish's point of view) metal hook in my head… If we are to ban hunting, do it properly, ban the lot! Ivan Millington Spindle Croft Farnworth (letter in archive)

Batley News 5.11.03 Grisly discovery - six foxes shot dead - NUISANCE behaviour on a Batley estate took a grisly turn when six dead foxes were tossed from a car onto the pavement. The foxes, which appeared to have been shot in the head, were dumped on Thursday October 16 at Laurel Drive, Wilton, which has been plagued by anti-social behaviour in recent months... (story)

Western Morning News 5.11.03 MINISTER WARNS LIVE EXPORTS COULD RESUME - JASON GROVES, LONDON EDITOR - Farms Minister Lord Whitty has admitted that the live export trade in horses and ponies could resume unless the Government acts to close a loophole in new European legislation…. (story)

Western Daily Press 5.11.03 BOYCOTT JAPAN - If people are as shocked and disgusted as myself by the barbaric Japanese dolphin slaughter, please could they boycott all Japanese companies and products for the foreseeable future?... Roy Franklin Bridgwater Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 5.11.03 A VEGAN DIET IS NOT THE CAUSE OF RICKETS - As an experienced nutritionist, I totally refute the suggestion that vegan diets are to blame for an increase in childhood rickets, as suggested in the story, Fad Vegan Diets Risk The Return Of Rickets…. Laura Scott Senior nutritionist Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation (letter)
Independent 27.10.03 Dietary fads blamed as childhood rickets returns By Maxine Frith, Social Affairs Correspondent - Vegan and macrobiotic diets have led to the return of rickets in Britain, according to experts. They say cases among children are rising, more than 50 years after the disease was virtually eradicated by better health and nutrition…. (story)

Torquay Herald Express 5.11.03 Many readers will be pleased to know that the Animal Welfare Coalition, who have worked so hard for legislation in this area, have been successful in getting a new law passed through parliament to restrict the sale of fireworks… MARION RICHARDS Wolborough Close, Newton Abbot (letter)

South Wales Evening Post 5.11.03 CHICKEN CHOPPER POSTER 'OFFENSIVE' Animal rights campaigners have been banned from putting up billboards in Swansea attacking the operations of a fast food company. PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - had drawn up a poster critical of the alleged animal welfare standards of the international Kentucky Fried Chicken empire…. But is has been ruled out of order by local outdoor advertisers and the Advertising Standards Authority… (story)


News Shopper 4.11.03 Do some research before killing foxes - I FEEL sorry for L Parrott (Letters, October 15) who seems to hope it is the child or grandchild of a “fox-feeding idiot” or an “animal rights fool” who will be killed first by the “vermin” they do not understand…. How about this then. The Fox Project, in Tonbridge, can be called on 01732 367397… The National Fox Welfare Society can be called on 01933 411996… Mark Johnson, North Kent Animal Welfare, Abbotsfield, Singlewell (letter)
News Shopper 28.10.03 Was fox attack story gutter journalism? - icious Fox in Pet Attack (News Shopper, October 8). How “gutter” can you get? You must have had a serious depletion of news items to have made this your front page story…. Mrs M A Williams Dartford (letter)
Bromley News Shopper 15.10.03 Woman calls for action on fox menace - THE ROW over urban fox-hunting has been re-ignited by an angry resident. Animal-lover Sheila Poole, of Victor Close, Chislehurst, says she is “terrified to go out of doors because the foxes just sit there and stare at you”…. She said: “Just the other day I had to forcibly remove a fox from a neighbour’s porch. It was trying to get into the house. I dread to think what might have happened had it succeeded.”… (story)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Appalling tale - I AM appalled at the front-page article regarding urban foxes… The comments foxes are hunting in packs or may attack children are too absurd to be worthy of further comment…. Michael Watson Walden Road Chislehurst (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Unleash hunters - AT LAST countryside issues have arrived on the doorsteps of urban dwellers… Let us take a leaf out of our country folks’ book. Invite in the hunt, and shooters (guns) and beaters, all licensed of course. Mrs G H Dodd Chatterton Road Bromley (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Action is needed … Foxes roam in groups at night, tearing at any rubbish they can find and fouling the doorsteps on a nightly basis. I personally do not think hunting is the right answer, but the council should do something, and as they usually do find excuses, they will probably do nothing…. Mr A J Duncan Invicta Close Chislehurst (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Idea is ridiculous - I HAVE never written to your newspaper before but felt I had to comment on your irresponsible reporting in the edition of October 1 regarding foxes…. I cannot recall any incidents of children being attacked by foxes… Mrs S Sheldrick Rolleston Avenue Petts Wood (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Cats able to look after themselves - I WAS shocked you could write such an abysmal and uncorroborated story on the front of the October 1 News Shopper. The person complaining had no evidence a fox had attacked her cat — it was pure assumption…. Please publish a more balanced viewpoint to undo the damage caused. By printing this story you contributed to hysteria and ignorance. Mary Shephard Beckenham (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Shame on you … What a load of sensationalist rubbish and, worst of all, enticing people to acts of cruelty against these poor creatures…. Mrs J Jamie West Wickham (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 No real trouble - WE HAVE lived in Petts Wood for more than 50 years with cats, dogs and foxes with their cubs. There has never been any trouble with these beautiful creatures… NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Controls are necessary - WHAT an irresponsible front page (October 1). It would be madness to wipe out foxes but they certainly do need to be controlled… I have seen a fox kill two lambs and then attack the ewe. I have also seen the aftermath of a fox visit to a chicken run. These sights will become commonplace unless we restrict the fox population. P Farrow Pickhurst Lane West Wickham (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Dogs would be a danger - YOUR October 1 front page was devoted to the bizarre notion our urban foxes should be hunted to extinction. Let loose killer dogs on our streets and many more small mammals, including cats, will be killed than now… If you do not want them do not put food out… Jim Judd Wickham Chase West Wickham (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Have people seen attacks taking place? … How do you know if a reasonable number of people have actually witnessed pets being torn limb from limb and people fear for the safety of their babies? Has the paper ever verified claims as to their honesty and accuracy? I am sure you will recall the story of a baby in Kent being bitten by a fox and the subsequent culling of the fox by a pest control operative from Selhurst, Croydon. In fact, the baby was bitten by the family’s pet dog and the pest contractor, to give the story credence, was a family friend…. Keith Wilkins Tall Elms Close Bromley (letter)
News Shopper 15.10.03 Foxes are far less dangerous than boy racers on our roads - I WAS appalled at your irresponsible cover story about urban foxes (News Shopper, October 1) and mystified as to why your newspaper had suddenly commenced a “great debate” apparently encouraging the persecution of wildlife. Then the penny dropped. Hunting with hounds is soon to be consigned to the dustbin of history and some reactionary diehards will try every desperate trick in the book to resist the inevitable outlawing of their barbaric “sport”…. Julia Hollywood Chaffinch Road Beckenham (letter)
Bromley News Shopper 30.9.03 ‘This fox had ripped the head off our cat’ - PETS being torn limb from limb and fears a baby could be savaged next have led residents to call for hunting on the borough’s streets. Janet Richardson says urban foxes are running out of control and must be destroyed, whatever it takes. Hungry vixens in The Mead, Beckenham, have been known to leap through open windows to steal kitchen scraps and, when confronted, snarl and snap angrily at anyone who dares tackle them… A spokesman for Bromley Council’s environmental health department confirmed it does not consider foxes to be pests and its officers do not deal with them…. Anne Holmes from the League Against Cruel Sports said: “This is a new one on me but it fits very nicely with the pro-hunting lobby’s efforts to vilify the fox in towns and the country…. (story)

Cambridge News 4.11.03 Tests were cruel - Jan Court, X-CAPE Sturton Street, Cambridge - THE appalling story of the gerbil tied to an exploding firework (News, October 20) has aroused great pity and disgust, as it should. But equally dreadful stories of cruelty happen every day to similar species, albeit under different circumstances, and do not arouse concern. I refer to the recent account by the BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) of the horrific experiments on mice in the University of Cambridge in 2001…. (letter)


Derby Evening Telegraph 3.11.03 CASH TOTAL - A Collection by the Derbyshire Animal Welfare Network (DAWN) which was carried out in the city centre raised £162.08 The money, collected on Saturday, October 4, has been given to the Hunt Saboteurs' Association… (story)

The Lennox 3.11.03 ANIMAL HOME LIVES TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY By TINA KEMP - SIX months of uncertainty ended for Milton Animal Welfare Centre last week with the news that it WILL stay open… The board of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - which had threatened to close many of its centres including Milton because of a 3.2 million cash crisis - said no further cuts or closures are planned…. (story)

Ayrshire Post 3.11.03 Animal centre closure - decision next year By CHERYL McEVOY - AYR Animal Welfare Centre has won a short term reprieve. A decision on the future of the closure threatened home for abused and abandoned animals won't be made until next year. The financial future of the Scottish SPCA has improved dramatically since it reported a massive 3.3 million financial hole earlier this year… (story)

Manchester Evening News 3.11.03 Protestors cry foul at turkey bowling - James Ducker - ICE hockey bosses were forced to rethink plans to stage the country's first turkey bowling event at the M.E.N. Arena - after falling foul of animal rights protesters…. (story)

Western Daily Press 3.11.03 LUNDY RAT CULL IS HAILED A SUCCESS - A Cull to rid Lundy Island of rats, staged to save rare and vulnerable bird breeding grounds, was yesterday hailed a success after figures showed numbers of the rodents have fallen dramatically… (story)

Bristol Evening Post 3.11.03 VEGAN FAIR SUCCESS - A Vegan fair took place in Bristol at the weekend. Saturday was World Vegan Day and the event at the Watershed was aimed at attracting meat-eaters as well as those already converted…. (story)


People 2.11.03 ANTI-HUNT LOBBY GUN FOR HURLEY - ANIMAL lovers are gunning for Liz Hurley. The film star and model has taken shooting lessons and friends say she aims to stage her first shoot on her 72-acre farm next month.... Anne Holmes, of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "It is very unfortunate that she is following stars such as Guy Ritchie and Vinnie Jones by shooting animals..." (story)


Exeter Express & Echo 1.11.03 NEW VIVISECTION FIGURES ARE SO MISLEADING - Recently published statistics for UK vivisection reveal how the official death toll has risen to 2,655,876 innocent animals. Far from tackling the problem of animal experimentation, New Labour is licensing more pointless cruelty than when it first came into power in 1997... Frances Wick, Alphington Road St Thomas, Exeter (letter)

Western Daily Press 1.11.03 KIDS NOT ON THE MENU FOR BADGERS - I object to the suggestion in the article about the damage caused to a newly-laid lawn by a badger. That the householder's child was felt to be in danger from the badger is quite ridiculous.... Caroline Collett Bitton Bristol (letter)

Shropshire Star 1.11.03 Family trip could see throats cut - I was intrigued by Mrs Strickl's letter of early October, and again by Elaine Evans of Welshpool's letter of Thursday, October 23, both stressing that readers must be unaware that millions of animals have their throats cut in slaughterhouses while fully conscious, to satisfy the British love of meat.... both letters prompted not one response from readers. Yet if the Shropshire Star publishes a picture of a dead, drowned pregnant dog, the letters page is inundated with angry responses from readers.... take the family on a visit to a slaughter house, as I am sure many people do not associate seeing nice farm animals as the finished product on their plate - and how they got there. P Veloso, Shrewsbury (letter)

ABC 1.11.03 Animal rights activists target London store - Reporter: Fran Kelly - HAMISH ROBERTSON: With only 54 shopping days to Christmas, a London department store is facing a potentially damaging consumer boycott, targeted by the animal rights lobby.But it's not the usual mink coat or other fur fashions that are making John Lewis a target... What it does sell are animal hides, like sheepskin... The department store John Lewis is selling a new line in reindeer hides.... a sight that's triggered the wrath of the animal rights lobby, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA. SEAN GIFFORD: These are animals that wanted to live every bit as much as you or I and there's absolutely no reason for a store like John Lewis to sell the skin of these wonderful animals.... (story)
Guardian 31.10.03 Anger at stores' sale of reindeer rugs - Heather Tomlinson - Animal rights activists are threatening a consumer boycott at the department store group, John Lewis, over its sale of real reindeer fur rugs. The campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has urged its members to write to the company and tell it they will boycott the company's stores until the rugs are taken off the shelves... (story)

BBC News Online 1.11.03 Mystery of campaigner's death - The family of an animal rights campaigner from Cornwall who was shot dead in the Caribbean say they are disappointed there has been no progress in the case. Jane Tipson, 53, from Wadebridge in Cornwall, was murdered in her car in St Lucia in September.... Ms Tipson had strong views on environmental issues and campaigned against the St Lucian government's support of commercial whaling.... (story)
Western Morning News 31.10.03 WHO KILLED JANE? ... The devastated parents of a Westcountry woman brutally murdered on the paradise island of St Lucia say they have been told "nothing" of the police hunt to find her killer... Some have claimed it may have been linked to her environmental work... (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 1.11.03 CANCEL DISPLAY - Madam - I wholeheartedly agree with Mrs Mate's letter regarding the firework display in Cirencester due to take place close to the Swan and Wild Bird Rescue Centre tonight... They should cancel the display and donate the money they were going to spend on fireworks to the Swan and Wild Bird Rescue Centre. Christine Hooper, Cheltenham. (letter)
Gloucestershire Echo 29.10.03 WE'LL TONE DOWN FIREWORKS FOR BIRDS - A Firework display has been toned down following fears it is too close to an animal sanctuary… The site is on the perimeter fence of the Cotswold Swan and Wild Bird Rescue Centre, off Beeches Road… Th organiser, Cirencester Round Table, have now agreed to take the loudest bangs out of the show…. Centre trustee Mike Haines said: "As long as they adhere to the conditions, we'll accept them this year." (story)
Gloucestershire Echo 29.10.03 EXTEND KINDNESS TO ANIMALS - Madam - I write regarding the plight of injured birds and animals at the Swan and Wild Bird Rescue Centre who may suffer additional problems or even die as a result of the annual firework display in Cirencester… Maybe the Round Table of Cirencester should read Anita Roddick's book A Revolution in Kindness, for it obviously hasn't extended its kindness to animals… Mrs J Mate, Cheltenham (letter)