October 2005

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Western Morning News 31.10.05 CAMERON: I WOULD SCRAP HUNT BAN - Tory leadership favourite David Cameron gave a major boost to Westcountry hunt supporters last night when he pledged to allow MPs the chance to repeal the controversial hunting ban if the Conservatives win the next election. Speaking to the WMN ahead of a visit to the region today, Mr Cameron dismissed speculation that past pledges on hunting would be dropped as part of his bid to modernise the party and its image… (story)

Dorset Echo 31.10.05 Hunt protesters to monitor all meets - HUNT members and anti-bloodsports protesters are bracing themselves for a new season…. South Dorset huntmaster Rory Innes said: "We will continue hunting, but we will do so within the law…." The Cattistock Hunt was plunged into controversy days before the start of the new season when the International Fund for Animal Welfare claimed it had pictures showing a falconer it claimed was employed by the hunt using a falcon on land at Wraxall… Dorset Anti Blood Sports spokesman Neil Buckoke said:… "On top of that I didn't join a group like this just to film animals being killed." He said groups may put their cameras away and go back to sabotage techniques… (story in archive)

Worcester Evening News 31.10.05 Tally ho-ho! Loopholes in the anti hunting Bill - SO what's happening then? What's going on? …. More than 200 hours of Parliamentary time were used up discussing its rights and wrongs - while only seven were spent on going to war in Iraq with all its consequences - and so the lawyers had plenty of warning to work out ways around it. Barely was the ink dry on the parchment than the Countryside Alliance (CA) produced its Hunting Handbook showing just how this could be done… "We will certainly be testing the law to its limits," said David Palmer, one of the joint masters of the Worcestershire Hunt. "So far this season we have cut back our days from three to two, but otherwise we are going out normally hunting within the law…. (story in archive)

Western Daily Press 31.10.05 ALLIANCE LEADER SLAMS ATTACK ON HUNT MONITOR - The leader of the pro-hunt campaign slammed one of her own supporters last night after a vicious attack on a blood sports monitor in Somerset. The president of the Countryside Alliance condemned the violence dished out to anti-hunt campaigner Kevin Hill - who was allegedly beaten up in front of scores of riders, including children, in brutal scenes last week…. The violence allegedly only ended when a fellow hunt supporter intervened. The attack took place near the village of Hawkridge, on Exmoor, as Mr Hill monitored Devon and Somerset Stag Hounds on Thursday. Police spent the weekend studying video footage shot by Mr Hill and his colleague Peter White, in the hope it may lead them to the attacker… Among those there that day was Baroness Ann Mallalieu, the president of the Countryside Alliance….
"We are appalled by this vicious and unprovoked attack. Kevin Hill is a respected and extremely professional member of IFAW's campaign team who has devoted the past 20 years of his life to campaigning in the defence of animal welfare…." Josey Sharrad, IFAW campaigner, London (story)
Western Morning News 31.10.05 STAG HUNT DENIES ATTACK - An animal welfare organisation has condemned an alleged "brutal" attack on one of its hunt observers while he was monitoring a Devon stag hunt. Kevin Hill, a 55-year-old grandfather working for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), needed hospital treatment to have six stitches in a head wound after the alleged attack on Thursday…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 31.10.05 HUNT TO FACE QUESTIONS - Police are preparing to question Devon hunters and followers about an alleged assault on an animal rights activist. Saturday's Echo reported claims by Kevin Hill that he had been attacked while attempting to monitor a meeting of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds on East Anstey Common, near South Molton, on Thursday… (story)
BBC News Online 29.10.05 Police probe hunt monitor assault - Police in Devon have confirmed that a criminal investigation is under way after a hunt monitor alleged he was assaulted by a hunt supporter. Kevin Hill, 55, says he was attacked while he observed the hunt for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The joint master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds Tom Yandle said he welcomed any police inquiry into the incident on Exmoor on Thursday. He said he did not believe the perpetrator was a member of the hunt… (story)

Torquay Herald Express 31.10.05 HUNT: WE'RE STILL IN BUSINESS - Almost 100 people turned out for the first hunt of the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers' 2005-6 season when they met at East Allington near Kingsbridge on Saturday. They followed trails and hunted rabbits in a full day in the field and although they saw foxes, none were hunted…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 31.10.05 MANAGEMENT OF DEER - With some media reports driven by sensation and based on poor research and ill-informed comment, the Press and Journal must be commended for its story headed "Cull of 8,000 deer necessary to control rising population" (October 18), which was accurate, fair and to the point… Progress has been made: what is not needed now is external interference, kite-flying based on misinformation, and the current system of deer management in Scotland being pilloried…. A joined-up approach involving owners, management, stalkers and the relevant Government agencies is the only way towards long-term resolution. Robert Balfour, chairman, Association of Deer Management Groups, Dalhousie Estate Office, Brechin.
Alpine plants 'an excuse' - For generations, Caenlochan and the surrounding areas have been a summering ground for red deer. Up until late 1980, more than 7,000 sheep grazed alongside vast numbers of deer and hares, yet the alpine plants survived… Deer no longer graze in small groups over the high ground, due to continual disturbance, and are now found in large herds in areas less attractive to hillwalkers, hence the reason for the build-up of deer and why damage occurs…. Alpine plants is only another excuse by these Government organisations to kill deer. The final nail in the coffin of the sporting estate will be driven home in five years thanks to the DCS, which wishes to see the end of the closed seasons for deer. Peter Fraser, East Auchallater, Braemar. (letters)

Scotsman 31.10.05 Defenceless animals - WER Brown (Letters 20 October) criticises me for referring to the deer-shooting industry as "greedy", but fails to say that shooting estates, which pay no business rates, charge up to £20,000 a week for shooting parties to kill these defenceless animals…. ANGUS MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, nr Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)
Scotsman 20.10.05 No fun in deer stalking - Angus MacMillan (Letters, 13 October) again uses the notion of greed as a smokescreen for his fixation that shooting deer is "fun". I would suggest that anyone who uses the word "fun" to describe this activity knows very little about it. Stalking is a serious and arduous activity that results in the humane death of a large animal and a freezer full of venison… WER BROWN, Marykirk, Kincardineshire (letter)
Scotsman 13.10.05 Deer are victims - Wer Brown suggests in his letter (11 October) that I relegate deer to the role of "collateral victims" of sporting estates. However, that is exactly how they are treated. They are shot for the well-paying enjoyment (fun) of stalking on sporting estates…. ANGUS MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, nr Balloch, Dunbartonshire Scotsman 11.10.05 Mistake to ban deer cull - THE motive behind A MacMillan's letters (3 October) seems to have nothing to do with concern for the welfare of the deer but rather the notion that those who take part in deer stalking and culling have "fun". This makes his glib condemnation of a large number of red deer to death by starvation all the more repugnant…. WER BROWN, Marykirk, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire (letter)
Scotsman 4.10.05 Animals exploited - The main reason why the deer population is currently so high in Scotland is that estate owners are exploiting these unfortunate animals for fun and recreation…. It is not the deer that are the problem; it is the greed of those who exploit them. A MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, nr Balloch, Dunbartonshire (letter)

Scotsman 31.10.05 Hunting Alistair Lawson (Letters, 28 October) points out correctly that pheasants are bred for hunting, but this is only partly for the same purpose as captive-bred big game hunting. The difference is that pheasants are going to be eaten… Robert Dow Tranent, East Lothian (letter)
Scotsman 31.10.05 What's good for the goose - FRED Bridgland's article about African big game being bred in captivity to become easy prey for big-game hunters (International, 26 October) begs a question: are not pheasants bred here in the same way and for the same purpose?... ALISTAIR LAWSON, Muckhart, Clackmannanshire (letter)

Scotsman 31.10.05 An unethical industry - A crackdown on the cruel South African "canned hunting" industry is long-overdue (your report, 26 October)…. ROSS MINETT, Director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (story)

Accountancy Magazine 31.10.05 Huntingdon awaits auditor protection laws - Accounts exemption extended in meantime - Animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences is likely to have its exemption from the obligation to file UK accounts extended until reforms to protect its auditors can be introduced…. (story)
Independent on Sunday 30.10.05 Huntingdon accounts withheld until auditors can be hidden By Gavin Hinks - Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal testing laboratories whose auditor resigned after becoming the target of animal rights activists, has been told that it does not have to file accounts in the UK until the Government passes legislation to protect the identity of its advisers….(story)

Western Morning News 31.10.05 WHERE IS JUSTICE FOR MISTREATED ANIMALS? - Having seen the horrific cruelty against a helpless dog reported in your paper and on TV - 20 burns (cigarettes) plus shattered ribs, punctured lungs and so on - I felt I had to give my views on the sentence imposed by the courts…. I implore people to report cruelty and keep on until someone listens… Joan Sterling, Camelford (letter)

Western Morning News 31.10.05 Suffering birds - IN ALL the reports on bird flu no one has mentioned the horrific suffering of the millions of birds being "culled". It seems they are yanked up by their legs, stuffed in sacks, many to a sack, and, from what I can tell, thrown into fires while still alive…. Barbara Crofton, Weston-super-Mare (letter)

Western Daily Press 31.10.05 BATTERY FARMING HATCHED BIRD FLU - Martin Whiteside Stroud District Councillor Stroud (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 29.10.05 WHY SO SLOW WITH IMPORT BAN ON LIVE BIRDS? - The Government's approach to bird flu seems to be a repeat of the foot-and-mouth incompetence and disaster. Only now, following confirmation that the most lethal strain of avian flu killed a British parrot, are they deciding whether to ban importing live wild birds into the EU. In March this year Gloucestershire Green Party wrote to Labour Minister Ben Bradshaw supporting calls by 200 organisations calling for an immediate ban on the inhumane and economically risky trade. Why only now are they acting?... MARTIN WHITESIDE, Stroud District Councillor (letter)

Western Daily Press 31.10.05 THIS ANIMAL BILL IS LONG OVERDUE - I was glad to see there is to be a new Animal Welfare Bill - the biggest crackdown on cruelty in almost a century…. I was appalled and sickened by the story of how 28-year-old Robert Walker caused such suffering to five-year-old Tammy, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, that she had to be put down…. Miss M Sayce Upper Lydbrook Gloucestershire (letter)

Argus 31.10.05 Letter: Live export rears its ugly head again - -David Hammond, Hassocks (letter in archive)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 28.10.05 Animal suffering unnecessary - Jane Burgess, Bromford Lane, West Bromwich. (letter)
Shropshire Star 28.10.05 Live export can lead to death - Mary Birtwhistle, Telford (letter)
Kent/Sussex Courier 28.10.05 THE trade in live sheep exports which has been dormant for the last nine months has resumed again this week through the port of Dover… M Munro, Furzefield Avenue, Speldhurst (letter)
York Evening Press 28.10.05 End live exports - C Tweddle, Moorside, Tockwith, York. (letter in archive)
Wiltshire Times 28.10.05 Suffering sheep - M LADY FULLER, Corsham (letter in archive)
Western Daily Press 28.10.05 ANIMALS DESERVE FAIRER TREATMENT - J M Ward Minehead Somerset (letter) href="http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=142622&command=newPage">North Devon Journal 27.10.05 STOP THESE CRUEL LIVE EXPORTS - Whenever i pass a huge, multi-tiered lorry crammed with sheep, on the link road I shall wonder whether they are destined for live export, to Europe and beyond. I have just learned from Compassion in World Farming that live sheep exports have resumed this week…. VERONICA LEAT, Churchill Way, Northam. (letter)
Chorley Citizen 27.10.05 Cruelty goes on for sheep - R Hammonds, Millfield Road, Chorley (story)
Ilkley Gazette 27.10.05 Sheep exports - Mavis Thornton 10 St Mary's Close, Ilkley. Mrs S M READ 126 Skipton Road, Ilkley (letter in archive)
Bristol Evening Post 27.10.05 LIVE SHEEP EXPORT TRADE IS INHUMANE - W E Day (Miss), campaigner and supporter of Compassion in World Farming, Kingsdown (story)
Horncastle News 26.10.05 Sheep export suffering has started again - MS J HOLLIDAY, Horncastle (letter)
Liverpool Daily Echo 25.10.05 Animal compassion - I WOULD like ECHO readers to be made aware that the trade in live sheep exports resumed again last week - more than 10,000 sheep left Dover for France… If readers are concerned with the suffering of these farm animals, further information can be found on Compassion in World Farming's web-site… Margaret Donnelly, Aigburth (story)
Western Daily Press 21.10.05 STOP THE SCANDAL OF SECRET SHEEP TRADE - The trade in live sheep exports has been dormant for the last nine months but has now started up again with a vengeance… If animals are to be slaughtered, then a trade in meat is the kindest and most humane way. Bernie Jones Gloucester (letter)
Bath Chronicle 20.10.05 LIVESTOCK SHOULD BE KILLED NEAR THEIR HOMES - The trade in live sheep exports which has been dormant for the past nine months has resumed again this week through the port of Dover…. It is widely accepted that animals should be slaughtered as near as possible to the farm of rearing. I believe there is also no good reason to transport animals on long journeys simply for further fattening… If you are concerned with the suffering of these farm animals, further information can be found on Compassion in World Farming's (CIWF) website… MARY LADY FULLER, Neston, Corsham (story)

Southern Daily Echo 31.10.05 Anti-fur lobby target shop - CRUELTY to animals campaigners caused quite a stir in Winchester when they staged an anti-fur protest outside a chic dress shop on The Square. Protestors from Winchester Animal Concern targeted Little London yesterday in their latest crusade to stop local businesses supporting the fur trade… Co-ordinator Marjorie Pooley said they had warned Little London, which stocks pieces incorporating rabbit fur in its collection, that it would eventually be targeted… (story may be in archive)

The Sentinel 31.10.05 ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS LIKE YOU - I Am writing to tell you why animals have rights too. Do you have a pet, whether it is a dog or cat or even the smallest of fish?... I may be missing out on a beefburger or bacon sandwich but I feel happy because I am saving an innocent animal's life… Another way of giving animals their rights back is to make sure that you do not buy any cosmetics that have been tested on animals…. SOPHIE ATTWOOD Aged 14 Rough Close (letter)

Nottingham Evening Post 31.10.05 BIG BLOW FOR VEGETARIANS - The only vegetarian fast food outlet in Nottingham will close its doors for good unless a buyer comes forward. Tamsin Evans, the owner of V1 in Hounds Gate, has shut the restaurant after it failed to expand in the way she hoped…. Ms Evans, who founded V1 six years ago and has been a vegan for eight years, said: "We were trying to develop a vegetarian version of McDonald's and although it has done well it has failed to expand in the way I intended…." (story)

(*) Blackpool Gazette 31.10.05 Why are landaus above the law? - I WOULD like to know why the police are not taking action against landau drivers who blatantly break the law…. Edith Grainge, Sevenoaks Drive, Thornton Cleveleys (letter)


Sunday Times 30.10.05 Eagles show no mercy on hunts - WILL IREDALE - ENGLISH foxhunts are using golden eagles to evade the ban on their sport, despite evidence that foxes can endure a lingering death from the birds. The hunts include the Fitzwilliam in Cambridgeshire, the Blankney in Lincolnshire and the North Cotswold in Gloucestershire. The Countryside Alliance estimates that at least three others are also using the birds…. In Tony Blair’s Sedgefield constituency, the South Durham hunt is training Booboo, a Tasmanian eagle owl….(story)

Independent on Sunday 30.10.05 Blair caved in after secret royal memo on badger culling By Marie Woolf, Political Editor - The Prince of Wales has secretly lobbied Tony Blair about a badger cull to tackle the spread of bovine tuberculosis, which has struck his herd at Highgrove. A leaked memo, recording a meeting with Downing Street officials, reveals the Prince of Wales has contacted Mr Blair about tackling the spread of the disease from badgers to cattle. MPs said yesterday that the Prince's intervention raised fresh questions about the role of the monarchy. Dr Evan Harris, the Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, said it was inappropriate for the heir to the throne to be interfering on the creation of government policy…. (story)

Wales on Sunday 30.10.05 Twitchers on frontline in bird bug battle - Lucy Ballinger, Wales on Sunday - WALES' war on bird flu will be largely waged by an army of twitchers. The Government is relying on bird-watchers to report any mass deaths of avian wildlife here…. A spokeswoman for The British Association for Shooting and Conservation said: "Seven or eight wildfowlers on each site will test the ducks they would shoot anyway and send the swabs away to the scientists at Defra. They are expecting to do 100/150 tests per site."… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 30.10.05 Plants and animals are in danger from behaving as if winter is already over - RICHARD GRAY - MOTHER Nature is suffering a nervous breakdown. Bizarre and wildly fluctuating weather patterns have confused - and could yet kill - plants and animals across the country…. Colin Sheddon, director of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation in Scotland, said: "This is the first season we have had reports of the pink-footed geese moving in such a strange way. They are leaving their roosts in the evening and going inland, which is completely the opposite to what they usually do as they return to their roosts in the evening…” (story)

BBC News Online 30.10.05 Protest over annual hedgehog cull - About 200 hedgehogs have been killed in an annual cull of the animals in the Outer Hebrides…. Anti-cull group Uist Hedgehog Rescue (UHR) said public money was being wasted on the operation and the final bill could exceed £1m….(story)

The Business 30.10.05 Animal extremists face travelling ban By : Tracey Boles Chief Reporter - THE UK is considering the use of restraining orders to stop the animal rights extremists who have been creating havoc for the pharmaceutical industry from travelling abroad. The powers, to stop the UK "exporting” the problem, would be similar to those that are used to stop football hooligans and may take the form of anti-social behaviour orders…. (story)


Exeter Express & Echo 29.10.05 EYE IN THE SKY MAY MONITOR DEVON HUNTS BY PATRICK PHELVIN - A plan to police Devon foxhunts by helicopter has outraged hunt supporters. The idea is among a raft of proposals being drawn up by officers concerned about public safety in the run up to the foxhunting season, which opens next Saturday. It follows complaints by landowners that they have been threatened and intimidated after refusing hunts access to farmland. And it also comes in the wake of an alleged assault on anti-hunt monitor Kevin Hill on Thursday by hunt supporters at a meeting of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds on East Anstey Common, near South Molton…. But the suggestion has angered the hunt leaders, who say a low-flying helicopter was responsible for the death of Heather Bell in Lincolnshire last year…. Michael Moore, joint master of the East Devon Hunt, said: "To use this valuable resource to police hunts would seem like an awful waste of money when we have been told policing the Hunting Act is not a priority."… (story)

Times 29.10.05 Children beat foxhunt ban by chasing rabbits - Children who used to enjoy foxhunting have taken advantage of a loophole in the law that banned it by creating a rabbit hunt… The Wormstall Rabbit Hounds Hunt at Park Farm, Oakley, near Basingstoke, is the brainchild of Freddy Tett, 12, Archie Rutland, 13, and Tom Small, 12. The boys used to ride with the Vine and Craven Hunt, which supports the venture…. (story)

Western Daily Press 29.10.05 BIRDS OF A FEATHER AT WAR AS OUR PICTURES REVEAL HUNTERS USING FALCONS TO BEAT THE BAN - Today the Western Daily Press publishes the first images of a hunt using a bird of prey in the field, revealed as falconry leaders demanded the Government rewrite the hunting ban to put an end to similar scenes… The pictures sent exclusively to the Western Daily Press were taken by a monitor from the International Fund for Animal Welfare earlier this month in Dorset. Kevin Hill said the bird appeared to be a hybrid falcon, which experts from the Hawk Board said last night would not be large enough to capture and kill a fox. The pictures reveal a falconer apparently employed by the Cattistock Hunt using a falcon on farmland near Wraxall, Dorset…. Hunt master Lucy Pinney said: "We are trying various options, and have had a bird of prey out on a couple of occasions. It backs up the trail hunting we are doing, and is merely to ensure we remain within the law on all sides." Last night, the Hawk Board said the Government needed to take action immediately to stop hunts exploiting the loophole…. The Countryside Alliance, which is in the difficult position of campaigning for both the falconers and the huntsmen, said the situation was ridiculous…. (story)

Belfast Telegraph 29.10.05 Rooker urged to reject ban on hunting By Michael Drake, Agriculture Editor - Hunting, hare coursing and beagling should continue in Northern Ireland, Environment Minister Jeff Rooker has been told by Countryside Alliance. "We believe there is a compelling case for the continuation of coursing, beagling and hunting and we made this point emphatically clear to the minister", chief executive Ronan Gorman said today…. Senior Board representatives from Countryside Alliance Ireland met Lord Rooker yesterday to discuss the Review of Wildlife Order 1985… (story)

Hull Daily Mail 29.10.05 HAPPY TO BE BACK ON HUNT TRAIL - The Holderness Hunt's first meeting of the season takes place today at Rise Park, near Skirlaugh. Members say they will hunt within the law but are confident the Hunting Act will be overturned soon. THEY predicted that hundreds of years of tradition would end overnight…. (story)

Western Daily Press 29.10.05 HUNTS WILL NOT USE FALSE SCENTS - Regarding your recent Opinion column, "The chase goes on for hunts", antis insist drag hunting proves tradition can continue without killing foxes… Most fox hunts taking their foxhounds trail-hunting will not use a false scent for their drag line. The hounds need a scent based on the quarry they are used to hunting. Hence, most fox hunts bag up a shot fox and use it as a drag. J Hall, Gloucestershire (letter)

Scotsman 29.10.05 Don't be gung-ho on gun laws - ALASTAIR ROBERTSON - LET us give thanks for the sense and sensibilities of the Home Office, the Westminster department that looks after all the sorts of things we can't look after ourselves in Scotland, such as security and immigration and guns. The Home Office, like everyone else in authority, is still in a hopeless muddle about licensing firearms…. However, when it comes to air rifles the Home Office has been astonishingly clear-headed…. in the case of the child Andrew Morton, who was killed, by no means outright, when a man called Mark Bonini took a pot shot at the child's older brother just for fun, missed and hit the child. I am not going to belittle the offence or the sheer awfulness of it all, but you really do have to be incredibly unlucky to be killed by an air-gun pellet…. But the death unleashed the usual posturing about clampdowns and stampdowns and threats to appoint Tsars. One can only imagine that Jack McConnell was or is unaware of the fantastic amount of police time wasted filling in nigh-incomprehensible application forms, otherwise he would never have considered announcing that all air-gun owners should have to go through the same rigmarole…. The truth is, the Home Office took a mature and seasoned look at the air rifle menace and decided that none realistically existed and that Mr McConnell's gesture was yesterday's chip papers. Although, needless to say, it has been hailed another triumph for the Executive, rather like the ban on hunting (story)

Bristol Evening Post 29.10.05 MONKEYS WITH A MESSAGE - Animal rights campaigners took to the streets dressed as monkeys to raise awareness about testing on primates. Dressed as chimps and wearing bright yellow track suits, the protesters spent the morning monkeying around outside The Mall Galleries in Broadmead. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has collected a petition of 163,000 names across the country, calling for a total ban on primate testing in the UK…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 29.10.05 Welfare of chickens - Mrs L. Thomson stated (Letters, October 25) that "as I walk through my local supermarket today, I see signs on the poultry shelves stating that all the chickens on sale are of British origin and are reared to the highest of health and welfare standards… Factory-farmed chickens never see the light of day during their short lives of approximately six weeks… High health and welfare standards? Definitely not. M. Baird, 9 Lethen Walk, Portlethen. (letter)

Western Daily Press 29.10.05 MAN IS UPSETTING COURSE OF NATURE - I would like to thank the Western Daily Press for bringing to the attention of its readers all the unsavoury cruelty to the fellow living creatures of this planet. I now note you highlight the American ruddy duck, with subtitle "guns at the ready for major cull"…. M J Haines, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 29.10.05 Tail's happy ending - I AM delighted animal welfare officers have found new homes for five out of seven young chinchillas who were found abandoned in a cardboard box…. June Fleming, Gibraltar Gardens, Dalkeith (letter)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 29.10.05 Protection for animals - Unfortunately, we read and hear about animal cruelty far too often, horrible stories of torture and killings…. Mrs Caroline Amor, Bridgnorth Road, Compton, Wolverhampton. (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 29.10.05 Oppose cruelties From Subra Sivarajah, Minerva Way, Cambridge - I REFER to David Burbridge's letter ("Not in His image", October 24). Many religions in the world promote vegetarianism as a path of spiritual development and purification by abstaining from cruelty… (letter)


BBC News Online 28.10.05 Yorkshire and Lincolnshire: What difference does an Act make? - Nicola Addyman - On 18 February 2005, the government hailed a historic victory when the Hunting Act finally came into force. So what effect has the ban on foxhunting had? Well, judging by a day spent with the West of Yore hunt in North Yorkshire, preparing for the new autumn season, you would never know…. The Politics Show spent the day with the West of Yore hunt this week and, despite following the hunters on foot and by car, we did occasionally lose the huntsmen and women in thick undergrowth….(story)

Western Morning News 28.10.05 PC IN COURT ON HUNT PROTEST ASSAULT CHARGE - A police officer is to appear in court accused of assaulting a protester during last September's massive pro-hunt demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament. PC Barry Jenkins, a Metropolitan Police officer, has been summonsed on charges of causing actual bodily harm at the demonstration on September 15 last year, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said yesterday…. (story)

Horse & Hound 28.10.05 Hunts prepare for opening meets - The Countryside Alliance (CA) is urging hunt supporters — both mounted and foot-followers — to turn out in force at opening meets around the country this weekend and next, reiterating that they can do so without fear of running foul of the law…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 28.10.05 LET'S GET BACK TO THE RURAL REALITY - John Phelps and others have been intelligently confusing the British public over many years by making hunting and the people who do it seem really nasty… Despite 700 hours of "rational" debate in Parliament, Mr Phelps and others have managed to persuade MPs to force legislation onto the statute book which is wholly without merit. Hunting will evolve within the law, but I do feel sorry for the police and those who have the difficult job of protecting the public from real criminals…. Dominic Webber, Poundsgate, Newton Abbot (letter)

Western Daily Press (Bristol Evening Post) 28.10.05 DON'T LET BY FLAVIA MUNN F.MUNN@BEPP.CO.UK - Millions of factory farmed birds have been released into the West countryside ahead of the shooting season in spite of the impending bird flu crisis, animals rights charities warned… (story)
Western Daily Press 28.10.05 DON'T LET GAME BIRDS LOOSE - Millions of factory farmed birds have been released into the West countryside ahead of the shooting season in spite of the impending bird flu crisis, animals rights charities warned yesterday…. Campaigner Claudia Tarry, of Animal Aid, stormed: "It makes no sense whatsoever to talk about bringing in the UK free-range poultry flock when deliberately releasing millions of pheasants and partridges into the countryside…." (story)

Kent/Sussex Courier 28.10.05 AM in complete agreement with Andrew Tyler's views on "breeding for shooting", (Letters, September 23). I oppose the arguments put forward by Polly Thomas (Letters, September 30). I fail to see how a genuinely compassionate individual can kill or injure an innocent defenceless creature in the name of sport…. Mary McNulty, Palmers Green Lane, Brenchley (letter)

Hexham Courant 28.10.05 SNARES PROPOSAL RECEIVES SUPPORT - A LOCAL gamekeeper has welcomed the Government’s new action plan for the use of snares, as well-researched and practical…. Chairman of the Northumberland and Durham branch of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) Stewart Riddell, of Hexham, has welcomed the new code of practice, while stressing the need to continue to use snares for pest control…. (story)

Manchester Evening News 28.10.05 Veggies put bite on Jelly Babies BY LOUISE BARNETT - JELLY Babies have been named the most offensive food product for vegetarians. The brightly-coloured sweets contain gelatine which comes from animal ligaments, skins, tendons and bones. Guinness was named the second most offensive because isinglass, sourced from fish, is used in the production process, the Vegetarian Society said….(story)

Western Morning News 28.10.05 KEEP HELPING FARM ANIMALS - Thirty years ago dairy farmer Peter Roberts set up Compassion in World Farming… CWIF is now pushing for a ban on the intensive rearing of broiler chickens and is pressurising the Australian government to end the horrendous conditions in the live export of sheep to the Middle East…. CIWF needs continued support to campaign for reforms to prevent the suffering of farmed animals. G J Wycisk, Callington (letter)

Gloucestershire Echo 28.10.05 FISH AS PRIZES IS JUST NOT ON - I was shocked to see the photograph (Echo, October 19) of a goldfish being given as a prize at the Mop Fair in Cirencester… Mrs J Mate, Cheltenham. (letter)

Liverpool Echo 28.10.05 Cruel bird imports - TWO things have prompted me to write this letter - Susan Lee saying that bird flu was unavoidable…Two things are mainly responsible for the current crisis: Firstly, the way billions of birds are intensively farmed… Secondly, the appalling practice of importing exotic birds, both legally and illegally. It is incredibly cruel… Anne Graham, L12 (letter)

Western Daily Press 28.10.05 NO CHANGE FROM STUBBORN RSPB - When I became a life member of the RSPB, I thought they would protect all birds. To me that included the ruddy ducks… I have written three protest letters, but nothing will change them. They insist the ruddy ducks should go. Pamela Dean Whiteshill Stroud (letter)

Western Morning News 28.10.05 FREELANDER DONATED TO CHARITY BORN FREE - Staff at local Land Rover dealerships across the Westcountry are celebrating the completion of the 500,000th Freelander, which has now rolled off the production line and into the fray for international wildlife charity Born Free. The landmark vehicle has been donated to the world-renowned charity by Land Rover to help Born Free in its efforts to raise money and awareness for great Apes…. (story)
Bridgwater Times 14.10.05 HELPING AFRICAN ANIMALS - Somerset County Council's youth offending team is changing the lives of animals in Africa by restoring Land Rovers for use by the Born Free Foundation… (story)

Kent/Sussex Courier 28.10.05 HARSH CONDITIONS BREED WEAK BIRDS - In all the discussions and words written on bird flu, the "blame" has been conveniently put on wild, migratory birds. Yet, over the last 60 years, the world's farmers have kept billions of broiler chickens and laying hens in ever more confined factory farmed conditions - in the UK alone we slaughter 900million a year…. Sara Starkey, Ashburnham Road, Tonbridge (letter)

Leicester Mercury 28.10.05 BAN MUST COVER WILD ANIMALS, TOO - Thank goodness the Government has stopped the import of wild exotic birds. They should have done it years ago… It is wicked and cruel to keep any bird or animal caged…. C Williams, Leicester. (letter)


Bristol Evening Post 27.10.05 HUNTS RALLY FOR FIRST MEETINGS OF NEW SEASON - The Beaufort and Berkeley hunts will meet as usual next week on the first Saturday of November, eight months since the Hunting Act was introduced. They are expecting a big turn-out of followers - on horseback, on foot and in vehicles - as they continue their campaign to get what they see as a temporary ban overturned…. (story)

Tamworth Herald 27.10.05 HUNT SET FOR NEW YEAR MEET - CHRIS HARDING - Atherstone's traditional New Year Hunt meeting looks set to go ahead - even though hunting with dogs has been banned. If North Warwickshire Borough Council gives the go-ahead, then the hunt will meet in the Market Square on Monday, January 2…. (story)

The Forester 27.10.05 BIRDS USED TO BEAT HUNT LAW - A County hunt intends to get around the fox hunting ban by using a bird of prey to kill foxes as the new hunting season formally begins. A loophole in the law allows the Ledbury Hunt to use hounds to flush out foxes, so a bird of prey can kill them… Hunt master Henry Berkeley supports using the birds, even though the Berkeley Hunt has been using other methods. "I think if there is a loophole then why not exploit it," he said…. Jason Warner, for the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt, said they will also be trail hunting… Jo Aldridge, a spokeswoman for the Beaufort Hunt, with which Prince Charles and Prince William ride, said: "The Beaufort Hunt will continue to operate within the law but we regard this as a temporary ban and therefore we are determined to maintain our structure, look after our community and retain our internationally-renowned hounds….” (story)

Somerset Guardian 27.10.05 NEW SEASON IS A DAMP SQUIB - The start of the first new foxhunting season since the the Hunting Act was passed in February this year seems to have caused little comment. The "death of the countryside as we know it", alongside huge job losses and farms overrun with foxes, has so far failed to materialise…. But it should not be forgotten that this act has the support of the vast majority of people in this country, including very many country dwellers…. there is a deep and widespread abhorrence of killing living creatures for sport…. Hunting and smoking are well on the way to becoming forgotten and incomprehensible anachronisms. Joanna Roughton (story)

Southern Reporter 27.10.05 Hunt supporter Jimmy finds there's room at the inn for prized painting - AS THE sound of the hunting horn fades to nothing but a memory for most in the Borders, former Jed Callant Jimmy Oliver is making sure its history will remain in the area for some time yet. Mr Oliver, who fronted the Jed Festival in 1948, has presented a treasured family heirloom to the Horse and Hounds Inn in Bonchester Bridge. The gift is in the form of a signed portrait of Thomas Robson-Scott, who was Master and Huntsman of the Jedforest Hunt from 1903 to 1932, and has belonged to the Oliver family for the best part of 100 years…. (story)

Whitehaven News 27.10.05 Too wet for cows... and far too bureaucratic for words … TALKING of law, if Ms Purser (from last week’s letters page in The Whitehaven News) has her way, I may well be banged up shortly as well as being stripped of all that I have. In some ways I like her style – hang them and flog them!... Some people will never understand how far the tentacles of countryside traditions reach. In the meantime, I hope the porridge is served warm and I will not be working on the prison farm…. (story)
Whitehaven News 20.10.05 - I couldn’t believe my eyes to see an article published in your newspaper from a farmer sniggering as he describes what can only be regarded as an illegal fox hunt which, he says, took place on his land with his permission. Is the man mad? Doesn’t he realise he’s not just admitting to scrumping apples? The illegal hunting he endorses in print is a serious offence which could give him a criminal record…. Gill PURSER, Newbridge Farm, Clapton-on-the-Hill, Cheltenham (letter)
Whitehaven News 13.10.05 Unusually mild: the weather, not me... NEVER before have we had swallows about Common Farm in October, but as I write this column, there are still the last stragglers preparing for departure…. As the swallows depart, so the fox hunting season starts and while Tony and his cronies might think they’ve banned it, we who live out in the sticks know better… Like the good law-abiding citizen that I am, the hunt has been to see me and have my agreement to carry out the new amended form of politically correct hunting and the hounds have duly arrived this morning and have gone about their business in the time honoured way…. (story)

Aberdeen Press Journal 27.10.05 I DID NOT SET BADGER TRAPS, SAYS KEEPER - Karen Allan - Steven Harmson told a trial he did not put any snares in woods at Findtrack Estate. The court had previously heard that dozens of animals, including two badgers, had been caught by snares in Bognieboll Wood and Braeside Wood on Corennie Moor at Craigievar, near Alford… Harmson said when he sets snares up on the estate to catch vermin, he checks them every day. He said as an example that snares are set up near the pheasant pens to catch foxes. Harmson told the court that snares are normally made 9in high, so that animals such as badgers would normally run under it…. Witness Richard Bourne, 29, of Turriff, a gamekeeper who is also terrier man for the North Kincardineshire Fox Hunt, said his job with the hunt is to determine whether a hole is used by foxes or badgers. He said a hole which a snare is alleged to have been set beside was too small - at 8?" wide and 5?" high - for a badger… (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 26.10.05 SNARED ANIMALS HAD BEEN LEFT TO DIE ON MOOR, COURT TOLD - ANGELA TAYLOR - Dozens of animals caught in snares were left to die and their carcases not removed until months, or possibly more than a year later, a court was told yesterday. Two badgers and two roe deer were among the creatures found dead and decomposing on Corennie Moor, Craigievar, near Alford… Gamekeeper Steven Harmson, 47, of Hillhead of Findrack, Torphins, denies three charges, covering a six-month period in 2003, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act…. (story)

Surrey Hants Star 27.10.05 Thanks on fox topic - may I say thank you to all those who have replied to my letter about the fox problem in this area and also the great support I have been given. One thing that was perhaps not clear from my first letter was that the attack took place in broad daylight which show how bold foxes are becoming. Secondly my hens are kept securely… Dawn Page, Broomhill Road, Cove (letter)
Surrey-Hants Star 20.10.05 Friendly ways to beat a fox - MAY I suggest that Dawn Page contact the Fox Project… They provide effective solutions and will discuss the matter with her… Patricia Phillips, Carthona Drive, Fleet
A free solution! WITH reference to the nuisance of foxes. We suffered this problem in our garden and were advised by the local horticultural society to collect our urine and distribute in the areas affected… Marjorie Naylor, Old Pasture Road, Frimley
…. Maybe that’s why you don’t see many foxes in multi-storey car park stairwells – Editor (letters)
Surrey-Hants 13.10.05 EU says no! - Although I would not like to give my views on the fox debate (as it will be argued til the end of time), I would like to write in response to Patricia Phillips’ letter regarding the methods of deterrents used for foxes . . . Both her suggestions of creosote and Renardine have been removed from the market, by order of the EU…. Kay Edwards, Fir Tree Way, Fleet
Foxes hang about to be fed by us - In reply to Jane Johnson, anyone who keeps livestock keeps them shut up at night. Foxes are increasingly about in the day and I have had a rabbit taken from under my nose, shaken and left to die. Foxes also killed my neighbour’s elderly cat…. Helen Lawrence, Pondtail Road, Fleet (letter)
Surrey-Hants Star 6.10.05 Friend or foe? The fox debate continues... he inflammatory letter from Dawn Page of Cove, (Letters, September 15) who thinks that we need to cull foxes… It would appear the reason Ms Page would like a cull of foxes is because they killed her chickens…. If we all pandered to this view, animals we don’t like would soon become extinct. Regan Clark, Castle Close, Camberley
.I AGREE with Dawn about the foxes…. Lyn Bates, Cripley Road, Farnborough
I WOULD like to add to the debate instituted by Dawn Page about foxes. I am writing to defend them, and would put the life and freedom of one of our most remarkable and beautiful mammals above the satisfaction of keeping a few paltry hens… Finally, regarding the correspondent who mentioned foxes entering houses and biting children, this is a nonsensical and unauthenticated urban myth. Patricia Phillips, Carthona Drive, Fleet
-- The fox attacks are no myth. Two children and a pensioner have been attacked in the UK in the last three years, and the children were inside their homes – Editor
I KEEP chickens and agree wholeheartedly with Jane Johnson… Dawn Page should think long and hard about who is at fault before attempting a campaign of slaughter. Mark Clayton,Bridge Road, Farnborough (letter)
Surrey Hants Star 22.9.05 Foxes not fit to live - I agree 100% with the letter "It’s time for foxes to be slaughtered” from Dawn Page (Star September 15) … The population explosion is not helping the foxes either. The ones I have seen are not the bright-eyed bushy-tail variety, but are skinny, bedraggled and diseased-looking. There have been a couple of reports in the press in the past year of children been bitten in their own homes… Helen Hill, Whitley Road, Yateley (letter)
Surrey Hants Star 22.9.05 It’s only nature’s way - DAWN, if you are to keep hens, the first important thing to do is to have a warm, secure hen house for them to roost in at night. You are bound to have wildlife such as foxes roaming their once home – housing estates – looking for food…. Jane Johnson, School Hill, Little Sandhurs (letter)
Surrey-Hants Star 15.9.05 It’s time for foxes to be slaughtered - I DON’T wish to start the debate about fox-hunting but I would like people to think about the consequences of a fox population that is spiralling out of control. My family decided last year to keep a few domestic hens. Things went swimmingly until a night visit by a fox who killed all but two hens… You only have to see the number of foxes dead on the roadside or roaming the housing estates to see we have a serious problem. I know people will hate me for it, and I am sorry, but we need a cull and we need it now! Dawn Page, Broomhill Road, Cove (letter)

Portsmouth News 27.10.05 Three firms ditch work for animal lab - THREE firms have severed ties with Wickham Laboratories after being named as targets on an animal rights website. The lab's website designer, internet service provider and a waste disposal company have all stopped working with the controversial testing centre. Stop Wickham Animal Testing says its website campaign is only intended to spur activists into writing letters of complaint, but the firms fear hard-core extremists could use the information to launch serious attacks…. Swat member Helen Nelson, of Gosport, said: 'We do not carry out violent action and only encourage people to write to these companies and tell them what Wickham Labs do.' (story)

Burton Mail 27.10.05 Guinea pig woman charged by Peter Richardson - A 24-YEAR-OLD woman arrested last month by detectives investigating claims that the owners of a guinea pig breeding farm were being subjected to a campaign of harassment has been charged with obstructing and assaulting an officer, police said today…. (story)
Birmingham Post 27.10.05 Breeding farm raid woman is charged - A woman arrested last month by detectives investigating claims that the owners of a guinea pig breeding farm were being subjected to a campaign of harassment has been charged with obstructing and assaulting an officer…. Staffordshire Police said she had been bailed again to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court on November 1. The four other people arrested in the raids - Kerry Whitburn, John Smith, John Ablewhite and Josephine Mayo - appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court earlier this month… A plea and directions hearing is due to take place on December 2 at Stafford Crown Court… (story)

BBC News Online 27.10.05 NYSE 'caved in' on lab firm float - The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has been accused of caving into threats from animal rights activists. The claim came from Life Sciences, the US parent firm of animal testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), at a US Senate hearing on "eco terrorism"…. (story)
Telegraph 27.10.05 US Senate panel to probe U-turn on Huntingdon By Rosie Murray-West - The president of the New York Stock Exchange will sit on the same panel as a prominent animal rights activist this week when she attempts to explain to the US Government why she halted the listing of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Catherine Kinney, president and co-chief operating officer of the NYSE, is due to appear before a Senate committee tomorrow together with Jerry Vlasak, a physician who once suggested that the best way to stop people testing on animals was by killing vivisectors…. (story)
Telegraph 25.10.05 US Senate panel to probe U-turn on Huntingdon By Rosie Murray-West - The president of the New York Stock Exchange will sit on the same panel as a prominent animal rights activist this week when she attempts to explain to the US Government why she halted the listing of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Catherine Kinney, president and co-chief operating officer of the NYSE, is due to appear before a Senate committee tomorrow together with Jerry Vlasak, a physician who once suggested that the best way to stop people testing on animals was by killing vivisectors…. Mr Inhofe, who is in charge of the panel, has already indicated a certain lack of sympathy with the NYSE decision…. (story)

Lincolnshire Echo 27.10.05 'ERROR' BY ANIMAL ACTIVISTS Police are investigating allegations of sex offences made by animal rights extremists against a man. Letters have been sent to the neighbours of a 50-year-old man living in Baston, near Bourne, in the south of the county, claiming he has committed sex offences against children. Police believe the letters have been sent by animal rights extremists who have wrongly identified the man as an employee of Huntingdon Life Sciences… (story)
BBC News Online 26.10.05 Extremists send hate mail to man - Police are investigating after a man was sent hate mail which claimed he was involved in animal testing. Both the 50-year-old from Baston, Lincolnshire and his neighbours have received the letters alleging he works for Huntington Life Sciences. Detectives said the man had been wrongly identified and has no connections with the laboratory… (story)

Western Daily Press 27.10.05 SCIENTIFIC TORTURE - I hope a new Animal Welfare Bill, where sadists who torture or kill defenceless animals face longer jail sentences, includes vivisectors who torture and maim monkeys and cats in the name of science. Miss E Howe Yeovil (story)

Gloucester Citizen 27.10.05 SCIENTISTS WHO DON'T WANT CURE - With Breast Cancer Awareness month coming to an end, I would point out that there has never been a lack of money going into cancer research. The trouble is that a lot of it has been spent on research involving animals. In my opinion, this is wasted money… ANTHONY BEE, Gloucester (letter)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 27.10.05 This suffering is not helping - Richard Mountford, Development Manager, Animal Aid. (letter)
Ilkley Gazette 27.10.05 - Experiments - Richard Mountford, Development Manager, Animal Aid (letter in archive)
The Shields Gazette 17.10.05 Testing on animals is wrong - EVERY day in Britain, thousands of animals are killed in vivisection experiments and, in most cases, no anaesthetic at all is used…. Animal Aid is calling for an independent public inquiry into animal experiments, which we believe will show that vivisection is unreliable and misleading. To support this campaign, please wear our End Animal Experiments wristband…. Richard Mountford, Development Manager, Animal Aid. (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 27.10.05 Check your facts From Sonia Kurta, Henry Morris Road, Impington, Cambridge - 'ERE we go again, as the earwig said as he slid off the roof. Once more one of the so-called animal rights campaigners presenting something as factual they have not bothered to check up on. This time it is Joan Court (Letters, October 18) concerning the export of live animals. Much of this letter I agree with, but she makes a statement about the transmission of diseases from animals to humans which is complete nonsense: ". . . and risks spreading infectious diseases to humans such as foot and mouth and swine fever."… When these campaigners are so muddled in their thinking and make invalid statements how can they expect to be taken seriousy? (letter)

The Sentinel 27.10.05 EATING ANIMALS HARMS HEALTH - With the threat of a global pandemic of avian - or bird - flu dominating the news and articles (Avian flu's the latest scare to get us flapping, The Sentinel, October 19), concern rightly centres on its risk to human beings…. Apart from the human health dangers associated with factory farming, the consumption of animals is bad for human health…. MARK RICHARDS Newcastle (letter)

Independent 27.10.05 Ban the import of wild birds - Government plans for a Europe-wide ban on importing live birds comes as little surprise in light of the recent arrival of avian flu on our shores… The transport of live birds for commercial purposes is cruel and inhumane, birds being taken from their homes for mere human entertainment…. SUE BAUMGARDT, GREEN PARTY ANIMAL RIGHTS SPOKESPERSON LONDON N19 (story)

Gloucester Citizen 27.10.05 ANIMALS SAVED BY DORIS DAY - What a very sad time it has been, with all the hurricanes and tornadoes happening in the USA and the rest of the world… This week my heart was lifted when I read that the lovely Doris Day… had paid 20,000 dollars to rent an old DC3 plane which she sent to New Orleans and 100 cats and dogs were rescued… I cried when I read this, "tears of joy," and I'm sure other readers shared my joy… MRS CEIRWEN SMITH, Kemble Road, Tuffley (letter)

South Wales Argus 27.10.05 Badger baiters blamed for brutal killings - BADGER baiters are being blamed for the "barbaric" deaths of a family of three badgers found near Abergavenny yesterday…. PC Ballinger is appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area. Steve Clark of the Gwent Badger Group described the deaths as "barbaric" and said the group had never before dealt with three deaths in one incident…. (story in archive)

Middleton Guardian 27.10.05 Police attend as circus protest gets heated - PEACEFUL protesters were subjected to a torrent of abuse during a demonstration outside a controversial animal circus. Animal lovers and animal welfare campaigners from across Manchester joined forces to hold the protest outside Peter Jolly's circus which had pitched up on land off Hollin Lane, Middleton…. half an hour before the show began the protesters were threatened and verbally abused by circus staff… Carol White, a member of the Stockport division of the Manchester Animal Protection, said: "It is unbelievable that we have been called terrorists for standing outside a circus with a banner and handing out leaflets…" John Bailey of Manchester Animal Protection said: "It is the time for Ming and all the other animals to be retired to sanctuaries rather than being dragged around to perform for the public."… (story)
Bolton Evening News 26.10.05 Protesters' circus bear campaign - ANIMAL protection campaigners will stage a protest on Wednesday night outside a traditional circus over its use of animals and the UK's last performing bear. Campaigners from Manchester Animal Protection will be holding a protest outside Peter Jolly's Circus, which has pitched its tents in Blackrod and uses an array of different animals including a black bear called Ming…. Louise Stevenson of Manchester Animal Protection said: "Animals do not belong in circuses…." (story in archive)
Bolton Evening News 22.10.05 Protest over circus bear - A TRADITIONAL circus will pitch its tents in Blackrod next week amid protests over its use of the UKís last performing circus bear. The arrival of Jolly's Circus, which uses different animals, has brought protests from animal protection campaigners…. The Preston-based Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) says the bear is walked into the ring during the show and drinks a bottle of milk before being returned to her cage….(story in archive)

Warrington Guardian 27.10.05 Time for Anne to pack up her trunk? ANIMAL welfare campaigners are urging people in Warrington to boycott a travelling circus because of its use of an elderly elephant. On Tuesday night, members of Manchester Animal Protection held a protest at Bobby Roberts Circus, which is currently appearing on Delph Lane, Winwick…. John Bailey, from Manchester Animal Protection said: "Animals do not belong in circuses and we encourage the public to boycott this one and visit instead, one of the many excellent animal-free circuses that visit the north west…." (story in archive)

Accrington Observer 27.10.05 Circus defends use of animals - CIRCUS bosses this week defended the use of animals in their act, following a call to boycott the performance by animal rights campaigners…. Zippo’s Circus, which uses dogs, horses and budgerigars in its act has been performing this week and is set to hold its final show on Sunday…. (story)

Formby Times 27.10.05 Centre in cash crisis By Matt Hurst, Formby Times - FRESHFIELDS Animal Rescue Centre is appealing for cash donations after having to close its doors to additional unwanted pets. The centre has reached bursting point and, in a bid to keep the good work going, staff will live on half-wages from the end of the month…. Centre manager, David Callender said: "All humanitarian missions by their very nature take on the impossible and have to stretch their resources and limits…." Charity trustee Marge Albert added: "This is only a short term measure and will be reviewed weekly…." (story)
Daily Post 25.10.05 Cash crisis for animal rescue centre dogged by debts AN ANIMAL rescue centre has been thrown into crisis after debts of up to £26,000 forced them to close their doors to any new inmates. Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre has launched an emergency winter appeal… Marge Albert, a trustee of the charity, said: "We have lots of dogs in need of medication and people don't seem to want to take on animals that are ill…." Centre manager David Callender made it clear that this was only a short-term problem… (story)


Bridgwater Mercury 26.10.05 Hunters hit back at media - THE joint master of Quantock Stag Hounds has this week hit out at allegations of illegal hunting that have been published in the media… (story in archive)
Mid Devon Gazette 25.10.05 VIDEO OF FOXHUNTING? - The Crown Prosecution Service have been sent footage of foxhunting believed to be shot near Crediton. Anti-hunt campaigners hope that the film will lead to the first successful prosecution since the activity was banned…. (story)
Western Morning News 25.10.05 HUNT REPORT TO GO TO PROSECUTION SERVICE - Footage allegedly showing illegal foxhunts in the Westcountry is to be passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. The videos have been handed over to Devon and Cornwall Police by the Exmoor-based League Against Cruel Sports (LACS)…. (story)
Western Daily Press 25.10.05 POLICE PROBE WEST HUNTS TO SEE IF THEY STILL CHASE FOXES - Anti-hunt campaigners were claiming a breakthrough yesterday as evidence of alleged illegal foxhunting in theWest made its way to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)…. Despite the CPS stating that several referrals had come from the West, yesterday Dorset and Wiltshire police forces said they had not passed any cases to the organisation. Gloucestershire police were unable to comment, but the two Devon cases, the files for which have not yet reached CPS headquarters, are understood to be the only ones Devon and Cornwall have referred. They involve two of the six hunts which operate in the Devon and west Somerset area… A spokesman for the Gloucestershire-based Beaufort Hunt said: "The Beaufort, like all hunts, is keeping within the law. The League is obviously frustrated by the hunting fraternity's determination to keep hounds, horses and communities together." (story)
Mirror 24.10.05 FIRST FOX HUNT CASES ON CARDS By Richard Smith - TWO fox hunts in Devon are set to become the first in Britain to face prosecution under the new hunting ban. Hunt saboteurs have made an official complaint to police backed up by video evidence. Police specially trained in wildlife crime have examined the videos and sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service who will decide if the cases should go to court… (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 22.10.05 POLICE ACT ON FOX HUNT FILM - Videos purporting to show foxhunting taking place in Devon after it was outlawed are being submitted by police to the Crown Prosecution Service. Anti-hunt campaigners hope the footage will lead to the first convictions for illegal foxhunting since the sport was banned earlier this year. One of the films was believed to have been shot near Crediton earlier this month. The other is thought to have been made at Stoke Rivers in North Devon… (story)

Glasgow Herald 26.10.05 Charging the cranks won’t touch terror - Beth Pearson - ONCE a controversial bill has struggled through dissent from MPs, criticism in the press, tough questions about what "glorification" might mean and what freedom of speech means to the government, the least one can ask for is a little added value by way of compensation. So it is that Charles Clarke's new terrorism bill will apply to animal-rights activists as well as al Qaeda supporters….While there is an argument that groups such as a Qaeda issue propaganda to convince young members to carry out attacks, there is no evidence of similar recruitment in animal-rights extremism. Rather, the attacks are carried out by small cells largely isolated from and condemned by mainstream protesters. There is no hierarchy of leaders mobilising youngsters to do the dirty work – they borrowed this "leaderless resistance" model from the Ku Klux Klan… In short, there's absolutely nothing to suggest that "glorification" plays any part in this informal movement…. this much is clear: seeking justice for victims such as the family of Gladys Hammond, whose remains were stolen by body-snatchers in a successful attempt to stop the family farm breeding guinea pigs for medical research, cannot be achieved by charging cranks such as Vlasak, then simply adding up the numbers. (story)

Welwyn & Hatfield Times 26.10.05 Animal rights picket - Protestors picketed a company which they say uses anima testing. SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) staged a demonstration outside Glaxo in Ware to protest against the firm's involvement with Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Five protestors gathered on Park Road at 2pm last Wednesday with banners and a loud hailer to put across their point…. Protestor Heather James said: "We feel companies like Glaxo should not be dealing with Huntingdon, but that they are motivated by profit and pleasing their shareholders."… (story)

The Sentinel 26.10.05 MODERN FARMS CAUSE BIRD FLU Birds are accused of causing avian flu, yet history tells us - as with bovine TB, foot and mouth, BSE, E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter and pig wasting disease etc - that factory farming is the root of the problem…. MARK RICHARDS Newcastle (story)

Argus 26.10.05 It could end up in tragedy - I hope there won't be a knee-jerk reaction to the vague possibility of avian flu infecting humans, resulting in a debacle like the foot-and-mouth crisis…. -Sylvia Harwood, Hove (letter in archive)

Midweek Visiter 26.10.05 FAACE has rodeo in its sights By Sophie Corless, Midweek Visiter - SOUTHPORT-BASED animal rights campaigners Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (FAACE) are close to to securing a ban on a barbaric tradition in Germany. The rodeo event is a long-held legacy of the US Army that is staged each year in towns across the country…. FAACE chairman Tony Moore has spent 18 years campaigning against so-called 'bloodsport' traditions, with rodeo just one of many pastimes that his organisation hope to see banned…. (story)

Western Daily Press 26.10.05 MONKEY BUSINESS COMING TO AN END BY MATTHEW GEORGE POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT - West animal lovers are hoping the suffering of pet monkeys in Britain is about to end, as the Government is poised to take action to protect endangered species, including banning the keeping of monkeys and other primates as pets… Yesterday, the directors of Dorset charity Monkey World travelled to Parliament to present Mr Knight with evidence that 56,000 people want the trade to stop…. (story)

Preston Citizen 26.10.05 Feathers ruffled over bird market ANIMAL experts have called for the Government to stop a bird market taking place in Lancashire, for fear of the deadly avian flu virus being spread. The Animal Protection Agency (APA), which campaigns against the trade in wild animals for pets, has informed the Government it intends to take High Court action unless it stops the market, scheduled to take place on Saturday in Bilsborrow, near Preston… Elaine Toland, Director of the Animal Protection Agency, said: "DEFRA have for too long allowed wildlife dealers to have a free ride….” (story in archive)

Torquay Herald Express 26.10.05 THANKS FROM ANIMAL AID - Animal Aid would like to thank the people of Torquay for their generosity in raising £190.02 at a street collection on August 13 this year…. KARIN WATTS, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street Tonbridge (letter)

Argus 26.10.05 Letter: Birds aren't just disposable units - I agree with Peter Allen and Elizabeth Taylor (Letters, October 21), who ask for the humane treatment birds and better living conditions for them… -Gloria Wheatcroft, Inner-City Wildlife Concern, Hove (letter)
Argus 21.10.05 Letter: Be humane in treating bird flu - Avian flu is a cause of concern in the media… Images of live birds being stuffed into plastic sacks, tossed into bins or, according to some reports, being buried alive, lead me to fear concerns for animal welfare will be swept aside in the rush to deliver a speedy (and economical) resolution. -Peter Allen, High Salvington (letter)

Argus 21.10.05 Letter: Stop the spread - Once again, we are callously exterminating millions of innocent creatures partly because poor living conditions, imposed on them by us, have caused this disease…. -Elizabeth Taylor, High Salvington (letter)


Gloucester Citizen (or Gloucestershire Echo) 25.10.05 FELIX THE FOX ANGERS ROCK SUPERSTARS - A Pro-hunt campaign run from the Cotswolds is under fire from rock icons Coldplay and U2. Fight The Ban's website was showing a video of its mascot Felix the Fox giving a Church- illian speech, complete with backing music from the two bands…. Fight the Ban campaigners are also under fire for putting Felix the Fox stickers on roadsigns across the country… (story)
Western Daily Press 22.10.05 FELIX FOX FLEES FROM BRUSH WITH ROCK STARS - Cheeky Felix the Fox appeared to have got away with incurring the wrath of rock icons Coldplay and Bono, but last night ran into trouble with the long arm of the law. The pro-hunt Fight The Ban website, which is run by anonymous hunt supporters in the Cotswolds, has been ticked off for its 'stickerblasting' campaign on roads across Britain…. Felix could be facing a police inquiry into allegedly urging supporters to break the law by slapping its stickers on road signs….(story)

Western Morning News 25.10.05 Acceptable hunt - WITH regard to your article "Foxhunters and their hounds ride again", this is the kind of hunt I support fully - as long as they keep within the law. Good on them, and I'm glad jobs have not been interfered with. I have always supported the alternative, drag/scent hunt; if done properly it can be quite exciting…. Mary Alice Pollard, Cornwall's Voice for Animals (letter)

Western Daily Press 25.10.05 MAKE SANCTUARY FOR THESE DEER - If Giles Bradshaw is a farmer, then he knows that time is money. So rather than wasting his time chasing deer out of his trees with his dogs (Your Say, October 17), only to find that they return within hours anyway, he should follow the example of other land managers and use deer fencing or tree guards instead… Gill Purser Cheltenham Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Morning News 18.10.05 WHY I'M CONTINUING TO HUNT WITH DOGS - Giles Bradshaw, Rose Ash, Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 17.10.05 THIS CRAZY ACT GIVES ANIMALS NO CHANCE - Your readers may be interested to know that I am continuing to hunt wild mammals with dogs in open defiance of the Hunting Act. They may also be surprised to learn that the Hunting Act actually states that all wild mammals flushed out with dogs must be immediately shot…. Since the Hunting Act came into force I have deliberately flushed out about 30 wild red deer with my do gs. I have chosen not to obey the law and shoot them, but rather to let them take their chances with my do gs. Despite my dogs' best efforts there are now 30 healthy deer wandering freely in the countryside rather than a pile of rotten bloodied corpses in the corner of some sodden field…. Giles Bradshaw Rose Ash Devon (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 25.10.05 Hunt at Marie Curie sale - I WENT to the Marie Curie Christmas Bazaar at the Hartnoll Hotel over the weekend and was rather upset to see that the hunting fraternity were using this fund-raising occasion for an extremely good cause to further their campaign by selling baseball caps with the slogan 'B*llocks to Blair' etc… name and address supplied
DOES Marie Curie support hunting? - A few friends visited the Hartnoll Hotel, Bolham, for a Christmas sale held by the charity, only to find they were selling hats with 'B*llocks To Blair'. We thought this was terrible…. E Preston, Tiverton. (letters)

Glasgow Evening Times 25.10.05 SNP: Give control of airgun laws to Holyrood by Brian Currie, political editor - THE Government was today accused of "overlooking" the problem of airguns in Scotland. The claim was made by SNP Home Affairs spokesman Stewart Hosie as the Violent Crime Reduction Bill was being debated by MPs…. He said: "The Government completely overlooked the serious airgun problems facing Scotland. We want controls devol-ved to the Scottish Parliament, ensuring the 415 airgun crimes committed in 2003/4 in Scotland do not remain a side issue….” (story)

Western Mail 25.10.05 RSPCA attacks snares support - ANIMAL welfare campaigners have clashed with the Government following ministerial backing of a report on the humane use of snares to catch pests such as foxes and rabbits. UK Biodiversity Minister Jim Knight published a new code of practice calling for a strong emphasis on animal welfare when people were considering using snares. But the RSPCA said there was no evidence to justify claims snares were humane. Snares are illegal in most EU countries, but still legal in the UK…. (story)
Western Daily Press 20.10.05 ROW OVER SNARES - Animal welfare campaigners yesterday clashed with the Government after ministerial advice on the "humane" use of fox and rabbit snares… the RSPCA warned there had been a failure to produce evidence to justify claims snares are humane (story)

Western Morning News 25.10.05 Cull disgrace - ONCE again the WMN brings to light yet another wildlife atrocity - "Ruddy ducks to be culled" (October 13). Well I call it a ruddy disgrace that once again the human race, (not humane) interferes with nature and decides to destroy a whole breed… Judith Pusey, Troon, Camborne (letter)

Western Mail 25.10.05 Postal price hike would be unfair - THE Countryside Alliance has defended the price of postage to rural areas, arguing that more expensive postage for the countryside would discriminate against rural communities… (story)
Western Mail 21.10.05 Alliance defends postage prices - THE Countryside Alliance is standing in defence of the price of postage to rural areas of Wales, amid fears that it could increase…. (story)

Telegraph 25.10.05 Anti-terror law 'could trap animal extremists' By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor - Supporters of animal rights extremists could be prosecuted under the Government's new anti-terrorist crackdown, Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, said yesterday. They could fall foul of proposals to outlaw the "glorification" or encouragement of terrorist acts contained in the Terrorism Bill. Mr Clarke, in evidence to the joint select committee on human rights, accepted that the Government's definition of terrorism was drawn widely enough to extend beyond groups such as al-Qa'eda…. (story)
Guardian 25.10.05 New anti-terror laws will cover animal rights attacks - Alan Travis, home affairs editor - Animal rights activists who support attacks on science laboratories will face the full force of the new counter-terror laws designed to combat the post 7/7 menace of suicide bombers in Britain, it was disclosed last night. The home secretary, Charles Clarke, said that animal rights supporters would face up to seven years in prison under the new measures that outlaw "glorifying" terrorist attacks…. (story)
Times 25.10.05 Terror laws will apply to animal rights lobby BY RICHARD FORD, NICOLA WOOLCOCK AND RICHARD IRVING - ANIMAL rights activists who glorify militant acts against economic targets and laboratories are to face prosecution under terror laws aimed at al-Qaeda supporters… Brian Cass, the managing director of Huntingdon Life Sciences — Britain’s largest animal research facility, which has suffered a relentless campaign of vandalism and harassment — welcomed the Government’s decision… But industry sources last night expressed surprise at the move. One senior official who was involved in formulating new laws to prevent activists from targeting drug developers and their suppliers, suggested that the proposals would be distracting… (story)
Scotsman 25.10.05 Terror laws to cover animal rights groups - JAMES KIRKUP - SWEEPING powers in the new Terrorism Bill will be used against animal rights groups as well as international terrorists, Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, said last night. The bill, which goes before MPs for the first time tomorrow, was drawn up in the wake of the July terrorist attacks on London…. (story)
BBC News Online 24.10.05 Police firearms review considered - Home Secretary Charles Clarke has said he may allow Parliament to review the Metropolitan Police force's policy on officers using firearms… Mr Clarke also told MPs that militant animal rights campaigners could be affected by new anti-terror laws…. The home secretary said the laws were not targeted at militant animal rights groups specifically. But he said it was illegitimate to argue violence was justified against vivisectionists who used "violence" against animals…. (story)

Telegraph 25.10.05 Africa offers haven to drug firms plagued by animal rights activists By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi - Africa's laboratories are wooing western firms hit by violent protests against experiments on animals with the promise of a "more comfortable" atmosphere. Tempted by the offer, drug companies are moving their research to Kenya, Gabon and South Africa….(story)
Scotsman 8.10.05 Scientists offered animal research haven in Africa - ROB CRILLY - SCIENTISTS intimidated by the growing wave of animal rights extremism across Europe are being offered a home in Africa… the Institute of Primate Research in Nairobi is opening its doors to an expected research exodus…. However, Jean Gilchrist, of the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals, said: "We are not happy with this proposal…” (story)

Northern Echo 25.10.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS - THE animal rights organisation Animal Aid has welcomed a decision by British Airways to enforce a blanket ban on the transport of live animals for use in experiments…. UK Government officials and research scientists expressed their dismay at the BA ban, going so far as to accuse the airline of setting back medical research, a bully boy accusation now levelled at everybody who opposes any element of the vivisection industry. - Marjorie Embling, Crook. (letter in archive)

Oxford Mail 25.10.05 Best way to experiment - On the question of vivisection, I could sit down with your correspondent, Jim Crawford (Oxford Mail, October 15), for a most fruitful discussion. Mr Crawford reminds me of the classic definition of the pessimist when he uses the report of the United States Food and Drug Administration which says that 52 per cent of new drugs had to be withdrawn because of side-effects. The glass may be half empty but what of the other half? Was it useless?... BOB KEY, Combe, Witney (letter in archive)

Western Morning News 25.10.05 ARGUMENTS FOR ANIMAL RESEARCH ARE FALSE - Lip service is frequently employed by supporters of animal experiments, saying that no one likes it but it must continue. Self-interest, fear of illness and profits for the drug companies are at the back of it. Every year, it seems to me, we are urged to have jabs for this, jabs for that, and are told that "cures are just around the corner". This ensures that funding keeps coming in and keeps the vivisectors in jobs…. Louise Piddington, Plymouth (letter)

Glasgow Herald 25.10.05 Time to stop trade in exotic animals and birds - Ross Minett, director, Advocates for Animals, 10 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)
Independent 25.10.05 UK for the pet trade. For some time animal welfare and conservation organisations have been calling for a permanent end to the EU's trade in wild birds. We believe that it is now time for the UK Government and Scottish Executive to tackle the trade in all exotic animals as pets…. ROSS MINETT, EDINBURGH (letter)

Western Morning News 25.10.05 HEARTENING DISPLAY OF COMPASSION TO SPIDERS - Goodness knows this paper has more than its share of cruel and hard-hearted people among its readership, so I was absolutely flabbergasted to come across the letter (October 11) urging the showing of compassion to spiders! How heartening that there are such kind, gentle people in the world as the lady correspondent. If only everyone had a heart like hers…. H Lancre, St Austell (letter)
Western Morning News 11.10.05 NO EXCUSE FOR OUR CRUELTY TO SPIDERS - I am writing in reply to A M Read's letter (September 27) with regard to our little eight-legged friends. It was a wonderful letter, which I shall keep, and I agree 100 per cent with the sentiments. It disgusts me when people just wantonly kill spiders or anything smaller than themselves… We have a pet tarantula called Fluffy, and we adore her. Our house is also open to any little spider or insect who is looking for refuge… Josephine Ansaldo-Nixon, Liskeard (letter)

Plymouth Evening Herald 25.10.05 FRUITS OF CRUELTY - A pandemic is possible regarding bird flu. Looking at my daily paper I was disgusted to see a picture of a man in Vietnam, where there has been a serious outbreak of bird flu, with at least two dozen live ducks tied to the back of his motorcycle, and witnessed on television chickens being dragged out of filthy cages and thrown into bags. Is it any wonder once again such terrible things have happened on a large scale?... SYLVIA WARREN, PLYMOUTH (letter)


Tamworth Herald 24.10.05 BID TO OVERTURN HUNTING BAN REJECTED BY LORDS - The legal challenge to overturn the hunting ban has been rejected by the House of Lords…. (story)
Scotsman 14.10.05 Hunt campaigners lose latest bid to overturn hunting ban - Campaigners in England and Wales yesterday lost their latest bid to overturn the ban on hunting with dogs…. (story)
Scotsman 14.10.05 Heroes and villains: Prince William and the Countryside Alliance - BEN JUDGE …. Villains: Countryside Alliance - Pro-hunting supporters have failed in their attempt to have the ban on hunting with dogs in England overturned by having the 1949 Parliament Act ruled unlawful. In a modern civilised society we really shouldn't be getting our kicks by ripping the local fauna apart with attack dogs and smearing ourselves in its blood just for a laugh…. (story)
Scotsman 14.10.05 Heroes and villains: Prince William and the Countryside Alliance - BEN JUDGE …. Villains: Countryside Alliance - Pro-hunting supporters have failed in their attempt to have the ban on hunting with dogs in England overturned by having the 1949 Parliament Act ruled unlawful. In a modern civilised society we really shouldn't be getting our kicks by ripping the local fauna apart with attack dogs and smearing ourselves in its blood just for a laugh…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 14.10.05 FIGHT GOES ON, HUNTERS PLEDGE AFTER LORDS DEFEAT - Lizzie Murphy - HUNTERS yesterday vowed to carry on their fight to overturn the ban on hunting with dogs, despite losing their latest challenge in the House of Lords…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 14.10.05 HUNTS UNDAUNTED BY LORDS' DECISION BY DAVID OWEN - Defiant hunt supporters today said they would continue to fight the hunting ban, despite suffering another blow in their campaign. They spoke out after the Law Lords - the highest court in the land - rejected a legal challenge from the Countryside Alliance, which had claimed the ban was illegal… Bambi Hornbuckle, secretary of the Belvoir Hunt, in north west Leicestershire, said: "The ruling is dreadful news for the hunting community in Leicestershire…." Joe Cowen, joint master of the Fernie Hunt, near Market Harborough, said: "This decision is a constitutional one and not specifically to do with hunting…" Michael Clayton, from Rutland, is the Midlands chairman of the organisation and a member of the Cottesmore Hunt. "This was only one of the campaign initiatives against the ban," he said. "The Lords didn't really rule against hunting but on a legal technicality…." (story)
Western Morning News 14.10.05 HUNT SUPPORTERS LOSE COURT BID - Westcountry hunt supporters last night pledged to "fight on" after legal efforts to overturn the hunting ban were thrown out by the highest court in the land…. Diana Scott, joint-master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, said while the judgment was "disappointing" hunts would fight on in an effort to keep the controversial country pursuit alive…. (story)
Hull Daily Mail 14.10.05 COURT BLOW WON'T STOP US HUNTING - Huntsmen today said they would continue to hunt within the law after suffering another setback in their campaign to overturn the ban on hunting with dogs. The Law Lords have ruled that the new Hunting Act outlawing the traditional countryside pastime is valid legislation…. Hundreds of members will be turning out for the opening meets of East Yorkshire's three hunts - the Holderness and Middleton fox hound hunts and Hunsley Beacon Beagles hare hunt - later this month…. (story)
Times 14.10.05 Law lords uphold the ban on hunting - BY FRANCES GIBB, LEGAL EDITOR - HUNT supporters said that they would fight on yesterday after Britain’s highest court threw out their latest challenge to the ban on hunting with dogs….(story)
Times 14.10.05 For once, a ruling that won't upset Government BY PETER RIDDELL - THE senior judiciary yesterday, for once, produced a ruling that will not upset the Government — though with a sting in the tail about checks on executive power. The law lords unanimously decided that last year’s Act banning hunting with dogs was legally valid… Lord Steyn, who heard the case shortly before his retirement, said that the Government’s arguments could "be used to introduce oppressive and undemocratic legislation”…. (story)
Guardian 14.10.05 Law lords reject bid to overturn hunting ban - Owen Bowcott - The law lords dashed any hopes that the ban on hunting with dogs could be overturned on constitutional grounds yesterday… There were clear signs of sympathy for the hunting lobby in some of the nine published opinions. Lord Steyn referred to the abolition of an "ancient liberty" (story)
Eastern Daily Press 14.10.05 Hunt supporters take fight to Europe - MICHAEL POLLITT, RURAL AFFAIRS EDITOR - Hunt supporters lost a legal attempt to overturn the hunting ban yesterday, but the Countryside Alliance vowed to take its fight to Europe… David Hunter, clerk to Fakenham Racecourse and a committee member of Norfolk Countryside Alliance, said: "The fight will move to the European Court of Human Rights….” One of the country's oldest established hunts, the West Norfolk Foxhounds, wants to ensure a good day in the hunting field - for riders and hounds - without breaking the law…. And in North Norfolk, one of the three packs of harriers operating in the county has switched to "hunting" an artificial lure or scent instead of hares, with good results… (story)
Western Mail 14.10.05 Fox-hunt backers defiantas Lords dismiss challenge to ban - Steve Dube, Western Mail - THE Law Lords have backed the Government and dismissed a challenge to the ban on fox hunting….Alliance chairman John Jackson, Mair Hughes from Gilfach Goch - whose husband Bryan is a farrier and joint Master of the Llangeinor Hunt - and Patrick Martin, Huntsman of the Oxfordshire-based Bicester with Whaddon Chase Hunt, claimed the Government had acted illegally… Phyllis Campbell-McRae, director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare UK, said, "This last-ditch appeal by the hunt lobby to keep their barbaric sport at the expense of democracy was doomed from the outset….” (story)
Western Mail 14.10.05 'A technical knockout' - Steve Dube, Western Mail - THE Law Lords decision came as no surprise to Mair Hughes, right, of Gilfach Goch, Rhondda, one of the three named petitioners in the Countryside Alliance's legal challenge…. "I'm glad we did it, but it's not an experience I want to repeat," said, Mrs Hughes, 46, who rides out regularly with the Llangeinor hunt where her husband Bryan, a blacksmith, is joint master. (story)
BBC News Online 13.10.05 Law Lords stand by ban on hunting - Countryside campaigners have lost their latest bid to overturn the ban on hunting with dogs, after nine Law Lords unanimously ruled it would remain. The Countryside Alliance had argued the legislation used to force the ban through in England and Wales - the 1949 Parliament Act - was illegal….(story)
Reuters 13.10.05 Hunting campaigners lose appeal against ban - Countryside campaigners have lost a key round in their legal battle against the government's ban on hunting. Nine Law Lords on Thursday unanimously ruled against their challenge in which the Countryside Alliance claimed that the Hunting Act, which bans hunting with dogs, was invalid…. (story)
Scotsman 13.10.05 Hunt supporters fail in bid to overturn ban - BRENDAN O'BRIEN - THE House of Lords has rejected a challenge from the Countryside Alliance claiming that legislation banning hunting with dogs is invalid…. (story)
Sun 13.10.05 Hunt Act bid thrown out By CORINNE ABRAMS - HUNTING campaigners today had their challenge to the ban on hunting with dogs thrown out by the Law Lords… (story)
Telegraph 13.10.05 Law Lords reject hunting ban law appeal - Pro-hunting campaigners have lost their fight in the House of Lords to overturn the ban on hunting with dogs…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 13.10.05 Law Lords reject Parliament Act case but hunts vow to fight on - The House of Lords has rejected the Appeal brought by the Countryside Alliance challenging the validity of the 1949 Parliament Act, in a long and detailed judgement. The challenge was brought under the names of three petitioners: John Jackson, chairman of the Countryside Alliance; Mair Hughes, a blacksmith’s wife from Glamorgan and Patrick Martin, Huntsman of the Oxfordshire-based Bicester with Whaddon Chase Hunt. Sir Sydney Kentridge QC led the legal team…. (story)
Shropshire Star 13.10.05 Hunts fall at legal hurdle - Hunt supporters in Shropshire today vowed to carry on with their fight after the House of Lords rejected a bid to have the ban on hunting with dogs thrown out…. Myles Salmon, former master of the Wheatland Hunt, near Bridgnorth, said today they would not give up fighting…. Brenda Sturrock, of the United Hunt, based in Bishop's Castle, said: "The campaign will go on and we shall try and keep hounds alive for as long as it takes. If there is a change in Government there will be a change in the law." Joint master of the North Shropshire hunt, Phil Jones, said: "I still think this has some way to go and it will go to the European court…" (story)
Scotsman 13.10.05 Lords dismiss hunting ban challenge - The Law Lords have thrown out a challenge to the ban on hunting with dogs…. (story)
Guardian 13.10.05 Law lords reject hunting appeal - The law lords today threw out a challenge to the ban on hunting with dogs…. (story)
Western Morning News 13.10.05 LORDS COULD DECLARE HUNTING BAN ILLEGAL - The controversial hunting ban could be declared illegal this morning when the House of Lords delivers its judgment in the landmark challenge to the legality of the Parliament Act…. (story)
Reuters 13.10.05 Law Lords to rule on validity of hunting ban - Hunting supporters will learn on Thursday whether they have won a key round in their legal battle against the government's ban on hunting with dogs. Nine Law Lords will rule on a challenge in which the Countryside Alliance claims that the Hunting Act which bans hunting with dogs is invalid…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 24.10.05 HUNT'S PLEDGE AFTER PROTEST OVER HOUNDS - The Cotswold Hunt has said it will not ride in the Elcombe direction during its next meeting at Lypiatt Park in January. People living near Swift Hill were upset when two hounds strayed into a nature reserve during a training day in the Slad Valley last week. Hunt spokeswoman Sophie George, from Slad, said the dogs were young animals that went a bit "wayward" during the exercise… (story)
Stroud News & Journal 19.10.05 Hound horror in the reserve - HORRIFIED residents watched as out of control hounds ran riot over a Slad nature reserve. Members of the Andoversford-based Cotswold Hunt, dressed in red hunting jackets, blew horns as their hounds terrorised wildlife at the Swift Nature Reserve in Swift Hill, Slad on Monday morning…. Cotswold Hunt spokesman Sophie George said: "The Cotswold Hunt was conducting hound training to a scent in the Slad Valley with full police awareness. Unfortunately two young hounds strayed off the pre-paid line. The hounds had been captured and locked in a stable in Elcombe…" (story in archive)

Newcastle Journal 24.10.05 Hunting isn't for the birds - The Government should have known who it was dealing with when it took on the hunting lobby…. the victory is not yet total. Hunting, in one form or another, survives. One reason why it has done so is that the Government's legislation left holes, as one North-East huntsman put it yesterday, that you could drive a bus through… However, the South Durham Hunt's move to use an eagle owl as part of a hunt is innovative but misguided…. (story)

Worcester Evening News 24.10.05 EAGLES JOIN THE FOXHUNT - GOLDEN eagles are being used to get around the law and allow hunts to continue using their hounds. The Ledbury Hunt has revealed it is using the eagles - which have a two-metre wingspan - as well as eagle owls to kill foxes. They say they are only using dogs to flush the animals out…. (story in archive)

Northern Echo 24.10.05 Horn sounds as community bids farewell to huntsman by John Hobbs - THE haunting tones of a huntsman's horn will bid farewell to a man who devoted his life to the countryside and had a passion for hunting with hounds. Huntsmen and women from all over the region are expected to converge on the parish church at Wolsingham, County Durham, on Wednesday for the funeral of George Emerson….Simon Beckett, joint master of the Weardale and Tees Valley Beagles, said: "George maintained a love of the countryside and hunting in Weardale throughout his life. He followed his father's lead, who was a major player in the hunt during the two world wars with George whipping in as a young lad…" (story in archive)

Exeter Express & Echo 24.10.05 HAS QUEEN GIVEN HUNTS THE OKAY? - I was pleased to see the story Police act on fox hunt film Echo, Saturday October 22. The police may say that investigating allegations of illegal hunting is not a priority, but I think the Echo is right to devote the whole of its front page to this important matter, as the sooner it is dealt with the better…. I have now written to the police pointing out that the monarch, by virtue of her title "Lord paramount of the soil", owns all the highways in her realm… have asked the police whether the Queen gave permission for the hunt in question to take place on land belonging to Her Majesty. If permission was not given, it appears to me that this could constitute another contravention of the Hunting Act. John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Guardian 24.10.05 Highland glen braced for battle as estates defy order to cull deer - Gerard Seenan - It's an image that has adorned everything from shortbread tins to Victorian oil paintings: deer roaming the Scottish hills. But as herds of deer numbering more than a thousand eat their way across Highland glens a battle is underway between environmentalists demanding massive culls and wealthy estate owners who do not like being told how to manage their land. The flashpoint is Caenlochan Glen… The estates are accused of allowing deer numbers to rise to such a level that rare plant life has been destroyed and a unique habitat is in peril…(story)
Sunday Times 23.10.05 Scientists hired to fight deer cull in Highlands - MARK MACASKILL - ONE of Scotland’s wealthiest landowners is commissioning his own scientists to challenge a proposed cull of 8,000 red deer in the Highlands. Dr Gunther Kuhnle, owner of the 14,000-acre Tulcan estate in Morayshire, has invited a team from the University of Innsbruck to assess deer numbers in the Caenlochan Glen and their impact on the environment. He believes that a proposal by the Scottish executive to reduce the deer population on his and nine neighbouring estates is excessive… Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association, said it was "ludicrous” that thousands of red deer were being targeted to save the yellow oxytropis which is regarded as a "noxious weed” in Canada….(story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 18.10.05 CULL OF 8,000 DEER NECESSARY TO CONTROL RISING POPULATION - ALAN GORHAM - Gamekeepers must cull 8,000 deer in a remote north-east glen to fulfil a legal agreement to control the species' spiralling population. Large numbers of red deer are roaming rural Scotland, causing environmental damage the Deer Commission wants to see reduced. Caenlochan Glen, west of Braemar, is among a handful of priority sites around the north and north-east affected by an excessive deer population…. (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 24.10.05 TIME TO BAN SALE OF AIRGUNS - I Was sickened to see the story and pictures about the number of defenceless animals that are shot by vicious yobs using airguns… James Watson Banchory (letter)

North East Evening Gazette 24.10.05 Moorland pheasants have to be grounded - I live in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and in my own comparatively small district at least 100,000 pheasant are released every autumn…. With the threat of avian flu and a possible pandemic, free range poultry keepers, we are told, will be asked to keep hens, ducks and geese under cover. Surely it must be right, therefore, that the release of pheasant must cease until the threat is over and, if an outbreak emerges during the present shooting season, birds must be culled quickly…. I suggest that owners of shoots and their gamekeepers must be instructed immediately to cease the culling of foxes as they will help to clear the carcases of wild fowl, pheasant and grouse affected by the disease…. JC, Whitby (letter)

Bath Chronicle 24.10.05 CIRCUS ANIMALS BELONG TO HISTORY - CRAIG REDMOND, Campaigns officer, The Captive Animals' Protection Society, PO Box 573, Preston, PR1 9WW (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 24.10.05 BAN ALL ANIMAL ACTS IN CIRCUSES - CRAIG REDMOND, Captive Animals' Protection Society (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 21.10.05 END THE USE OF CIRCUS ANIMALS - The Animal Welfare Bill, which was published last week, will, hopefully, bring legal protection of animals in to line with public attitudes to animal welfare. However, the Government will be missing a big opportunity to address serious public concern if the new law does not end the use of all animals in circuses… Craig Redmond, The Captive Animals' Protection Society, Preston (letter)

The Sentinel 24.10.05 STOP KILLING DEER FOR FOOD - I Am complaining about deer hunters. They're killing animals to eat. Why don't you buy stuff from shops?... AMY DAVIES Aged 8 Wistaston Junior School (letter)

Western Daily Press 24.10.05 MORE ANIMAL AID - Please find enclosed some more money for Animals Asia Foundation… Daphne Walker Address supplied (story)

Western Morning News 24.10.05 RAT CULL SEES ISLAND OVERRUN BY RABBITS - A controversial cull of rats on Lundy Island has caused it to become overrun by rabbits, it has emerged… The situation is so bad that wardens on the island in the Bristol Channel have had to start culling the rabbits, and animal rights groups have branded it "shocking" and "farcical in the extreme"…. (story)
Mirror 22.10.05 ECO ERROR ON ISLAND - A TINY island in the Bristol Channel has killed off 40,000 rats, only to be overrun by rabbits. The National Trust spent £50,000 on rat extermination on Lundy, off the Devon coast, to protect rare seabird eggs in 2003…. Animal Aid said: "This is why we should leave nature alone." (story)
Times 22.10.05 Rabbits threaten island after rat cull BY NIGEL HAWKES - A CULL of tens of thousands of rats on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel to protect rare seabirds has caused an overpopulation of rabbits after they started breeding like . . . rabbits. Two years ago 40,000 rats on the island were culled at a cost of £50,000. But the campaign was strongly opposed by the charity Animal Aid, which gave warning of a rabbit population explosion…. Claudia Tarry, from Animal Aid, said that the situation was disastrous. "In a nutshell, this is the perfect example of why we should leave nature alone…. (story)
Guardian 22.10.05 The rats were culled, so rabbits thrived. But now it's their turn - Steven Morris - First there was the rat problem, solved when 40,000 were wiped out in a controversial cull. Now it's the turn of the rabbits - thriving because the rats have gone - to wreak havoc on Lundy island…. The rat cull, backed by English Nature and the National Trust, which owns the island, took place in 2003 to counter a threat to the outcrop's puffin and manx shearwater population, as rats were blamed for taking the birds' eggs. It seemed to work - the first puffin chick for 30 years was seen on Lundy this year. However, the rats also used to prey on young rabbits. In a recent review of the island's ecosystem, English Nature found that 14% of Lundy was "unfavourable and declining" because of the rabbits…. (story)
Western Daily Press 22.10.05 THE CULLING FIELDS - An ecological nightmare was last night looming on rugged Lundy island, after it emerged its booming rabbit population was eroding the land…. (story)
Western Daily Press 22.10.05 THE CURSE OF THE LUNDY-RABBIT - Remote and rugged, Lundy Island is known for its stark, natural beauty - but yesterday it emerged a mass rabbit massacre has turned the isolated outpost into the killing field of the West. Two years ago, more than 40,000 rats were culled in a bid to save the puffins on the Bristol Channel island. But with so many predators eliminated, the rabbit population has now spiralled out of control…. (story)

Northern Echo 24.10.05 SAD REFLECTIONHOW sad a reflection it is on modern society where we find it totally acceptable to imprison a pensioner for seven days for owing less than £100 council tax and yet, according to your report (Echo, Oct 11), we find it appropriate to fine a couple only £100 each for causing cruelty to a dog… Norman Smith, Newton Aycliffe. (letter in archive)

Edinburgh Evening News 24.10.05 Fake fur is fashion of choice among public - CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Howden on her great article on fashionable faux fur ("Fur returns but go with the faux"… Ross Minett, director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)

Argus 24.10.05 Letter: Help save the beasts of burden - I was saddened to read the news that Lucy Fensom's Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land (SHADH), in Israel, has been vandalised… -Sylvia Harwood, Hove (letter in archive)

24.10.05 They've no idea From Sonia Kurta, Henry Morris Road, Impington - UNLIKE most of your correspondents, I spent many years working with farm animals and understand them. Of course they can feel fear and pain. However, even if their lives are short they can get much enjoyment if treated as they should be…. They have not "eaten from the Tree of Knowledge", and have no idea of their mortality…. it is a matter of treating animals properly so they don't feel fear or distress, and not just looking on them as units of production. People who really care about animals should work to bring this about, and not indulge in the pseudosentimentality which aims to deny animals their right to life. (letter)

24.10.05 Not in His image From David Burbridge, High Street, Melbourn - I REFER to Mr Warrilow's question (Letters, October 17). "Have we the right to eat any life form?" The answer is quite clear in our Maker's gracious provision recorded in Genesis 9.3: "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you, even as the green herb have I given you all things."… Animals were not made in the image of the Creator, nor do they have souls, nor are they blessed by Him. (letter)


Sunday Telegraph 23.10.05 Our England: must it become one vast suburb interspersed with a few national parks? By Max Hastings - This autumn, across the English countryside a familiar pageant is taking place. Two or three times a week, hunt followers are meeting just as they have always done, to test horses, riders and hounds over ditches and fences. On a recent day with one of the famous Shires packs, a field of more than 200 was reported, and a fine time was had by all. A brace of foxes was accounted for, which hounds chanced to encounter while perfectly legally following a drag…. Some high-profile fox-hunting prosecutions seem inevitable sooner or later, and the Government has plenty more nasty medicine in store for the rural classes. Its new animal welfare bill could have adverse implications for shooting…. Max Hastings's new book Country Fair: Tales of Shooting, Fishing And the Countryside is published this week by Harper Collins, £20. (story)

Independent on Sunday 23.10.05 Hunts use loopholes to carry on killing - As new season gets fully under way, there has been not a single prosecution - but a lot of dead foxes By Mary Braid - Business as usual is how hunts are describing next weekend's start of their first full season since fox-hunting was banned. Why? Because nine months after the anti-fox-hunting legislation, the hounds forecast to die are still wagging their tails, meets are still taking place and there has not been a single prosecution for illegal hunting - despite 50 police investigations…. The Countryside Alliance said it was legitimate for hunts to use the exemption, but Jim Chick, chairman of the Hawk Board, which represents falconers, warned that hunts are risking injury to birds, hounds, horses and even human beings…(story)

Sunday Herald 23.10.05 Controlling deer - YOUR report on the failure of 10 estates in the East Grampians to effectively control red deer populations (News, October 16) should be a matter of concern to everyone who values the wildlife and wild land of Scotland. These estates have been repeatedly warned over many years to resolve this problem… Dave Morris, Director, Ramblers’ Association Scotland
HUNDREDS of years of human interference in the Highlands have brought us to the position we are in today when tens of thousands of red deer are grazing and trampling their habitat into sterile mud. First we killed off the natural predators of the deer and then we allowed greedy landowners to claim exclusive ownership of the deer and encourage herds to multiply to provide the maximum number of royal stags for paying guns… John F Robins, Animal Concern (letters)

Observer 23.10.05 Cherishing mice - If mice and men are so similar, as scientists claim (News, last week), there can be no justification for inflicting suffering on mice by artificially inducing diseases and mental illness. SD Graham, Milton, Dumbartonshire (letter)


Western Morning News 22.10.05 SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS SHOW SUPPORT FOR HUNTING - Young hunt supporters donned the clothes they wear to ride to hounds for school yesterday morning in a defiant show of support for their sport. The members of the Silverton Fox Hunt and Taunton Vale Harriers were taking part in Uffculme School's non-uniform day, during which pupils wear what they like and give a small sum to charity… (story)

Northern Echo 22.10.05 Hunt denies breaking bird law - A FOX hunt last night denied claims that it was breaking the law in using a bird of prey to get around the ban on hunting with dogs. The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) said it had alerted police because it understood an eagle owl used by the South Durham Hunt had never been released. The campaign group said that if there was no genuine intention to release the bird when a pack of hounds had flushed out a fox, this contravened an exemption designed for falconry which was contained in The Hunting Act 2004…. Mark Shotton, master of the South Durham Hunt… said: "There is no legal obligation for us to release the eagle every time just because we are flushing vermin out of the woods. We release it when the time is right."… (story in archive)
Northern Echo 21.10.05 SOUTH DURHAM HUNT - AS a falconer and a supporter of country pursuits for many years I feel I must speak out about the proposed use of an eagle owl to hunt foxes (Echo, Oct 17). While the eagle owl is a large and powerful bird of prey and quite capable of pursuing and killing such prey as rabbits and something as big as a hare, I would not even attempt to fly one to a fox which can and will bite back… Ray Vincent, Darlington (letter in archive)
Northern Echo 17.10.05 Welfare row over hunt's owl plan by Bessie Robinson - PLANS by Tony Blair's local hunt to use a bird of prey to beat the ban on hunting with dogs have been condemned as cruel and dangerous. Experienced falconer Phil Gibbons, from Spennymoor, County Durham, fears that using a bird to chase prey, as the South Durham and 30 other hunts are proposing, could lead to the bird being killed by hounds… Mr Gibbons, head falconer at Ridgeside Falconry, said: "I support hunting and think the bill is very poor." The South Durham Hunt already has a young eagle owl, but master Mark Shotton denied the hounds would go for the birds. He said: "They will be under control. If we cannot stop the hounds, we will not let the bird off …" (story in archive)
Northern Echo 15.10.05 HUNTING BIRDS - IT seems the South Durham Hunt is to use an eagle owl to kill foxes which are flushed out (Echo, Oct 6) in order to show the Hunting Act is ridiculous…. I would be very concerned if I owned any bird, some are very expensive, when hounds want a kill. - Name and address supplied. (letter in archive)
Darlington & Stockton Times 14.10.05 Hunt considers bird of prey in bid to beat ban - A HUNT in County Durham is considering flying in the face of the ban on hunting with dogs by using a bird of prey to hunt foxes. The South Durham Hunt, based in Prime Minister Tony Blair's Sedgefield constituency, is one of about 30 that is considering using the birds when the season starts next month…. (story in archive)
Darlington, Aycliffe & Sedgefield Advertiser 13.10.05 Bird of prey may help hunt keep within law - TONY Blair's local hunt plans to use a bird of prey to get around the ban on hunting with dogs when the new season starts next month. South Durham Hunt, based in the Prime Minister's Sedgefield constituency, is one of about 30 in the country that believes it has found a loophole in the ban which came into force in February…. (story in archive)
Northern Echo 6.10.05 Flying in the face of the ban by Catherine Jewitt - TONY Blair's local hunt plans to use a bird of prey to get around the ban on hunting with dogs when the season starts next month. South Durham Hunt, based in the Prime Minister's Sedgefield constituency, in County Durham, is one of about 30 in the country that believes it has found a loophole in the ban, which came into force in February…. (story in archive)

Western Morning News 22.10.05 MP CALLS FOR WEEK-LONG RURAL DEBATE - JASON GROVES LONDON EDITOR - A senior Westcountry MP has called on the Government to introduce a "Countryside Week" in Parliament amid fears that rural issues are being ignored. David Heath, the Lib-Dem's Shadow Leader of the Commons and MP for Somerton and Frome, said it was "extraordinary" that a Government that had set aside hundreds of hours to debate foxhunting in the last Parliament had not held a single debate on the farming industry since the foot and mouth crisis almost five years ago… (story)

Western Morning News 22.10.05 Rights and wrongs - IF "right to roamers" are to be allowed to break the laws of trespass, then why should those who like to hunt with dogs, obey the infamous anti-hunting laws?... Tess Nash, Helston (letter)

Telegraph 22.10.05 HLS protesters lose funds protection By Rosie Murray-West - Shadowy animal rights groups could be easier to sue for the damage they cause following a legal ruling yesterday. Mr Justice Mackay, in the High Court, dismissed an appeal by activists who have pursued a campaign against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). The activists said that a group called London Animal Action (LAA) did not have any members and therefore could not be sued for the damage it caused the animal testing group… Yesterday, Mr Justice Mackay said that LAA had a bank account with over £6,000 in it, and that Claire Persey, who is a named defendant in the same action, had instructed an advocate to appeal against a costs order on the bank account…. Her case was put by a Mr Dally, who is neither a solicitor nor a barrister…. (story)
Times 22.10.05 High Court strips animal rights activists of assets BY NICOLA WOOLCOCK - COMPANIES under pressure from animal rights protesters won a landmark High Court victory yesterday which paves the way for the seizure of activists’ funds. The unprecedented ruling gave Huntingdon Life Sciences permission to empty the bank account of London Animal Action, heralding the enforcement of a new tactic against the assets owned by protesters…. The group was given leave to appeal against the £9,000 costs order, which gives HLS the right to pursue the finances of individual members…. The judgment names Claire Persey as having instructed a representative to act on behalf of the group in court… (story)

South Wales Evening Post 22.10.05 CHEMICAL TESTS FEAR FOR ANIMALS - M ILLIONS of animals could suffer if draft EU legislation is approved, prompting the testing and re-testing of up to 30,000 chemicals on animals. The RSPCA has called for animal welfare to be made top priority as the debate begins on 1,000 amendments to the proposed laws…. (story)

Gloucester Citizen 22.10.05 BADGER CULLING IS NOT A WASTE – I Completely agree with M. Hancox that cattle TB is out of control. I also agree that the Krebs trial is probably a waste of time. However, I totally disagree that culling badgers is a waste of time. For many years when badgers were culled by gassing (where there was a TB problem), TB virtually disappeared. It has only become a serious problem since badgers have been protected - a fact that seems to be ignored… A DAIRY FARMER, Name and address supplied (story)
Gloucester Citizen 18.10.05 CULLS ARE WASTE OF TIME - M. HANCOX, Nouncells Cross, Stroud (letter)
Western Morning News 11.10.05 CULLING BADGERS IS A WASTE OF TIME - Things have gone quiet on the saga of badgers and TB, since our political masters are otherwise engaged. Apart that is from silence or platitudes in response to farmer and vet calls for a mass badger cull - a third letter from 419 vets to Mrs Beckett. And yet, as Sherlock Holmes would have put it, there is the curious case of the dog which failed to bark in the night. Cattle TB is out of control, and while it has been rising by 18 per cent a year, with the zero tolerance on overdue herd tests it is up 34 per cent for the first six months compared to last year, quite clearly due to cattle-to-cattle spread…. M Hancox, Stroud (letter)

Yorkshire Evening Post 22.10.05 What did ducks do to deserve this? I see that once again you decided on a jokey heading for the forthcoming sad demise of the ruddy ducks. 'Why the game's up for this ruddy nuisance!' was your headline on October 15. Do you really think your readers should be amused by this awful cull?... And, as for the recruitment of ruddy duck control specialists to carry out the killings, the mind boggles. I wonder how many maimed ducks will be left to die a slow and painful death? JENNIFER BOOKBINDER, Cottingley Gardens, Leeds (story)

Independent 22.10.05 'Culture' can be cruel - You report that French politicians have declared that foie gras is part of French culture (19 October). Just because something is "culture" or "tradition", does not make it right or any less cruel… It makes me ashamed to be human. CAROL BURGESS HAYWARDS HEATH, WEST SUSSEX (story)

Carlisle News & Star 22.10.05 Anne deserves a better life - GUS Proud is correct when he says that Anne the elephant, who performs in Bobby Roberts Circus, should never have been brought into the circus in the first place… No one is asking for Anne to be returned to her natural habitat. She should be retired to a sanctuary that has the experience and resources to properly care for her…. CRAIG REDMOND, Campaigns Officer, The Captive Animals’Protection Society, Preston (story)
Carlisle News & Star 13.10.05 ANIMAL CRUELTY - Stopping criticising Bobby Roberts - I DISAGREE strongly with the writer who said that the 52-year-old elephant from Bobby Robert’s Circus should be taken to a sanctuary. After all Bobby Roberts and his family have had Annie since she was seven. That proves to me that she’s part of the family… I have also been behind the scenes with Bobby Roberts on his visits to Silloth and Workington because when I was a councillor I had complaints. I went to see Bobby Roberts, whom I had never met before, and he proved the complaints were unjust…. OLGA M WOOD, Petteril Terrace, Silloth (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 10.10.05 Put Annie in a sanctuary - I SEE Anne the elephant has hit the headlines again, (News & Star, October 4). The debate about whether or not she should be put into retirement has been raised again, this time by the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS)…. I think the transition from captivity to the wild would be cruel and I am certain she is better with people and surroundings she is used to. Maybe an animal sanctuary would be a different matter…. The sad fact of it all is that it is a tragedy Anne was put into a circus in the first place. GUS PROUD, Skinburness Village, Silloth on Solway
BOBBY Roberts Circus claims that people who oppose the use of animals in their circus "don’t come and look for themselves” yet they know this is a false allegation… The circus itself refuses to let campaign groups such as CAPS carry out inspections with our own vets and other experts. If they really do have "nothing to hide” then why not allow us access to inspect the animals?... CRAIG REDMOND, Campaigns Officer, Captive Animals’ Protection Society, PO Box 573, Preston PR1 9WW (letters)

Sunderland Echo 22.10.05 Don't blame birds - Kelly Slade, Animal Aid (letter)
Swindon Evening Advertiser 21.10.05 Don't just blame wild birds for flu - K SLADE (letter in archive)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 21.10.05 We're to blame for bird flu - Kelly Slade, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Western Daily Press 21.10.05 BIRD FLU BLAME MAY LIE AT HOME - In all the discussions and words written on bird flu, the "blame" has been conveniently put on wild, migratory birds. Yet, over the last 60 years, the world's farmers have kept literally billions of broiler chickens and laying hens in ever more confined factory farm conditions… Now we seem panicked and surprised that avian flu might run amok in our factory-farmed birds and break through the species barrier to harm us. Kelly Slade Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter)


Oxford Mail 21.10.05 Hunts to toe the line - Defiant former huntsmen have vowed to continue killing foxes within the boundary of the law as the annual hunt season gets under way… The Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase has changed its and name and constitution to the Bicester and Whaddon Chase Hound Club. Although the law has banned fox hunting with hounds, Bicester and Whaddon has adapted in an attempt to stay in business…. No hounds have been put down or rehoused but some seasonal staff have been laid off… (story in archive)

Darlington & Stockton Times 21.10.05 Defying the law by The Editor - WITH the first full hunting season due to open since the implementation of the Hunting Act earlier this year, it is an appropriate moment to review the state of the sport. While hunts may not be happy, they are making a reasonable fist of continuing their traditional activity. Most gratifying for them is the fact that support for hunts in North Yorkshire and South Durham appears to have grown…. The Government, as ever, hopes this issue will fade away. The Prime Minister's instincts that a hunting ban was a great practical problem but an unfortunate political necessity were absolutely right. The shame is that reconciling those interests has resulted in a law which only serves to weaken people's faith in the justness and probity of the legislative process. (story in archive)

Westmorland Gazette 21.10.05 Hunts - sticking to the law - as popular as ever - Hunts in Cumbria are as popular as ever, according to senior figures involved in the sport in the area… Chairman of the Lunesdale Foxhounds, Eddie Braithwaite, explained the fell pack had been involved in "legal hound activities" since the ban was introduced… Alison Bolt, chairwoman of the North Lonsdale Foxhounds, said that she had feared that the hounds would have to be put down when the ban was introduced…. Chairman of the Vale of Lune Hunt, David Welsh, said the hunt would probably be pressing ahead with plans for fell runners to act as the prey for the hunt's bloodhounds this season… (story)

Western Morning News 21.10.05 TREASURER STOLE £1,500 FROM CLUB - A woman who stole £1,500 from an East Devon hunt supporters' club and forged a bank statement to cover her tracks has avoided being sent to jail. Naomi Barrett, 42, of Tythebarn in Branscombe, paid two cheques, each for £750, into her bank account while treasurer of the Axe Valley Hunt Supporters' Club between September last year and February this year… She was yesterday sentenced to 200 hours of work in the community under a community punishment order…. (story)
Western Morning News 21.9.05 WOMAN STOLE FROM HUNT CLUB - A woman has admitted stealing £1,500 from the Axe Valley Hunt Supporters' Club. Naomi Barrett also pleaded guilty to falsifying a Lloyds TSB Bank statement to lead members of the club into thinking the transactions were genuine, Exeter Crown Court heard yesterday…. (story)
Western Morning News 20.7.05 Theft accusations - A WOMAN has appeared in court charged with stealing money from a hunt supporters' club while she was its treasurer. Naomi Tamzin Barrett, 41, of Tythebarn, Branscombe, near Seaton, faced four charges of theft, one of forgery and one of false accounting when she appeared at Exeter Crown Court on Monday. It is alleged she stole £2,100 from the Axe Valley Hunt Supporters' Club, and £372 from the East Devon Hunt Pony Club, between October last year and February 28 this year…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 19.7.05 TREASURER CHARGED - A woman has appeared in court charged with stealing money from a Devon hunt supporters' club while she was its treasurer. Naomi Tamzin Barrett, 41, of Tythebarn, Branscombe, near Seaton, faced four charges of theft, one of forgery and one of false accounting when she appeared at Exeter Crown Court. It is alleged she stole £600 on October 6 last year, £750 on November 2 and £750 on November 4 from the Axe Valley Hunt Supporters' Club…. (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 21.4.05 ACCUSED OF HUNT THEFTS - A woman has been accused of stealing more than £4,500 from a Devon hunt supporters' club while she was its treasurer. Naomi Tamzin Barrett, 41, of Tythebarn, Branscombe, Seaton, appeared before Exeter Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. She faced three charges of stealing cash totalling £4,626 from the Axe Valley Hunt Supporters' Club. She was also alleged to have stolen £372.97 from the East Devon Hunt Pony Club… (story)

Western Daily Press 21.10.05 WHY COUNTRY LIFESTYLE IS NOW A CRIME - Government plans to restrict 4x4s and quad bikes from using country lanes is seen as the latest urban interference with rural life. Country lover JOHN DIMBYLOW believes it is time for city slickers to leave well alone - I HAVE lived in the Black Mountains all of my life. I went to school here, worked here, employed people here and I have brought up my children here…. We are the ones who are indigenous to the countryside - but our votes are seldom heard because we are a minority here. We have already had the disgraceful enforcement of the city dwellers' ignorant laws against hunting…. Personally, I would like the streets of London to be emptied, so that when I go to visit, I can look at the architecture without being run over, or choked by the traffic fumes. I wonder how the Oprahs would feel if they were banned from doing something that they had always done by people who simply wanted a certain environment when they visited…. If we had different coloured skin it would be called racism. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 21.10.05 WE'RE NO MODEL OF DEMOCRACY - If Colin Richey, Letters October 17, had taken an interest in enacting the legislation to ban hunting with dogs for sport, he would probably not have described our country as one of the finest examples of democracy in the world… If we lived in a democracy, the legislation to ban the sport of hunting could not have been delayed by unelected members of the Upper House who spent several days attempting to frustrate the wishes of the elected representatives of the people… John Phelps, Argyll Road , Exeter (letter)

BBC News Online 21.10.05 Vets call for more airgun control - Vets in Scotland have backed calls for tighter controls on airguns because of the number of animals injured in attacks, according to a new survey. A Scottish SPCA study showed 40% of the 155 vets surveyed had treated animals injured by airguns in the last year… (story)
Times 21.10.05 Vets hit back over rise in gun attacks on animals BY ANGUS MACLEOD, SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR - VETERINARY surgeons in Scotland are demanding tighter controls on airguns because of the growing number of animals injured in attacks by people using the weapons. A survey from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) found that out of 155 veterinary practices questioned, nearly half had treated animals injured by airguns in the past year…. (story)
Scotsman 21.10.05 Vets back airgun controls as animals and birds hurt - FRANCIS COCKER - VETS are backing tighter controls on airguns because of the number of animals injured in attacks. Nearly half of all vets in Scotland surveyed by the Scottish SPCA have treated animals injured by airguns in the last year and four out of five called for tighter controls… (story)

Western Morning News 21.10.05 NEW MOVE TO CULL BADGERS OVER TB - Badger-lovers reacted with dismay last night to fresh calls for a cull to control the spread of bovine TB. The Badger Trust, formerly the National Federation of Badger Groups, said it was disappointed by the decision of the Liberal Democrats to come out in favour of a "selective, focused cull" of badgers in TB hotspot areas like the Westcountry… In a surprise move this week the Lib-Dems withdrew their support for the Government's controversial badger culling trials. The party is now calling for an immediate cull as part of a package of measures to control the spread of the debilitating cattle disease… But Jack Reedy, director of the Badger Trust, accused the Lib-Dems of "overreacting" and failing to follow scientific advice on the subject… (story)

Wiltshire Times 21.10.05 Let badgers be - AS A country person I sympathise with J Banfield (WT October 7). We are letting the anecdotal and quick fix get in the way of the science. In 1971 TB was discovered in a badger, since then millions of pounds of taxpayers money has been spent killing badgers and compensating farmers, little or nothing on vaccine and efficient ways of testing cattle…. D THOMAS, Hisomley, nr Westbury (letter in archive)
Wiltshire Times 7.10.05 A farmer's view - DAVID Thomas would not have written so many inaccurate facts last week if he had been reading the Farmers Weekly recently. A large number of vets have signed a letter to DEFRA urging something should be done about badgers because of the way they are infecting cattle. It is known how tuberculosis is passed to cattle…. J BANFIELD, Longleaze Farm, Keevil, nr Trowbridge (letter in archive)
Wiltshire Times 30.9.05 Badgers are OK - LOCAL MP Andrew Murrison is not doing farmers any favours (Wiltshire Times September 23). Even scientists who blame badgers admit they do not know if or how or to what extent badgers may give cattle TB, as badger contribution is based on circumstantial evidence as in Ireland…. D THOMAS, Hillview, Hisomley, nr Westbury (letter in archive)

Bradford Telegraph 21.10.05 Protesters greet Big Top animals by Fiona Evans - A travelling circus with the last performing bear in the UK has come under fire after it stopped in Bradford. Campaigners from the Captive Animal's Protection Society (CAPS) waved placards and banners at people on their way to buy tickets for Peter Jolly's circus at Denholme Gate, near Queensbury. (story in archive)


Bournemouth Daily Echo 20.10.05 Hunt officer is firmly on fence by Jenna Weekes - HE'S sitting firmly on the fence. PC John Snellin has been appointed hunt liaison officer for Dorset Police - and is responsible for negotiating with huntsmen and protestors. And he's the first to admit that the new anti-hunting legislation is vague and open to interpretation…. Across the country, Dorset included, some hunts have tried to get around the new legislation by carrying a bird of prey with them. But that's a practice PC Snellin, a keen falconer, wants to put a stop to…. Speaking of his new appointment, PC Snellin, who is also the police wildlife officer, said: "I have to remain impartial - I can see both points of view. I'm not anti-hunting. It's a shame when someone's right is removed. People often wrongly see hunting as purely upper classes - in fact it involves working country people…." (story in archive)

Essex Chronicle 20.10.05 HUNTER FINED AFTER ASSAULT - A Margaretting foxhunter was ordered to pay more than £1,500 by magistrates after pleading guilty to whipping hunt protesters round the head. The attack happened in February when members of the Essex Foxhounds hunt clashed with a group of hunt saboteurs in a field near Kelvedon Hatch…. (story)
Aberdeen Evening Express 19.10.05 MAN FINED FOR ASSAULT ON STUDENT - A Master huntsman who struck an Aberdeen hunt protestor has been fined £1,555. Simon Upton, who rides with the Essex Union Hunt, hit 24-year-old student Melissa Marr twice on the head with his whip as well as felling another demonstrator…. Miss Marr, a student originally from Aberdeen but now living in Kilburn, said after the case she was pleased with the fine but appalled their peaceful protest had turned violent…. (story)
Brentwood Gazette 19.10.05 HORSE RIDER WHIPPED HUNT PROTESTERS ROUND THE HEAD BY IAIN O'NEIL - A FOXHUNTER from Ingatestone was ordered to pay more than £1,500 by magistrates after pleading guilty to whipping hunt protesters round the head as he rode up to them on his horse. The attack happened in February when members of the Essex Foxhounds hunt clashed with hunt saboteurs near Kelvedon Hatch…. (story)
Guardian 19.10.05 Hunt master hit three protesters with whip - David Ward - A hunt master caught on video beating saboteurs around the head with his whip was ordered to pay £1,555 in fines and compensation yesterday after admitting three counts of assault. The jerky footage showed Simon Upton, 40, in hunting pink galloping his horse through a field at Navestock, Essex, and scattering protesters at a meeting of the Essex Union hunt… Ms Eadie said that after bruising Tim Burn, 39, and another man, Upton rode up behind Melissa Marr, a 24-year-old student…. (story)
Telegraph 19.10.05 Hunting saboteurs whipped by master By David Sapsted - A hunt master who rode at a group of saboteurs and beat them with his whip was ordered to pay fines, compensation and court costs totalling £1,555 yesterday. A four-minute video seen by magistrates in Basildon showed Simon Upton, a farmer and joint master of the Essex Union Hunt, charging around his field after hunt protesters gathered there in February…. (story)
Times 19.10.05 Huntsman fined - Simon Upton, 40, a member of the Essex Union Hunt, charged through a group of anti-hunt saboteurs on horseback, beating them with his horsewhip while shouting abuse, Basildon magistrates were told… (story)
BBC News Online 18.10.05 Hunt master beat three protesters - An attack on anti-hunt protesters has cost a hunt master more than £1,500 in compensation, fines and costs. Simon Upton, 40, of Margaretting, Essex, felled one demonstrator by riding at him and hit another twice on the head, Basildon magistrates heard. Upton, joint master of the Essex Union Hunt, also abused the seven-strong group as he circled them in a field in Navestock on 9 February…. "After knocking Mr (Tim) Burn to the ground and bruising a second man, Upton struck out at Miss (Melissa) Marr."… (story)

Banbury Guardian 20.10.05 Danger to pets from birds of prey - I write in total disgust at the article about huntsmen (Banbury Guardian, October 6) who are now using birds of prey to carry out the awful act of foxhunting… Rod Prewer, League Against Cruel Sports, Oxfordshire
The hunting fraternity has sunk to new depths with its manipulation of wildlife in order to flout democratic law… Anne Wylie, Queens Road, Banbury (letters)

North Devon Journal 20.10.05 LAY OFF ROB THE HUNTSMAN - With regard to your columnist Mike Halls' rather sarcastic views about huntsman Rob Williams. I have heard equally compelling arguments from those who would tolerate hunting, and those who would not, and they seem to be divided about fifty fifty pros and cons. So why has New Labour, using its usual tactics of demonising anyone who does not think as they do, elevated the question of hunting from a minor country pursuit, to one of its major preoccupations of its eight years in office?... PETER FALKNER, Honiton Road, South Molton. (letter)
North Devon Journal 6.10.05 I WILL CARRY ON HUNTING AND BE PROUD OF BEATING THE BAN - It was reassuring to see your columnist Mike Halls take an anti-hunting swipe at me (Halls' Gospel, Journal, September 22). At the start of the hunting season taking flak in the press has become almost as traditional as the Opening Meet. I feel optimistic for a very serious and simple reason. Despite the government ban support for hunting has never been stronger… A fox could slip away using his craftiness last season. Now he's supposed to be shot the moment he's in the open…. The only good thing is that the 'victors' have finally brought the paradox into the open. We thought they hated us because they said we were cruel, but in fact the opposite was true. They said we were cruel because they hated us. ROB WILLIAMS, Knowstone. (letter)

Western Daily Press 20.10.05 FARMERS FOUGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY - How can Lena Holgate (Your Say, October 15) judge all farmers the same? Many people appreciated the food they produced in both wars. They worked day and night to keep this island's population from starvation…. Elizabeth Silverthorne Severn House Farm Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 15.10.05 DESPICABLE THEN, DESPICABLE NOW - So the brave Welsh farmers have stopped the SAS using their land because they are going to be denied their right to torment and kill our wildlife. How different during the last war, when our farmers who were exempt from military service as they were in reserved occupations, were glad enough to let everybody else go and do their fighting for them…. There were despicable then, they are despicable now. Lena Holgate, Address supplied (letter)

Shropshire Star 20.10.05 Probe over birds invasion - An invasion of pheasants is making life a misery for residents of a Mid Wales beauty spot, it was claimed today. Villagers at Mallwyd in the Dovey Valley, near Machynlleth, say birds reared by one of the area’s biggest shooting organisations are causing traffic dangers, damaging the environment and could be a potential health hazard…. (story)
Daily Post 20.10.05 Pheasant Revolt By Ed James, Daily Post - ENVIRONMENTAL health officials have launched an investigation into complaints an invasion of pheasants is making life a misery for residents at a beauty spot close to the Snowdonia National Park. Villagers at Mallwyd, in the Dyfi Valley, near Dolgellau, claim birds reared by one of the area's biggest shooting organisations are causing traffic dangers, damaging the environment and could be a potential health hazard…. (story)

Western Morning News 20.10.05 REWARD OFFERED AFTER STAG'S HORRIFIC DEATH - The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has offered a £1,000 reward for information after suspected poachers shot a stag using a home-made bullet. Earlier this week, LACS sanctuaries manager Paul Tillsley discovered the dead stag at Stoke Woods, near Bratton Fleming in North Devon…. (story)
Western Daily Press 20.10.05 £1,000 REWARD TO SNARE STAG SHOOTER - Sickened anti-hunt supporters yesterday offered a £1,000 reward to help convict the person responsible for the horrific shooting of a stag at their West sanctuary. Not only was the stag shot illegally on land owned by the League Against Cruel Sports at Stoke Woods, north Devon, the home-made ammunition used in the killing was also illegal…. (story)

Financial Times 20.10.05 Openness grows over UK animal research By Clive Cookson and Robyn Scott - Universities are rapidly becoming more open about their animal research programmes, a Financial Times survey shows. Reassured by more robust support from the government and police, institutions are abandoning a long-standing practice of collective silence in the face of animal rights extremism…. The Research Defence Society, a 5,000-member organisation, plays a vital role in co-ordinating universities’ policies on animal research. Simon Festing, executive director, said the survey’s results "show that the efforts we and others have been making over the past few years seem to be bearing fruit”…. "Open and serious dialogue on the issue of animal rights will help to marginalise the extremists – so long as the information is of high quality,” said Alistair Currie, campaigns director of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 20.10.05 Fur returns but go with the faux - SARAH HOWDEN - Pelts are popular with big names but fakes cause no suffering, writes Sarah Howden… Ten years ago, such a brazen display of animal cruelty in the name of fashion would have been unthinkable, but supermodels and designers alike now appear to have embraced what was the dirty secret of fashion with gusto. However, for the masses, wearing fur will never be acceptable. … But when it comes to glamorous fur, fake it. Real fur is the result of the death of an animal, so long live faux fur. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 20.10.05 Get-tough plea over ivory trade - THE Government is under pressure to take tough action against UK traders flouting elephant protection laws…. The plea for action was made by the conservation charity, Care for the Wild International. (story)

Middleton Guardian 20.10.05 Protesters condemn animal circus - ANIMAL rights activists are urging residents to boycott a controversial circus which rolled into town this week. Peter Jolly's Circus, which has attracted fierce criticism for its use of animals, pitched up in Middleton on Tuesday…. Marlene Butterworth, 61, from Royton, said: "It is absolutely diabolical…." Mavis Heathcote said: "I'm just disgusted…" Steven Cliff also feels strongly about the situation. He said: "Animals should not be used for performing and shouldn't be caged.”… (story)

Accrington Observer 20.10.05 Circus defends use of animals - CIRCUS bosses this week defended the use of animals in their act, following a call to boycott the performance by animal rights campaigners…. CIRCUS bosses this week defended the use of animals in their act, following a call to boycott the performance by animal rights campaigners. But the circus has come under fire from the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) which has urged people to boycott the show over its use of animals… (story)
Lancashire Evening Telegraph 19.10.05 Boycott circus, urges animal rights group - ANIMAL rights campaigners are urging people to boycott a circus in Accrington. The Captive Animals' Protection Society says Zippo's Circus, which is in Eagle Street until Sunday, is one of just seven in Britain that still uses horses, dogs and birds (story in archive)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 20.10.05 Ban all animals from circuses - I was at worst disgusted to see review of Zippo's circus (T&A, October 13), at best baffled as to why you would want to feature a circus which still uses animals in its show… Mrs V Robinson, The Avenue, Birstall. (letter in archive)

Western Daily Press 20.10.05 A BEAR FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR - Please find a donation for the bears. What a wonderful job everyone is doing…. M Rice Banwell North Somerset (letter)

Cambridge Times 20.10.05 March marathon man Story by JOHN ELWORTHY - A YOUNG Fenland runner hopes to complete next year's London Marathon twice on the same day to highlight his passion for animals. Ashley Smith, 33, has already completed the marathon once before but is hoping organisers will allow him to run it twice in a day to publicise a campaign to persuade the Government to fund the RSPCA… Mr Smith, currently unemployed, says he hopes to become an RSPCA inspector but is reluctant to apply unless they get more powers to tackle animal cruelty cases…. (story)


BBC News Online 19.10.05 Hunting survives as ban bent and broken by Tom Heap - As a survey for BBC News reveals that more people are taking part in various forms of fox-hunting than a year ago - before February's ban - rural affairs correspondent Tom Heap looks at how the pursuit is managing to survive…. Emerging from a copse in Prime Minister Tony Blair's own constituency of Sedgefield, a pack of hounds is followed by a posse of riders…. Waiting outside the woods is a man with a bird on his arm - an eagle owl… But Mark Shotton, master of the South Durham Hunt, said he had never even let the bird go for fear it would fly away and not return…. The Cotswold Hunt, like many others, is trying to make a go of drag-hunting… There are a whole host of other loopholes being stretched. It's legal to hunt rabbits - "Oh dear, they went after a fox."…. (story)

Western Daily Press 19.10.05 BIRD BOARD'S LOOPHOLE WARNING - Leaders of the birds of prey community launched another attack on hunts using hawks and eagle owls to get around the ban yesterday. And Hawk Board of Britain chiefs even went as far as warning hunt leaders they will turn up in court and "be hostile" if hunts ever try to use their birds of prey to defend a prosecution for breaking the hunt ban… (story)

Western Daily Press 19.10.05 HUNTS CLAIMED BAN WOULD BE DEATH OF COUNTRY . . .A YEAR ON THEY'RE STILL ENJOYING THE CHASE - By now, according to the hunters who this time last year clashed with police in Parliament Square and stormed the Commons, the countryside should be dead and buried… But yesterday, on a wet, overcast October morning, hunts through-out the West saddled up, chivvied the hounds and set off once again across the beautiful, rolling countryside… The official line from the Countryside Alliance is that hunts and the associated economy are surviving despite the ban, because of a gritty determination to view it as temporary, and continue to work within and around the new law. That is true, but not the whole truth. Behind it are two factors. The first is that many hunts have indeed laid staff off - even the West's largest hunt, the Beaufort, has had to make one redundancy in the kennels, and other associated businesses are suffering too… (story)

Bristol Evening Post 19.10.05 CHASE GOES ON FOR HUNTS - Just 12 months ago, the countryside lobby was sounding dire warnings that a hunting ban would decimate rural jobs. Every trade in hunting communities of rural England would be hit, from farriers to hoteliers, kennels to caterers…. However, it is still perfectly legal for a hunt to meet up, with their hounds, and ride around the country… We will continue to report the hunting issue even-handedly, without fear or favour from either side. But for the time being, let's just raise a stirrup cup to the fact that a middle way of sorts appears to be working (story)

Guardian 19.10.05 Ritual and tradition need not rely on the shedding of blood - Hunts should come clean about the thrill of the kill; and they must obey the law too, says Douglas Batchelor - Reading Monday's article (Hunts say ban has brought groundswell of support, October 17), I was reminded of the words of Mandy Rice-Davies, when told Lord Astor denied sleeping with her: "He would, wouldn't he?" Of course the hunts are going to say that there is more support for their bloodthirsty and now illegal sport; of course they will claim that the law is difficult to enforce; and of course they will continue to believe that it will be repealed…. (story)

Western Mail 19.10.05 Dead fox thrown in shop window - Tryst Williams, Western Mail - A DISMEMBERED fox was hurled through the broken window of a Welsh furniture shop on the weekend, police said yesterday. The bizarre incident has appalled and baffled the shop's owner, who says he has no links with the hunting fraternity nor animal rights campaigners… (story)

Leicester Mercury 19.10.05 ALTERNATIVE RURAL VIEW - I found the article ("Views in hunting country", Mercury, October 12) very interesting… Pheasants are released into the wild. After a short while, a gang of beaters will drive them from cover into the open to be met by a hail of gunshot from the waiting gun… I know for a fact that my dad and grandad had little feeling for the hunters. If there had been a hunting ban in their day, they would have been delighted…. G A Wright, Eyres Monsell. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 19.10.05 COUNTRY PERSON AGAINST HUNTING - I was born (in the 1950s) and was brought up in Leicestershire. I lived all my childhood in a Charnwood Forest village. Your article "Foxes are pests - we have no pity" (Mercury, October 12), which gives the impression that all natural-born country people support hunting, is completely misleading…. Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxon (letter)

Worcester Evening News 19.10.05 Slaughter of ruddy ducks - KELLY SLADE, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (letter in archive)
Western Morning News 19.10.05 IS THIS £3.3M WELL SPENT? - The Government's announcement of £3.3 million of public money for the mass slaughter of Britain's ruddy ducks amounts to an obscene and wasteful enterprise…. The ruddy ducks have been sentenced to death in the name of blood purity. Hybridisation (the mating of two different species) is a normal process in nature… Hunting and habitat loss in its main breeding ground, Pakistan, are the reasons the white-headed duck is endangered in the first place…. Kelly Slade Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Telegraph 19.10.05 First poacher fined under Hunting Act By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - A first conviction has been secured for an offence under the Hunting Act. But country groups say the conviction, of a poacher, could just have well have been achieved under previous legislation. Adam Pengilley, 19, of Liverpool, was fined £155 by South Sefton magistrates after being caught leaving the Leverhulme Estate in Lydiate, in possession of two lurchers and lamping equipment… (story)

Western Daily Press 19.10.05 TOWN IS OFF TRACK - I am bitterly disappointed that Glastonbury has allowed the greyhound racing track to proceed…. I have always associated this historical town with colourful, holistic love and peace attitudes, not the socalled sport of greyhound racing, which is all about greed and eventual animal abuse…. P and D A Jacobs Weston-super-Mare Somerset (letter)

Cambrian News 19.10.05 Ty Agored is investigated by Charities Commission - A CRIBYN animal sanctuary is due to close following a probe by the Chari- ties Commission. Staff were given a week’s notice on Friday and animals are having to be found new homes in other sanctuaries. The General Manager at Ty Agored, Michael Lewis was told that the sanc- tuary would be closing in a week, and that the Charities Commission was investigating the charity… "The trustees have refused to come down here and give the staff their notice, I had to do it,” he said. Ty Agored was founded in 1972 by Barbara Packham and expanded over the years to employ 33 staff, and was housing over 300 animals, including 100 dogs, 125 cats and 25 livestock. Mrs Packham, 66, and her husband Brian, 76, who are both trustees, claimed the people who wanted to take over the running of Ty Agored were to blame for the closure of the sanctuary…." (story)

Yorkshire Evening Post 19.10.05 Fur war far from won... Anne Pickles has got it wrong once again. Saying that the anti-fur war was won here a long time ago is quite untrue - both designers and stores keep trying to sneak it into their fashion ranges… BRENDA S BRIAR, Shadwell Lane, Leeds (letter)

Tivyside Advertiser 19.10.05 Pets fur trade scare - FUR accessories and details on top fashion items could come from animals stolen from this area. A current spate of thefts of cats and dogs in Cardigan and the Teifi Valley is being blamed on the fashion trade this week by animal welfare campaigner Sandra Williams. Mrs Williams, a former Ceredigion councillor who now lives in Newcastle Emlyn, says animals stolen from this area end up in Malaysia where their skins are made into fashion items… (story in archive)

Market Rasen Mail 19.10.05 Racoon killed in an appalling way - With reference to the front page of the Mail (October 12). I think Mr Pickering should be ashamed of himself for the inhumane way that he killed the poor racoon… J Webb, Church Street, Market Rasen (letter)
Market Rasen Mail 19.10.05 Glorifying cruelty on Mail front page - I feel I must write and express both my concern and to ask the question of why you felt it necessary to glorify Bill Pickering’s obvious cruelty to animals on the front page of last week’s Market Rasen Mail. Whether he thought it was a fox or not is irrelevant - that is no way to treat any living creature!... (letter)

Glasgow Herald 19.10.05 Cruelty to tiger - Every so often The Herald prints a photograph of animal cruelty and torture under the guise of a so-called amusing story…. Your picture on Monday, jokily captioned Smile for the camera, showed a clearly distressed tiger with a baby perched on its back…. If anyone is in any doubt that the animal in this picture is being subject to cruelty, have a look at the picture again – look at the restraints, look at the animal's teeth. Not a lot to smile with, is there? Les Wood, 16 Lomond Drive, Barrhead. (story)


Birmingham Post 18.10.05 Bill was a waste of time say region's hunts By Sarah Probert, Rural Affairs Reporter - The Midland hunting community has branded the Government's ban on hunting with hounds a waste of time after all of the region's packs said they were continuing to thrive… Clare Rowson, regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said: "Hunting looks the same, it smells the same, and anyone who sees the hunts out won't notice any difference…" Anthony Spencer, joint master of the Warwickshire Hunt, said his group was continuing to thrive, although he was unsure what its long-term future would be…. Atherstone Hunt in Warwickshire has recruited an eagle owl to carry out fox control measures…. (story)

Western Morning News 18.10.05 CLARKE'S VISION SECURED MY VOTE - "IF ever there was a time to put sectional interests and partisan politics behind you in the interests of the party and Great Britain, it is now…History has given you MPs a chance to put matters right by electing the one and only candidate who can halt the decline of Conservativism and galvanise the party into electoral success - Kenneth Clarke… And, as a lifelong wildlife conservationist, it is good to know he knows what it takes to succeed. By abolishing the hunting ban - no big deal in the minds of many - he will be restoring proper conservation practices that have worked for decades. Donald King, Kennerleigh (letter)

Western Morning News 18.10.05 Government not interested - ONCE again, the farmers claim to be unfairly treated. When will it dawn on country folk in general and farmers in particular that the Government has no interest in them? It has no need to because a tiny fraction of the electorate earns its living from the land or from country pursuits such as hunting… I believe that if they want their voice heard in Parliament, they should sponsor and vote for nationalist candidates who share their concerns… L J Irving, Plymouth (letter)

Western Morning News 18.10.05 Why shoot pheasants? - THE pheasant shooting season is starting. Can someone out there, a countryman or countrywoman, explain to me - once a simple know-nothing innocent townie yet one who now accepts that it is (probably) crueller to shoot a fox than to kill it with the sharp nip to the neck by a hound - why it is still OK to shoot at pheasants? Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter)

North East Evening Gazette 18.10.05 Hair-raising cruelty of hare chase - Although I have always thought people playing games with the cruelty of hunting was disgusting, I have not been involved against it. However, after seeing a little of the Waterloo Cup on TV recently it really came home to me… H WHITEHOUSE, Stockton (letter)

Western Mail 18.10.05 Ruddy ducks face cull - The end is in sight for the ruddy duck, a North American invader now settled in Britain which is threatening European wildlife. A £3.3m project over five years, funded by Defra and the European Commission, aims to eradicate the 6,000 British ruddy ducks by shooting them…. (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 18.10.05 Zoo is hard to bear - IT is difficult to understand the logic of some of the decisions undertaken by Edinburgh Zoo. Whilst they have decided not to house elephants on the grounds that it is cruel to restrict such a wild beast to the confines of a city zoo, they are contemplating housing more polar bears, animals with the same instinct to roam…. G Anderson, Elliothill Street, Dunfermline (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 18.10.05 DON'T LINK HUMAN FAILINGS WITH SUFFERING OF ANIMALS - I Write regarding the letter of Mr A. M. Taylor of Lincoln (Your View, October 7) in respect of the number of posters which have recently been displayed by the makers of Newcastle Brown ale. I am astounded that anyone can find the poster which makes reference to prison and brothels more offensive than a poster which reminds the public of horses being sold when knackered for glue….Horses are killed every year in the Grand National and in other such races. Horses which are simply not fit enough for the course are put forward to make up the numbers and when they fail, they are shot and the insurance money is duly claimed. We treat animals in a truly disgusting way… RACHEL ASTILL-DUNSEITHLincoln (story)


Guardian 17.10.05 Hunts say ban has brought groundswell of support - Owen Bowcott - "Down Freckle! Away Gothic! Hold back Monitor!" The hounds were eager for the off. Early morning mist was lifting from the Gloucestershire meadows…. At 8am on Saturday, the Cotswold Vale Farmers Hunt were joined by twice as many riders as they would have expected for the autumn, or "cubbing", season…. The difficulty of enforcing the act is becoming apparent. For the police to bring charges, they must demonstrate the hunt intended to kill a fox illegally and failed to call off the dogs. Obtaining video evidence is proving more difficult than envisaged… (story)

Times 17.10.05 Hunt revival looks for English support FROM JEREMY PAGE IN MOSCOW - countryside in furious pursuit of their quarry. It may sound like a quintessentially English scene from the days before foxhunting was banned. But this was not Leicestershire or the West Country — it was contemporary Russia. A group of Russian enthusiasts organised a two-day "Tsar’s hunt” over the weekend near the city of Mozhaysk… The organisers say that they are trying to revive a centuries-old tradition of hunting on horseback that died out with the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. And they are hoping to attract British enthusiasts unable to indulge their passion at home since the ban on hunting with hounds started in England and Wales in February…. (story)

Western Morning News 17.10.05 FOXHUNTERS AND THEIR HOUNDS RIDE AGAIN - SARAH PITT - Hunts went riding with hounds on Saturday undaunted by the law lords' ruling which killed any immediate hopes of overturning the ban on their sport. Members declared they were determined to keep enjoying their sport, albeit without the thrill of chasing a live fox…. The Cury Hunt in Cornwall, which has hounds at kennels near Constantine, was out hunting on The Lizard peninsula. Hunt secretary Sue Coates said: "The ban hasn't put members off because they are quite determined to keep the hunt going. We just have to carry on…." (story)

Western Daily Press 17.10.05 CONSISTENCY IS NOT EVIDENT HERE - I write with regard to your recent story on Welsh farmers withdrawing permission for the army to train on their land in protest at the hunting ban… Have they also withdrawn their grant claims and rejected subsidies from the same government?... Paul Brown Hunt Saboteurs Association London (letter)

Northern Echo 17.10.05 PREDATOR CONTROL: RE the letter from Helen Shuker of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (HAS, Oct 3) concerning the shooting and snaring of animals, which she seems proud and arrogant enough to refer to as a 'predator control'… I would suggest to Helen Shuker and members of her 'illustrious' organisation that any person who finds pleasure in snaring or shooting resulting in the maiming or death of any creature is unbalanced themselves and rather than concern themselves with the balance of nature, they should concentrate on why they find torture and cruelty so attractive…. Name and address supplied (letter in archive)
Northern Echo 11.10.05 GAME SHOOTING - HELEN Shuker of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation claims that much of the habitat in the countryside is there because of shooting and it is managed in a way which is sympathetic to other wildlife (HAS, Oct 3). This is wide of the mark, to say the least…. It is common knowledge all the above species are ruthlessly exterminated by gamekeepers to ensure the survival of as many game birds as possible for the shooting fraternity…. DT Howdon, Durham (letter in archive)
Northern Echo3.10.05 GREEN SHOOTS - JOHN Gill (HAS, Sept 26) has not appreciated that much of the habitat in the countryside is there because of shooting and is managed in a way which is sympathetic to other wildlife. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation's Green Shoots project, which links land managed for shooting into external projects to improve wildlife habitat, has benefited many species such as bats, brown hares and barn owls…. Helen Shuker, Press Officer, British Associtation for Shooting and Conservation. (letter)
Northern Echo 26.9.05 SHOOTING - HELEN Shuker of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (HAS, Sept 19) writes that Labour's Rural Affairs Minister Jim Knight has given his backing to shooting… Can we not have the habitats without the killing of wildlife?... John Gill, Consett. (letter in archive)
Northern Echo 19.9.05 GAME SHOOTING - Helen Shuker, BASC, Wrexham. (letter in archive)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 17.9.05 Game shooting brings benefits - Helen Shuker. BASC, Wrexham. (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 15.9.05 GAME SHOOTING HELPS WILDLIFE - HELEN SHUKER British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) (letter)
Scunthorpe Telegraph 14.9.05 BACKING FOR GAME SHOOTING - Helen Shuker, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham (story)
Sunderland Echo 13.9.05 Game shooting Helen Shuker, BASC (letter)
Bath Chronicle 12.9.05 GAME FOR SHOOTING - HELEN SHUKER, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Marford Mill, Rossett, Wrexham (letter)
Torquay Herald Express 12.9.05 LOOK OUT FOR LOCAL GAME - HELEN SHUKER, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Marford Mill, Wrexham (letter)
Carlisle News & Star 10.9.05 Shooting will save our birds - LABOUR’S Rural Affairs minister, Jim Knight, has given his backing to shooting, saying that the Government values "its contribution to environmental protection and land management”…. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation’s (BASC) Green Shoots programme brings together the managers of shooting land, local wildlife trusts and other interested bodies, who work together to improve the number and quality of habitats for plants and animals in the countryside…. Game is shot for the pot and is a wild and natural source of food. Keep an eye out for it this winter at your local game dealer and in your supermarket. HELEN SHUKER, British Association for Shooting and Conservation (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 17.10.05 RACE DOGS WERE WELL CARED FOR - My family and I have just returned from holiday and were upset to read the article Dogs go out with growl, Echo, October 12. It is a great shame that the greyhound racing has now disappeared completely from the area and will be greatly missed by all involved…. We own greyhounds which raced at the track, the eldest being 12 years old… The dogs are well loved and looked after and we would welcome the opportunity for the protesters… to come and see for themselves how happy and well looked after the dogs really are. Sadly, we know that this is unlikely to occur as during a previous protest we did bring the retired greyhounds and a book which we had made with their full life stories, along to meet them, but we were only met with abuse…. Sandra Brant, Exeter (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 17.10.05 Cats are killers From Mr A Warrillow, Elm Drive, St Ives - IN REPLY to "Mixed morals" (Letters, October 13), I have enjoyed the debate between Pat Griffin and Nick Richardson concerning the human exploitation of animals. I am basically in agreement with Mr Richardson's more robust and less sentimentalist approach to animal exploitation than Pat Griffin's sense of moral outrage…. Without trying to trivialise what is in essence a serious and thought provoking debate, do we have the right to eat any life form? One thing I am sure of is the need to curtail the expansion of human population and especially in this overcrowded country. (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 17.10.05 Added protection for Sailor and his chums By Chris Story - A LANDMARK law to crackdown on animal suffering – campaigned for by the News & Star – has been unveiled. Tougher punishments for those caught torturing animals and improved welfare standards are at the core of the Animal Welfare Bill…. Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart welcomed the principal of improved animal welfare, but wants to ensure the proposed law will not affect shooting or field sports…. (story)
Western Morning News 15.10.05 'EXERCISE CAUTION' ON ANIMAL WELFARE BILL - JASON GROVES LONDON EDITOR - Countryside campaigners last night warned that an overhaul of Britain's animal welfare laws could have "far-reaching consequences" for the sport of shooting unless ministers stand firm against pressure from animal rights activists… The Countryside Alliance gave a cautious welcome to the Government's new Animal Welfare Bill, but warned there was still a danger that it could be hijacked by groups opposed to shooting and other country sports…. (story)
Telegraph 15.10.05 Welfare Bill for animals could lead to ban on circus elephants By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - Keeping wild animals in circuses, docking the tails of dogs and some aspects of the keeping of game birds could be ended by stealth as a result of a Bill published yesterday…. The Government has decided not to push for a ban on tail docking in dogs, since it says sincere views are held by both those in favour and those against. This is an issue it has decided to let Parliament rule on. Opponents of a ban believe, however, that with a Labour majority that ritually sides with animal welfare groups the practice is likely to be banned…. (story)
Guardian 15.10.05 Extra curbs on children's ownership of pets - Owen Bowcott - Children under 16 will not be able to buy pets or win goldfish as prizes without parental permission under legislation published yesterday. The Animal Welfare bill, which imposes a duty of care on those looking after domesticated or kept creatures, is likely to affect the way tigers are treated by circuses and the rearing of pheasants for game shooting…. (story)
Western Daily Press 15.10.05 CHARTER TO PROTECT OUR PETS FROM THE SADISTS - Sadists who torture and kill defenceless animals face longer jail sentences under tough new plans unveiled yesterday. A new Animal Welfare Bill to be rushed through Parliament will for the first time allow the RSPCA and other agencies to step in before needless suffering is caused…. (story)
Northern Echo 15.10.05 Animal welfare laws shake-up is unveiled - A crackdown on those who cause animal suffering is at the core of Government legislation unveiled yesterday. The Animal Welfare Bill is being hailed by ministers as the most significant piece of legislation in this area for nearly a century…. (story in archive)
Northern Echo 15.10.05 Comment from The Northern Echo: Positive step for humanity - EVERY year, the RSPCA releases its animal cruelty statistics and they have become depressingly predictable…. we welcome the announcement by the Government as a very positive step towards protecting animals from humans. (story in archive)
Western Mail 14.10.05 Animal welfare law reforms unveiled - A crackdown on animal suffering is at the core of new Government legislation. The landmark Animal Welfare Bill is being hailed by ministers as the most significant piece of legislation in this area for nearly a century…. (story)
Scotsman 14.10.05 Animal welfare law reforms unveiled - A crackdown on animal suffering is at the core of new Government legislation. The landmark Animal Welfare Bill is being hailed by ministers as the most significant piece of legislation in this area for nearly a century…. >(story)
Horse & Hound 14.10.05 Brighter future for animal welfare - Hailed as the most significant animal welfare legislation in nearly a decade, the Animal Welfare Bill was published this morning. It makes a point of placing a "duty of care" on all animal owners to "do all that is reasonable" to ensure the welfare of their animals… The Countryside Alliance has also welcomed the concept of "the duty of care" to animals, but urged a cautious approach to the secondary codes of practice, still to be published…. (story)
BBC News Online 14.10.05 Pet abuse law shake-up unveiled - New measures to protect animals against abuse and to make owners legally liable for their pets' welfare in England and Wales have been published. The Animal Welfare Bill, the first overhaul of pet law in 94 years, includes harsher fines of up to £20,000 and maximum jail terms of 51 weeks…. (story)

Yorkshire Post 17.10.05 RSPCA DRAWS CRITICISM FOR HIRING DOORSTEP SALESMEN - Mark Branagan - THE RSPCA has angered some Yorkshire supporters and trading standards officials by hiring doorstep salesmen to collect residents' bank details for a new fund-raising campaign. The Charity Commission said although the organisation was not doing anything illegal, good causes needed to balance the financial gains from such approaches with the impact on their image…The doorstep sellers have been cold-calling at homes in North Yorkshire. Stuart Pudney, head of county trading standards, said: "This is well-meaning I am sure. But in this day and age we really find cold-calling unacceptable…" (story)

Argus 17.10.05 MP backs circus animals ban - An MP has called for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Norman Baker, MP for Lewes and environment spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: "There is no place in a civilised society for the use of wild animals in circuses…." In a poll, 80 per cent of those questioned said wild animal circus acts should be banned…. Jan Creamer, chief executive of ADI, said: "Since we began our campaign exposing the brutal reality of life for circus animals, the number of animal circuses has more than halved and the number of animal-free circuses has doubled…." (story in archive)

Halifax Courier 17.10.05 ANGRY PROTEST OVER JOLLY'S CIRCUS ANIMALS - FAMILIES off to the circus were met by animal rights activists urging them to stay away. Campaigners representing the Captive Animals' Protection Society waved their placards and banners as people queued to buy tickets for Peter Jolly's Circus when it came to Brighouse and Denholme Gate Road, Queensbury, for a four-day stay… Protester Sue May, of Bradford, said: "We're here because we want to see circuses without animals…." Ten-year-old Laura Powles, of Huddersfield, said: "I think animals should be kept in the wild because they're not toys we can play with." Joy Morris, of Stump Cross, Halifax, said it was unethical….(story)

Glasgow Herald 17.10.05 House developments are killing badgers, says charity - VICKY COLLINS, Environment Correspondent - BADGERS are being killed illegally and their setts destroyed as a result of house-building across the central belt, wildlife experts claim. Scottish Badgers, an animal charity, has asked police to investigate incidents in North and South Lanarkshire. It said local authorities and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) could face legal action over the failure to check for setts before approving applications for new buildings. Eddie Palmer, chairman of the group, said: "Across the central belt there has been an incredible increase in house-building. "Yet local authorities are either failing to send planning applications to SNH to check for potential environmental problems, or SNH staff are failing to read them properly… " (story)

Edinburgh Evening News 17.10.05 Mercedes must be last polar bear in captivity - THE word 'zoochosis' describes the obsessive, repetitive behaviour animals show while in a zoo environment that, to us, looks like the animal is going crazy. There are obvious signs that this is the case with Mercedes the polar bear as she wastes away alone in Edinburgh Zoo…. R McEwan, Duke Street, Edinburgh (letter)

The Sentinel 17.10.05 END THE CRUEL TRADE IN IVORY - I Want to complain about killing elephants for their ivory. I think it is cruel… GEORGE GALANIS Aged eight Wistaston Junior School (letter)


Sunday Times 16.10.05 Green, gory and not the least bit fluffy - Clarissa Dickson Wright and the Countryman have written an old-fashioned, blood-and-guts guide to leading a greener life, writes Adrian Turpin - Tally ho! Clarissa Dickson Wright and Sir Johnny Scott are in hunting country…. In recent years, Scott, 57, and Dickson Wright, 58, have become as well known for their support of the Countryside Alliance and defence of hunting than for the books they’ve written together or their BBC television series, Clarissa and the Countryman…. Sir Johnny (Borders farmer, sometime jackaroo or ranch hand, miner and lumberjack) and Clarissa (formerly of the Two Fat Ladies) want to promote the virtues of "a greener life”, which is the title of their countryside compendium… A Greener Life: The Modern Country Compendium is published by Kyle Cathie, £25 (story)

Sunday Telegraph 16.10.05 Ruddy duck cull 'fanciful' By James Orr - A £3 million government initiative to eradicate the ruddy duck will fail, according to conservationists… t Simon Clarke, of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation, said: "With everything from the fox to the pigeon, to crows and rooks, eradication is never really achievable. All you can do is control a species in certain areas."… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 16.10.05 Animal slaughter powers too wide - ADVOCATES for Animals welcomes the welfare reforms in the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill recently published by the Scottish Executive… However, we are totally opposed to the Executive's extended powers to slaughter animals in the event of a future disease outbreak such as foot-and-mouth… Ross Minett, Advocates for Animals (story)

Independent on Sunday 16.10.05 In Defence of Animals ed Peter Singer By Scarlett Thomas … Paul McCartney once said that if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian. This book continues Peter Singer's important, urgent project of turning these walls, one by one, to glass. The essays alert us to the holocaust that continues in farms and laboratories; a holocaust that most people ignore - not because they are bad people, but, perhaps, because the horror of what we do to animals is too big to contemplate… (story)


BBC News Online 15.10.05 North East and Cumbria: Hunting the ban - Jonathan Swingler - So it is all over. You will never see a fox legging it across a field chased by a pack of dogs ever again. After all, hunting was banned in February 2005. Or was it? Hunt supporters in the North East are intent on finding new ways of hunting foxes…. South Durham Hunt is training a young eagle to swoop down and kill any fox that is startled out of the woods by the hounds… On the Politics Show we discuss this issue and talk to the Blyth MP, and hunting critic, Ronnie Campbell and the Countryside Alliance about whether they think the legislation is working. That is the Politics Show, Sunday 16 October at Noon with Richard Moss and Mary Askew. (story)

Carlisle News & Star 15.10.05 FOX HUNTING - ALL law-abiding people will be pleased to hear of the pledge made by the Blencathra Foxhounds to stay within the law… If hunts allow too many "accidents”, eventually the Hunting Act will be tightened to prevent exploitation and to make certain the law is upheld. ELAINE MILBOURN, Torpenhow, Wigton (letter)

Shropshire Star 15.10.05 Query over bloodsport - Mr Bradley's name has cropped up again concerning bloodsports and losing his seat…. I wish Mr Pritchard all the best as he is now our MP but could we find out in these columns, is he for or against bloodsports? G Barnes, Shifnal (letter)

East Anglian Daily Times 15.10.05 Bird flu alert hits region - WILDFOWLERS and birdwatchers in East Anglia are being put on alert to look out for any signs of avian flu coming to Britain… The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) are among the organisations helping the Government screen migratory birds for the virus over a three-month period…. (letter)
Richmond & Twickenham Times 14.10.05 Wetland Centre to play part in detecting and preventing bird flu By Colleen McDonnell - FOLLOWING a week of scare reports about the westward spread of bird flu into Europe, a spokesman from London Wetland Centre in Barnes said the risk of the virus spreading to the UK is still very low…. Together with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Defra, the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology and wildfowlers across the country, the Barnes centre will be scientifically observing birds for any signs and symptoms of the avian virus…. (story)
Ormskirk Advertiser 13.10.05 Wildfowlers to be early warning network - WEST Lancashire wildfowlers will be forming part of an early warning system to monitor migratory ducks for avian influenza. It is part of a multi-organisational programme involving the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Defra, the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust… (story)
(possibly Western Daily Press) 13.10.05 WILDFOWL BOFFINS IN BIRD FLU CHECKS - County bird experts are taking a leading role in protecting the UK against avian flu. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, at Slimbridge, has joined forces with the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and the British Trust for Ornithology to form part of an early warning system to monitor migratory ducks for bird flu…. (story)
BBC News Online 11.10.05 Scottish site in bird flu study - A Scottish site has been chosen to take part in a nationwide survey to monitor for signs of bird flu. The government has stressed that the risk of the disease reaching the UK through migrating birds remains low. … In Scotland, sampling will take place at the wildfowl reserve at Caerlaverock in Dumfries and Galloway… The survey has been ordered by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as part of a European-wide programme. It will work with the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation to monitor waterbirds. … (letter)

Sheffield Star 15.10.05 AIRGUN VICTORY DELIGHT - A SOUTH YORKSHIRE MP who has campaigned against the use of airguns today welcomed a breakthrough against the indiscriminate use of the weapons. Barnsley MP Jeff Ennis said that government plans to restrict the sale of air rifles to the public was a move to be applauded…. (story)

Independent 15.10.05 Most air gun users are responsible - Like Michael Baldwin (letter, 10 October), I also shot small birds with my air rifle, but over 40 years later, I remember such actions with shame, rather than pride. No responsible airgunner would shoot a pheasant; it is too big to kill with a shot to the body… Recent tragic events have not shown air rifles in a good light, but the majority of airgun users are sensible people, and if they use their guns for pest control, they do so as humanely as possible. RICHARD GUSCOTT, LISKEARD, CORNWALL (story)
Independent 12.10.05 Pheasants in the garden - Those contemplating shooting trespassing pheasants with air rifles (letter, 10 October) should be aware that it is illegal to shoot or take pheasants between 1 February and 30 September…. would suggest improvising a cage trap (easily done with a bit of ingenuity) baiting it with corn and humanely and discreetly dispatching the captives. GRAHAM PERKINS, BROMYARD, HEREFORDSHIRE (letter)
Independent 10.10.05 Shooting birds with an air rifle - Asser's concern for the welfare of pheasants is praiseworthy, though he may be under a misapprehension if he thinks that all pheasant shooting results in a clean kill (letter, 8 October). However, he definitely underestimates the skill of the users of airguns… MICHAEL K BALDWIN, SITTINGBOURNE, KENT (letter)
Independent 8.10.05 Missing the target - Sam Little's letter (7 October) recommending the use of an air rifle to kill a pheasant is more than a little alarming. The suggestion may have been meant as a joke, but let us hope that no one tries it. It would take an expert marksman to achieve a head shot guaranteeing a clean kill…. ROY ASSER, PETTAUGH, SUFFOLK (letter)
Independent 7.10.05 Gourmet pest control - I was interested to read Judith Price's complaint about marauding pheasants in her garden (Letters, 6 October). It strikes me that the most elegant solution to the problem would be for Ms Price to buy herself an air rifle and a decent recipe book… SAM LITTLE, HALE, CHESHIRE (letter)
Independent 6.10.05 Overrun by gangs of stray pheasants - Pheasants and partridges do not stay conveniently in their breeding territory (letters, 4 and 5 October). They have achieved pest status in our garden, where gangs of them ravage the flowers and vegetables… JUDITH PRICE, BEWDLEY, WORCESTERSHIRE (letter)
Independent 5.10.05 Pheasant shooting benefits the land - The views of Mark Richards (letter, 3 October) on pheasant rearing are fairly typical of the ignorance entrenched in the anti-hunting lobby generally…. DAVID EASTON, HOMINGTON, WILTSHIRE (letter)
Independent 4.10.05 Concern for welfare of game pheasants - The suggestion by Mark Richards that 35 million pheasants are factory farmed to be shot and then half of these "may be left to rot in specially dug pits" is scandalous (letter, 3 October). There is simply no evidence of burying birds… ROBERT GRAY, CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE LONDON SE11
If the idea of farmed game birds troubles Mark Richards perhaps he would like to compare their life cycles to those of broiler chickens, millions of which are purchased daily from our supermarkets… My husband "beats" on several local shoots and says it would be extremely rare for an injured bird not to be retrieved by the dogs trained for that purpose and then killed… ANGELA ELLIOTT, WELTON LE MARSH, LINCOLNSHIRE
In his diatribe against pheasant shooting, Mark Richards complains, " Dead birds may be left to rot in specially dug pits." Has Mr Richards not noticed that some dead people are left to rot in specially dug pits? It is often referred to as Christian burial. FRANK CHADWICK, OLDHAM, GREATER MANCHESTER (letters)
Independent 3.10.05 Pheasant shooting should be banned The pheasant shooting season started on Saturday 1 October. Every year 35 million pheasants are factory farmed to be shot for fun in the UK. Their beaks are burnt off and they are fitted with freakish masks, beak clips and plastic "specs" in a vain attempt to stop self-mutilation and aggression in their tiny cages. On release, a "beater" scares the birds into the sky where they are shot for fun… MARK RICHARDS, NEWCASTLE, STAFFORDSHIRE (letter)


Hexham Courant 14.10.05 HUNTING APPEAL - By WILL GREEN - THE Countryside Alliance and 10 individual claimants lodged an appeal last Friday in a challenge to the Hunting Act under European Human Rights legislation… (story)

Telegraph 14.10.05 Hunting ban has failed to result in any prosecutions By Andrew Sparrow, Political Correspondent - The ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales, which campaigners spent more than seven years pushing through Parliament before it became law this year, has not yet resulted in a single prosecution… Isobel Walsh, a spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, said: "I know the League Against Cruel Sports have submitted what they claim to be evidence of hunts breaking the law, but the police have rejected them."… The figures were revealed as the Law Lords issued a landmark judgment saying that the Government was entitled to use the Parliament Act of 1949 to get the Hunting Act on to the statute book…. (story)

Northern Echo 14.10.05 Hunting groups showing signs of growing support by Joe Willis - ANYONE who predicted the end of the hunts as a result of the ban on hunting with dogs must be sorely disappointed. According to a survey of hunts by The Northern Echo, the numbers of people signing up has increased on a large scale… The South Durham Hunt hopes to circumnavigate the law by using an eagle owl, with hounds flushing out foxes for the bird of prey to chase…. Andrew Osborne, master of the Bedale Hunt, said the mood among supporters was one of defiance…. Nicky Vigors, joint master of the Zetland Hunt, said: "It's not been easy, we have not got quite as many hounds or horses….” (story in archive)

Western Morning News 14.10.05 'BIRDS OF PREY WON'T LEGALISE FOX CHASES' - Government advisers have warned that using birds of prey to hunt will not provide legal cover for a chase of any kind to take place… (story)

Malvern Gazette 14.10.05 Hunt will use bird of prey to kill foxes - LEDBURY is among a group trying a new kind of hunting by employing a bird of prey to kill foxes, getting round the Government ban. The hunt has already been out with a bird called Jess and are waiting for her to make her first kill… (story in archive)
Ledbury Reporter 14.10.05 Hunt using bird of prey to kill foxes - LEDBURY is among a group trying a new kind of hunting by employing a bird of prey to kill foxes, getting round the Government ban…. The North Ledbury Hunt has also been meeting for around a month, but the hounds only follow an artificially-laid trail…. (story in archive)

Western Daily Press 14.10.05 POP BAND'S ANGER WITH FELIX THE FOX - The record label behind top rock band Coldplay yesterday vowed to get tough with cheeky West prohunt campaigners for using the group's music without permission, the Western Daily Press can reveal today. Parlophone, who release music by Coldplay, are said to be furious that campaign group Fight The Ban has used one of the band's songs on a pro-hunt video…. (story)
Western Daily Press 14.10.05 ROCKERS' REVENGE AS FELIX THE FOX TAKES A LIBERTY ON HIS WEBSITE - Cheeky West hunt campaigners landed themselves in hot water with the world's two biggest rock bands yesterday, the Western Daily Press can reveal. On the day the final legal challenge to the hunting ban was lost by prohunters, it emerged a controversial web-based campaign to fight the ban had made the mistake of provoking both Coldplay and U2, and their legion of expensive lawyers…. (story)

Cumberland News 14.10.05 MPS CAN’T KEEP HOUNDS OFF THE FELLS – BUT THE RAIN CAN By Ross Brewster and chris story - MORE than 100 farmers and landowners on the Skiddaw fells have told one of Cumbria’s most historic packs of foxhounds to carry on hunting. But ironically bad weather made it unsafe for the Blencathra Foxhounds to go on to the fells at their traditional opening meet in Threlkeld on Wednesday…. However, there was a feeling of optimism and hunt officials say they are determined to keep Blencathra operating in the hope that eventually there will be a change in the law or an amendment that allows fell packs like theirs to restart proper hunting…. (story)

Carlisle News & Star 14.10.05 Stop scaremongering - PETER Wybergh of the Cumberland Farmers hunt, has said: "The hounds are still there. Did everyone just expect us to run out and shoot them?”… Adrian Francis of Cumberland Foxhounds claims "more foxes are being killed than ever before, not by hunting, but by shooting and other means... If they are not killed outright, they are being left to die a slow and painful death.” How does he know?... ELAINE MILBOURN, Torpenhow, Wigton (letter)

South Wales Echo 14.10.05 Encouraging extremism - Councillor Rob Curtis seems not only to have a very fragile grasp of the Hunting Act (Viewpoints, October 10) but he also displays an extremely worrying tendency by promoting animal rights extremism…. Adrian Simpson Director for Wales, Countryside Alliance, Spilman Street, Carmarthen (letter)
Western Mail 13.10.05 Hunting goes on - Councillor Rob Curtis seems not only to have a very fragile grasp of the Hunting Act (Letters, October 6), but he also displays an extremely worrying tendency, by promoting animal rights extremism. Police forces have already advised the public not to contact a special hotline set up to report illegal hunting, saying that it would simply hinder police investigations…. Hunts throughout Wales will be going out this season to hunt within the law, and to continue to protest against this ridiculous legislation and continue to provide an invaluable pest control service to the farming community…. ADRIAN SIMPSON, Countryside Alliance, Spilman Street, Carmarthen (letter)
South Wales Echo 10.10.05 SOON the fox hunting season will start again, but this time with one big difference - the chasing and killing of stags, hares and foxes for fun is now AGAINST THE LAW… Councillor Rob Curtis, Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry (letter)
Western Mail 6.10.05 Illegal hunting - Soon the fox hunting season will start again, but this time with one big difference - the chasing and killing of stags, hares and foxes for fun is now against the law…. That is why the League Against Cruel Sports has launched its Hunt Crimewatch programme. The main aims are to collect evidence of hunting offences and to help prosecute successfully those who have broken the law…. We now need funds and equipment for volunteers, including video cameras, binoculars and hand-held global positioning systems… CLLR ROB CURTIS, Merthyr Dyfan Road, Barry (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 14.10.05 TRAVELLERS SENTENCED FOR HARE-COURSING IN ANGUS - JENNY SIMPSON - Three travellers who hunted wild hares with a pack of dogs were sentenced at Forfar Sheriff Court yesterday. James MacDonald, 33, his brother, Samuel MacDonald, 25, and Shaun Mahon, 18, all of Heatherywood Caravan Park in Kirkcaldy, admitted a separate charge each of coursing brown hares with three lurcher dogs at farms at Stracathro and Brechin on February 13…. Solicitors Sandra Sutherland, Janine Bell and Bob Bruce said hunting was part of their clients' cultural background, although they now accepted it was no longer legal to course hares since new hunting legislation was passed in 2002…. A spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports added: "Hare-coursing can be difficult to keep track of but there have been other prosecutions for it in Scotland and we are happy to see more people being caught…" (story)

Western Daily Press 14.10.05 A RIGHT, RUDDY ROW OVER DUCK DEATH SENTENCE - In the early 1940s the beautiful ruddy duck was welcomed with open wings to Gloucestershire's Slimbridge wildfowl reserve….But, 60 years on, the charity's love affair with the ducks is well and truly over. Now the organisation is at the centre of a £3.34million project to completely eradicate the very species it introduced to the UK… Yesterday a spokesman for Animal Aid insisted the killing was unnecessary and urged animal lovers to boycott both charities to show their anger…. (story)

Scotsman 14.10.05 Airgun sales curb agreed in wake of toddler death - LAURA ROBERTS - AIRGUNS will be sold only through registered dealers under proposals unveiled yesterday in the wake of Scots toddler Andrew Morton's death… (story)

Wandsworth Guardian 14.10.05 ‘Stop these four-legged chavs from breeding’ - Fed-up Southfields householders want to see foxes they have branded "chavs" for wreaking havoc in their street put on the pill to prevent them from breeding to excess. Sutherland Grove householder Sylvia D'Cruz says foxes hunting in packs of four to six tear up rubbish sacks, chew into dustbin lids and spread mess along the street…. (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 14.10.05 INHUMANE USE OF OUR ANIMALS - As part of a nation of animal-lovers, readers of the Express & Echo will be concerned to know that the European Parliament is soon to vote on proposals which could mean that millions of animals will die in Europe's largest ever mass animal testing programme…. Fortunately, amendments backing non-animal techniques have been proposed and MEPs from the South West will soon be voting on this proposal. I challenge them to write to the Echo and assure voters that they will be backing these humane and modern alternatives to prevent this potential disaster for animals…. Mrs Frances Wick, Alphington Road, St Thomas, Exeter (story)

Gloucester Citizen 14.10.05 IT'S NOT NATURAL TO DRINK MILK - KELLY SLADE, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid (story)
Worcester Evening News 13.10.05 Why milk is immoral - SCHOOL Milk Week is funded by the milk industry as a marketing ploy to encourage young children to start drinking milk, in the hope of creating a lucrative long-standing milk habit… The `white stuff' is not the nutritious drink the industry would like us to believe. In scientific journals, dairy products have been linked to asthma, eczema and wheezing - especially in children… Calves just a few days old are separated from their mothers so that the milk meant for them can be bottled up for human consumption… KELLY SLADE, Campaigns Officer, Animal Aid. (letter in archive)

Western Daily Press 14.10.05 DAIRY FARMING JIBES AUDACIOUS - I find it remarkable that Viva! still have the audacity to continue criticising dairy farming. In November 2003 we wrote to Viva! inviting them to visit our wonderful Somerset Level dairy farm. They declined in writing, stating that they knew full well what dairy farming was all about! It was obvious that their preconceived ideas were to be challenged and Viva! felt vulnerable! It was a disappointment to us…. Mrs Jean Tincknell Somerset (letter)

Western Daily Press 14.10.05 PRAISE FOR HELPERS - Please find my second cheque for the Moon Bears. As a 76-year-old pensioner I only wish I could give on a regular basis, but will continue to give whenever I can… Mr J Trace Swindon Wiltshire (letter)

Harrogate Advertiser 14.10.05 Protesters target shops - POLICE were called to an animal rights demonstration about fur goods on West Park and Parliament Street on Saturday but no arrests were made. They said four men were involved, including a 15-year-old… (story)

Manchester Evening News 14.10.05 Majority want ban on circus animals - AN overwhelming majority of people believe animals should be banned from circuses, according to a poll. It showed that 65% of those questioned wanted all circus animal acts stopped, while 90% were against whipping and beating during training. More than twice as many people now visit animal free circuses as opposed to those with animals, according to the survey by MORI between September 30 and October 2 which was commissioned by Animal Defenders International…. (story)

Ham & High Broadway 14.10.05 Meat-free diet can stop the bull ship - Angela Humphery is shocked to discover that her hard-earned taxes are being used to subsidise the export each year of around 200,000 live cattle from the EU to the Middle East (Time to stop the bull ship, H&H letters, October 7). She is misguided, however, in saying that we should be promoting the welfare of animals and working towards a trade in meat… Human beings do not need to eat meat or drink milk to enjoy a healthy, varied, tasty and practical diet…. Pamela Kinnunen, Purley Avenue, NW2 (letter)
Bath Chronicle 14.10.05 ANIMAL EXPORTS - JUDY HUNGERFORD, Greenland Mills, Bradford on Avon (letter)
Northern Echo 12.10.05 CATTLE PLEA: EVERY year the British taxpayer supports a cruel and horrendous trade in live animals…. C Tweddle, York. (letter in archive)
Bromsgrove Advertiser 12.10.05 Stop the Bull Ship - CIWF member, Bromsgrove, (name and address supplied) (letter in archive)
Mid Devon Gazette 11.10.05 Campaign to stop live cattle export - Mrs J A Scott, South Looseland, Cruwys Morchard, Tiverton. (letter)
West Cumberland Times & Star 7.10.05 I AM shocked and horrified to know that my hard-earned taxes are being used to subsidise the export of around 200,000 live cattle… R J GODWIN, Ling Road, Egremont (letter)
Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 6.10.05 Exportation scandal - Mrs C Mardon, Ramsbury (letter in archive)
30.9.05 WE ARE PAYING FOR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS - JUDY HUNGERFORD, Greenland Mills, Bradford on Avon (story)
Ilkley Gazette 29.9.05 Export issue - Heather Parry, 17 Westwood Rise, Ilkley. (letter in archive)
Wharfedale Observer 29.9.05 Export horror - Readers may be shocked to learn that their hard earned taxes are being used to subsidise the export each year of around 200,000 live cattle, from the European Union (EU) to the Middle East…. The farm animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming will be supporting World Farm Animals Day this Sunday. Their central theme this year will be the 'Stop The Bull Ship Campaign', which focuses on these subsidised live exports…. Heather Parry, 17 Westwood Rise, Ilkley. (letter in archive)


Leicester Mercury 13.10.05 WILL HUNTING EVER RETURN? - In the final part of a series examining life after the controversial hunting ban, Jon di Paolo examines whether the ruling could be overturned - The controversial hunting ban could be overturned before the end of the decade if Labour lose power to the Tories, a senior Conservative said today…. Leicestershire's most senior Conservative MP, Alan Duncan, said today he was certain it would be repealed at the earliest opportunity…. (story)

Dunmow Broadcast 13.10.05 Hunt fears over two saboteur gangs - WITH the new hunting season just days away, the two centuries old Essex Hunt is determined to maintain its presence in its traditional area around Dunmow. But it says it will not break the new ban on hunting foxes with dogs, and hunt officers will be meeting police next week to discuss mutual concerns. On the agenda is likely to be the recent formation of two new anti-hunting groups in East Anglia…. (story)

East Grinstead Courier 13.10.05 BRAVE ZOE RACES TWO DAYS AFTER OPERATION - Just days before starting chemotherapy treatment, a trainer from East Grinstead completed a fund- raising race for the Countryside Alliance. Zoe Davison, of the Shovelstrode Racing Stables in Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurst Wood, was raising money and awareness for the alliance at the Goodwood Countryside race day. Competing in a one and a half mile flat race, Miss Davison came fourth on Distant Romance despite undergoing an operation for breast cancer two weeks ago…. (story)

Liverpool Daily Echo 13.10.05 Protest dad on hunt laws rap By James Glover, Liverpool Echo - A FATHERS 4 Justice campaigner in Merseyside has become the first person in Britain to be prosecuted using anti-hunt protest legislation. Colin Vallis caused chaos when he scaled a 200ft crane being used to build a new community justice centre in Liverpool city centre…. Now Vallis, from Ormskirk, has been prosecuted using laws brought in to control demonstrators at hunting events, the first time it is believed the legislation has been used for this purpose…. (story)

Guardian 13.10.05 Tail end of foxhunts - Your article, Not a fox in sight, but the hunt goes on (October 10), spreads a tale of gloom for those who fought for a hunt ban, when in fact, that is not the case…. The Hunt Saboteurs Association fully expects many hunts to attempt to hunt illegally - and that is precisely why we still exist. We have fought for a ban for over 40 years, and are not about to give up without ensuring that the ban works and is being enforced…. Dawn Preston, Hunt Saboteurs Association (letter)

Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 13.10.05 It's over for hunting - What part of "it's over" does the hunting fraternity not understand?.. Get over it. You lost, the public, humanity and democracy won. C Heaton, Corsham (letter in archive)

Edinburgh Evening News 13.10.05 Crackdown on sale of airguns - BILL JACOBS - THE Government today announced plans to crack down on the sale of air weapons following the death of a Scottish toddler. Home Office minister Hazel Blears said that in future only Registered Firearms Dealers approved by the police would be able to sell an air rifle or pistol…. (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 13.10.05 New blitz on airgun sales by Stewart Paterson - TOUGH new restrictions banning the sale of airguns online and by post were announced today. The move comes after tougher laws were called for following the death of Glasgow toddler Andrew Morton earlier this year…. (story)
Glasgow Evening Times 13.10.05 More must be done to restrict access to airguns - PLANS for a UK crackdown on the sale of airguns are a step in the right direction…. There are few reasons why anyone should want or need to own an airgun. The next logical step must be not just restricting their sale and ownership - but ensuring they are taken off the streets altogether and can only be accessed and used in tightly-controlled areas such as gun clubs. (story)

Telegraph 13.10.05 £3m price put on the ruddy duck's head By Charles Clover Environment Editor - Seven years after starting to examine how to deal with the amorous activities of the ruddy duck, the Government has decided to spend £3.3 million shooting them…. The delay and expense have baffled many countryside groups. Simon Clarke, of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation, said: "It should have been clear that shooting was the best way of controlling any pest species of bird and the ruddy duck is no different." (story)

Weymouth Echo 13.10.05 Minister signs death warrant for 6,000 ducks by Emily Pykett - SOUTH Dorset MP Jim Knight has sounded the death knell for 6,000 birds in a bid to stop Spanish ducks becoming extinct. The Biodiversity Minister has announced a nationwide cull of the ruddy duck in order to protect 2,700 white-headed ducks native to Spain…. (story in archive)

Times 13.10.05 Protect us from this madness - BY BRUCE ANDERSON - SOMETIMES one despairs of the police. In their attempts to prevent Oxford University from opening laboratories in which tests on animals will be carried out, the terrorists of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)are threatening builders and decorators who do work for the university…. One might have thought that a terrorist organisation which targeted toddlers would instantly attract revulsion, condemnation and ruthless pursuit… In response to the latest threats in Oxford, a police spokesman said: "Although everyone is entitled to an opinion about this very emotive issue, it is just not acceptable to act in a way which intimidates other people and threatens their livelihood.” What pathetic, spineless, weak-minded, politically correct garbage. In the face of terrorist threats, how dare any police spokesman use language so feeble that it would disgrace a talking bath sponge…. (story)

Woking News & Mail 13.10.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST WINS A CUT IN PRISON SENTENCE - AN animal rights activist who terrorised families and caused £40,000 of damage to the cars of Huntingdon Life Sciences employees in Woking and Cambridgeshire had her sentence cut by a year at London’s Appeal Court last week. Sarah Gisborne, described by Lord Justice Rose as a "prominent animal rights activist” with previous convictions for similar offences, was jailed for six-and-a-half years in February after targeting the houses and cars of five individuals over two nights in July last year… Lord Justice Rose said the sentence of six and a half years was fully merited, apart from the judge’s failure to take full account of Gisborne’s guilty plea. He said Gisborne had inflicted misery on those she singled out…. But despite the gravity of the offence, "insufficient discount” had been given for her guilty plea. A sentence of five-and-a-half years was substituted. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 7.10.05 Jailed animal activist wins sentence cut - AN animal rights activist convicted of terrorising Huntingdon Life Sciences staff and their families has had her sentence cut. Sarah Gisborne, 40, was jailed for six and a half years for carrying out military-style raids on houses in St Ives, Cambridge and Woking, Surrey, in July last year…. But Gisborne, of Pond Crofts, Yateley, Hampshire, had her sentence for conspiracy to cause criminal damage reduced to five-and-a-half years on appeal…. (story)
Surrey Advertiser 4.3.05 Animal rights activist jailed for six years - A LEADING animal rights activist from Cranleigh, who waged a campaign of fear against people linked to the pharmaceutical industry, has been jailed for six-and-a-half years. Appearing at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday last week, Sarah Gisbourne was also given a two-year national Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) and disqualified from driving – both effective on her release from prison. Gisbourne, 39, was arrested in Hampshire in November last year and later pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiracy to cause criminal damage…. (story)
Hunts Post 2.3.05 HLS activist gets six years - Report AMANDA BREEN - AN animal rights activist who targeted employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences at home has begun a six-and-a-half year jail sentence. Sarah Gisborne, aged 39, waged a two-night wrecking spree last July "with military precision", across three counties, against vehicles belonging to those she believed had connections with animal testing…. Sarah Gisborne, of Pond Crofts, Yatley, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause criminal damage. Along with the jail sentence, she was also handed a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) to come into affect when she is released, and a three-year driving ban. Under the ASBO, she is forbidden to enter within 500 metres of Huntingdon Life Sciences and Japanese firm Yamanouchi in Surrey, as well as contacting staff…. (story)
Guardian 26.2.05 Animal rights activist gets 6 and a half years jail - An activist who attacked property connected with the controversial animal research company Huntingdon Life Sciences was jailed for six and a half years yesterday. Sarah Gisbourne, 39, was also given a two-year anti-social behaviour order, to begin on her release from prison, the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit said. Gisbourne, whose last address was in Hampshire, was arrested there in November and later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause criminal damage, its spokesman said…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 26.2.05 Animal protester jailed for attacks - AN animal rights extremist who caused £40,000 of damage in "military style" attacks on cars of Huntingdon Life Sciences employees has been jailed for six- and-a-half years. Sarah Gisborne carried out a shocking campaign of hate against people linked to animal experiments, a court was told. She was caught after she was filmed carrying out an attack in St Ives by security cameras, which also identified the hire car she was using…. Gisborne sprayed expanding foam into exhaust pipes and painted the word ALF (Animal Liberation Front) on one victim's dining room window…. Angela Rafferty, prosecuting, said: "This was a well-planned and efficient set of actions carried out with almost military precision." She told the court attacks were aimed at people linked to organisations which Gisborne disapproved of as an animal rights campaigner involved with the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) pressure group…. (story)
Scotsman 25.2.05 Animal Rights Activist Jailed for Criminal Damage Plot - An activist who targeted controversial animal research company Huntingdon Life Sciences was jailed for six and a half years today, police said. Sarah Gisbourne, 39, was also given a two year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) to start on her release from prison, the National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit (NETCU) said….(story)
BBC News Online 25.2.05 Jailed activist attacked vehicles - An animal rights activist who targeted Huntingdon Life Sciences has been jailed for six-and-a-half years. Sarah Gisbourne, 39, was also given a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order to start on her release from prison. Gisbourne was arrested in Hampshire, where she was living in November and later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause criminal damage. She was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court for offences from last July which caused £39,000 in property damage… (story)

North West Evening Mail 13.10.05 ANIMAL ACTIVISTS TARGETING GLAXO - BOSSES and workers at the Ulverston Glaxo plant are under threat of attack from animal rights activists. In a statement on a US website, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) claimed to have tracked down GlaxoSmithKline employees and threatened they will "face the consequences”…. (story)

Wanstead & Woodford Guardian 13.10.05 Cruelty or animal attraction? By Mark Killiner - controversy is brewing over the arrival of an animal circus in Chingford next week The tents of the Great British Circus will be pitched on Chingford Plain from Monday, bringing exotic animals such as lions, tigers, zebras, camels and reindeer to the borough…. Peaceful protests have been organised at the circus's recent performances in Essex by the animal welfare group Essex Animal Freedom (EAF) and Gary Sheen, a campaigner with the group, says they will be handing out RSPCA leaflets at the Chingford shows. (story)

Bolton Evening News 13.10.05 Animal rights circus protest - ANIMAL rights activists staged a protest outside a circus near Farnworth on Wednesday night. Campaigners from Manchester Animal Protection and the Captive Animals' Protection Society stood at the entrance of the Bobby Roberts Circus at New Hill Farm, Manchester Road, distributing leaflets and holding a banner asking people to "boycott the cruel circus."… Susie Hughes from Manchester Animal Protection said: "We're here tonight to raise public awareness. We're giving them these leaflets so they can make up their own mind."… (story in archive)
Bolton Evening News 12.10.05 Annie the elephant sparks protests - THE circus has come to town… the biggest star of them all is Annie the elephant. And it is her appearance that has left the Bobby Roberts Circus facing complaints… The Captive Animalsí Protection Society (CAPS) and the Manchester Animal Protection Society (MAPS) say they will be staging a protest outside the circus near Farnworth this week…. (story in archive)

Cambridge Evening News 13 .10.05 Mixed morals From Pat Griffin, Bakers Lane, Linton - IT IS not a "fact of life" that everyone wants cheap meat, leather and woollen products, Mr Richardson (News, October 3). There is a growing awareness for the need to reduce reliance on meat and dairy products, if not for the sake of the animals then for our health. Also, there are now wonderful alternatives to wool and leather…. Animal Aid believes that freedom of choice should only apply if it does not impinge on the well-being of others, including animals…. Who knows where our moral evolution may lead us if we stop to think about the suffering we cause other sentient creatures…. (letter)


Leicester Mercury 12.10.05 'FOXES ARE PESTS: WE HAVE NO PITY' - In the third part of our series on life after the hunting ban, Jon di Paolo meets regulars at the fox and hounds, Exton. For generations, the pub sign at the Fox and Hounds in Exton reflected two seemingly unshakeable parts of British life: Beer and fox hunting…. (story)

Western Daily Press 12.10.05 JOHNNY SHOULD CHECK FOX FACTS - As a regular reader of the Western Daily Press, including Johnny Kingdom's column, it concerns me where some of Johnny's information comes from. He mentions people releasing foxes in the countryside, and that foxes never enter sheds or other buildings. I, like Johnny, was brought up in the countryside, but in the Cotswolds in Beverstone and Tetbury, and on many occasions witnessed foxes in sheds, barns and other buildings… I would also like to point out that I have also seen as many as 22 foxes in a 20-acre field at the end of the harvesting season, in 1972. But knowing that at this time of year, the dominant male foxes' territory breaks down to allow the movement of this year's fox cubs, it came as no surprise to me, especially knowing this was a wellknown hunting area and they were encouraged to breed in high numbers for the hunting fraternity…. M J Haines Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)

Bromsgrove Advertiser 12.10.05 Hunting ban remind - NOVEMBER 1 will see the start of the hunting season and the excellent letter written by John Rolls (Director of Animal Welfare, RSPCA - Your View October 5) reinforcing the RSPCA's support of the hunting ban, is a timely reminder… In order for the ban to be effective, it is important that hunting activity is monitored. Observer, Bromsgrove (letter in archive)

North East Evening Gazette 12.10.05 A vegan target..? - HELEN SHUKER, Press Officer, British Association for Shooting and Conservation (letter)
Worcester Evening News 7.10.05 Unwanted pheasants not buried - ANDREW Tyler of Animal Aid used his recent letter to attack shooting with wild allegations and misinterpretation of the facts. Mr Tyler has no proof of unwanted pheasants being buried. With a growing demand for their healthy, low fat meat at home and a good export market, no one is going to dump such a valuable product... JON BURGESS, Malvern. (letter in archive)
Llanelli Star 6.10.05 BIRDS SUFFER SO MUCH - Andrew Tyler, Director, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Ealing Times 6.10.05 Predictable start to shooting season - Helen Shuker, The British Association for Shooting and Conservation. (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 6.10.05 Extremism - Helen Shuker, Press Officer, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Marford Mill, Rossett , Wrexham. (letter in archive)
Western Morning News 4.10.05 SHOOTING SHOULD BE BANNED - Andrew Tyler, Director, Animal Aid Kent (letter)
North East Evening Gazette 4.10.05 Sportsmen get both barrels - ANDREW TYLER, Director, Animal Aid (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 29.9.05 IN SUPPORT OF GAME-SHOOTING - The start of the game-shooting season in the UK has produced a predictable new phenomenon. Every autumn, extreme animal rights groups crawl from the undergrowth, blinking in the light, with their traditional harsh cries of "Ban it all!" True to form, Animal Aid has started using your letters page to mark its territory, Letters, September 23. Contrary to their opinion, game-shooting is a force for good in the countryside, supported by Defra and many well-respected countryside and conservation bodies… Animal Aid takes an extreme view on many issues. It wants to ban the Grand National and claims that milk is bad for babies… Helen Shuker, Press Officer, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Wrexham (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 23.9.05 BAN SHOOTING OF GAME BIRDS - Director, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Wiltshire Times 23.9.05 Stop shoots - A TYLER, Director, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel (letter in archive)
Ilkley Gazette 22.9.05 Call for ban - -Now that the 2005 shooting season is underway, the British Associationfor Shooting and Conservation and other pro-shooting lobbyists are adopting a less than credible defensive posture -- pretending that killing millions of birds for sport during the coming winter is a wholesome and environmentallyfriendly activity…. These pheasants and partridges suffer grievously and many of those who survive tobe shot are not even eaten… There is nothing natural orenvironmentally-friendly about this activity. It is where factory farmingmeets blood sports.Animal Aid is calling for a Dutch-style ban on the production of game birds to be shot for sport. Andrew Tyler, Director - Animal Aid,The Old Chapel, Tonbridge, Kent (letter in archive)

Exeter Express & Echo 12.10.05 DOGS GO OUT WITH GROWL - There was an angry confrontation when protesters gathered to mark the end of greyhound racing at a Devon track. About 15 campaigners from South Devon Greyhound Action met outside the racecourse gates, holding placards with phrases such as 'Newton Abbot Greyhound Track gone to the dogs at last'. Former greyhound track manager Colin Authers faced the group and a fierce exchange of words followed. Helen Stevens, of South Devon Greyhound Action, said the group was delighted the track had closed…. (story)

Western Daily Press 12.10.05 GOING TO THE DOGS AGAIN - Animal welfare campaigners from across the West voiced their dismay yesterday as greyhound racing returned to Glastonbury's Abbey Moor soccer stadium for the first time in four years. The new track proved popular when it opened on Monday night, with one owner coming from Plymouth, but Avon and Somerset Greyhound Action (ASGA) wants greyhound racing to end nationwide because some unscrupulous owners and trainers mutilate and kill dogs which are no longer fit for racing. Gina Holmes, of ASGA, said 30 dogs ended up in a local refuge from one trainer when greyhound racing ended at Glastonbury in 2001… (story)

Western Daily Press 12.10.05 I'M APPALLED BY GREYHOUND RACES - What a shame that Glastonbury has gone backwards instead of forwards… As a potential tourist to the area, the fact that there will be greyhound racing evenings hosted in Glastonbury has totally appalled me. I have witnessed not only the terrible injuries caused by racing, but also the aftermath of abandoned greyhounds, no longer of use to the trainers once their racing days are over. Often kept in dreadful conditions, these dogs lead a miserable existence… Sarah Smith and family Kesgrave Suffolk (letter)

Telegraph 12.10.05 Animal rights group threatens builders over new Oxford labs By Rosie Murray-West - Nearly 30 builders and decorators have received threatening letters from animal rights activists warning them not to work for Oxford University. Signed by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), the letters tell the firms that work for the university, which is building new research laboratories where tests on animals will be carried out, will be done "at your peril"…. (story)
Oxford Mail 12.10.05 Animal extremists target more firms - Another 10 builders and decorators have come forward to report receiving threatening letters from animal rights extremists. The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) sent letters to tradesmen who have worked for Oxford University warning them: "Do business with any part of Oxford University at your peril."… A total of 28 people have now been targeted -- many say they have only the loosest connection with the university and have never worked on the animal lab project…. (story in archive)
Guardian 11.10.05 Threats posted to Oxford lab contractors - Building and decorating firms have been sent threatening letters believed to be from animal rights activists warning them not to work for Oxford University. Thames Valley police said it knew of 18 anonymous letters which tell contractors they will be targeted by the militant Animal Liberation Front (ALF) group if they undertake work for the university…(story)
Oxford Mail 11.10.05 Mail threats spread alarm - Builders and decorators who did work for Oxford University as long as five years ago have become the latest targets of animal rights extremists. Threatening letters have been sent by the Animal Liberation Front to at least 18 different companies, warning them: "Do business with any part of Oxford University at your peril."… Robert Cogswell, spokesman for the Speak campaign, which is also protesting against the university research lab, said: "This is all news to me and this is not something Speak condones…. (story in archive)
BBC News Online 10.10.05 Workers sent threatening letters - Builders and decorators working on a new laboratory at Oxford University have been sent threatening letters by animal rights extremists. Police think the letters form part of a campaign to stop work on the new animal research facility at South Parks Road. Detectives are investigating 18 anonymous letters sent to companies across Oxfordshire threatening action from the Animal Liberation Front…. (story)

Telegraph 12.10.05 Red taped - So now we know: it's red tape and a lack of funds (News, October 11) that drive scientists out of Britain, not anti-vivisectionists or animal rights extremists. Pamela Kinnunen, London NW2 (letter)

Western Daily Press 12.10.05 I'M SO GRATEFUL - Thank-you for all the recent news from Moon Bears Rescue… A Dawson Hereford (letter)
Western Daily Press 12.10.05 ALL MY FAMILY APPLAUDS YOU - Please find, enclosed, two donations to the Western Daily Bear Appeal… Mr N and Mrs J E Dowle Wells Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 12.10.05 KEEP ON WITH THE CAMPAIGN - I am an animal lover and, although I find information about the Moon Bears in China very upsetting, and when reading an article I have many overwhelming emotions, I hope that bringing this to people's attention will eventually lead to the ceasing of this barbaric practice… Miss S Dean Chipping Sodbury Bristol (letter)
Western Daily Press 12.10.05 THANK-YOU FOR THE GOOD WORK - I enclose a donation for the Animals Asia Foundation to help towards freeing the lovely China Moon Bears… L Griffiths Hereford (letter)
Western Daily Press 12.10.05 TOGETHER WE CAN STOP AGONY AND MISERY OF MOON BEARS - What can I say? I am absolutely flabbergasted by the depth of coverage, superb writing and emotive pictures that you have published in the Western Daily Press over the past few days…. Dave Neale UK director Animals Asia Foundation (letter)

Gloucester Citizen 12.10.05 GO AND SEE THE EVIDENCE - Regarding people keeping monkeys and various primates as pets, anyone who has visited "Monkey World", Dorset will soon see the damage man has done regarding keeping primates as 'pets'…. PAMELA DEAN, Whiteshill (letter)

Torquay Herald Express 12.10.05 TIME CHRISTIANS BECAME VEGETARIANS - Shane Dean (Your View, September 30) tells your readers the Bible is the only truth there is: total, absolute truth. Well, if that is so then all Christians, and Jews, should revert to vegetarianism at least, or even become vegans… The Bible says, with the second coming "the eating of meat will be abolished. So why wait until then? LEN SHORT, St James Road, Upton, Torquay (letter)

Irish Examiner 12.10.05 Every fur lining comes under cloud of cruelty - WITH World Animal Week just over (free publicity for the pet food companies aside), it is timely to draw attention to the appalling cruelty involved in fur production…. In the months ahead the Alliance for Animal Rights will be concentrating on raising public awareness of the suffering involved in this miserable trade…. Nuala Donlon, Alliance for Animal Rights, Manor Court, Knocknacarra, Galway (story)


Derby Evening Telegraph 11.10.05 COURT CASE IS BRANDED A WASTE OF MONEY AS HUNTSMAN CLEARED BY SHAUN WARRINGTON - A huntsman cleared of striking a saboteur with the handle of his whip has said his trial was a waste of taxpayers' money. Andrew Cass was alleged to have hit protester Dawn Varley over the head, causing a six-centimetre gash, when she grabbed his horse's reins during the High Peak Hunt on November 27…. After the trial, John Haigh, Countryside Alliance regional director, said unfounded allegations by saboteurs against hunt supporters were all too frequent…. (story)
BBC News Online 10.10.05 Master of hunt cleared of assault - A hunt master has been cleared of assaulting a saboteur despite striking here with his riding crop. Andrew Cass, joint master of the High Peak Hunt, based near Buxton, Derbys, said he struck out when Dawn Varley grabbed his horse's reins…. The jury accepted Mr Cass's claim he feared the situation was "becoming serious" and there was a risk he and Miss Varley could be injured… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 7.10.05 'IT SEEMS OBVIOUS THAT I HIT HER WITH THE WHIP' BY SHAUN WARRINGTON - Ahuntsman accused of swiping a saboteur with the handle of his whip at a Derbyshire hunt had no recollection of the alleged attack, a court heard. Andrew Cass (pictured left) said he feared for his life when protester Dawn Varley grabbed the reins of his horse during the High Peak Hunt on November 27. The 51-year- old told Derby Crown Court that his horse, Langer, was highly strung and he thought the thoroughbred was about to rear on to its hind legs…(story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 6.10.05 ACCUSED HUNT MEMBER'S LIFE 'WAS AT RISK' BY SHAUN WARRINGTON - A member of a hunt told a court how she feared for the life of a fellow huntsman when a saboteur grabbed the reins of his horse. Andrew Cass was taking part in the High Peak Hunt on November 27 when protester Dawn Varley took hold of his horse's reins, Derby Crown Court heard…. A video recording by Paul Thickett, showing the moment when Cass allegedly delivered the blow, has been played in court…. (story)
Sheffield Star 5.10.05 Master of hunt 'hit saboteur' - A HUNT master from the North East Derbyshire village of Holmesfield was caught on video as he struck a saboteur on the head with his riding crop when she tried to disrupt a meet, a court heard. Andrew Cass, joint master of the High Peak Hunt, based near Buxton, left his victim needing five stitches after the attack, a jury was told. The woman, Dawn Varley, suffered a 6cm-long wound even though she was wearing a hood and a baseball cap when she was hit… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 5.10.05 HUNTSMAN 'HIT A PROTESTER WITH WHIP' BY SHAUN WARRINGTON - Ahuntsman has appeared in court charged with hitting a saboteur with the handle of his whip at a Derbyshire hunt. Andrew Cass is accused of taking a swipe at Dawn Varley during the High Peak Hunt on November 27. Cass, who denies assault, is alleged to have caused a six-centimetre cut to her head, leaving her needing five stitches… (story)
BBC News Online 4.10.05 Saboteur 'was hit by hunt master' - A Derbyshire hunt master was caught on video striking a saboteur with his riding crop, a court has heard. Dawn Varley needed five stitches after the attack, a jury was told. The jury was shown slow-motion footage of Andrew Cass bringing down his riding crop and striking Miss Varley after she grabbed his horse's reins. Mr Cass, of Unthank Lane, Holmesfield, South Yorks, denies assault occasioning actual bodily harm on 27 November…. (story)
Derbyshire Times 2.12.04 Huntsman's arrest in clash - A huntsman was arrested after allegedly hitting a campaigner with a whip as she grabbed his horse's bridle in an attempt to stop him hunting foxes. Trouble flared when saboteurs tried to prevent members of the High Peak Hunt riding away from their meeting point at Flagg. A 25-year-old woman was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital at Stockport for treatment to head injuries, saying she had been struck by the riding whip of a 50-year-old man… (story)
Derby Evening Telegraph 29.11.04 ARREST IS MADE AT FOX-HUNT - One person was arrested after an alleged assault at the High Peak Hunt on Saturday. Police were called to an incident at the meet in Flagg, near Buxton, after saboteurs from Derby and Northampton descended on the hunt. The Countryside Alliance allege that a woman saboteur endangered a rider and horse when she grabbed hold of the horse's bridle…. (story)
BBC News Online 29.11.04 Hunt saboteur suffers head injury - A huntsman has been arrested in Derbyshire after allegedly striking a saboteur with a whip…. It is thought the woman was injured after she tried to restrain one of the horses by grabbing the bridle. Kay Chapman from the Countryside Alliance said: "(The horse) was in danger of actually going over and flipping over backwards." But Paul Timpson from the Hunt Saboteurs Association said the attack was totally unprovoked…. (story)

Western Mail 11.10.05 Farmers to review their tactics on opposition to hunting ban - Steve Dube, Western Mail - CARMARTHENSHIRE farmers say they will review their tactics opposing ban on hunting after an appeal by the Commander of Army in Wales. The decision was made at last week's meeting of the Farmers' Union of Wales Carmarthenshire executive committee when Brigadier Iain Cholerton, Commander Wales, British Army, appealed to delegates to reconsider their opposition to Army training on their land…. (story)
Carmarthen Journal 5.10.05 DEFEAT FOR ARMY IN LAND BATTLE - Furious farmers still angry over the hunt ban have scuppered plans for an Army exercise on farmland in Carmarthenshire. Some farmers had threatened to wreck army training manoeuvres by banning crack troops from their land in protest at the fox hunting ban…. (story)
Western Daily Press 5.10.05 SAS DEFEATED BY FARMERS - The Sas was yesterday forced to beat a hasty retreat into England after Welsh farmers banned them… (story)
Western Daily Press 5.10.05 FARMERS BEAT THE SAS IN BATTLE OVER THE HUNTING BAN - Welsh farmers have forced the SAS to retreat to England after refusing to let the crack regiment train on their land in a protest against the hunting ban. Ministry of Defence officials say they have been forced to move Operation Pilgrim's Progress - which included a gruelling SAS selection test - over the border after farmers joined forces to stop the planned nine-day exercise. But farmers' leaders in the West say they have no plans to follow the Farmers Union of Wales and ban the Army from using large tracts of land in areas like Dartmoor and Salisbury Plain because they do not want to put lives at risk…. (story)
Western Mail 4.10.05 Farmers' ban triggers cancellation of nine-day military exercise - Sally Williams, Western Mail - FARMERS who banned the Army from their land in a protest at the Government's ban on hunting, have triggered the cancellation of a major military exercise in Wales this month. The nine-day operation, called Pilgrim's Progress, will now be held outside Wales at an undisclosed location…. (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 4.10.05 Farmers block Army exercise - A GROUP of farmers have blocked a major Army exercise from taking place. Farmers in south-west Wales threatened to ban troops from their land in protest at the hunting ban. The Army said the training would now take place elsewhere…. (story)
BBC News Online 3.10.05 Hunt farmers force Army retreat - A major Army exercise will not take place on private land after farmers threatened to ban soldiers in protest at the ban on hunting with dogs…. The Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) said farmers had strong feelings about the hunting ban…. It is unclear where the training will take place or whether it will remain in Wales. Traditionally in Wales, the Army has enjoyed free access to farmland during manoeuvres….(story)
Daily Post 29.9.05 Farmers threaten to ban troops - FARMERS were last night threatening to wreck vital army training manoeuvres by banning crack troops from their land in protest at the hunting ban…. FUW leaders will be meeting a senior army figure in Carmarthen on Monday when the planned protest will be discussed…. (story)
Western Mail 28.9.05 Defiant Welsh farmers 'jeopardise SAS training' - Paul Rowland, Western Mail - WELSH farmers are threatening to wreck a gruelling SAS selection course by refusing permission for the elite troops to train on their land in protest at the ban on hunting…. Former Welsh Conservative leader Rod Richards, who previously worked as an intelligence analyst for the Ministry of Defence, described the actions as "pointless"…. But Tim Bonner, a spokesman for the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance defended the action…(story)
Sunday Telegraph 25.9.05 Farmers ambush SAS training in anger at hunting ban By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent - The Special Air Service's gruelling selection course has been thrown into chaos by farmers who have refused the elite troops permission to train on their land in protest over the Government's hunting ban. The move in the Elan Valley area of mid-Wales and in parts of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales is one of the most damaging revolts by landowners since the ban was introduced in February… A spokesman for the MoD refused to comment on SAS selection but did confirm that much of the military training on private land in many areas of Wales had been cancelled because of action by landowners who were in dispute with the Government over the hunting ban…. (story)

Western Morning News 11.10.05 SHOOTING CLAIMS ARE BECOMING A JOKE - Ivor Annetts' letter (September 6) demands a response as it must be the most ridiculous one I have read in your publication. Mr Annetts claims that not only should the hunt shoot all the animals it flushes out but also that the deer harbourer who finds deer for the hunt would be committing a criminal offence if he does not shoot all the deer he finds. If this is correct it will result in mass slaughter… I call on the Staghounds to defy Mr Annetts and the law and openly let some of the deer they flush out escape. Giles Bradshaw, South Molton
No need to shoot - SO the saga of Giles Bradshaw and his attempts to ridicule the Hunting Act goes on… The Act says flushing out is allowed if "reasonable steps are taken for the purpose of ensuing that as soon as possible, after being flushed out, the animal either escapes or is left dead". So there is no need for this "law-abiding family man" to shoot any deer. Jean Turner, Plymouth
Please clarify - I'VE read articles and letters from Giles Bradshaw and I'm baffled. Can he tell us - is he for or against hunting? From his rambling diatribes I've never been able to ascertain which…. Jennie Cook, Honiton (letter)

Mid Devon Gazette 11.10.05 SHOOTERS FEAR BAN - Mid Devon shooting enthusiasts have been warned they could face a 'backdoor ban' despite the Government's insistence that it has no intention of outlawing their sport. David Fursdon, from Cadbury near Tiverton, vice-president of the Country Land and Business Association, said shooting enthusiasts should be 'very careful' in the wake of the ban on hunting with dogs, to ensure that their sport was not the next to face restrictions…. Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference, Mr Fursdon said: "I don't believe at the moment that the Government does want to ban game shooting in the way it did hunting. But there are other ways and you have to be very careful otherwise something could come in through the back door."… (story)
Western Morning News 5.10.05 THREAT TO SHOOTING IS STILL 'VERY REAL' - JASON GROVES LONDON EDITOR IN BLACKPOOL - WESTCOUNTRY shooting enthusiasts have been warned they could face a "backdoor ban" despite the Government's insistence that it has no intention of outlawing their sport. David Fursdon, vice-president of the Country Land and Business Association, said shooting enthusiasts should be "very careful" in the wake of the ban on hunting with dogs, to ensure that their sport was not the next to face restrictions…. Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference, Mr Fursdon said: "I don't believe at the moment that the Government does want to ban game shooting in the way it did hunting. But there are other ways and you have to be very careful otherwise something could come in through the back door."… (story)

Guardian 11.10.05 Campaign of the week: Assault and Battery - However you may feel about the idea of breeding birds to be small flying targets for the pheasant shooting season, which started last week, you will probably have assumed that much of the pheasant's short life is, at least, spent reasonably pleasantly in a wood somewhere, dodging Roald Dahl characters, falling out of hedges, or just eating and sleeping and eating some more. In fact, Animal Aid's Assault and Battery campaign states that of the estimated 13 million birds shot every year, almost all are bred from birds that spend their entire lives in metal cages with about one third of a square metre per bird… (story)

(probably Western Daily Press) 11.10.05 FIVE GCSES REQUIRED TO KILL RUDDY DUCKS - Are you a duck expert with a shotgun certificate and five GCSEs?... (story)
Gloucester Citizen 10.10.05 WANTED - ONE DUCK ASSASSIN - Are you a duck expert with a shotgun certificate and five GCSEs? If so the Government has the perfect job for you. Ruddy ducks are out of control - and armed response units are required to blast them into submission… Animal Aid Director Andrew Tyler said: "Proponents of the mass slaughter - sorry 'control programme' - argue nature is served by the killing. It is not…."(story)

Western Daily Press 11.10.05 PRAYING FOR A BETTER BEAR LIFE - Congratulations on your great success with the moon bears. We have supported you from the beginning… Mrs L Davidge Warminster Wiltshire (letter)

Western Daily Press 11.10.05 DAIRY CLAIMS ARE STILL UNANSWERED - The opinion piece you published from a defiant dairy farmer ("Vegan campaign will not stop us", October 5) is heavy on rhetoric but very light on facts… He does not deny that newborn calves are torn away from their mothers within 48 hours of birth, nor that more than 200,000 unwanted male calves are shot every year…. They are facts which Viva! has seen and documented on dairy farms across the South West, and have the video and photographic evidence to corroborate. But why bore people with the facts when self-righteous vitriol is so much more enter taining? Toni Vernelli Viva ! Bristol (letter)
Western Daily Press 5.10.05 VEGAN CAMPAIGN WILL NOT STOP US - It's difficult when an activity you have made your life's work is suddenly labelled as cruel, unnatural and liable to infect your customers. But those are the accusations dairy farmers have had to put up with recently. Extreme animal rights organisations are now trying to claim drinking cow's milk is somehow unnatural, and that it can transmit disease…. Today's Dairy Show at Shepton Mallet will feature some of the finest, healthiest and most attractive cattle you will find anywhere. But I doubt Viva! or the others will be there: they might just find their claims a little too hard to sustain in the face of reality. (story)

Western Morning News 11.10.05 ACT NOW TO SAVE HEDGEHOGS FROM CULL - Do you know where the Uists are?... The birds' nests are being plundered for eggs, by hedgehogs, they say, and a body called the Vist Waden Project has been culling the hedgehogs. This year there is to be a second cull (following the spring cull) using dogs to find them, when they will be shot using shotguns. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society believes they can be successfully translated, and has been doing so - 246 this year…. There must be sufficient large estates and remote areas in England and Wales where hedgehogs could be taken. Surely it would be a better solution than killing thousands of healthy animals. If we can get over the funding problem, what do readers think - kill them or save them?... Jean Simkins, Yealmpton (letter)

Leicester Mercury 11.10.05 ANIMAL CRUELTY - I am in shock! I have just read the Sun newspaper and am sickened by one of their reports. The photograph shows a dog with two large fishing hooks though its muzzle because it has been used as bait to catch sharks…. The RSPCA is sending a petition to the French government for this to be banned… Anna Green, Worthington. (letter)


Guardian 10.10.05 Not a fox in sight, but the hunt goes on - Julian Glover - The rain was drenching and the mist so thick that passing cars had their headlights on, but neither the weather nor the 2005 Hunting Act deterred the High Peak when it met for the first time this season on Saturday. Amid the damp and the mud, the tooting of horns and the yelping of dogs, 40 or so horses, men and women set off to defy the stone walls and steep slopes of the Derbyshire hills, as they have done for more than a century…. (story)

Dorset Daily Echo 10.10.05 Hunting fans blaze a new kind of trail by Echo reporter - BLOODSPORT enthusiasts in the New Forest are staging an alternative to the traditional pursuit in a bid to save their local hunt. The New Forest Hounds (NFH) has been given permission to go trail hunting pending the outcome of various challenges to the ban on hunting with hounds… Now the Forestry Commission has approved the hunt's application to stage trail hunting twice a week throughout the autumn and winter… (story in archive)
Southern Daily Echo 10.10.05 Hounds go on the trail of an alternative quarry by Chris Yandell - BLOODSPORT enthusiasts in the New Forest are staging an alternative to the traditional pursuit in a bid to save their local hunt. The New Forest Hounds (NFH) has been given permission to go trail hunting pending the outcome of various challenges to the ban on hunting with hounds…. (story in archive)

Leicester Mercury 10.10.05 HUNTS TAKE TO THE SKIES - Coloured jackets, streaming manes, horses and hounds leaping across hedges and ditches as they chased down their quarry.... Jon Di PAOLO AND REBECCA EARL REPORT - This was all meant to stop when Labour's triumphant backbenchers finally got their way and banned fox-hunting with hounds. However, as the fox-hunting season in Leicestershire gets under way, it is already clear that it has not quite worked out like that. Not only has membership remained strong, but in the case of the Atherstone and Belvoir, some new recruits have joined their ranks - eagle owls…. Meanwhile, the other hunts in Leicestershire - the Quorn, Cottesmore and Fernie - have begun trail hunting…. (story)
Leicester Mercury 10.10.05 THE NEW FACE OF HUNTING BY JON DI PAOLO - This eagle owl is the new face of fox-hunting in Leicestershire as determined hunts defy the controversial ban passed earlier this year. She is being used by the Atherstone hunt to deliver the kill instead of hounds. The Belvoir hunt is also using an eagle owl to swoop on the fox once it has been flushed from cover. … (story)
Leicester Mercury 10.10.05 EAGLE OWL - SHARP-EYED PREDATOR - The eagle owl is the largest and most powerful owl in Europe…. (story)

Banbury Guardian 10.10.05 DISQUIET AS HUNTS CARRY ON WITH BIRDS OF PREY - HUNTS in the district are using birds of prey to get round the ban on hunting with dogs. The Heythrop and Warwickshire hunts have obtained European eagle owls and are training falconers to handle the huge birds…. The use of birds of prey in hunting has been condemned by the Hawk Board whose chiefs fear serious consequences including welfare, safety and insurance issues. But Stephen Lambert, chairman of the Heythrop and also of the Master of Foxhounds Association, said the exemption allows hound packs to practise 'drawing' coverts…(story)

Western Morning News 10.10.05 Rural woes - TWO of the major adversaries affecting the countryside over the last decade share the same initials namely tuberculosis and Tony Blair… Apart from the demise of agriculture, the hunting ban and the right to roam, the amount of land and land use coming under Government control during the reign of Tony Blair is unprecedented, bringing ever closer to reality that long held passionate socialist dream of land nationalisation. W T Sweet, Mawgan (letter)

(probably Western Daily Press) 10.10.05 GAME FOR A COUNTRYSIDE ROLE - In a rural county, such as Gloucestershire, the opportunity of getting your career as a gamekeeper off to a shooting start is better than elsewhere in the country. The role of gamekeeper, also called keeper, calls for a combination of practical skills, common sense, plus a detailed understanding of wildlife and the countryside…. Jack Bennett, 19, is studying for a National Award in Game Management at Hartpury College. "I've been working in gamekeeping, since leaving school," says Jack, whose parents work on a country estate in Oxfordshire… (story)

Leicester Mercury 10.10.05 TARGETING WRONG PEOPLE - I read with great interest the letter from M Porter (Mercury Mailbox, October 3) as I also abhor the irresponsible use of air rifles when used for shooting at people and animals. However, I disagree with him when he says that they should be banned. .. I am secretary of the Hinckley and District Air Rifle League. In the Hinckley area, we have approximately 150 air rifle shooters who compete regularly in the sport of target air rifle shooting. The league has been in existence since 1962, and none of our members have ever been in trouble with the police regarding air rifles…. Reg Bennett, Earl Shilton (letter)

Bath Chronicle 10.10.05 AND THE FOIE GRAS, MR THOMPSON? - I Was interested to read Antony Worral Thompson's letter (Letters, October 6) regarding his promotion of the RSPCA's Freedom Food label. The letter appears to show his support for 'high welfare standards' and 'more ethical farming practices'…. However, Mr Worral Thompson is, I believe, the executive chef at The Angel Coaching Inn near Warminster… How then can Mr Worral Thompson claim to support high welfare standards and ethical farming practices but at the same time apparently allow pate de foie gras to appear on the menu?... JULIA DEADY, Yeoman Way, Trowbridge (letter)

Western Daily Press 10.10.05 KEEP UP FIGHT FOR THE MOON BEARS - It was great to see the report of the rescued moon bears happy in their new home at the rescue centre… As China is due to host the next Olympics, it would be great to have this practice banned before the event… Mr W Aldom Bridport Dorset (letter)

Western Daily Press 10.10.05 RIGHT TO EXPOSE THIS EXPLOITATION - It always strikes me as strange that people who take the breast milk of cows and sell it to humans, or skin animals alive for their fur, are the first to object to the public portrayal of images of what they do. The Viva image of a businessman suckling a cow's udder looks bizarre because humans drinking cows' milk is bizarre. I hope Viva also do one showing tiny newborn male calves being slaughtered so their mothers' milk can be stolen by farmers, and badgers being killed by farmers, to press home the point that milk drinking costs animals' lives, is bad for human health and encourages the mismanagement of natural resources…. Name and address supplied (story)

Irish Examiner 10.10.05 ISPCA challenged on horse fair cruelty - WHAT a sad reflection on the state of animal welfare in Ireland that protest at the abuse of animals at Ballinasloe Horse Fair recently should have been left largely to journalists and members of the public… If the ISPCA is to retain credibility, it will have to address the bigger political issues relating to institutionalised abuse of animals. Giving its imprimatur to the Ballinasloe Horse Fair is not a good place to start. Nuala Donlon, Galway Alliance for Animal Rights, Manor Court, Knocknacarra, Galway (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 10.10.05 Anti-cruelty laws are a good start - NEW laws to prosecute cruel animal owners are a step in the right direction… Conchita Pinto, Keir Street, Edinburgh (letter)

Edinburgh Evening News 10.10.05 Law will have no effect - REGARDING the article "£20,000 fine and jail for animal cruelty" (News, October 5) - what a joke. Nothing is going to change as long as we have the same idiots handing out the sentences… Linda Duncan, Chalmers Crescent, Edinburgh (letter)


Sunday Telegraph 9.10.05 Facing up to unpleasant pheasant facts By Mary Wakefield - It's the shooting season again and across the country, wives are pressing plus-fours and digging out pairs of long woollen socks… And although I've got no beef with blood-sports, and I hunted foxes happily for years, pheasant shooting, on this scale, makes me squeamish… Now that it's a billion-pound business, disposing of around 30 million birds a year, most pheasants are reared in a way that would shock even a battery chicken…. Does it matter? Probably not. They're only birds. It's just difficult to see how a Government that banned fox hunting can sanction big, binge-shooting massacres… (story)

Sunday Times 9.10.05 Animal sacrifices? - YOUR editorial (last week) says testing drugs on animals is justified… An independent scientific evaluation of animal testing is needed to settle this matter once and for all. Kathy Archibald, Europeans for Medical Progress, London W13
DOWN ON THE FARM: Sometimes there is a 200lb gorilla in the room, which, for whatever reason, everyone is too embarrassed to mention…. Testing cosmetics on animals causes much suffering and in return the gains are comparatively trivial…. But in one of the great scandals of our time, immense suffering is routinely caused and in exchange for deeply trivial benefits. On farms around the country deliberately mutilated animals live miserable lives in cramped, unhygienic and unnatural conditions and are slaughtered cruelly and callously…. Christopher Nathan, Windsor, Berkshire (letters)

Sunday Times 9.10.05 Kerry Foods in duck cruelty charge - ENDA LEAHY - BRITISH animal rights activists are targeting the Kerry Group, Ireland’s largest food company, over the alleged mistreatment of ducks at a farm in Norfolk. Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (Viva) claims that conditions at the farm, which supplies supermarket chains Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Co-op and Morrisons, are squalid, cramped and filthy… (story)

Scotland on Sunday 9.10.05 Fur flies for Naomi Campbell - Heather Mills McCartney has hit out again at supermodel Naomi Campbell for wearing fur. In an interview with Jonathan Dimbleby, she renews her criticism of Ms Campbell, who has campaigned against fur…. (story)


Guardian 8.10.05 Government warns hunts over use of birds of prey to flout ban - Owen Bowcott - Government advisers have warned that using birds of prey for falconry is unlikely to provide legal cover for hunts to resume what would amount to traditional chases. The warning comes after scores of hunts have bought golden eagles, eagle owls and other birds of prey in an attempt to take advantage of the fact that falconry remains legal….(story)
Western Daily Press 8.10.05 HUNTS FLYING IN THE FACE OF THE LAW - Hunts using birds of prey to get around the ban on hunting with dogs are probably still breaking the law, the Government said yesterday. But even Defra's hunting expert admitted it would be down to the courts to decide whether hunts using the tactic had successfully exploited that loophole or not…. yesterday, a letter from Defra's hunting expert, Jackie Rawlings, was leaked to the Daily Press. In it she appeared to tell animal rights activists that hunts would probably still be breaking the law, although she conceded that if hunts stuck closely to the letter of the law they could stay within it…. Penny Little, from Cotswold-based Protect Our Wild Animals, said: "No hunt can now feasibly continue with this preposterous pretence that they are engaged in a lawful form of hunting by using a bird of prey."… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 8.10.05 Hunt says it will stay within law By Ross Brewster - THE leaders of a famous Lakeland pack of hounds have pledged to carry on hunting this winter – and stay within the law. The Blencathra Foxhounds will hold their opening meet from the Horse and Farrier Inn in Threlkeld on Wednesday at 10am. Hunt secretary Bob Fell did not know whether any anti-hunt protestors would attend, but said: "We have nothing to hide. We will be engaged in drag hunting and hound exercise on the slopes of Blencathra, but everything we do will be within the law.”… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 8.10.05 T-SHIRT IS NO REAL INSULT! - Madam - I cannot believe that anyone can be offended by the young lady Charlotte Dennis sporting the rude T-shirt about Tony Blair… Anthony Melville Smith, Cheltenham (letter)
Gloucestershire Echo 7.10.05 WHERE CAN I GET A T-SHIRT? - I was interested in the story about Charlotte Dennis (Echo, September 26), who was arrested for wearing a rude T-shirt critical of Tony Blair…. Whatever happened to freedom of speech in this democratic country of ours? As one of the so-called older generation I say "You go girl" to young Charlotte. Stand up for what you think. And where can I purchase this T-shirt?... Name supplied, Cheltenham. (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.10.05 POLICE WASTED TIME ON T-SHIRT - The police officers who harassed a young woman at a recent game fair for wearing a T-shirt with the slogan 'B******* to Blair' clearly have a misplaced sense of priority… The police who are, after all, our servants, should deal with the difficult life-changing problems and leave the trivia alone. Their time is at an expensive premium and should be prioritised and targeted accordingly. Steve Cox, Whipton Barton Road, Whipton, Exeter (letter)
Gloucester Citizen 28.9.05 ANTI-BLAIR SHIRT WOMAN HELD - A 20-year-old gamekeeper was arrested when she wore a T-shirt critical of Tony Blair. Charlotte Dennis, of Cirencester, was told she had been stopped because the slogan on her shirt was offensive. She was stunned at the arrest at the Midland Game Fair in Staffordshire because she did not realise she had committed an offence…. Charlotte was walking away from the Countryside Alliance tent with her dad when a police car pulled up. She said: "They beckoned at me to go over. The police officer said, 'Do you realise it's an offence to wear that T-shirt?'…. Charlotte believes the officers singled her out because they were anti-hunting. She said: "I've had the shirt for a year. I've worn it around town and in pubs."… (story)

The Sentinel 8.10.05 HUNTING IS A CRUEL TORTURE - Contrary to Kevin Mountford's claims (October 4), the hare will not become extinct. The hunting ban makes it illegal for individuals to take sick pleasure in torturing animals like the hare. MARK RICHARDS Newcastle (letter)
The Sentinel 4.10.05 HARE TODAY, THEY'LL BE GONE TOMORROW - I feel I must complain over John Woodhouse's one-sided view in his TV review Hare Hunters meet their Waterloo… he neglected to highlight the conclusion to the programme. The very next day after the ban was bought in, it was a free-for-all - open season on the hare for all guns. It is a fact that big estates and landowners would tell their pest control team to leave the hares alone, allowing them to thrive and multiply…. Never mind, at least all the anti-coursers will be able to take their grandchildren to the museum and show them a stuffed one, and tell them "hey, the countryside was full of these until me and some of my friends got the only thing to protect them banned". KEVIN MOUNTFORD Tunstall (letter)
The Sentinel 1.10.05 HARE HUNTERS MEET THEIR WATERLOO - Perhaps The Kinks knew hare coursing would be banned. Why else did they write Waterloo Sunset? There could be only one choice of tune to accompany a documentary about the demise of hare coursing's biggest prize…. (story)

The Times 8.10.05 Deer hunts welcome a new class of stalker BY DAVID LISTER - Scottish land reforms have opened up one of the traditional pastimes of the elite to all comers …A quiet revolution is taking place in the world of deer stalking, which was traditionally the exclusive preserve of the land-owning elite. Nowhere is this more true than in Scotland, where the lure of hunting in one of Europe’s last great wildernesses has for generations made it Britain’s most sought-after stalking destination… (story)

Shropshire Star 8.10.05 Game farm in planning win - A Mid Wales game farm has been given the go-ahead to extend its pheasant-rearing business despite an impassioned plea from an animal rights campaigner. G&A Leisure Ltd had submitted a retrospective application to Montgomeryshire Planning Committee to change the use of agricultural land to use it for an egg-laying area in connection with its existing pheasant-rearing business… Kit Davidson, on behalf of Animal Aid, said: "I understand animal cruelty isn't grounds for refusing planning consent but this development isn't suitable."… (story)

BBC News Online 8.10.05 Badger cull 'must be considered' - The humane culling of badgers to control bovine TB should be urgently considered by the government, the British Veterinary Association says…. (story)
Western Morning News 8.10.05 VETS DEMAND CULL OF INFECTED BADGERS - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is calling for a cull of infected badgers to stop the escalating problem of bovine tuberculosis…. (story)

Western Daily Press 8.10.05 BEAR NECESSITIES - Many congratulations to all doing so much good work for the Bile Bears. Mrs A Padgham, Minehead, Somerset (letter)


Western Morning News 7.10.05 I WOULD BRING BACK HUNTING - Former Chancellor Ken Clarke has vowed he will retain the Tory pledge to repeal the Hunting Act if he becomes party leader. In an exclusive interview with the Western Morning News, Mr Clarke said it was impossible to draw up a manifesto for the next General Election so soon after the last one. But he made it clear that he was in favour of scrapping the ban… Robert Chanin, joint master of the Silverton Hunt in Devon's Exe valley, said he welcomed Mr Clarke's comments. "If he was elected as leader of the Conservative party and won the General Election, formed a government and brought back hunting, it would be the ideal thing,"… (story)

Telegraph 7.10.05 All for the thrill of la chasse - Fox-hunters are fleeing to France to pursue their passion, says Chris Wilson - After performing more than her fair share of property-related miracles, St Therese of Jesus has been adopted as the patron saint of estate agents. It is not clear how much her influence was brought to bear on the recent banning of fox-hunting in England but, just in case, estate agents around the town of Pau, in south-west France, are on their knees giving thanks to her for the bonanza it has brought them… Foxes were first hunted around Pau more than 165 years ago although the hunt lapsed during the Second World War. It has been revitalised by joint hunt master, Jeffrey Quirk, of Chateau Sombrun, and his enthusiasm has brought down many other hunters in his wake…. A key part of the hunt is Luke Neale and his wife, who are moving to the area with the 25 hounds from the Puckeridge hunt that has been part of the family for 120 years….(story)

Kent/Sussex Courier 7.10.05 HUNTING IS CARRYING ON WITHIN LAW BY KATYA MIRA - Hunts in East Sussex are still going ahead despite the ban enforced by the Hunting Act last February, although hunting groups say they are still acting within the law…. Southdowns and Eridge Hunt chairman Colin Evans confirmed the East Sussex group had been hunting about three days a week for the past month… East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt spokesman James Hallett said his group was also continuing to hunt…. Former secretary of the Hunts Saboteurs Association David Wetton said he did not believe all the hunters were keeping to the law… (story)

Exeter Express & Echo 7.10.05 HUNT MASTER FINED AFTER LOSING GUN - Hunt master Dominic Jones has been heavily fined and surrendered his firearms licence after losing a shotgun while hurrying to start a meet. City magistrates heard how Jones, the Master of Tiverton Staghounds, was called out by two local farmers to fetch fallen livestock in April this year…. Magistrates fined Jones £500 and ordered him to pay £55 in court costs (story)

Hexham Courant 7.10.05 TAKING TO THE STAGE By WILL GREEN - LOCAL singing talent will take to the stage at the Sage in Gateshead next month to raise money for the Countryside Alliance’s legal challenges to the Hunting Act. The event, on Monday, November 21, will see a host of local stars, including Countryside Alliance regional organiser Richard Dodd from Belsay taking to the stage for an evening of entertainment…. (story)

Darlington & Stockton Times 7.10.05 Desperate tactics - The League against Cruel Sports (D&S letters, Sept 30) is scaremongering when it tries to suggest that landowners are at risk from allowing legal hunting on their land. They are no more at risk from this or any other legal activity that people engage in…. The fact is that the Hunting Act does not ban horses, hounds, red coats or any of the paraphenalia of hunting. It doesn't even ban the use of dogs in fox control. To all but an expert, hunting today looks, sounds and smells like it did before the so-called ban…. JOHN HAIGH, Countryside Alliance Regional Director. Front Street, Northallerton Road, Thirsk (letter in archive)
Western Morning News 4.10.05 DON'T STEP ON THE TOES OF LANDOWNERS - As a landowner I do not need advice on the use of my land, especially from Douglas Batchelor, of the League Against Cruel Sports (WMN, September 17)… His deliberate misinterpretation or representation of the law is designed to cause fear in those landowners who do not know the law. The fact is that a landowner, or someone managing the land or owning a share in the land, is perfectly entitled to allow riders and dogs, hounds or otherwise, on his land for whatever purpose within the law. He does not commit an offence in the event of what Mr Batchelor describes as an "accident" as in law, the landowner, or others, are deemed not to have planned the event which is understood to be beyond their control… Iain Harris, Cruwys Morchard, Devon (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 29.9.05 Hunting risk - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports, 83-87 Union Street, London. (letter in archive)
Wolverhampton Express & Star 28.9.05 Landowners and hunting - Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports, London (letter)
Cheddar Valley Gazette 22.9.05 ALLOWING THE HUNT ON YOUR LAND IS A RISKY BUSINESS - Douglas Batchelor Chief executive League Against Cruel Sports (letter)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 20.9.05 'Hunt could land you in trouble' - Douglas Batchelor, Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports, 83–87 Union Street, London, SE1 1SG (letter)
Western Morning News 20.9.05 MISLEADING VIEW ON HUNT LAW - The letter from Douglas Batchelor, of the League Against Cruel Sports (WMN, September 17), would seem to be an attempt to frighten landowners off allowing hunts on to their land. Does Mr Batchelor not know that the key word in the Act that he quotes with such relish is "knowingly"?... Perhaps Mr Batchelor will tell us whether his letter is the result of his own ignorance of basic legal principles or is a deliberate attempt to mislead. John Montague Exeter (letter)
Western Morning News 17.9.05 HUNT RISK TO LANDOWNERS - As the main hunting season approaches, hunts are asking landowners' permission to carry out their activities across their land - assuring them that they will be carrying out legal activities within the scope of the Hunting Act. The League Against Cruel Sports advises all landowners to think very carefully about allowing hunts to use their land…. Our evidence and intelligence gathered since the hunting ban led us to believe that although most hunts have kept within the law, a significant number have broken the law…. Allowing the hunt on your land is a risky business. Douglas Batchelor Chief Executive League Against Cruel Sports London (letter)

West Cumberland Times & Star 7.10.05 JOHN Vickers, Joint Master of the Melbreak Foxhounds is scaremongering (Times & Star, September 23) when he claims that "hundreds of foxes are being cruelly killed by would-be hunters and many of them are dying in agony as a result of the hunting ban.” How on earth does he know? This situation would not happen at all if those who handle guns were competent to do so and followed the proper guidelines…. ELAINE MILBOURN, Torpenhow, Wigton (letter)
West Cumberland Times & Star 23.9.05 Huntsmen warn they'll shoot to kill - HUNTSMEN will be forced to shoot foxes next spring to protect lambs, said Melbreak Foxhounds master John Vickers this week. Although the local hunts, Blencathra and Melbreak, have not yet shot any foxes, if lambs were threatened they would shoot to kill. Mr Vickers claimed that hundreds of foxes are being cruelly killed by would-be hunters and many of them are dying in agony as a result of the national hunting ban, introduced earlier this year…. (story)

Hexham Courant 7.10.05 SHOOTING GOES AHEAD - DESPITE a poor grouse season nationally, keepers on the Whitfield Estate are reporting that they have managed a few days’ grouse shooting so far this season…. (story)

Guardian 7.10.05 Digger - Duncan Mackay Sports journalist of the year - Britain's shooting laws could be relaxed to help the Olympic team return from exile and prepare at home for the London games in 2012… Christopher Graffium, a spokesman for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, said pistol shooters had suffered because of the ban… (story)

Western Daily Press 7.10.05 UNWISE TO THROW DOWN YOUR GUNS - Shooters would be extremely unwise to drop their guns in any circumstances, despite the advice from Jill Grieve of the Countryside Alliance (Shooting Saboteurs In Danger, WDP October 4). Dropping a gun can cause it to go off, not to mention damage it. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is the UK's largest shooting organisation. Our advice to anyone threatened by attempts to disrupt shooting is to unload and place guns in slips immediately… Simon Clarke The British Association for Shooting and Conservation Wrexham (letter)
Western Daily Press 4.10.05 SHOOTING SABOTEURS IN DANGER - Animal rights activists are risking their lives to sabotage shooting events, it was claimed last night. The Countryside Alliance says that shooting estates across the West are reporting increasing attempts to sabotage shooting days, and feared someone could get killed if the action continued… (story)

Gloucestershire Echo 7.10.05 POLICE: STOP PICKING ON SOFT TARGETS - I was astonished to read your headline "Vigilante told: hang up your shotgun" (Echo, September 26) about the gamekeeper threatened with the loss of his shotgun licence and livelihood because of a conviction for careless driving. When a motorist is convicted for a driving offence do the police search their computer to see if he holds a gun licence? If he does, do the police use it as an excuse to revoke his licence in order to please the anti-shooting lobby?... Richard F Martin, Cheltenham. (letter)

Yorkshire Post 7.10.05 CAMPAIGNERS ATTACK NATURE RESERVE BAN ON ANGLERS - Emma Dunlop - COUNTRYSIDE campaigners have condemned the decision to remove fish from a Sheffield nature reserve, claiming it will "further victimise" fishermen…. But the Countryside Alliance condemned the latest decision to remove the fish stocks and claimed it significantly reduced the already poor access for Sheffield residents to countryside activities…. (story)
Sheffield Star 7.10.05 Fish killed by river pollution - … COUNTRYSIDE campaigners have condemned a decision to lift fish from a Sheffield nature reserve, claiming the move will "further victimise" anglers. Sheffield Council has removed all large fish from Shire Brook Valley nature reserve in Hackenthorpe for the second year running on the grounds of public safety… John Haigh, the Countryside Alliance regional director for Yorkshire, said: "As the leading campaigning organisation for anglers' rights, we naturally put personal safety and security at the top of the agenda. "However, the injury to a young angler last year was highly improbable and likely never to be repeated. We call for a rethink on the policy." (story)

Dundee Courier 7.10.05 Clampdown on hare coursing - ANGUS AND Perthshire are being targeted in a Tayside police clampdown on illegal hare coursing… "Some farmers become so frustrated by this illegal activity and the disruption it causes that they take the extreme measure of shooting all the hares in roadside fields,” said police wildlife and environment officer Alan Stewart yesterday…. (story)

Telegraph 7.10.05 Notebook By W. F. Deedes - To their credit, newspapers have been quicker than ministers to spot the insidious threat now posed by such bodies as the Animal Liberation Front, which will stop at nothing to end scientific experiments on live animals for the benefit of medicine…. (story)

Romford Recorder 7.10.05 Animal rights picket circus - ANIMAL rights activists staged a small protest outside the Big Top of the Great British Circus on Tuesday night after it rolled onto a site off Whalebone Lane, Romford. Essex Animal Freedom staged the 10-man protest at the Bonzor Boot Fair Site, near the Moby Dick pub, for an hour before the show started… (story)

Spenborough Guardian 7.10.05 Circus defiant despite animal rights protest - A CIRCUS targeted by animal rights protesters was defiant as it moved from Heckmondwike to Mirfield this week. Members of the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) handed out leaflets before performances of Peter Jolly’s Circus last weekend…. (story)

Daily Record 7.10.05 LOBSTER LOBBY - ANIMAL rights campaigners demanded yesterday that lobsters and crabs be included in Scotland's new anti-cruelty law…Advocates for Animals are angry that crabs and lobsters are not classed as "animals" under the new law. The group said: "Many lobsters are boiled alive. This is unacceptable in today's compassionate world…" (story)

Bromley News Shopper 7.10.05 Scooby’s passive approach - SCOOBY Doo surprised shoppers when he made an appearance to encourage them to be kinder to animals. The big dog supported Passive Pressure Animal Welfare Group's stall in High Street, Bromley, on World Animal Day, October 4… The theme was Stop The Bull Ship and focused on live cattle exports from the European Union to the Middle East. West Wickham volunteer Jan Yarker said: "I was shocked to discover my hard-earned taxes are used to subsidise the export of around 200,000 cattle each year." (story)


Herts & Essex Observer 6.10.05 New laws could mean end of countryside tradition - THE Puckeridge and Essex hunts say they are facing uncertain futures as they prepare for the first full hunting season since the introduction of the hunting ban…. joint master of Puckeridge Diana Pyper said there was a real possibility the hunt, which starts in the first week of November, would have to stop if it was no longer well supported, and Michael Herbert, chairman of Essex, admitted although there had not been an immediate drop in membership, it was still "early days"…. (story)

Melton Times 6.10.05 OPTIMISM AS HUNTS LOOK TO THE FUTURE - TEARS were flowing in February when huntsmen met for the last time before the fox hunting ban came into force… The Quorn Hunt begins its new season tomorrow and, according to hunt spokesman Rad Thomas, the mood is positive and enthusiasm high…. Victoria Owen, chairman of the Belvoir Hunt whose season starts at the end of the month, said it was also looking at ways of working within the law…. The Cottesmore's new season also starts later this month…. (story)

Horse & Hound 6.10.05 New hunt kennels signal optimism - The Bicester with Whaddon Chase and the Cotswold Vale Farmers’ are both looking to the future by investing in new kennels - Buoyant development of two new hunt kennels, jointly valued in excess of £1 million, stand as a "bricks and mortar” testament to the hunting fraternity's determination to fight the ban…. (story)

Tamworth Herald 6.10.05 MEET THE NEW MEMBER OF THE HUNT - TRACY ROBBINS - Members of Atherstone's historic hunt have welcomed a new recruit to help them challenge the hunting ban. Chloe, a European Eagle Owl with a wingspan of six feet, has been adopted by the hunt to carry out 'fox control' measures…. (story)
Tamworth Herald 6.10.05 HUNTING GOES OUT ON A WING - As the hunt season gets under way it seems that controversy once again surrounds the issue - not least in Atherstone, where the local hunt is following the lead of others throughout the country and enlisting the help of a bird or prey in a bid to get round the hunting ban… Whatever the rights and wrongs of the case, what does seem to be true is that the present law is unworkable - and nothing shows this more than the Atherstone Hunt's use of a European eagle owl.(story)

Cornishman or Cornish Guardian 6.10.05 CASH WINDFALL FOR NORTH CORNWALL TEAM AT MAJOR COMPETITION - North Cornwall Hunt brought home £1,500 in prize money for taking second place in The Silver Fox Trophy at the Hambleden Estate, near Henley on Thames. Team members were Adam Ellery joint Master, Brian Facey, Sammy-Jo Coffin and Tom Walters…(story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 6.10.05 'Long live the foxhunters!' I THINK it is fantastic news that the foxhunters are back. The ridiculous law to outlaw many who engage in the sport was always going to fail and I, for one, cannot wait to see the hunt gallop past my front window in all its majesty on a cold winter's day. Long may the freedom of the countryside be allowed to flourish…. Anthony B L Martyn, Elton Road, Wansford, near Peterborough (letter)

Northern Echo 6.10.05 POOR SHOW - AFTER attending a horse show in Northumberland recently… I drove home across the moors. I had forgotten what time of year it was. The shooting season. All around Allendale were squashed bodies of pheasants on the roads…. These birds will have been reared in huge sheds then turned out in the last few weeks to be murdered by people with guns…. M Embling, Crook (letter in archive)

Wolverhampton Express & Star 6.10.05 Disgust at Game Fair - On September 18 I attended the Midland Game Fair along with members of my family for the first time. It will also be the last time, because I was disgusted with the dreadful toilet arrangements… Surely after at least 15 years the game show organisers could have sorted the mess out by now. Ronda Feather (Mrs), Stanbury, Keighley. (letter)

Times 6.10.05 How Leah proves we are mad BY ROY HATTERSLEY - WHY WERE we surprised that a gorilla used a broken branch first to test the depth of a jungle pool and then as a walking stick to help her balance as she waded through the water?... If their thought processes are like ours, how do we justify sinking electrodes in their brains, injecting them with deadly viruses and cutting them open to discover the results of "experiments”…. Cogito, ergo no vivisection. (story)

Coventry Evening Telegraph 6.10.05 Don't let monkeys be pets, says Geoffrey - City MP Geoffrey Robinson is asking people in Coventry to join a crusade against primates being kept as pets… (story)
Plymouth Evening Herald 6.10.05 MP'S RAGE AT MONKEY BUSINESS - STUART ABEL - Plymouth mp Linda Gilroy has joined a campaign to stop monkeys being kept as pets. She lent her support to the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the Labour Party conference… (story)

Western Daily Press 6.10.05 PRODUCE FACTS OR AN APOLOGY - Mr M J Haine's plea for better understanding between townspeople with their concern for wildlife, and the country people who actually do the conservation, (Your Say, October 4) falls rather flat when partisan sniping from the sidelines with unsubstantiated allegations follows it. Mr Haine has misunderstood my earlier letter that he believes was about badger killing. It was not; it was about false accusations that farmers kill badgers and enjoying doing so…. John Tuck Wootton Bassett Swindon (story)
Western Daily Press 4.10.05 BADGER KILLINGS MUST BE STOPPED - I read the letter in the Western Daily Press by John Tuck of Wootton Bassett, Swindon, as regards to badger killing. As an ex-estate manager, I would advise farmers to listen to their clients and care for the land more environmentally or lose more support…. M J Haines Cirencester Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 15.9.05 BADGER-HUGGERS SHOULD SAY SORRY - I read with dismay the quotes from the badger-hugging fraternity in Ed Witcomb's recent report in the Western Daily Press. If, and it is a big if, farmers are killing badgers, then it is to protect the health of their cattle, and doing so would induce no more than a sense of grim satisfaction. To use the words "pleasure" or "fun" to describe the feelings of people driven to such desperate measures, and thereby equate them to the scum who indulge in badgerbaiting, is a gross calumny… John Tuck Wootton Bassett Swindon (letter)

Hillingdon Times 6.10.05 We want best for pigeons too - REGARDING pigeon policy at Ruislip railway bridge. I write in response to last week's article of September (Who's shooting all the pigeons?') to clarify for your readers our recent activity at a railway bridge next to Ruislip Gardens station…. Network Rail is carrying out pigeon proofing' work on the section of the bridge that we own, the other section being the responsibility of London Underground…. It is important for your readers to note that this work has not harmed any pigeons and we are not aware of any circumstances by which scores of pigeons could be trapped in netting and slowly starving to death', as suggested in your article. Furthermore, we absolutely refute any implication in the article that our contractors or any member of our staff have been involved in the shooting or culling of pigeons at this bridge. Any such allegation is completely unfounded…. Laura Dobson, Network Rail Spokesperson (letter)
Hillingdon Times 6.10.05 Who’s shooting all the pigeons? By Rachel Sharp - SCORES of pigeons are being trapped in netting and slowly starving to death after a bridge was netted under a Ruislip train station…. Emma Haskill, director of the Pigeon Control Advisory Service (PiCAS) told the Times: "We get a lot of calls from people worried about the way the population of pigeons is controlled, and we come into contact all the time with the contractors, who have admitted they do shoot pigeons." June Talbot, of All Sorts Animal Rescue centre in Northwood Hills, said: "I went down there to have a look and there was a pigeon just walking on the floor…." (story)


Sporting Life 5.10.05 CURTAIN FALLS ON GOODWOOD SEASON - Goodwood are set for their final meeting of 2005 on Sunday when the track stages an afternoon dedicated to the Countryside Alliance…"The going is good and while there is rain forecast on Friday, it should be a dry and bright day on Sunday when we have a lot going on, including fox hounds on display." (story)

Cambridge Evening News 5.10.05 Hunts trying to fox new law with birds - HUNTS in Cambridgeshire are considering the use of falcons in a bid to beat the hunting ban. Hunt masters are remaining defiant in the face of the new law which bans foxhunting with the use of hounds. George Bowyer, joint master of the Fitzwilliam Hunt, would not say whether the hunt had bought a bird of prey but added that hunts across the country were determined to defeat the law…. (story)

Western Morning News 5.10.05 Fresh pheasant? - THE head chef at a local gastro-pub which has recently received an award is quoted as saying: "We are just coming up to the shooting season so you will be sure to see the freshest possible pheasant on the menu before long"… Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue, but it was a fairly rash statement to make, since he risks the wrath of the League Against Cruel Sports fanatics, and possible picketing of his establishment in these intolerant days… J Ward-Hayne, Modbury (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 5.10.05 MAN ACCUSED OF HARE COURSING - A Man has been accused of hare coursing on a north-east estate. Gordon Findlay, 34, is being prosecuted under the Protection of Wild Mammals Act, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. He denies deliberately hunting hares with two dogs at the Esslemont Estate, Ellon, on January 23…. (story)

Stockport Express 5.10.05 Animal militants threaten nurseries - THE parent company of a Cheadle nursery has received chilling threats from animal rights extremists. Leapfrog Day Nurseries owns over 100 nurseries including the Princess Christian Kingsway Day Nursery at Cheadle….(story)
Bedfordshire on Sunday 2.10.05 Nursery's fears for children - ANIMAL rights activists have targeted a nursery chain leading to fears for the safety of children in their care. The company has been pinpointed after providing discount childcare vouchers to employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences, whose work includes testing on animals…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 30.9.05 Nursery severs HLS links after chilling threats from extremists - ANIMAL rights extremists threatened to make life a "living hell" for employees of a children's nursery linked to controversial company Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)…. (story)
BBC News Online 30.9.05 Extremist letter nursery threat - Animal rights extremists threatened to make life a "living hell" for employees of a nursery linked to an animal testing laboratory, it has emerged…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 29.9.05 Threats put pay to deal at HLS - ANIMAL rights activists have forced a nursery chain to break commercial links with Huntingdon Life Sciences by making death threats to a director. The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) sent a threatening letter to a boss of Leapfrog Day Nurseries, which offers childcare vouchers to employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS)… (story)
BBC News Online 29.9.05 Extremists threaten care scheme - A child care voucher scheme for employees of an animal testing laboratory has been withdrawn after threats by animal rights extremists. Leapfrog Day Nurseries have confirmed their directors received a threatening letter because they run a child care scheme for Huntingdon Life Sciences…. (story)
Peterborough Evening Telegraph 29.9.05 TERRORISM: Animal rights activists threaten nursery over voucher scheme for parents - A NURSERY has scrapped a voucher scheme for parents working at Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), after receiving threats from animal rights extremists. Leapfrog Day Nurseries, in Hargate Way, Hampton Hargate, Peterborough, has now tightened security measures after it received threatening letters from a group calling itself the Animal Rights Militia….(story)
Telegraph 29.9.05 Animal activists target children's nursery By Rosie Murray-West - A children's nursery has become the latest target of animal rights threats, forcing it to stop providing child care vouchers to parents working for the animal testing group Huntingdon Life Sciences. Leapfrog Day Nurseries, part of the education business Nord Anglia, said it was reviewing whether extra security measures were needed at its Peterborough nursery, which is nearest to the Life Sciences headquarters in Cambridgesire…. Greg Avery, from the campaign, said that Shac did not condone the ALF's actions…. "They were not threatening the children," Mr Cass said. "They were threatening the directors."… (story)
Guardian 29.9.05 Animal rights activists target chain of children's nurseries linked to lab - Owen Bowcott - A chain of children's nurseries has become the target of animal rights activists who are attempting to close down the chemicals testing company Huntingdon Life Sciences, it emerged yesterday. The directors of Leapfrog Day Nurseries, the biggest provider of childcare in the UK, received letters warning them to sever all links with HLS, which has been the subject of sustained protests over its use of animals, including experiments for pharmaceutical research… (story)
Independent 29.9.05 Now animal rights activists target children's nurseries with HLS links By Cahal Milmo - Animal-rights extremists have threatened to target children's nurseries in their campaign to drive a British-based vivisection company out of business. In an escalation of the intimidation against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the country's largest daycare provider, Leapfrog Day Nurseries, confirmed yesterday that it had been warned to sever all links with the group. Letters sent to the home addresses of company directors threatened that the childcare company, which has 10,000 places nationwide, would "suffer the consequences" if it did not withdraw a vouchers scheme offered to HLS employees within seven days…. (story)

Torquay Herald Express 5.10.05 THANKS FOR YOUR DONATIONS - The national anti-vivisection organisation, Uncaged Campaigns, would like to thank the people of Torquay who generously gave £99.29 towards our campaigning funds during our street collection in Torquay on September 3. MAX NEWTON, On behalf of Uncaged Campaigns, Bailey Lane, Sheffield (letter)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 5.10.05 'Kids log on for animal facts' - Fiona Pereira, Youth4Animals, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 29.9.05 Animal issues are a hot topic and always a popular subject for debate. Youth4animals.com is a fantastic new website that has been launched by Animal Aid for the start of the new school year… Fiona Pereira, Youth4Animals. (letter in archive)

Huddersfield Daily Examiner 5.10.05 Circus bosses blow their top at council - CIRCUS bosses setting up a show in Mirfield today branded Kirklees Council "hypocritical" and accused them of political correctness gone mad. Bosses at Jolly's Circus, which starts a five-night run in Mirfield from today, are angry that the local authority has barred them from using council land because of their use of animals…. The circus's anger centres on the fact that other events using animals, such as seaside donkeys on the streets of Huddersfield, get the blessing of council bosses, while circuses are demonised…. Clr John Smithson, of Kirklees Council, said the concerns were that animals were ill-treated in circuses and were forced to do unnatural things. The donkeys we had in Huddersfield were doing what they have done for hundreds of years, namely carrying people…." (story)

Northampton Chronicle & Echo 4.10.05 I will get a gun' says animal rescue owner THE owner of an animal rescue charity has threatened to arm himself with a gun after vandals attacked his Thorplands home. Graham Lovelock, whose Northampton Animal Rescue Centre has been the subject of repeated inspections by the RSPCA and an investigation by Northampton Borough Council, woke up yesterday to find graffiti reading ALF scrawled across his charity's animal ambulance and windows of his house in Fraser Road…. A spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front said its name was regularly used by vandals who were nothing to do with the organisation. (story)


Mid Devon Gazette 4.10.05 REVISED HUNTING BOOK IS PUBLISHED - An updated version of the Hunting Handbook has been published which outlines how hunts throughout the country will build on their experience at the end of last season. The Countryside Alliance says the handbook ridicules the Hunting Act and shows hunts' determination to continue throughout what it predicts is a temporary ban…. (story)
Western Mail 4.10.05 Advice on beating the Hunting Act - AN UPDATED version of the Hunting Handbook from the Countryside Alliance aims to show how hunts can continue to overcome the controversial ban on traditional fox hunting - by hunting rabbits… (story)
Western Gazette 29.9.05 HUNTS WILL KEEP TESTING 'UNWORKABLE' LAW - An updated version of the Hunting Handbook outlines how hunts throughout the country will build on their experience at the end of last season, ridiculing the Hunting Act and showing their determination to continue…. (story)
Times 26.9.05 Hunters will use loopholes to defy ban BY VALERIE ELLIOTT - HUNTS throughout the country are planning to ridicule the legislation banning their sport by organising rabbit hunts…. This ploy is set out in new rules of engagement for the hunting season which have been issued by the Countryside Alliance and Council of Hunting Associations…. It is clear that senior hunting figures aim to test the new law and that hunts are preparing for "show” trials in magistrates’ courts that will establish how the current law is to be enforced…. Updated guidance appears in the Hunting Handbook which also makes clear that landowners need not give police permission to be on their land unless officers have specific reason to suspect illegal hunting…. (story)
First4Farming 26.9.05 Hunts told to pursue rabbits to exploit loopholes - New guidance on legal hunting activities published by the Countryside Alliance and the Council of Hunting Associations aims to ridicule the legislation banning fox hunting by sending hunts out in pursuit of rabbits. Reported in Mondays Times (26 Sep) the guidance promotes hunts to exploit a loophole in the law allowing the legal hunting of rabbits with packs of hounds and riders on horse back…. (story)

Cambridge Evening News 4.10.05 Star line-up for Union - BIG Brother's dapper Derek Laud is among the speakers lined up to entertain students at the Cambridge Union Society this term. The Tory political analyst and fox-hunting fan will join the ranks of former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove, top journalist Robert Fisk and MP for Cambridge David Howarth, when he appears at the society this month…. (story)

Western Morning News 4.10.05 RAPTORS ARE MAIN PREDATOR OF FOXES - I question Helen Weeks' logic regarding rabbits and foxes (WMN, September 12). I would suggest rabbits' main predator would be the numerous raptors - all of which have increased in numbers dramatically, especially the buzzard - rather than the fox…. I would, however, agree with her wholeheartedly on one point, and that is that man's and women's ignorance is the fox's greatest enemy. W T Sweet, Mawgan, Helston (letter)
Western Morning News 21.9.05 Responsible fox control - YOUR correspondent Helen Weeks thinks foxes are shot "for fun" (WMN, September 12). Tell that to a gamekeeper at 3am on a freezing winter's morning as he waits for a fox at the request of the local farmer. Fox control is not about attempted eradication, but about striking a managed balance of populations in particular areas…. Simon Clarke, BASC (letter)
Western Morning News 12.9.05 FOXES SHOULD BE PROTECTED - Anthony Gibson, regional director of the NFU, fears the country is about to be overrun with rabbit… although foxhunting with dogs has been banned, unfortunately a small minority of people in the countryside are killing foxes for fun… It has suffered enough; both through the cruelty and through the ignorance of man - it is time to give the fox legal protection. Helen Weeks West Coker, Somerset (letter)

Western Morning News 4.10.05 DON'T BE FOOLISH AND ALLOW HUNTING - Poor Farmer Bradshaw again embroiled in the intricacies of the Hunting Act (WMN, September 23) and the poor chap still cannot fathom what it's all about. To criticise Douglas Batchelor is rather like teaching one's grandmother to suck eggs…This long overdue Act is certainly not unenforceable as hopefully Mr Bradshaw, and any of his hunting chums foolish enough to follow his example, will discover to their great cost. L Holgate, Newton Abbot (letter)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 4.10.05 VET HITS OUT AT CRUELTY AS SSPCA WARNS ATTACKS ON RISE - ANDY PHILIP - Airgun-related cruelty towards pets in the north-east has increased, according to the Scottish SPCA. Its claim came days after an Aberdeenshire vet was forced to put down a cat after it was shot twice in an airgun attack…. Leonora Merry, parliamentary officer with the animal welfare group, said initial findings showed a rise in attacks in the north-east… (story)

Western Mail 4.10.05 Shoot in aid of Royal Welsh Show - A 100 bird sporting shoot will take place in Mid Wales on Saturday, October 22, to raise money for the 2006 Royal Welsh Show…. (letter)

Glasgow Herald 4.10.05 Welfare of deer - The reported rise in deer stalking (Deerhunting was once the preserve of the rural gentry, Herald Magazine, October 1) is of concern to those who care about animal welfare. According to the Deer Commission for Scotland (DCS), less than 6% of deer killed in 2003 were shot by persons who were required to satisfy the DCS that they were fit and competent. We believe that all those who shoot deer should be required to be fit and competent, and demonstrate their fitness and competence through an independent assessment…. Ross Minett, MSc Bsc, director, Advocates for Animals, 10 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh. (letter)

Bucks Free Press 4.10.05 Firebomb in Beaconsfield - AN ARSON attack on the Beaconsfield home of a pharmaceutical company boss is now being linked with a second incident. Thames Valley Police are investigating claims made by an animal rights group on their website that they carried out the attack on the home of Phil Blackburn, the corporate controller of GlaxoSmithKline, on the evening of Wednesday September 7, and an attempted arson attack at Corpus Christi sports pavilion, off Whitehouse Road, in Oxford, on Friday, September 23…. (story)
Financial Times 28.9.05 Animal rights group admits GSK bomb attack By Lydia Adetunji - Animal rights extremists have claimed responsibility for attacking the home of a senior employee of GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceutical company. The Animal Liberation Front said it had placed a device outside the home of GSK’s corporate controller, Paul Blackburn, on September 7… (story)
Sky News 28.9.05 ANIMAL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNERS - Animal rights activists have claimed responsibility for an arson attack at an Oxford University college and threatened it with "massive losses"…. (story)
Guardian 28.9.05 Anti-vivisectionists claim responsibility for Oxford attack - Animal rights activists have unleashed a new wave of attacks, targeting an Oxford University college building and a pharmaceutical company employee, it emerged today… (story)
BBC News Online 28.9.05 Animal extremists 'more violent' - Attacks on a executive's home and a university show animal rights extremists are growing more violent, a scientists' group says. Tougher laws had driven a "hardcore minority" to tactics such as arson, the Research Defence Society (RDS) says….(story)
Cambridge Evening News 28.9.05 ALF bomb home of GSK boss - ANIMAL rights activists have launched a wave of attacks against one of Huntingdon Life Science's biggest customers. The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) claimed responsibility for a petrol bomb left outside the home of Paul Blackburn, boss of GlaxoSmith-Kline (GSK) on Tuesday… (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 28.9.05 Animal rights groups launch new attacks - ANIMAL rights activists have unleashed a new wave of attacks, targeting an Oxford University college building and a pharmaceutical company employee…. (story)
Telegraph 28.9.05 Animal rights activists in new wave of attacks By Rosie Murray-West, City Correspondent - Animal rights activists have launched a fresh wave of attacks, targeting a senior pharmaceutical executive and an Oxford college. The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) claimed responsibility yesterday for a device left outside the home of Paul Blackburn, the corporate controller of Britain's biggest pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)…. Anti-vivisectionists also attacked an Oxford college sports pavilion as a protest against a primate laboratory being built by the university. Police were called to a sports pavilion on the Abingdon Road, owned by Corpus Christi College, on Saturday. Sources close to the university said the device was disabled and little damage was done…. (story)
Times 28.9.05 Bomb attack on Glaxo executive BY DAVID SANDERSON - ANIMAL rights activists have targeted an Oxford college and the chief executive of a pharmaceutical company in a fresh wave of attacks. The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) claimed responsibility yesterday for leaving an explosive device containing fuel outside the home of Paul Blackburn, the corporate controller of GlaxoSmithKline… Anti-vivisectionists attacked a sports pavilion by Corpus Christi College on Saturday in protest at the construction by Oxford University of a laboratory for primates… Meanwhile, five people were arrested in dawn raids yesterday by police investigating the theft of a woman’s remains from her grave by animal rights extremists. They include a supply teacher and a known activist, both vocal members of the animal welfare movement…. (story)

Guardian 4.10.05 Protest is criminalised and the huffers and puffers say nothing - The police abuse terror and harassment laws to penalise dissent while we insist civil liberties are our gift to the world - George Monbiot … On September 10, Keith Richardson, one of the six students convicted of aggravated trespass on Friday, had his stall in Lancaster city centre confiscated under the 1824 Vagrancy Act…. The act was intended to prevent the veterans of the Napoleonic wars from begging, but the police decided that pictures of the wounds on this man's anti-vivisection leaflets put him on the wrong side of the law… (story)

Western Morning News 4.10.05 Drugs don't work - ADRIAN Cooper (WMN, September 27) like many others, writes about the immorality of vivisection, but overlooks the scientific invalidity…. Drugs may alleviate symptoms but they do not cure. Curing diseases would be commercial suicide to an industry that thrives on sickness…. Scientists, hospitals, universities and governments, are aware of the futility of vivisection but support it due to dependence upon funding/revenue from drug companies… Marlene Thompson, Nottingham (letter)
Western Morning News 27.9.05 GROWING PROTEST ON ANIMAL TESTING - Any questions about the use of animals in medical research always creates controversy…. The history of vivisection is a saga of ghastly mistakes built on appalling cruelty, yet Parliament remains swayed by an indifferent arm of science, commerce without conscience and publicity that trades on fear as a form of insurance…. Adrian Cooper, Lostwithiel (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 4.10.05 THANK YOU FOR HELPING TRUST - I thank all those who took part in the Dr Hadwen Trust sponsored walk along Exeter Quay on September 18…. Sharon Howe, Lymebourne Avenue, Sidmouth (letter)

Western Daily Press 4.10.05 LET'S KEEP TRYING TO RESCUE THESE BEARS - It was wonderful to read about the rescue of the family of bears… The Western Daily Press and your readers have been simply the best, please help us to continue. Ginny and Adrian Apps, China Bear Rescue (North Somerset) supporting Animals Asia Foundation (letter)

Carlisle News & Star 4.10.05 Circus walks into row over captive elephant By Kelly Eve - THE Bobby Roberts Super Circus has walked into another row with animal rights campaigners as it prepares to open for a five-day run in Carlisle. This time the Captive Animals’ Protection Society is lobbying for Anne, Britain’s last circus elephant, to be freed and put into ‘retirement’…. (story)


Rutland Times 3.10.05 Uncertain start to hunting season - Cottesmore Hunt has strenuously denied using a golden eagle this week but has admitted looking at a possible role for hawks as hunting begins an uncertain year…. (story)

Times 3.10.05 Hunting loopholes - The attempts to defy the hunting ban by pretending to be hunting rabbits (report, Septemer 26) are irresponsible. If a large number of people engage in this activity, then the "loophole” in the law will be closed and law-abiding country residents will have further restrictions on their freedoms. The intent of the legislation is clear: taking pleasure in the cruel suffering of wild animals is immoral and has no place in modern society…. CLIVE VACHER, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (letter)

Glasgow Evening Times 3.10.05 Actor backs calendar bid to help racing greyhounds - CALENDAR Girls star Annette Crosby is supporting a new calendar, featuring big-hearted models and elegant dogs, to raise awareness of the plight of retired racing greyhounds… The calendar was the brainchild of Stuart and Jenny Stott. The couple are members of Dumfriesshire Greyhound Rescue, which rehouses greyhounds…. (story)

Cambridge Evening News 3.10.05 A fact of life From Nick Richardson, Pheasant Rise, Bar Hill - IN REPLY to Pat Griffin (Letters, September 26) of "Animal Aid Cambridge", if he/she is a regular reader of your paper it will be obvious I write about animals and the environment all the time and do what I can to help them…. I'm a carnivore, that is my freedom of choice. As for using their bodies my wife wouldn't be alive today (Tuesday, 04 October) if substances hadn't been tested on animals for the benefit of humans…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 26.9.05 Cruelty exposed From Pat Griffin, Animal Aid Cambridge, Bakers Lane - One does not have to be a member of a group to have respect for non-human animals, and to recognise that, like us, they too feel pain, fear, joy and sadness… We all have a choice whether to be part of the mass exploitation of animals, whether it be eating them,wearing their skins or using their unconsenting living bodies as instruments on which to test a plethora of dangerous substances… (letter)

Manchester Evening News 3.10.05 Fur-wearing models blasted - HEATHER Mills McCartney has accused supermodels of "selling their souls" by wearing fur… (story)
Sunday Mirror 2.10.05 HEATHER'S WARFUR - Macca's wife blasts 'hypocrite' models who wear fur - Exclusive By Ben Todd, Showbiz Editor - HEATHER Mills McCartney has gone to war against supermodels Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell. In a furious tirade, the wife of former Beatle Sir Paul has labelled them "hypocrites" for turning their backs on the anti-fur campaign…(story)

Independent 3.10.05 Could it ever be ok to wear fur? - It's cruel, unethical and unaccountable - but it's also reusable, sustainable and biodegradable. If the industry cleaned up its act, maybe skins could come out of the doghouse, says Joanna Moorhead…(story)


Sunday Telegraph 2.10.05 These are terrorists, not animal lovers By Jenny McCartney - It is unusual for the staff of children's nurseries to harbour fears for their personal safety at work, unless they risk injury from stray chunks of flying Play-Doh. But last week it emerged that the Animal Liberation Front had threatened Leapfrog Day Nurseries with serious "consequences" if the company continued with its childcare voucher scheme for the employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences, the animal research company…. the ALF spokesman, Mr Webb, refused to condemn the digging up of Mrs Hammond's body, instead claiming that "the Government is driving people to more and more radical action". This justification - that the perpetrators can't help their actions, because the Government makes them so desperately angry - has strong echoes of the argument used by Islamist extremists after the July 7 bombings. If our Government doesn't start taking this threat more seriously, it might soon find itself facing similar results. (story)

Sunday Times 2.10.05 British animal rights activists spread violence on Continent - NICK FIELDING - BRITISH animal rights extremists have exported their campaign of intimidation to Europe to force a Cambridgeshire laboratory to stop testing medicines on animals. The move was agreed at a conference of activists that, according to one participant, told members to "get ready to get globally active”… The expansion of the campaign by Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) comes amid a new wave of violence in Britain…Earlier this year Heather Nicholson, 38, co-founder of Shac with her former husband Greg Avery, was made the subject of a five-year Asbo that prevents her going within 500 yards of HLS premises or approaching other companies with links to animal testing… Nicholson and another British activist, Daniel Wadham, have been leading the European campaign and were arrested in Sweden last month…(story)

Independent on Sunday 2.10.05 Animal rights extremists force firms to cut all links with lab By Steve Bloomfield - Death threats from animal rights extremists have forced nine companies to sever links with the controversial animal research company Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Letters sent by a group calling themselves the Animal Rights Militia (ARM) to the home addresses of directors said "your family is a target" and they would "suffer the consequences" if they did not comply with a two-week deadline to sever all links…. Brian Cass, managing director of HLS, accused Shac of orchestrating the violence. "Companies are named by Shac and then the trouble begins. Shac, Animal Rights Militia, Animal Liberation Front are to all intents and purposes the same thing." A police spokesman pointed to the example of Sarah Gisbourne, a Shac activist serving a six-and-a-half-year sentence for attacking property connected to HLS. "Based on historical experience, they can be seen as one and the same," he said. (story)

Sunday Mirror 2.10.05 ANIMAL LOVERS ARE SO BEASTLY - Carole Malone - HOW brave do you have to be to set fire to a house with only a mother and her two children sleeping inside? How brave do you have to be to attack or set fire to a chain of children's nurseries? Well, you have to be one of the brave boys and girls from the Animal Liberation Front… I wonder what kind of moral compass they possess when they'll fight to the death to protect dogs yet they're perfectly willing to hurt, maybe even kill, defenceless children? (story)


Newcastle Journal 1.10.05 Law has gone to the dogs - Whatever your views on fox hunting, no-one can argue that the current legal situation is a sensible one. For a variety of reasons - many of them based purely on the need for political expediency within the Government ranks - we have been left with a piece of legislation which is full of loopholes… the law has to be clear and well-framed. This law is not. It is likely, however, to stand as a monument to the folly of allowing political expediency a role in our law-making process. And that is not a satisfactory situation - wherever you happen to stand on this particular debate. (story)

Telegraph 1.10.05 Animal rights group targets game shoots By Charles Clover, Environment Editor - The League Against Cruel Sports launched a campaign against shooting yesterday, attacking the intensive rearing of game birds and snaring which make commercial shoots possible. In a DVD to be sent to MPs to coincide with the start of the shooting season today, the league attacks what it claims is the "factory farming" of about 30 million game birds a year and the use of snares to trap foxes….(story)
Guardian 1.10.05 Animal welfare campaigners set sights on game bird cages - Owen Bowcott - The use of battery cage farming to produce pheasants for game sport has become the target of campaigns by animal welfare groups ahead of today's opening of the shooting season. Encouraged by their parliamentary victory securing the legal ban on fox hunting, activists are focusing on a new battleground - the conditions under which 35m birds are reared before being loosed every year to be blasted out of the sky… Douglas Batchelor, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "The government's proposed animal welfare bill must tackle this animal cruelty scandal. Game birds ... must be given adequate space. If this makes the business less profitable, so be it." (story)

Scotsman 1.10.05 Fewer poisonings - Ross Minnett, of Advocates for Animals, claims the recent Royal Society for the Protection of Birds report shows a rise in the poisoning of raptors. He could not be more wrong. The only rise mentioned in the report was in the number of reported allegations of poisoning; and less than half were found to have been true. The number of poisonings actually decreased…. WER BROWN, Marykirk, Kincardineshire (letter)
Scotsman 28.9.05 Wildlife law enforcement - The rise in poisoning of birds of prey (your report, 23 September) supports previous calls for increased resources for wildlife law enforcement…. ROSS MINETT, Director, Advocates for Animals Queensferry Street Edinburgh(letter)