September 2007

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30.9.07

Sunday Mirror 30.9.07 FISH KIDS OFF THE STREET - Jon Cruddas - The highlight of my summer was not giving the big guns in the Cabinet a run for it in the election to take over from John Prescott (right) - I came a close third. No, it was watching my son catch his first fish - a mackerel - off the west coast of Ireland.... Most impressive was "Get hooked on fishing" in the North East, which is amazingly successful in keeping kids from drugs and crime... (story)

Sunday Times 30.9.07 Professor: test more drugs on humans - SARAH-KATE TEMPLETON, HEALTH EDITOR - PATIENTS should be used as human guinea pigs in drug trials that would formerly have been carried out on animals, one of Britain’s most senior scientists has said. Professor Colin Blakemore, the outgoing chief executive of the govern-ment-funded Medical Research Council - well known for his defence of experiments on animals - says new drugs should be tested on humans sooner to cut the time and cost of developing medicines.... (story)

29.9.07

Horse & Hound 29.9.07 Hunts get special delivery from LACS - A letter sent out to all masters of hounds last week by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has been dismissed as "comical" by the Countryside Alliance (CA). Last Thursday, LACS sent a letter to all masters listed in Baily's Hunting Directory by recorded delivery. In it, Mike Hobday, "head of prosecution unit" for LACS, outlines "advice" to hunts.... Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) chairman Stephen Lambert disputed the claims and described the letter as "very arrogant and desperate". "It's hardly worth comment because it contains so many factual errors. We immediately sent a note to all masters telling them to bin it," he said.... (story)

Scotsman 29.9.07 Protection law that fails birds of prey - HAMISH MACDONELL SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR - MINISTERS came under pressure last night to do more to protect birds of prey after it emerged that only three convictions have been secured under laws introduced in 2004 to stop their killing... The most common poisons found in dead birds of prey recovered mostly on or near Scotland's managed grouse moors, are carbofuran, a pesticide used for carrots and turnips but which is now completely illegal; phoserin, a fruit crop insecticide; and alphachlorolose, which is used for rodent control... (story)

Scotsman 29.9.07 Muddle over meat - Perhaps one of the reasons that Scots are confused about what makes up a balanced diet ("Cancer fears as five-a-day message goes unheeded", 21 September) is the government's refusal to acknowledge that the diet of Scots - and the western world in general - contains too much meat.... ROSS MINETT Advocates for Animals Queensferry Street Edinburgh (letter)

Leicester Mercury 29.9.07 MERCURY MAILBOX: HELP TO STOP THIS CRUEL TRADE IN ANIMALS - After a 10-year hiatus, Europe's lifting of the ban on British beef imports means our infant dairy calves are once again making the long and terrifying journey to veal farms of Europe... For a free How to be Dairy-free guide, contact Viva!... Lynda Small, Leicester. (letter)

Leicester Mercury 29.9.07 MERCURY MAILBOX: TIME TO REFLECT - The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals is encouraging churches and congregations across the county to reflect upon animal welfare issues during the first week of October.... Linda J Bodicoat, Earl Shilton (letter)

Times 29.9.07 Ross Clark (Thunderer, Sept 26) suggests that we “value cows’ lives more than our own”.... The response to foot-and-mouth has nothing to do with animal welfare and everything to do with seeking to protect the economic interests of the animal farming and meat industries. Farmers can be pacified so long as they receive compensation for their self-inflicted problems... ANDREW TYLER, Director, Animal Aid (letter)

Sheffield Star 29.9.07 Circus boss defends elephant Anne, 54 By Richard Heath - A CIRCUS boss has hit out after animal rights campaigners urged Sheffield families to boycott the show because it uses an elderly elephant. The Bobby Roberts touring circus has sparked controversy across the UK over the use of Anne - a 54-year-old Indian elephant riddled with arthritis... Craig Redmond, campaign manager for the Captive Animals’ Protection Society, urged people to boycott the show,... But Moira Roberts, Bobby’s wife, claims Anne is being given the best possible care and added that the circus has the full support of Government department Defra ... (story)

York Press 29.9.07 Coup de Gras By Gavin Aitchison - ANIMAL rights campaigners are set to demonstrate outside York's council headquarters next week, as a motion opposing foie gras goes before councillors.... The original motion, submitted by Heworth councillor Paul Blanchard, was put before City of York Council on January 25, but voting was deferred until council officers could compile a report on the legal situation and options available... (story)
York Press 29.9.07 'Time for ducks but not for humans' - COUNCIL bosses have come under fire for not allowing a debate on the human rights crisis in Burma, but allowing one on foie gras. Green Party councillor Andy D'Agorne said he was "disappointed and angry" that his emergency motion on the subject would not be opened to debate at next week's full meeting... Coun D'Agorne said: "It seems we have time to debate needless cruelty to French ducks, but not the rights of humans in Burma..... (story)

York Press 29.9.07 Let geese alone - IT REALLY makes me sad to think that some people will actually stand and count Canada geese just so they can strengthen their dislike for these birds.... F A Carter, Marston Crescent, Acomb, York. (letter)

28.9.07

Grantham Journal 28.9.07 Gamekeeper sacked after shooting geese - A gamekeeper has been sacked after shooting Canada geese in front of a horrified mum and her family. The man, who worked for the Denton-based Welby Estate, was dismissed after killing a number of birds with a shotgun at Denton Reservoir. Hannah Bristow, who lives in Grantham, witnessed the killings while walking with her sister and her children on Saturday.... (story)

ANIMAL AID DAIRY FARMING LETTER
Leek Post & Times 28.9.07 TIME TO GO DAIRY-FREE - Kate Fowler-Reeves Head of Campaigns Animal Aid (letter)
Haverhill Echo 27.9.07 Battery cow system should ditched - Kate Fowler-Reeves Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent TN9 1AW (letter)
Belper News 26.9.07 Worrying dairy farms - Kate Fowler-Reeves Head of Campaigns Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street TonbridgeKent TN9 1AW (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 26.9.07 Spare a thought for 'battery' cows - KATE FOWLER-REEVES, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, Tonbridge. (letter)
York Press 26.9.07 No to dairy - Kate Fowler-Reeves, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. (letter)
Wigan Observer/Reporter/Evening Post 21.9.07 Boycott cruel dairy farming - Recent investigations by Animal Aid have revealed a worrying new trend in dairy farming: the arrival of the almost permanently confined 'battery cow'... Kate Fowler-Reeves, head of campaigns, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Craven Herald 28.9.07 Circus reply Re your article of Friday, September 14, headed Circus Hits Back at Animal Rights Accusers'. I would like to reply to Petra Jackson of Circus Mondao and her comments in the article….. One of my charities, Animal Defenders, has done extensive research into animal circuses… zebra and camels can hardly be termed resident species of this country and they must at least be suffering from the climate in the UK - they are animals of hot, dry countries! Carol Oliver, Wood View, Embsay (letter)

Lynn News 28.9.07 Thanks for cash for Animal Aid - ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Lynn for their generosity in raising £261.33 in a street collection on August 11.... C.A. KENNETT, Animal Aid Co-ordinator, Lynn (letter)

Kent/Sussex Courier 28.9.07 If circus boycotted animals put at risk - I WRITE in defence of classical circus. It is so sad that letter writers Sara Starkey and Colin Bullen and Kate Fowler-Reeves of Animal Aid distort the truth to try to convince the people of Tonbridge that a well monitored, council licensed, legal circus, using ethical, stress free animal communication techniques in some way humiliates and degrades our beloved pets... (story)
Kent/Sussex Courier 21.9.07 CIRCUS SET TO RETURN AFTER BIG TURNOUT - OWEN MORTON - Local families have "voted with their feet" in support of a controversial animal circus. The Great British Circus, due to perform its final show tomorrow (Saturday), at 3pm, has attracted hundreds of visitors despite a series of high profile demonstrations outside the car boot site off London Road... Kate Fowler-Reeves, of Animal Aid based in Tonbridge, said the protesters had succeeded in persuading a number of visitors not to attend the show... (story)

27.9.07

Grimsby Telegraph 27.9.07 SICK OF PEOPLE GUNNING FOR US - After reading Gun Law Shoots Law-abiding Owners In Foot, I would like to add my voice to the growing number of shooters who are sick and tired of being treated like criminals just because we happen to like a different sport/pastime than other people... Name and address supplied. (letter)

COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AT LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE
Farming UK 27.9.07 FUW President demands Westminster pays for FMD - THE government was urged to follow its own "polluter pays" policy when it comes dealing with the aftermath of the FMD outbreak during a Countryside Alliance fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth. Addressing an audience which included Defra Minister Lord Rooker, Farmers' Union of Wales president, Gareth Vaughan said there is an acute air of anger and disbelief that a government-managed research site allowed the release of a disease that cost the lives of eight million animals in 2001.... Dealing with the ban on fox hunting, Mr Vaughan emphasised that FUW members were primarily interested in an effective pest control service. He also called on the government to introduce tighter controls on the spread of bovine TB.... (story)
Farmers Guardian 25.9.07 Rooker warning on export resumption - FARMERS face a longer wait for the resumption of exports this time round, Food and Farming Minister Lord Rooker has warned.... “We put a good case to the EU and they are very confident in how we have handled the outbreak compared to 2001. But commonsense tells you this time it might take a bit longer before lifting the export restrictions again,” he told a Countryside Alliance fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth... (story)

Scotsman 27.9.07 Scottish Borders 'too dangerous a region' for golden eagle to live in - STEPHEN MCGINTY - FOR the golden eagle, an emblem of Scotland, the blue sky above the Borders is to become a no-fly zone. The wildlife crime officer for Lothian and Borders Police has said a spate of poisoning incidents has made the region too dangerous for the reintroduction of the majestic bird of prey. Last month, a bird from the only breeding pair of golden eagles was found dead in the region after ingesting the banned substance carbofuran. While no-one has been charged, police suspect gamekeepers anxious to protect the dwindling number of grouse from the talons of eagles and other raptors.... Scotsman has launched a campaign - Stop Them Now - in conjunction with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to help catch those responsible... (story)

Irish Independent 27.9.07 Council fishing ban is senseless - MONICA FARRELL, CABINTEELY AVE, DUBLIN 18 (letter)
Irish Examiner 17.9.07 Council restricts a tranquil sport for ‘common good of the community’ - DUN LAOGHAIRE Rathdown County Council, in its wisdom, has seen fit to propose a change in the by-laws regarding the coastline stretching from Booterstown to Bray, prohibiting “fishing for pleasure” in all but two very small areas — Bullock and Collimore harbours... I would ask the council what dangers, environmentally or otherwise, they see in this tranquil sport?... I would implore sane-minded readers to get their pens and paper out again and remind the council that this nonsense must stop... Monica Farrell Cabinteely Dublin 18 (letter)

Huntingdon Town Crier 27.9.07 Restrictions seem fishy - Regarding the fishing restrictions at Little Paxton Nature Reserve (Lafarge section) (Town Crier, September 20), and in response to head of the district council's countryside services Pat Knight, cessation of fishing on the Cloudy Lake is contrary to plans made in the council's own management plan… Local angling group, PE196, have a meeting arranged for 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 2, at Little Paxton Village Hall. Kevin Bird PE196 Member Davis Close Little Paxton (letter)
Huntingdon Town Crier 20.9.07 Dispute over fishing on nature reserve - Anglers fear they are being gradually excluded from Paxton Pits. The complaints come from a group called PE196 which argues that Huntingdonshire District Council – which manages Little Paxton Pits Nature Reserve – has dramatically reduced the amount of fishing opportunities. PE196 member Don Cook, 55, who has been fishing in the area for 30 years, said: "Some people in the council don't like angling. "They treat it like fox hunting and they are trying to do away with it."... (story)

Daily Post 27.9.07 All out attack on mink by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - SOME 150 rafts to catch deadly American mink have been deployed on Anglesey. Next year a further 250 rafts will be deployed through the rest of North Wales, initially on the rivers Dee, Elwy, Weaver, Clwyd and Conwy. The project is being coordinated by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) through its Green Shoots project... (story)

ANIMAL DEFENDERS PRIMATE EXPERIMENT LETTER
Haverhill Echo 27.9.07 Time to end primate experiments - Jan Creamer Animal Defenders International Millbank London SW1P 4QP (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 27.9.07 End animal experiments - JAN CREAMER, chief executive, Animal Defenders International (letter)
Belfast Telegraph 27.9.07 Help end the nightmare of animal testing - Jan Creamer, Animal Defenders International, London (letter)
North Devon Journal 27.9.07 OPPORTUNITY TO PUT STOP TO MONKEY BUSINESS - JAN CREAMER, Chief Executive, Animal Defenders International, Millbank Tower, London (letter)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 25.9.07 End the suffering - SIR - This month, more than half of the members of the European Parliament signed a written declaration drafted by Animal Defenders International calling for urgent action to end the use of apes and wild-caught monkeys in Europe's laboratories... Jan Creamer, Chief Executive, Animal Defenders International, Millbank, London (letter)

Times 27.9.07 Defra’s tough call on vaccination - As a seventh case of foot-and-mouth is confirmed. I agree with Dr Colin Fink (letter, Sept 25) and am appalled at the Government’s refusal to start vaccinating these animals against foot-and-mouth... Prolonging the decision to vaccinate is prolonging the suffering that animals and farmers are going through. Vaccination is the sensible way forward. PHILIP LYMBERY, Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming (letter)

Scotsman 27.9.07 In defence of goats - With regard to the proposed cull of goats on the Knoydart peninsula (your report, 21 September). Angela Williams of the Knoydart Foundation only seems to tell part of the story... It's a pity the people of Knoydart, fuelled by tourist organisations posing as conservationists, might be persuaded to kill these animals... ANGUS MACMILLAN, Meikle Boturich, near Balloch, Dunbartonshire (story)

Sheffield Star 27.9.07 Circus always involves misery - We are absolutely disgusted that The Don Valley Grass Bowl has decided to play host to Bobby Robert's Animal circus.... As an educator I can't find one aspect of an animal circus that is educational. Far better to watch a wildlife programme.... Dr Rees Mangal and Sarah Brown, Chairperson and Vice-chairperson, South Yorkshire Animal Concerns (letter)

Essex Chronicle 27.9.07 ANIMAL TRAGIC AS CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN - HELEN ORRELL - Animal lovers are being urged to boycott a circus which still uses performing lions and tigers.The Great British Circus (above) pulled into town this week in Essex Regiment Way, Chelmsford. The shows are billed as family entertainment but local councillors and campaigners are outraged. Cllr Mike Mackrory said: "I do not approve of the use of wild animals for performing at all.... (story)
Essex Chronicle 27.9.07 BACKLASH AT ANIMAL CIRCUS - The circus came to town this week - and met a barrage of criticism.The Great British Circus arrived in Chelmsford on Tuesday for a series of performances billed as a family event. But protesters are outraged some of the attractions include lions, tigers, camels and zebras... (story)

ANIMAL AID DAIRY FARMING LETTER
Haverhill Echo 27.9.07 Battery cow system should ditched - Kate Fowler-Reeves Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent TN9 1AW (letter)
Belper News 26.9.07 Worrying dairy farms - Kate Fowler-Reeves Head of Campaigns Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street TonbridgeKent TN9 1AW (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 26.9.07 Spare a thought for 'battery' cows - KATE FOWLER-REEVES, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, Tonbridge. (letter)
York Press 26.9.07 No to dairy - Kate Fowler-Reeves, Animal Aid, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. (letter)
Wigan Observer/Reporter/Evening Post 21.9.07 Boycott cruel dairy farming - Recent investigations by Animal Aid have revealed a worrying new trend in dairy farming: the arrival of the almost permanently confined 'battery cow'... Kate Fowler-Reeves, head of campaigns, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (letter)

Solihull Observer 27.9.07 Barbaric dog fights are sick - Chris Willmott - JUST how desperate for cheap thrills do people have to be to inflict such pain and cruelty to innocent animals in a dog fighting ring…. How would these people feel if we forced them into a pit they could not escape from and urged them to fight to the death while we jeered them on from the sides? Compassionate and morally correct human beings can only hope they never have to find out. (story)

Western Gazette 27.9.07 BADGER FEARS REMAIN DESPITE SITE FINDINGS - An animal welfare group is concerned for the safety of badgers near a Bridport development site despite an investigation finding there were no live setts there.... Dorset Badger Group vice chairman Mary Westwood said: "There is a live badger sett next to the site, just over the barbed wire fence, and the badger tunnels will go into the site... (story)

26.9.07

Horse & Hound 26.9.07 Death of former Brighton and Storrington Beagles whip and Kent British Field Sports Society chairman - Life-long hunt supporter Frank Middleton died on Thursday 20 Sept aged 80. Mr Middleton was chairman of the British Field Sports Society for Kent for 10 years in the 1980s and 90s and was very much involved in hunting, having whipped-in for the Brighton and Storrington Beagles in the '60s. Then, with various of his children, he followed the Crawley and Horsham and the Ashford Valley, and was chairman of the Wye College Beagles for about 25 years... (story)

Western Morning News 26.9.07 'VALUE FARMING AND FISHING AS WAY OF LIFE' - MATT CHORLEY LONDON EDITOR, IN BOURNEMOUTH - Rural affairs minister Jonathan Shaw last night admitted that the Government must "up its game" to counter the impression that the countryside does not matter to the Labour party. In an interview with the WMN, he said Gordon Brown's ministerial team needed to "value and support" the farming and fishing industries which are not just communities "but a way of life".... When Tony Blair left office earlier this year many in the Westcountry spoke out to claim that the region had been ignored for a decade because it did not hold the key to Labour's electoral fortunes. And the beleaguered Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) repeatedly came under fire for its handling of the aftermath of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak, the Rural Payments Agency debacle, the Hunting Act and dithering over bovine TB... (story)

Carlisle News & Star 26.9.07 Hound show swaps venue - FLOODING has forced organisers of an annual foxhounds show to switch venues. The Cumberland Foxhounds Charity Show was originally going to take place at Brocklebank in Wigton on Sunday. But they will be moving the show to Siddick Fields, near Workington... (story)

Scotsman 26.9.07 Fines for shooting protected bird - TWO hunters were yesterday fined a total of £1,400 for shooting a protected species of goose. Michael Purcell, 46, and Eric Saxon, 72, from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, admitted shooting the barnacle goose... (story)

Yorkshire Post 26.9.07 Keep superstore out of our town By Brian Dooks - AN AWARD-WINNING independent retailer who believes a new superstore will gridlock Harrogate's northern entrance is urging the public to join a campaign to keep the town as the last postcode in the country without a Tesco store. Andrew Loftus, managing director of Weeton's urban farm shop on West Park, claims Tesco's dominance in the UK is damaging local food producers and the rural economy... Mr Loftus, whose business was the Countryside Alliance's Best Rural Retailer in 2006, believes 4,000 extra vehicles will overload the northern approach to Harrogate... (story)

Hull Daily Mail 26.9.07 COUNTRY SHOW TO GO ANNUAL - A new rural life spectacular is set to become a permanent fixture on East Yorkshire's countryside social calendar. More than 10,000 enthusiasts flocked to the first two-day Wolds Game and Country Show at Sledmere House, near Driffield.... Mark Hulme, managing director, said: "We were on tenterhooks because the show was a new event for East Yorkshire... It is good news for country sports lovers and we intend to make it an annual premier show."... (story)

Argus 26.9.07 Blue tongue clue - Can it really be a coincidence that the recent outbreak of blue tongue disease has struck near Ipswich? A fortnight ago the live export of animals was moved to Ipswich as the dock in Dover was under repair.... How easy would it be for a blue tonguecarrying midge to travel on the ship? Does anybody check whether the ship or the returning lorries are properly washed out... Sue Baumgardt, Stoneham Road Hove (letter)

Argus 26.9.07 Selfish society - Was there any need for seafoodlover Hugh Clench (The Argus, September 21) to kill the 9lb crab that he purchased at Shoreham harbour?... Susan Funnell, Richardson Road Hove (letter)

Hemel Hempstead Gazette 26.9.07 Thanks for animal funds - Animal Aid would like to express their sincere thanks to all shoppers who donated at their street collection in Hemel Hempstead town centre on Saturday, September 8.... Peter Simpson, Co-ordinator (letter)

Wiltshire Times 26.9.07 Badger sett was "blocked" By Benjamin Parkes - AN animal welfare group is calling for a housing developer to be prosecuted over a breach of laws designed to protect badgers and their natural habitats. Persimmon Homes, which markets itself as the UK's leading house builder, has constructed hundreds of homes in and around Wiltshire. One of its latest developments in Staverton.... members of Wiltshire Badger Group have called for Persimmon Homes to be prosecuted for the offence saying it is not the first time this has happened. Malcolm Clark, of the badger protection group, said.... (story)

25.9.07

Western Mail 25.9.07 Glamorgan Hunt back by Steve Dube, Western Mail - GLAMORGAN HUNT is set to return its annual Hunter Trials to the South Wales equestrian calendar after a three-year absence, thanks to a host of corporate sponsors. The hunt relies on the services it provides to farmers, fundraising and subscriptions to survive, so it was delighted when local and national companies, including banking giant HSBC, agreed to sponsor the trials, which will take place at Alps Park, Wenvoe, on October 7... (story)

Times 25.9.07 Caging the beast within - Calls have been made to take into account a history of animal cruelty when sentencing dangerous offenders - JOHN COOPER - Is there a link between cruelty to animals and violence to people? Calls were made last week at Britain’s first conference on the topic for judges to take account of a history of animal cruelty when sentencing dangerous offenders... (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 25.9.07 Messages of support for councillor - ELLIOT FURNISS - MESSAGES of support have been sent to an Essex councillor and his family after he underwent a heart operation yesterday. Former firefighter Lawrie Payne, who represents Harwich East on Tendring District Council, has been in hospital for more than a week since suffering a heart attack... Mr Payne is also a dedicated animal rights campaigner and has represented the League Against Cruel Sports in Essex for more than 10 years, championing many of its campaigns, most notably that of the brown hare.... (story)

FIELD TRIALLING PROSECUTION
Scarborough Evening News 25.9.07 Horse trainer faces hare coursing case By John Ritchie - ONE of the country's most successful racehorse trainers, who is alleged to have attended a hare coursing event, has had his case adjourned by Scarborough magistrates. Miles Henry Easterby, known as Peter, is charged along with four other people of offences contrary to the Hunting Act 2004... (story)
Yorkshire Post 29.8.07 Ex-trainer faces hare hunt case By Mark Branagan - RETIRED champion racehorse trainer Peter Easterby is to appear in court next month after being accused of being involved in an alleged hare coursing event. The former Malton trainer, who retired in 1996, is said to be pleading not guilty and the National Coursing Club stated yesterday he had been taking part in legal field trialling with greyhounds... (story)
York Press 29.8.07 Hunt case for trainer - A LANDMARK court case could test the new anti-hunting legislation governing hare coursing. Well-known racehorse trainer Miles Henry Easterby is facing charges of hunting with dogs in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.... (story)
Northern Echo 25.8.07 Renowned trainer denies hare coursing By Joe Willis - A RENOWNED racehorse trainer is facing charges of hunting with dogs in a landmark court case. Miles Henry Easterby, known as Peter, was arrested after an investigation by police into an alleged hare coursing event.... Mr Easterby appeared in court with John Shaw, 54, of Welburn Manor, Welburn, near Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, and Andrew Lund-Watkinson, 56, of Pine View Lodge, Newton-on-Rawcliffe, near Pickering, North Yorkshire. They were also charged with two charges of allowing a hare coursing event and allowing the practice on their land.... (story)

Kent Messenger 25.9.07 Hunting with dogs gang arrested - POLICE chased and arrested five men for hunting a wild animal with dogs. Officers were called to a farm in Minster on Friday night after receiving reports that the hunt was happening... (story)

Peterborough Evening Telegraph 25.9.07 Keeping it local during British Food Fortnight By Hannah Gray and Jemma Walton ... During British Food Fortnight, Hannah Gray and Jemma Walton spoke to some of the people who put the "great" into Great British food... CONSUMERS' growing interest in locally produced food is not just a boost for Rosemary Morton's business but it helps make her job more rewarding too.... Willow Brook Farm Shop, opened four years ago and this diversification has gone from strength to strength, even winning an award from the Countryside Alliance last year.... (story)

B&K ANIMAL RIGHTS ARRESTS
Hull Daily Mail 25.9.07 Animal rights campaigners arrested after taking part in demonstrations say they will sue police. Margaret Bardsley and her daughter Lindsey were arrested at their homes in Preston, near Hedon, in raids earlier this year. They were taken into custody in connection with threats to and intimidation of suppliers to B &K Universal Ltd, based at Aldbrough, near Hornsea, which supplies animals for testing at laboratories. However, neither of them were charged with any offence and they say they were wrongfully arrested and will sue Humberside Police... The two women were arrested with a 17-year-old man, of Leeds, and a 27-year-old, of Shipley, on February 20. At the time they were taken into custody, police said the intimidation was in the form of e-mails, telephone calls and faxes.... (story)
Indymedia 11.7.07 SOCPA Raid Charges Dropped - On the 20th February 2007 dawn raids were executed at four addresses in Yorkshire involving over a hundred police officers from Humberside and West Yorkshire Police,. The aim being to arrest four people for what the media and police agencies dubbed animal rights extremism.... Four and a half months later, the charges were dropped and the accused are now pursuing legal action against Humberside Police and have requested a full apology from the leader of the Operation, Christine Kelk, [2] and the media who printed articles about the case [1] (story)
Hull Daily Mail 21.2.07 PROTESTER ARRESTS PLEASE COMPANY - Four people were today being questioned by police in connection with offences involving animal rights extremism…. All four were arrested in connection with threats and intimidation of suppliers to B &K Universal Ltd, based at Aldbrough, near Hornsea, which supplies animals for testing at laboratories…. A spokeswoman for B &K Universal said extremists were hampering progress in medical research…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 21.2.07 Arrests over allegations of animal rights harassment By Simon Bristow - DETECTIVES investigating an alleged intimidation campaign by animal rights extremists have made a series of arrests across Yorkshire. The inquiry was launched after complaints from suppliers of firms linked to animal experiments that they were being warned to withdraw their business from the companies in question…. (story)
Yorkshire Evening Post 20.2.07 Leeds teen in animal rights arrest By Tony Gardner - A TEENAGER from Leeds is among four people arrested by detectives investigating threats and intimidation by animal rights' extremists. The arrests were made at a number of addresses in both West Yorkshire and Humberside this morning. It is understood all four people were arrested in connection with threats and intimidation of suppliers of goods and services to B&K Universal Ltd, a Hull-based company active in the field of laboratory animal science and biotechnology… (story)
BBC News Online 20.2.07 Police make animal rights arrests - Four people have been arrested over offences relating to animal rights extremist activities. Officers from Humberside and West Yorkshire Police carried out a planned joint operation on Tuesday…. (story)
Daily Mail 20.2.07 Police make four arrests in animal lab threats probe - Detectives investigating threats and intimidation by animal rights' extremists arrested four people, including a teenager, today, police said. The arrests were made at a number of addresses in both the Humberside and West Yorkshire police areas this morning. It is understood all four people were arrested in connection with threats and intimidation of suppliers of goods and services to B&K Universal Ltd… (story)
Bradford Telegraph & Argus 20.2.07 Four quizzed on animal rights claims By Michael Black - Four people, including a Shipley man, are being quizzed by detectives investigating threats and intimidation by animal rights' extremists…. It is understood all four people were arrested in connection with threats and intimidation of suppliers of goods and services to B&K Universal Ltd… (story)

LETTER BOMB ARREST
Times 25.9.07 Party-popper bomber targeted firms in 'protest at surveillance society' - SEAN O'NEILL - A school caretaker terrorised the public with a four-week letter-bomb campaign which he staged as a protest against the “surveillance society”, a court was told yesterday. Miles Cooper, 27, used children’s party poppers to make packages that were designed to fire nails or shards of glass when they were opened... The first device was posted on January 17 to the offices of Orchid Cellmark, a forensic science laboratory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. It was opened by Michelle Evans... The name of the sender written on the package was “Barry Horne” – the identity of an animal rights bomber who died in prison on hunger strike in 2001. Mr Price said: “Despite the animal rights references on the first device, which were to be repeated on two others, it does not appear that animal rights was any part of the defendant’s motivation.”... (story)
Cambridge Evening News 2.3.07 Man on bombs charges - A CAMBRIDGE primary school caretaker is appearing in court today (Friday, 02 March) charged over a series of letter bombings. Miles Cooper, 27, is accused of 12 offences under the Explosive Substances Act and the Offences Against the Person Act…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 24.2.07 Suspected mail bomber in the dock - CAMBRIDGE school caretaker Miles Cooper has made his first appearance in court charged with a series of letter bombings. The 27-year-old, who spoke in a quiet but clear voice, seemed slightly distracted during the brief hearing at Banbury Magistrates' Court, as reported in later editions of yesterday (Friday, 23 February)'s News. Cooper, whose address was given as Welstead Road, Cherry Hinton, was remanded in custody and will appear again on March 2 at Oxford Crown Court…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 23.2.07 Letter bombings suspect in court on 12 charges - A CAMBRIDGE primary school caretaker appeared in court today (Friday, 23 February) charged over a series of letter bombings…. (story)
South Wales Evening Post 23.2.07 BOMB SUSPECT IN COURT - PETER SLEE - A Primary school caretaker was today appearing in court charged in connection with a letter bomb sent to Swansea's DVLA in Morriston.School caretaker Miles Cooper, aged 27, faces 12 allegations under the Explosive Substances Act and the Offences Against the Person Act…. (story)
Oxford Mail 23.2.07 Bomb suspect in court - A man accused of a letter bomb campaign in Oxfordshire and other parts of the country has been remanded in custody by Banbury magistrates…. (story)
Western Mail 23.2.07 Caretaker in court over letter bombs - A primary school caretaker appeared in court today charged over a series of letter bombings. Miles Cooper, 27, is accused of 12 offences under the Explosive Substances Act and the Offences Against the Person Act…. (story)
Yorkshire Post 23.2.07 Man in court over letter bombs - A primary school caretaker is due to appear in court charged over a series of letter bombings. Miles Cooper, 27, faces 12 offences under the Explosive Substances Act and the Offences Against the Person Act and will appear at Banbury Magistrates' Court…. (story)
Oxford Times 23.2.07 Letter-bomb suspect in Banbury court - A PRIMARY school caretaker will appear before an Oxfordshire court today charged over the recent series of letter bombings, including devices sent to firms in Abingdon and Culham… (story)
Cambridge Evening News 22.2.07 Shops mall lead in letter bombs hunt - DETECTIVES are studying CCTV footage from a Newmarket shopping centre as they continue to question letter bomb suspect Miles Cooper…. (story)
Oxford Times 22.2.07 Bombs: more questioning - DETECTIVES have been given until this afternoon to question a 27-year-old school caretaker about the sending of a series of letter bombs… (story)
Wokingham Times 21.2.07 Man held over letter bombings - A school caretaker has been arrested in connection with a spate of letter bomb attacks including one at a Wokingham accounting firm…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 21.2.07 City letter bomb 'link' to arrested caretaker - A WOMAN who received a letter bomb through the post in Cambridge believes the recent bombings are linked to the explosive device sent to the city's Labour Party HQ last summer. Detectives are continuing to question school caretaker Miles Cooper about the bombing campaign… (story)
South Wales Evening Post 21.2.07 CARETAKER QUIZZED IN BOMB HUNT - Police are still holding a man in connection with a letter bomb sent to Swansea's DVLA after being granted an extra 24 hours to question him.Miles Cooper, a primary school caretaker in his 20s, has been quizzed by police about a series of explosive packages which were sent to organisations across the UK…. (story)
Fenland Citizen 21.2.07 INVESTIGATION: Letter bomb police search bungalow - POLICE and the national press converged on March's Richards Close on Monday following up a possible link with the man arrested at Cherry Hinton in connection with the series of letter bomb attacks… On Monday afternoon officers from Thames Valley police searched number 18 Richards Close, understood to be the home of Cooper's father and step-mother…. (story)
Western Mail 21.2.07 Police quiz letter bomb suspect - Detectives have until this afternoon to question a 27-year-old school caretaker about the sending of a series of letter bombs. Miles Cooper was arrested at his home on the outskirts of Cambridge at around 3am on Monday following a large-scale investigation…. (story)
Oxford Times 21.2.07 More time for letter-bomb quiz - POLICE investigating the sending of a series of letter bombs, including two in Oxfordshire, have been given more time to question a 27-year-old school caretaker…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 20.2.07 Bomb fears alert as the search goes on - MORE letter bombs may be in the post despite the arrest yesterday (Monday, 19 February) of prime suspect Miles Cooper… (story)
Oxford Mail 20.2.07 Caretaker questioned over letter bombings By Nione Meakin A primary school caretaker has been arrested in connection with a series of letter bombings that saw a woman injured at an Abingdon firm… (story)
Western Mail 20.2.07 Arrest over DVLA letterbomb - A PRIMARY school caretaker was being questioned by detectives last night over the letterbombing campaign across Britain…. (story)
Independent 20.2.07 Man arrested over letter bomb attacks By Neville Dean, Caroline Gammell and Brian Farmer, PA - A man in his 20s was arrested today over the recent series of seven letter bombings as the investigation into the attacks took a major leap forward. Police swooped on a house in Welstead Road, Cherry Hinton, near Cambridge, at around 3am to arrest the suspect. He was named by sources as Miles Cooper…. (story)
Oxford Times 20.2.07 Caretaker questioned in letter bomb inquiry By Nione Meakin - A PRIMARY school caretaker has been arrested in connection with a series of letter bombings that saw a woman injured at an Abingdon firm…. A man in his 20s, school caretaker Miles Cooper, was arrested yesterday over the attacks… (story)
Telegraph 20.2.07 'Goth loner' is questioned over letter bombs By Amy Iggulden, John Steele and David Sapsted - A man described as a 'loner' was being questioned last night over a series of letter bomb attacks which have left nine people injured. Miles Cooper, a 26-year-old school caretaker who does not drive, was arrested at his home near Cambridge early yesterday on suspicion of sending seven letter bombs in the past month… (story)
Guardian 20.2.07 Letter bomb inquiry: school caretaker held as public told to stay vigilant - Karen McVeigh and Duncan Campbell - A caretaker and cleaner at a Church of England primary school was being questioned last night by detectives investigating a month-long letter bombing campaign across England and Wales that injured nine people…. (story)
Cambridge Evening News 19.2.07 Letter bombings suspect arrested - A SCHOOL caretaker was arrested in Cambridge today (Monday, 19 February) in connection with a series of seven letter bomb attacks across Britain. Miles Cooper, 27, a caretaker at Teversham Church of England Primary School, was arrested at 4am at his home in Welstead Road, Cherry Hinton…. (story)
Birmingham Post 19.2.07 Letter bombs: Police warning after man arrested - A man in his 20s was arrested today over the recent series of seven letter bombings, one of which was sent to Birmingham. Police swooped on a house in Welstead Road, Cherry Hinton, near Cambridge, at around 3am to arrest the suspect. They also warned that a further explosive could be in the UK postal system (story)
Edinburgh Evening News 19.2.07 Letter bombing suspect held as police swoop in dawn raid - A MAN was arrested in a dawn raid today by detectives investigating a spate of letter bomb attacks that have injured at least nine people. The suspect, named by sources as Miles Cooper, who is in his 20s, was arrested this morning in a Cambridgeshire village, after officers probed a link with a parcel bomb sent to a local Labour Party office last August…. (story)
Western Mail 19.2.07 Police arrest letter bomb suspect - A MAN in his 20s was arrested today over the recent series of seven letter bombings as the investigation into the attacks took a major leap forward. Police swooped on a house in Welstead Road, Cherry Hinton, near Cambridge, at around 3am to arrest the suspect…. (story)
Southern Daily Echo 19.2.07 Man arrested over letter bomb attacks - A MAN has today been arrested in connection with a series of letter bomb attacks. He was arrested by detectives in Cambridge investigating the attacks on businesses linked to forensic science laboratories and traffic enforcement…. (story)
Oxford Times 19.2.07 Man held in letter-bomb inquiry - A MAN has been arrested in connection with a series of letter bomb attacks, including two in Oxfordshire, police said today…. (story)
South Wales Evening Post 19.2.07 DVLA LETTER BOMB ARREST - A Man has been arrested in connection with a series of letter bomb attacks including one in Swansea.The man in his 20s was arrested by detectives in Cambridge…. The arrested man was named by sources as Miles Cooper…. (story)

Plymouth Evening Herald 25.9.07 COMPASSIONATE COLLECTORS THANKED - Compassion in World Farming would like to thank Stacey Wheeler and the people of Plymouth for raising £30 at their street collection on August 18... (story)

Plymouth Evening Herald 25.9.07 GRUELLING TREK HELPS SAVE ABUSED BEARS - MATT FLEMING HERALD REPORTER - Intrepid animal-lovers from a Plymouth veterinary practice have completed a 50-mile trek across mountains in Romania in aid of a bear sanctuary.Head nurse Corinna Goss, 35, and head receptionist Tracy Passmore, 44, who work at the Elm Vet Clinic in Milehouse, took on the mammoth walk in aid of the World Society for the Protection of Animals.... (story)

Birmingham Mail 25.9.07 Protest with force over 'cruel' pate By Will Oliphant, Birmingham Mail - SHOCKED shoppers stopped and stared as animal rights activists "force fed" a woman outside the Bullring. The protest was aimed at Selfridges' sale of pate de foie gras... Activist Claire Williams, dressed in evening wear and wearing gory fake blood makeup, was tied to a chair while fellow protester Kevin White, dressed as a waiter, put a tube in her mouth and pretended to force feed her grain... (story)

Sheffield Star 25.9.07 Fury as Squeaky the pig dies - A ROW has erupted over the death of Squeaky, the stray piglet rescued after being found abandoned beside a north Derbyshire road.... The rare Tamworth breed pig is believed to have succumbed to a bug - and her owners are criticising the RSPCA who took her in for not returning her to her mother sooner. Farmer Sally Roberts, aged 38, believes the youngster had a poor immune system because she missed out on vital nutrient-rich mother's milk in her first few days... (story)
Yorkshire Post 16.8.07 Row after this little piggy went to RSPCA By Paul Whitehouse - This piglet marooned at an RSPCA branch because of the foot and mouth crisis is at the centre of a row involving a farmer who is now consulting lawyers over the way the charity has handled the case. The days-old Tamworth breed was handed in to the RSPCA in Chesterfield, after it apparently escaped from a farm transporter in Chesterfield. Its owner discovered its fate after the RSPCA publicised the incident but believes it was stolen and then abandoned... Susan Smith, 61, said: "It is disgusting. The piglet is being kept in a cage by the RSPCA when it should be back home roaming freely with our other pigs. It is now very unlikely that the piglet's mother will feed it if the baby ever returns."... (story)
Aberdeen Press & Journal 16.8.07 ROW BREAKS OUT OVER LORRY-FALL PIGLET - A piglet which apparently fell off the back of a lorry faced an uncertain future yesterday as a row erupted over who owns the animal. Named Jasmine by RSPCA staff, it cannot be moved from the charity's centre in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, because of foot-and-mouth restrictions over the movement of livestock. It remains unclear if the young Tamworth-breed pig will end up at a farm, pet lover's home or animal sanctuary when the ban is lifted... (story)

Halifax Evening Courier 25.9.07 Time to crack down on cruelty to animals - I READ your report headlined "Lofty was starving but I did nothing" (Courier, September 14). It is time those who abuse and ill-treat our dumb friends were sent to prison for a long time. This type of thing is far too prevalent in today's society and totally unacceptable... (Mrs) Mary McClurg, Ovenden Crescent, Ovenden, Halifax. (letter)

York Press 25.9.07 Green way to eat - WITH climate change regularly making headlines and many people unsure of what they can do to help, giving up meat is the major active and positive choice we can make.... Many organisations, like Animal Aid, Compassion In World Farming and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), have information on this. I know that the Vegetarian Society has produced a report with the facts about how diet impacts on the environment... Charles Everett, Green Party prospective Parliamentary candidate for Outer York constituency, North Moor, Huntington, York (letter)

24.9.07

Irish Independent 24.9.07 View of hunting is out of touch - Stag hunting certainly has some influential allies. National Hunt jockey Paul Carberry is calling on Minister John Gormley not to ban the practice. It helps him to keep his "eye in" on the racetrack, he says as if that justified chasing a terrified semi-domesticated stag across fields and over ditches, to be cut and torn in tangles of barbed wire and pushed by organised bullying to the limits of its endurance... The Ward Union Hunt could easily switch to drag hunting, in which a false scent is laid for the hounds to follow ... JOHN FITZGERALD, CALLAN, CO KILKENNY (letter)

Western Mail 24.9.07 Rhodri speaks at the Labour Party conference by Tomos Livingstone, Western Mail - RHODRI MORGAN last night urged opponents of Labour’s coalition with Plaid Cymru to remember the “big picture”, saying the deal was aimed at keeping the Tories out of power... Welsh Labour meanwhile launched an economic plan for west Wales, with an eye on the local elections next May and a possible early General Election. The area has a string of marginal seats, including Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire where former Minister Nick Ainger faces a challenge from Countryside Alliance chief executive Simon Hart... (story)

Scotsman 24.9.07 Make fish farms pay - I am sure many people will be astounded at recent reports that companies which operate salmon farms around the Scottish coast use equipment which can be damaged by seals, a natural resident in our waters... ROSS MINETT Advocates for Animals Queensferry Street Edinburgh (letter)

23.9.07

Mail on Sunday 23.9.07 The downfall of the man who pioneered affordable insurance cover for homosexuals By IVAN MASSOW - Ivan Massow came to prominence in the Nineties when he set up his own insurance firm which specialised in offering affordable cover to gay men... Here he describes how he took on a multi-national in a battle that led him to the brink of suicide.... Despite the AIDS hysteria of the time, I was, in short, the first 'It-Gay', with friends ranging from Joan Collins to the Crown Prince of Brunei, whom I met at a London party. Appointed master of two hunts, I moved in the highest circles.... I went from being an openly homosexual Tory to a foxhunting member of the Labour Party, where I was publicly welcomed by Cabinet Minister Mo Mowlam... (story)

Sunday Independent 23.9.07 Ban on fur farming is called for by animal welfare groups - The Green Party has been called on to introduce legislation banning fur farming in Ireland.... 'Compassion in World Farming' spokesperson Mary-Anne Bartlett has said she's hopeful that the Green's presence in Government will lead to a ban on fur farms (story)

22.9.07

Irish Examiner 22.9.07 Story of the otter hunt - I AM doing a survey of otter-hunting in Ireland covering its sustainability and markets. The culture of trapping otters for their fur ceased in 1976 when the first Wildlife Act became law. I ask readers with memories or stories of the practice to write to me so that I can send them a short questionnaire.... Dr Anthony Beese, Downeen, Rosscarbery, Co Cork, email: apbeese@eircom.net (letter)

Leicester Mercury 22.9.07 MERCURY MAILBOX: YOU'RE KIDDING! - Who do the Cottesmore, Atherstone and the Belvoir Hunts think they're kidding when they said they only go trail hunting? I suspect many villagers would beg to differ.... Judi Hewitt, Rhyl (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 22.9.07 POLICE QUIZ EIGHT OVER POACHING - Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of poaching in a village. Police officers were called to a field in Honey Pot Lane, Colsterworth, near Grantham after two vehicles were seen allegedly pursuing deer. A Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck and a Subaru Legacy Estate, both containing four people, were later stopped on the A151 near Grimsthorpe.... (story)

Preston Citizen 22.9.07 Fly-tipping clear up for Preston estate - A partnership has taken action to swat fly-tipping in a part of Preston. Lancashire County Council (LCC) has teamed up with Preston City Parks and Cleansing and Gateway Housing Association for a clean up of green open spaces next to Holme Slack Primary School. It comes as a new report from the Countryside Alliance entitled, Time for Action, outlines solutions to fly-tipping which, the company claims, is costing taxpayers £100million a year... (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 22.9.07 - I write in response to your story about attacks on animals... Children perhaps aren't aware of choice, whereas we adults choose not to be cruel to animals.... ? Is it that some cruelty is preferable to another sort? When you kill a bat, you take away everything it has, its entire existence. Killing a human being can't do more than that... (story)

ANIMAL AID HORSE SLAUGHTER INVESTIGATION
Bristol Evening Post 22.9.07 WELFARE CHARITY DEFENDS THE USE OF SLAUGHTERHOUSES - A Horse welfare charity has defended the use of slaughterhouses to put down horses and ponies after claims by Animal Aid about animals being destroyed and sent abroad for meat.The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) said not all horse owners could afford the luxury of having their animal put down at home by a vet due to rising costs of euthanasia and carcass disposal... It also said its own experts had witnessed the method of shooting in the head highlighted by Animal Aid and wanted to reassure people that if carried out by a professional skilled person, it was one of the quickest and most humane methods of slaughter, causing the animal no undue suffering... (story)
Daily Mail 20.9.07 The ponies abandoned by British children and sent to France as horse meat By SEAN POULTER - The slaughterman precariously balances a rifle against the small grey pony's head... This is the reality of the slaughter and butchering of thousands of unwanted riding ponies and racehorses at a British abattoir. The picture here is one of several taken by undercover investigators for Animal Aid... Animal Aid director Andrew Tyler said: "This seems a typical example of the abandonment of a pet whose useful days are over... (story)
Sun 20.9.07 Ponies killed for meat in UK By KATY HASTINGS - HORRIFYING pictures of how unwanted riding ponies and unprofitable racehorses are slaughtered for meat have been released by animal welfare campaigners. The shocking undercover footage shows a pony being butchered, with a shot in the head. Charity Animal Aid has lifted the lid on the reality of the horse meat trade and released secretly-filmed footage of horses being slaughtered at Potter’s abattoir in Taunton, Somerset... (story)

21.9.07

Horse & Hound 21.9.07 Hunts count the cost of FMD - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - The hunting community is starting to count the cost of the latest foot-and-mouth outbreak. With autumn hunting currently on hold, some hunts are looking at other ways to raise money... "The Heythrop is looking for extra work for kennel staff — among numerous skills, we offer fencing, carpentry, metalwork and gardening..." The Surrey Union was at the centre of last month's outbreak, and delayed sending out subs forms as a result. Senior master Mark Sprake said people need to show "moral compunction"... (story)

Irish Examiner 21.9.07 Unholy origins of the hunt for stags and foxes - WESTERN Europe took many of its ideas and culture from the old Roman empire, which brought about the greatest development in the use of hunting as an amusement or what is now claimed as ‘sport’.... The historian Henry Hallam outlined how it became impossible to repress the eagerness with which the clergy rushed into these amusements... Prohibitions of synods and councils, he wrote, had little effect. Those false shepherds said Mass with their spurs on, their hunting daggers in their belts and their horses saddled and ready outside the church. Thus began the grafting of bloodsports onto the Christian religion.... With this church backing, it’s not surprising that carted staghunting and foxhunting have only relatively recently met serious opposition. Dick Power Boherlode Ballyneety Co Limerick (letter)

BIRMINGHAM DOG FIGHTING TRIAL
Guardian 21.9.07 Ten convicted of being involved in 'sadistic and pitiless' dog fight - Sam Jones - Ten men were yesterday convicted of involvement in a "sadistic" dog fight described by the RSPCA as one of the largest and most savage bouts it had ever come across. ... (story)
Birmingham Mail 21.9.07 Seven facing jail over dog fight - SEVEN men convicted of involvement in the largest organised dog fight uncovered since 1990, which took place in Birmingham, are facing jail amid fears the blood sport is growing in popularity... (story)
BBC News Online 20.9.07 Ten men convicted over dog fight - Ten men have been convicted after police raided the biggest illegal dog fight uncovered in the UK since 1990.... District Judge Kal Qureshi issued fines ranging between £750 and £1,400 to the five men found guilty of attending the fight. These are: Mamoon Ahmed, 24, of Phipson Road, Birmingham, Yasser Khalid, 25, of Rotton Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Nabeel Safdar, 25, of Ash Road, Saltley, Birmingham, Majid Mushtaq, 28, of Fletcher Road, Preston, Lancashire, Imran Arif, 29, of Sandway Gardens, Washwood Heath, Birmingham... (story)
Birmingham Mail 6.9.07 Officer shocked by 'distressing' scene By Emma Cullwick, Birmingham Mail - A POLICE officer today described the bloody aftermath of a dog fight at a Birmingham shop as "the most distressing" scene he had witnessed in his career… (story)
Times 5.9.07 Spectators at dog fight fined £1,300 - More than a dozen men who were spectators at a “sadistic” dog fight held in a kitchen showroom have been fined up to £1,300 each.... The trial of ten others who deny a variety of charges will resume today. Two other men, who pleaded guilty to causing the dogs to fight, being present at a dog fight, possessing a pitbull terrier and causing unnecessary suffering, have been bailed until September 13. (story)
Birmingham Mail 4.9.07 Pair who made dogs fight to death By Emma Cullwick, Birmingham Mail - PICTURED are the two men who goaded their dogs into a bloody "fight to the death" in front of scores of spectators in the back room of a Birmingham shop. In one of the largest dog fights to ever have been uncovered in Britain, police swooped on a kitchen interiors store in Alum Rock Road in February last year, Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard yesterday... (story)
BBC News Online 3.9.07 Jury shown tape of dogs fighting - The jury in a dog-fighting trial has watched footage of a fight between two pit-bull terrier dogs.... Prosecuting for the RSPCA Nick Sutton said the dog owners, Waqqas Mughal, 18, of Unett Street, Smethwick, West Midlands, and Zahoor Hussain, 40, of Foley Road, Ward End, Birmingham, encouraged the animals to fight by shouting and clapping.... A number of defendants changed their pleas to guilty at Monday's hearing after previously denying attending the dog fight... However, a number of other defendants have denied charges against them... (story)
Birmingham Post 3.9.07 25 in court on dog fight charges By Neil Connor, Chief Reporter - A group of 15 men have admitted being involved with a horrific dog fight in Birmingham – the largest seen in England for the last 140 years. Police swooped on a kitchen appliance shop in Alum Rock where it is alleged 25 men were watching a bloody fight which resulted in the death of two pit bulls. Among those who admitted guilt today was Waqqas Mughal, who owned one of the dogs involved with what was described as "a fight to the death".... (story)
Birmingham Mail 3.10.06 25 accused over illegal dog fight By Emma Cullwick, Birmingham Mail - TWENTY-FOUR men and a youth have appeared in court over allegations surrounding an alleged illegal dog fight in Birmingham… Farid Mohammed, 26, Ikhlaq Mohammed, 28, Imran Arif, 28, Majid Musthtaq, 27, Nabeel Mohammed Safdar, 24, Sohail Hussain, 27, Ansar Ayub, 32, Asif Hussain, 33, Atif Farhan Tariq, 26, Amanat Ali, 40, Yasser Mohammed Khalid, 26, Zahir Ahmed, 30, Akil Habib Khan, 26, Naveed Arif, 32, Nisar Khan, 31, Sajid Saed Shah, 26, Sheraz Hassan, 27, Nadeem Arif, 33, and Basharat Ali, 33, are accused of being at a property in Alum Rock Road without reasonable excuse when dogs were placed together for the purpose of fighting…. (story)

Southern Daily Echo 21.9.07 Animal testing is not necessary - I HAVE recently received a leaflet about the £18m animal research facilities at Oxford University.... Anyone interested to know more and to stop animal abuse, please write to Animal Aid.... (letter)

Dundee Courier 21.9.07 Sea eagles blamed for loss of livestockvBy Mark Mackay -RECENTLY RELEASED sea eagles have been blamed for the devastating loss of a farmer’s livestock. For the past three weeks a voracious predator has been feeding at Boat of Forgan, by Forgandenny, some four miles south-west of Perth... Owners Hamish and Jean Campbell believe a sea eagle, such as those recently released by the RSPB and SNH in Fife, is responsible.... (story)

20.9.07

Blackmore Vale Magazine 20.9.07 Foot and mouth stops hunting - THE hunting community has also been stopped in its tracks by the foot and mouth crisis… South Dorset Hunt is organising rides to keep the horses fit and supporters entertained, and this Saturday (22nd September) a farm ride will replace their annual evening meet at Piddletrenthide…. (story)

Suffolk Free Press 20.9.07 Act of cruelty - I was walking by the floodgate pool on Sudbury common lands when I saw a group of boys playing "catch" with some live fish they had caught. They carried on until the poor creatures were dead. How can this be allowed on a nature reserve? Why is there no policing by the people in charge?... R LEEDER, Sudbury (letter)

(Barnet) Times 20.9.07 Cleared activists vow: 'We’ll have stall again' - TWO animal rights activists scored a victory for 'freedom of speech' when a court overturned their criminal convictions for holding a peaceful animal rights awareness stand in a Barnet street. Tracey Rawlings, 45, from Barnet, and Miranda James, 43, from Essex, had been prosecuted in June for obstructing a public highway... Human rights organisation Liberty represented them during their successful appeal at Harrow Crown Court recently... (story)
Indymedia 19.9.07 Appeal Court Victory For Animal Aid Campaigners - Two Animal Aid supporters have won a landmark Appeal Court victory over police attempts to criminalise them for running a high street information stall, from where they sought public support for a ban on primate research. Miranda James and Tracey Rawlings set up their stall in Barnet, North London as part of Animal Aid’s first Primate Action Day in November last year. Police officers falsely accused them of obstructing the public highway. When they came before magistrates in June, the charge was upheld, even though they were granted an absolute discharge. Miranda and Tracey were determined to clear their names.... an appeal was heard at Harrow and Wealdstone Crown Court. Judge Mole cleared the pair... (story)

Guardian 20.9.07 New research projects could save 100,000 animals from experiments - Alok Jha, science correspondent - The government yesterday announced plans for a new programme of research which could save more than 100,000 animals from use in scientific experiments.... The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) was set up by the government in 2004 in response to a House of Lords select committee report on the use of animals in scientific procedures which encouraged more work to find ways of reducing animal use in experiments... (story)

Western Gazette 20.9.07 Most ignore animal cruelty - THOSE of us who care about animals are horrified by the prosecutions the RSPCA have to bring against animal cruelty... They can, however, do nothing about the massive amount of legal animal cruelty which is widespread. They may be informed of infinite cruelty in laboratories testing things like oven cleaner or bleach but they have no right of entry into these diabolical places... When Labour brought in their new Animal Welfare Bill this year everyone assumed that the five freedoms would be basic... But farmers, circus owners, laboratories and many others are exempt, because huge sums of money are involved. Most people turn a blind eye because they want cheap food and safe products so animals don't matter. Mr B Bean, Connaught Crescent, Poole. (letter)

Sun 20.9.07 Alicia strips for Peta's sake - ALICIA SILVERSTONE has been off my radar for a while but she knows how to get attention for a cause that is dear to her. The Clueless actress took off all her clothes for a new advert for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) promoting their website goveg.com.... (story)

Leicester Mercury 20.9.07 MERCURY MAILBOX: CIRCUS CONCERNS - In the 21st century, with all our knowledge of animal behaviour and growing interest in animal rights, surely it is time the use of animals in circuses was ended... If readers would like to learn more about the campaign against animal circuses, they can phone the Captive Animals' Protection Society, for a free information pack... Emma Harvey, Oadby (letter)

The Sentinel 20.9.07 ANIMALS' CIRCUS PERFORMANCE 'NOT NATURAL', SAYS GROUP - Animal rights campaigners have called on people to protest outside a controversial animal circus in Sandbach.The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) has asked residents to boycott the Bobby Roberts Super Circus which is performing until Sunday at Elm Tree Farm in Elworth... John Barker, from the Stockport Animal Defenders group, which covers the whole of Cheshire, said: "We say these animals can't be given the facilities they need as they are shut away in isolation and made to live in confined spaces... (story)
The Sentinel 20.9.07 PROTEST CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF CIRCUS - EMMA KING - Animal rights campaigners have called on people to protest outside a controversial animal circus in Sandbach.The Captive Animals' Protection Society (CAPS) has asked residents to boycott the Bobby Roberts Super Circus which is performing until Sunday at Elm Tree Farm in Elworth... John Barker, from the Stockport Animal Defenders group, which covers the whole of Cheshire, said he was appalled that some circuses still use animals... Craig Redmond, CAPS campaign manager, said: "CAPS is not opposed to circuses, only to the use of animals in circuses.... (story)

Western Gazette 20.9.07 Animal charity has value - IN a letter in the Western Gazette on 6 September comment was made about the plight of gifted animals. This, I fear, is one of the wild generalisations which have been used a lot just recently. Quite contrary to the claims made in the letters pages recently, well-managed animal gift schemes really are humane to livestock, and effective in helping people in the developing world lift themselves out of poverty. The Bath-based charity Send a Cow has been giving cows and other livestock to poor rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa for almost 20 years... Bill Mitchell, Send a Cow Ambassador, Weymouth (letter)

Western Gazette 20.9.07 Stop export of young calves - MANY readers may not be aware that lifting the ban on exports of British beef has allowed the live export trade in young calves from the UK to resume.... Mrs A Stringer, Wyvern Road, Dorchester. (letter)

19.9.07

IFAW LETTER
Exeter Express & Echo 20.9.07 PARTY 'OUT OF STEP' ON ANIMALS ISSUE - Rosa Argent, International Fund for Animal Welfare, London (letter)
Halifax Evening Courier 15.9.07 Hunting undermines British 'quality of life' - The Conservative "Quality of Life" review released this week reveals a distinct lack of respect for the quality of life of Britain's wild mammals. By pledging "to arrange time for a free vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act", the party is out of step with the opinion of the majority of the British public, who support a ban by a ratio of 3:1.. Rosa Argent, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). 89 Albert Embankment, London (story)

Hunts Post 19.9.07 Cash for animals - ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Huntingdon for their generosity in raising £133.50 at a street collection on August 18.... LAURA BLACK, Collection co-ordinator, 79 Thor Drive, Bedford (letter)

18.9.07

Irish Examiner 20.9.07 Question of tolerance - I WAS intrigued by the letter from Gerry Boland (September 11) in support of the Green Party’s opposition to hunting.... The group Alliance For Animal Rights (Afar) was set up by Mr Boland 17 years ago and campaigns for the abolition of medical research with animals and the abolition of beef farming. I would hope the Green Party is drawing from the views of more tolerant people when formulating policies in government... Bryan Long Caherlag Glanmire Co Cork (letter)
Irish Examiner 11.9.07 Stag-hunters should find some other pursuit - BLOODSPORTS enthusiasts, and in particular the Ward Union Hunt in Co Meath, have been making an unholy show of themselves on the airwaves recently. The penny has finally dropped that there is a Green Party environment minister who doesn’t like what the Ward Union members do in their spare time... If anyone can effect change for the good, it will be the present minister. Gerry Boland, Keadue, Co Roscommon (letter)
Western Morning News 4.9.07 'CLASS WAR' COMMENT NOT THE FULL STORY - Martin Bell (August 21) says he was shocked by Kate Hoey, president of the Countryside Alliance, stating that before the last election, then Labour MP Peter Bradley said "one of the main reasons for the hunting ban was class war".... The campaign to save hunting has relatively little to do with rural life or rights. It has a lot to do with preserving the age-old privileges of land ownership.... Peter Bunce, Haddenham, Bucks (letter)

Irish Independent 18.9.07 Labour support for shooting and fishing - Christopher Graffius of the BASC (letter, 14 September ) may think he has Labour policy sewn up in favour of killing birds and animals for sport, but many of us in the party are serving notice that the time of the dominance of shooting interests in Labour politics is coming to an end.... Chris Gale, CHIPPENHAM, WILTSHIRE (letter)
Independent 14.9.07 Labour big guns under fire - I thank Henry Deedes (Pandora, 10 September) for highlighting the fact that Martin Salter MP has seen fit to become a patron for a body which supports the shooting of animals for sport, a move which has been rightly attacked by Animals Count.... They echo the feeling of the vast majority of people in the UK, which is one of revulsion that any human being can gain pleasure in inflicting pain on living creatures.... Peter Collins, London EC4
The spokespeople from the UK's small animal rights lobby obviously don't read Labour Party manifestoes. If they did they would know that the Labour Party has pledged its support for shooting and fishing in every manifesto since 1979 and at the last election produced the first Labour Party Charter for Shooting Sports... Martin Salter MP has made no secret of his support for well-regulated, legal and responsible shooting and fishing; he's also very accurate with both a shotgun and rifle. Christopher Graffius, British Association for Shooting and Conservation, Wrexham (letters)

Evening Standard 18.9.07 HUNTINGDON ANIMAL LAB 'TREATED LIKE A PARIAH' - The head of a research lab targeted by animal rights extremists accused other businesses of treating his company as if it were "radioactive". Brian Cass, chief of Huntingdon Life Sciences, said institutions such as banks would not touch his company, even though the campaign against it appears to have subsided and some of the perpetrators had been caught.... (story)
Daily Mail 17.9.07 Boss of animal researchers Huntingdon Life Sciences attacks other companies for shunning his firm By STEVE DOUGHTY - The head of a research company targeted by animal rights extremists has made a scathing attack on British industries that treat his company as if it were 'radioactive'. Brian Cass, chief of Huntingdon Life Sciences said institutions such as banks would not accept his company's business.... (story)
Financial Times 16.9.07 Call to resist animal rights threats By Andrew Jack - The head of a British business targeted relentlessly by animal rights extremists has called on the financial services industry to stop treating his company as “radioactive”. Brian Cass, managing director of Huntingdon Life Sciences, urged banks, insurers, auditors and the financial markets to shrug off fears of intimidation and have the courage to work with his company and others involved in the development of medicines.... (story)

Portsmouth News 17.9.07 Protesters plead for end to animal testing - About 80 protesters took to the streets to voice their views about an animal-testing lab. There were almost as many police as demonstrators at the annual march against Wickham Laboratories, Winchester Road, Wickham, on Saturday. Among the protesters was 'the Granarchist', Helen Nelson, who is in her 80s and has been fighting animal testing at the lab for the past 20 years... (story)
Portsmouth News 3.8.07 Protesters calling for support against lab - Animal rights protesters are to hold a demonstration outside an animal testing laboratory as a mark of solidarity with a monkey who has become a symbol of their fight. Numerous activists from across the region are expected to gather outside Wickham Labs in Wickham tomorrow for the protest... Helen Nelson, the animal rights activist from Gosport dubbed the granarchist, said: 'We have got quite a lot of support from the local people.'... (story)

York Press 18.9.07 Eternal Treblinka - PAT Gaughan (Beggars belief, Letters, September 15) said Aled Jones's referral to those who abuse animals as Nazis "beggars belief", which may well have been the case had not a Jewish man been the first person to make this comparison (a famous writer, Isaac Bashevis Singer).... Sarah Bramley, Gordon Street, York. (letter)
York Press 13.9.07 No master race - PHILIP Roe (Crass statement, Readers' Letters, September 6) writes how crass and insensitive an idea it is to liken the killing of laboratory animals to the Nazi holocaust... Vivisection is performed by scientists who would never dare to perform tests on other humans... they are in actual fact labelling themselves the "master race", which sadly makes them no different in mentality from the Nazis. Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington, East Yorkshire (letter)
York Press 12.9.07 Crass statement - YOUR correspondent Aled Jones (Picture the grief, Readers' Letters, September 3) has in my opinion made one of the most crass and insensitive statements I've seen in a long, long time and I think he should apologise immediately for it. Comparing humane experiments on animals with the holocaust is beyond belief and that is exactly what is being implied... Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge. (letter)
York Press 3.9.07 Picture the grief - DID you know the Government of Gordon Brown spends your tax money poisoning defenceless animals (guinea pigs, rabbits, rats etc) and swabbing burning solvents on to their shaved skin?... Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington, East Yorkshire (letter)

News Shopper 18.9.07 Mouthing off - Why is there such panic and slaughter over foot and mouth disease? It does not harm people and rarely kills adult animals... ROBERT ROACH Address supplied (letter)
News Shopper 11.9.07 Animal panic - Why is there such panic and slaughter over foot and mouth disease? The disease does not harm people and rarely kills adult animals.... They prefer to slaughter than vaccinate because it is cheaper to do.... Please think of becoming vegetarian. With the standards of the livestock industry, it is becoming far easier to do these days. ROBERT ROACH, Address supplied (letter)

17.9.07

Leicester Mercury 17.9.07 FOOT-AND-MOUTH PREVENTS HUNTING BY ALAN THOMPSON - All hunting has been suspended by the latest foot-and-mouth scare. Hunts which would normally begin in early September have been halted while the ban on movement of livestock is in place.... Claire Bell, secretary of the Cottesmore Hunt, said: "We suspended autumn hunting the minute we knew foot-and- mouth was suspected last Wednesday... Bambi Hornbuckle, secretary of the Belvoir Hunt, said: "Everything's suspended following this latest outbreak. We've only just started and were out three times last week... Quorn Hunt spokesman Rad Thomas said: "It was suspended as soon as we knew about the restrictions on the movement of livestock... Anne Bodicote, joint master of the Atherstone Hunt, said: "We have put on hold all our activities at the moment... (story)

Irish Examiner 17.9.07 Will Gormley give in to the staghunters? - I WAS pleasantly surprised that the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, was taking a moral stance in not issuing a stag-hunting licence to the Ward Union Hunt... But my surprise was short-lived when your edition of the following day revealed that the minister was reconsidering whether or not to grant the licence for this barbaric practice... Mary Fitzpatrick Ballycurron Lackenroe Co Cork (letter)

Dorset Daily Echo 17.9.07 Let’s not spare the rod for ‘bad lads’! By Stephen Bailey TAKING "bad lads" fishing can have "unbelievably good" results. That's the view of the angler worker behind the scheme in Dorset. Martin Derham spoke out after a councillor was criticised for saying troubled teens should get fishing trips instead of Asbos.... He is the Dorset organiser for Get Hooked on Fishing.... (story)
Bournemouth Echo 14.9.07 GONE FISHING By Julie Magee - TROUBLED teenagers should be taken on fishing trips rather than being on the receiving end of Antisocial Behaviour Orders (Asbos), according to one civic leader. Bournemouth councillor Roger West said: "It might sound like a soft approach but we have to find things for youngsters to do to keep them out of mischief... However, Cllr West's sentiments weren't shared by local law and order campaigner Ken Pottle MBE... "The last thing you'd feel like doing if yobs damaged your property is take them fishing...." (story)

Leicester Mercury 17.9.07 ANIMAL WELFARE - A church society is holding a day focussing on animal welfare next month. The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals aims to encourage church congregations to think about animal care issues on Sunday, October 7... (story)

Argus 17.9.07 Just punishment for docking - I would like to congratulate Brighton and Hove City Council's animal welfare officer for bringing the landmark prosecution against the woman who docked puppies' tails with scissors.... Denise Friend, Hythe Road, Brighton (letter)

Sentinel 17.9.07 GROUP LOOKS TO HALT ABUSE - A Group has been launched to try to stop the cruel sport of dog-fighting in Stoke-on-Trent.Fight Against Dog Fighting has been launched by six animal lovers who believe gambling on the outcome on dog fights is a regular occurrence in parts of the city... (story)

Portsmouth News 17.9.07 Gosport museum set to kill pigeons - Gosport's submarine museum has come under fire today for planning to kill hundreds of nuisance pigeons. Bosses at the museum in Haslar Jetty Road say the birds' droppings are ruining their displays…. John Robins, the secretary of the Animal Concern Advice Line, said: 'This is a cruel waste of money…. Emma Haskell, of the Gosport-based Pigeon Control Advisory Service, which advises on non-lethal bird control, added: 'It's cruel, expensive, unnecessary and it doesn't work… (story)

16.9.07

Scotland on Sunday 16.9.07 Where eagles fall - ALASTAIR ROBERTSON - WE BROKE DOWN AGAIN THE OTHER DAY.... an old-fashioned gent wearing a tie turned up in a spanking new recovery truck... at some point in the conversation he said he couldn't see why anyone would want to poison a golden eagle... Over the next couple of minutes it became clear that this fairly venerable fellow nudging retirement was not passing judgement on the poisoning. He did not know, let alone understand, why poison had been left out in the first place.... Exactly how much anyone knows about what goes on in the country was further illustrated by a throwaway remark on the radio earlier this year... in which a chirpy host encountering an item about gamekeepers had added: "I didn't know there were any gamekeepers left these days." (Pause for gasps and cries of "I don't beleeeve it")... (story)

Sunday Telegraph 16.9.07 Foot and mouth hits green and desperate land By Clive Aslet - Rural Britain, reeling from a series of disasters, is yet again fighting foot and mouth disease. Clive Aslet meets those in Surrey who are worst affected, and warns that unless Gordon Brown acts quickly, the worst may be still to come... Foot and mouth comes on top of a decade of other woes for the traditional countryside - the horrors of BSE, smouldering pyres of sheep and cattle during the 2001 foot and mouth disaster, a ban on hunting, bird flu, floods.... (story)

15.9.07

TRAIL HUNTING CORRESPONDENCE
Exeter Express & Echo 15.9.07 WEBSITE KEEPS ME IN TOUCH WITH HOME - I read your excellent website from the north of England to keep in touch with my native Devon.I am sure I am not alone in being bored to delirium by the continuous crossfire letters between pro and anti-hunting folk. Reading John Phelps' recent rantings about trail hunting took boredom to a new low... Tom Richardson, Pilling, Lancashire (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 15.9.07 NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE SCENT OF A FOX - If the Hunting Act 2004 is a stupid law written by stupid people, No requirement to publish hunt routes, Points of view, September 4, Tom Faggus must accept the fact that it was enacted by the Queen and he has nothing to gain by insulting our monarch... In my view it would be reckless to take out a pack of foxhounds that has not been retrained to follow a drag line, as this would probably result in the hounds picking up and following the scent of a fox, as suggested by Mr Faggus.... John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 15.9.07 LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT TRAIL HUNTING - The dearth of information relating to so-called "trail" hunting, Points of view, August 31, does not stop with the access that hunts are prepared to allow to outsiders. As an anti-hunt campaigner, I receive from certain well-wishers copies of the magazines that hunts circulate to their members. After such a cataclysmic event as a ban on fox hunting, you would expect the hunt magazines to be full of interesting information about the retraining of the hounds to follow a trail instead of a running fox.... Well, I can tell you that absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, of the sort has been reported in the magazines I have seen. Instead I see "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" references to the "trails" involved in the hunts being described in the hunt reports... Penny Little, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 5.9.07 HUNT SUPPORTER'S SHOTS OFF TARGET - I read J Howard's letter on hunting, Points of view, September 1, with increasing incredulity. It is so riddled with contradictions and inaccuracies that I can only assume that he has come new to the sport and in some befuddled way believes that he has a grasp of the arguments... Dr J Pamment, Clyst Heath, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.9.07 NO REQUIREMENT TO PUBLISH HUNT ROUTES - I can help John Phelps with his confusion, Why can't hunts announce routes, Points of view, August 29.I can confirm that we do not publish the proposed trail routes on Exmoor. I can give him three good reasons: We are not required to. We have not been asked to. We hunt over private land with the permission of many landowners... The riders - whoever they may be - are not able to stop the hounds picking up the scent of a fox. This is what makes it such a silly law. And, on the contrary, this makes an excellent defence "in a court of law", for what it is worth in this country.... How does Mr Phelps suggest the trail is laid to avoid fox scents? Or is he suggesting we waste a bit more parliamentary time banning drag hunts? Tom Faggus, Oare (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.9.07 PUTTING FOX GUTS IN SOCK IS AGAINST LAW - Echo correspondent J Howard, Hunting will go on in line with the law, Points of view September 1, should have a word with his Master of Foxhounds before publishing further misleading comments about hunting.Mr Howard asks whether I am aware that a sock is filled with the guts of a fox to lay a trail for trail hunting. I am unaware of this practice, as such a procedure would, in my view, be unlawful and contrary to the advice given on the Defra website... On May 21, I attended Taunton Magistrates' Court to hear a case, brought by the League Against Cruel Sports, against two members of the Quantock Staghounds. District Judge Parsons, in his written judgement, said: "I have made clear my findings as to the true purpose of the undertaking, the defendants were hunting for sport and recreating (sic) to continue with their way of life and are disingenuous in attempting to deceive me into believing that they were exempt hunting."... John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 1.9.07 HUNTING WILL GO ON IN LINE WITH THE LAW - In reply to Mr Phelps' letter, Points of view August 28, the first question that I would like to ask Mr Phelps is, are you aware that trail hunting means a sock is generally filled with the guts of a fox? Furthermore, I would like to say the there are many "exemptions" to the law.It was not hunting that was banned, but how the dogs were used... Hunting shall carry on. I just wish that people would get their facts straight. J Howard, St David's Hill, Exeter (story)
Exeter Express & Echo 31.8.07 WHAT'S THE STORY ON TRAIL HUNTING? - John Phelps asks if I can help out with the mystery surrounding the new sport of trail hunting. Points of view, August 28. Unfortunately, there are many unanswered questions.Why are the hunters so coy about the intricacies of their new activity?... Some months ago I addressed many of these questions to one of the joint masters of a local hunt. He said he didn't have to tell me any of these things. Of course, he is right. But why wouldn't he want to?... Ivor Annetts, League Against Cruel Sports, (by email) (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 29.8.07 WHY CAN'T HUNTS ANNOUNCE ROUTES? - Mr J Howard, Hunt critics need to get facts right, Points of view, August 25, asks those opposed to hunting to do some research about the subject. I would be pleased, therefore, if he could kindly confirm that it is a fact that hunts who undertake Trail Hunting do not publish their proposed route.The next Great West Run starts at Exeter on Sunday May 4, 2008. Details of the route, together with maps, may been seen on their website. This annual event attracts many hundred runners and supporters. What would the spectators have to say if the organisers refused to publish details of the route?... John Phelps, Argyll Road, Exeter (letter)

Lincolnshire Echo 15.9.07 FOXES AREN'T PARTICULARLY PARTIAL TO MOGGIES! - In response to Heather Alibakir's letter, the RSPCA would like to reassure readers that there is very little recorded evidence that foxes attack cats... SOPHIE WILKINSONRSPCA East Regional Press Officer (letter)

Scotsman 15.9.07 Lairds face new censure over poisoned birds - SIMON NEVILLE - SCOTTISH landowners will be banned from their trade association if they are convicted of illegally poisoning wild birds as part of a nationwide move to crackdown on the crime. The Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA), formerly the Scottish Landowners Federation, has 2,700 members, many of whom are Scotland's largest and most influential rural landowners. Wildlife organisations welcomed the measures being introduced by the SRPBA, but were disappointed they did not go further... (story)

Shropshire Star 15.9.07 Recipe for show success - Thousands of people were expected to flock to Weston Park this weekend to visit the 25th Midland Game Fair... (story)

Guardian 15.9.07 Hans Ruesch - Interwar motor racing ace-turned-author who became an animal rights champion - Richard Williams (obituary)

Independent 15.9.07 Effectiveness of drugs 'overstated because of biased testing' By Steve Connor, Science Editor - Pharmaceutical companies are overstating the effectiveness of their drugs, and may be placing patients at greater risk, because animal laboratory studies they fund are biased, it was claimed yesterday... (story)
Independent 15.9.07 Leading article: Flawed science - The development of a new drug is a costly, complicated business whose tests have long followed a "gold standard" when it comes to clinical trials on humans. It is a surprise that this standard is often not followed when drugs are initially tested on animals.... It must be a precondition of funding, and of scientific publication, that studies are properly carried out. Only then can the public feel confident that such animal studies are necessary. (story)

14.9.07

Romsey Advertiser 14.9.07 Show’s a high flying success even without cattle and sheep - THRILLING sights, both in the air and on the ground, made Romsey Show 2007 one to remember for all the right reasons… The parade of hounds, which all managed to stay within the confines of the ring this year, gave young spectators the chance to make a fuss of the dogs. The commentator warned the children climbing over the barriers not to bring their ice-creams or burgers with them as the friendly hounds would lick anything in sight… (story)

Carlisle News & Star 14.9.07 Angling for charity By Daniel Cattanach - ANGLERS are being asked to line up for a charity fishing competition tomorrow. Graham’s Gun and Tackle shop in Workington is hosting the event, running along the coast from Harrington pier to Grasslot in Maryport. Shop owner Mark Armstrong – who co-organised the contest – said he was hoping around 50 anglers would turn out to compete and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support... (story)

Newcastle Journal 14.9.07 Tory housing plans to boost rural areas by William Green, The Journal - RADICAL proposals to provide affordable rural housing were outlined yesterday in a major report now being considered by Tory leader David Cameron... Richard Dodd, regional spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, said it was vital that affordable homes for locals were built in villages. He stressed that providing affordable housing was vital to underpinning local services, with schools and post offices currently under threat.... (story)

Scotsman 14.9.07 Zoos are no answer - Graham McLeod (Letters, 10 September) cites two examples of endangered animals being bred in zoos. But the main problem with captive breeding programmes is not getting the animals to reproduce; it is what happens to them afterwards.... ROSS MINETT, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)
Scotsman 10.9.07 Zoos play an essential part in conservation efforts - Ross Minett's timing could hardly be worse (Letters, 8 September). He invites readers to mistrust the conservation claims of zoos and, by implication, other captive breeding programmes days after a Scottish game park announced the birth of an endangered rhino. Scotsman readers, in the same week, will have read of disappearing songbirds and other species, poisoned eagles and slaughtered tigers... GRAHAM M McLEOD, The Muirs, Kinross (story)

Sun 14.9.07 Carrot for all veggies By CHARLES RAE - BRITAIN’S soaring army of vegetarians are being offered lower insurance premiums because they are less likely to suffer from major illnesses. Animal Friends Insurance, a not-for-profit insurance business, are offering a six per cent discount for the UK’s three million or so veggies.... (story)

Western Daily Press 14.9.07 NATURAL DIET - Nora Pound (Your Say, September 4) is quite right to say that dairy farmers will defend their livelihood and, may I say with a good conscience, since all the great civilisations since the dawn of time have practised some kind of meat eating.... John Vincent , Sherborne, Dorset (letter)
Western Daily Press 4.9.07 I PREFER TO SEE ANIMALS ALIVE - I wrote a letter to Your Say in July regarding dairy cows. I've noticed a few farmers replying to my letter, all confirming how kindly they treat their dairy cows.... No matter how kind you say you are, these animals end up facing a horrible death. How kind is that? When I see an animal, I like to see it living, not on a supermarket shelf. Norah Pound, Wroughton, Wiltshire (letter)
Western Daily Press 14.8.07 COWS WORSE OFF NATURALLY - With respect to Nora Pound "The lives of dairy cows are nothing like the TV adverts", (Your Say, July 30), I would point out that in a natural, uncared-for state their lot would be very much worse... John Vincent Sherborne Dorset (letter)
Western Daily Press 8.8.07 IN THEIR NATURE - I Would like to comment on the letter by Norah Pound in Your Say on July 30.It would seem that she does not understand that cattle in a wild herd, such as in this country, the Chillingham Wild White cattle, naturally calve annually.... Mrs M Crook Hinton Charterhouse (letter)
Western Daily Press 30.7.07 THE LIVES OF DAIRY COWS ARE NOTHING LIKE THE TV ADVERTS - I would like to give my view on the adverts we see on television regarding farm animals, especially the poor dairy cow. I wonder how many people realise what suffering a dairy cow has to put up with throughout her wretched life... Norah Pound, Wiltshire (letter)

Kent/East Sussex Courier 14.9.07 CALL TO BOYCOTT ANIMAL CIRCUS - OWEN MORTON - Animal rights campaigners have called on residents to boycott a circus which arrived on the edge of Tonbridge this week. Members of Animal Aid staged protests against the Great British Circus when the show set up at the boot fair site off London Road, on Wednesday.... Protestor Alan Knight, of International Animal Rescue, said: "We are totally opposed to circuses with animals... Head of campaigns with Tonbridge-based Animal Aid Kate Fowler-Reeves said: "This circus is a throwback to the bad old days of bearded ladies and see-the-freak sideshows... (story)

Craven Herald 14.9.07 Circus hits back at accusers - A CIRCUS has put up a robust defence against claims it is cruel to animals. Circus Mondao, which has horses, zebras, camels and pygmy goats, opened in Silsden on Wednesday. Its PR manager strongly denies claims from a national campaign group that circus animals are badly treated… the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS), a national organisation that campaigns for a ban on all animals in circuses, is calling on people to boycott the event… (story)

Belfast Telegraph 14.9.07 Stop horses from being sold for meat - Because of the appalling conditions exposed by campaigners many years ago, Britain introduced measures to end the export of live horses to Europe for meat. These protections are now under threat, largely because our own Government refuses to act to keep Britain out of the meat horse export trade... The group Viva! successfully campaigned to curb the export of Polish horses to Italy... ASHLEY BROWN Maghera (letter)

13.9.07

Haverhill Echo 13.9.07 Hunt's open day gave public chance to see what happens By Derek Bish - THURLOW Hunt Kennels opened its doors on Sunday for all people, regardless of their opinions, to see what the kennels are all about. Between 250 and 300 people turned up to the free day and took part in activities such as pony rides and tractor and trailer tours of the estate.... (story)

Southern Reporter 13.9.07 Tributes to the late Duke of Buccleuch … I was sad at the passing of the Duke of Buccleuch. I once had cause to write to him regarding one of his foxhounds found straying on the road, and at the same time expressed my own views on foxhunting. He wrote a personal note back in his own handwriting and signed by him, thanking me “for the courteous way in which you expressed your feelings on foxhunting” (although they were different from his)… JEAN CUNNINGHAM, Birgham (letter)

Somerset Standard 13.9.07 FARM LESS INTENSIVELY FOR SAKE OF OUR HEALTH - The issue of food production and the countryside has been dominated by the quick-fix, short-term mentality and long-term blood sports interest as first priority, rather than the overall good for humans and other species.The claim that there is not enough food to feed the world is a myth, it is a case of distribution, considering the millions of tons of good food wasted annually… DAVID THOMAS, Hisomley, Near Westbury (letter)

Daily Post 13.9.07 Flu frontline by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - WILDFOWLERS will this winter again be testing ducks and geese for avian flu as part of the government’s early warning scheme. Members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation will be taking samples from legally shot birds off Anglesey and the Dee estuary. (story)

Dundee Courier 13.9.07 Swedes learn of Scottish wildlife crime - EXPERTISE AND knowledge vital to the fight against wildlife crime was pooled yesterday as specialist police officers from Sweden liaised with Scottish counterparts... During their visit the detective inspectors and detective chief inspectors visited the British School of Falconry at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire. The Swedes took time out to learn about a variety of birds of prey, how falcons are used and how to identify them... (story)

Glasgow Herald 13.9.07 Terrible snares - Alex Hogg (Letters, September 12) says that snares will only catch target animals if set by a "professional" gamekeeper and that "on the rare occasion a non-target species is trapped, the snare's stop enables the animal to be released unharmed". Is he serious? Why have we had six otters caught over a five-year period?... The sooner these terrible devices are outlawed the better. Grace M Yoxon, International Otter Survival Fund, Broadford, Isle of Skye
One of the biggest problems with snares is their indiscriminate nature and the fact that animals - and, in some extreme cases, humans - are at risk from these thin wire nooses which are almost invisible to the eye.... For the sake of animal welfare, let us hope the Scottish Government listens to the 2:1 majority of those who responded to the then Scottish Executive consultation on snaring asking for a total ban on these outdated and cruel devices. Louise Robertson, League Against Cruel Sports, Rosyth (letters)

Southern Reporter 13.9.07 Landowners should also end up in the dock - Tony Andrews of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, in his letter of August 30, accuses the letter writers of the previous week of mounting a witch-hunt over the poisoning of an eagle in Peeblesshire and asks why are landowners singled out? Well, since they own the land on which the illegal act happened, where better, at least initially, to look for answers?... Dr JIM LOCKIE, Crosslee, Ettrick (letter)

Norwich Evening Star 13.9.07 Live exports halted at Ipswich port - LIVE exports from the port of Ipswich have today been stopped after the recent discovery of foot-and-mouth disease in Surrey… Yvonne Burchall, from Kent Action Against Live Exports (KALE), said: “They restarted the exports too quickly and they didn't give it enough time to make sure the disease was completely eradicated… (story)

Wiltshire Gazette & Herald 13.9.07 Desperate bid to find cause of latest foot and mouth outbreak - Wiltshire farmers' hearts will be in their mouths today as they wait for scientists to find the cause of the latest foot-and-mouth outbreak… Chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, Simon Hart, said "serious questions" had to be answered… (story)

Mid Devon Star 13.9.07 Whitehall plans for new bin taxes will mean surge in fly-tipping By Jean Tilley - THE Government's plans to impose Euro-style taxes for the collection of household rubbish, on top of council tax, have been condemned by Anne Marie Morris, who warned it would lead to a "massive surge" in fly-tipping... Research by the Countryside Alliance has found that black bags full of domestic rubbish already account for 63 per cent of all fly-tipping; yet just one in every 100 fly-tippers is actually prosecuted... (story)

Dartford Times 13.9.07 Ttributes to Green Campaigner - ANIMAL activists have paid tribute to the 'pioneer' Body Shop founder Anita Roddick. Dame Anita, who was famed for being the first to sell cosmetics that had not been tested on animals, died on Monday night from a major brain haemorrhage after battling hepatitis C…. A spokeswoman for north Kent and south London animal charity Anim-mates, said: "She started the movement and she started it alone… Animal activist Jan Yarker, of the campaign group Passive Pressure, said: "She highlighted the fact that cosmetics were treated on animals… (story)

Daily Post 13.9.07 Uncaged in Rhyl by Andrew Forgrave, Daily Post - NORTH Wales supporters of the animal welfare group Uncaged took to the streets of Rhyl and Wrexham to urge shoppers to boycott multi-national company Procter & Gamble... (story)

BBC News Online 13.9.07 Animal campaigners in circus demo - Animal welfare groups have protested outside a travelling circus which has lions, tigers, camels and zebras. The Great British Circus is beginning a 10-day run of shows at the Tonbridge Boot Fair site on the A21 in Kent. "Circuses need to progress into the 21st Century and just have people as performing acts," said Alan Knight, from International Animal Rescue.... (story)

Tavistock Times Gazette 13.9.07 Saving animals - WILDLIFE TV presenter Shauna Lowry is calling for help from West Devon animal lovers... . The competition is part of Animal Action Week 2007, which is run each year by IFAW... (story)

Keighley News 12.9.07 Circus denies cruelty - A circus has refuted claims it is cruel to animals. Circus Mondao, which includes horses, zebras and pygmy goats in its act, opened in Silsden yesterday and is due to carry out its last performance on Sunday But the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS), a national organisation which campaigns for the ban of the use of all animals in circuses, is calling on people to boycott the event…. (story)

Western Morning News 13.9.07 FARMER KILLS BIG BOAR TO CALM FEARS - The release of wild boar on to Dartmoor has led to an influx of amateur hunters keen to bag themselves a big hog - but Alan Dedames is not one of them.The farmer shot this huge creature in a bid to calm the fears of residents who had spotted the animal. The boar, which once belonged to Mr Dedames, was one of around 100 released from his farm into the wild by animal rights activists in 2005 and 2006…(story)

Western Gazette 13.9.07 HORSE SHOW ATTRACTS ANIMAL RIGHTS PROTEST - Activists gathered outside a horse show between Chard and Crewkerne last week to protest against the use of circus animals. Members of Taunton Animal Rights Activists arrived soon after 7pm on Thursday to demonstrate against the use of animals at Spirit Of The Horse… (story)

East Grinstead Courier 13.9.07 ANIMAL LOVERS VISIT SANCTUARY - A Horsted Keynes animal sanctuary set up by a renowned screenwriter opened to the public on Sunday, for the first time in 14 years. The Animaline Sanctuary, in Broadhurst Manor Road, was opened in 1993 by Carla Lane, the woman behind television classics like The Liver Birds and Bread. Manager Liz Vallance said around 600 people had come to the day... (story)
East Grinstead Courier 23.8.07 SANCTUARY PLANS FIRST OPEN DAY - For the first time since comedy script writer Carla Lane opened her animal sanctuary at Horsted Keynes, an open day is to be held. Animaline, set up to fight for the peace and dignity of all animals, has about a thousand residents and visitors will be able to meet them on Sunday, September 9, noon until 4pm... (story)

Essex Chronicle 13.9.07 NADINE'S TREK TO FREE BEARS - ANNE FITZGERALD - The Call of the wild has inspired Nadine St. Claire to hike through Romania's Carpathian Mountains to help rescue brown bears from a life of cruel captivity.Nadine, from Chelmsford, is a long-standing supporter of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and is joining the charity's first ever fundraising trek.... (story)

12.9.07

Horse & Hound 12.9.07 Hunting and competitions hit by foot-and-mouth - Abigail Butcher, H&H news editor - Hunting across the UK is again on hold, and several equestrian events have already been cancelled, following the re-introduction of foot-and-mouth controls.... (story)

Irish Independent 12.9.07 Hunting is a sport to be preserved - Scarcely a week goes by without a letter to the editor from John Fitzgerald, fulminating against hunting and fieldsports in general. In his latest missive herails against hare coursing.... Hare coursing is a traditional Irish fieldsport that sees hound and hare compete in the way nature intended. It is part of our heritage and should be celebrated and not banned. Philip Donnelly, Donadea, Co. Kildare (letter)

Glasgow Herald 12.9.07 Snares only catch the targeted species - Perhaps now is a good time to dispel some of Ross Minett's propaganda about the use of snares to protect Scotland's wildlife... Correctly employed by a professional gamekeeper, snares are successfully targeted at the animal for which they are intended; on the rare occasion a non-target species is trapped, the snare's "stop" enables the animal to be released unharmed... The SGA abhors the misuse of snares by untrained people just as much as Mr Minett; however, if he really cares about animal welfare and the biodiversity of Scotland's countryside he will leave it to the professionals to judge what tools we need to carry out our jobs. Alex Hogg, Chairman, Scottish Gamekeepers Association, Hillhead Cottage, Eddleston, Peebles (letter)

Dublin People 12.9.07 Humane slaughter - I have just heard that the American Humane Association has awarded a ‘Humane award’ to a 900-cow factory farm because they slaughter cows with compassion. Despite the fact that each birthed calf is separated from her mother, they rationalise this by calling themselves humane... Bernie Wright, Alliance for Animal Rights, Dublin 1 (letter)

11.9.07

Western Morning News 11.9.07 PUBLICITY QUERIED - I write regarding your recent article "Staghounds' supporter plans fundraising ride", which publicises a hunt supporter's sponsored bike ride to raise money for a High Court appeal against the conviction of two hunters found guilty of breaching the Hunting Act.I am disturbed that WMN is used as a fundraising vehicle for individuals found guilty of breaking the law... Tania McCrea-Steele, Campaigns Officer International Fund for Animal Welfare London (letter)

Western Morning News 11.9.07 LANDOWNERS SAY HUNT BAN ISN'T ABOUT CLASS - I was pleased to read Peter Bunce's letter (September 4) "'Class war' comment was not the full story" in which he explained that the Act to outlaw hunting with hounds was, if it had anything to do with a class war, a war by the upper classes on the ordinary classes... About a year back the CLA's communications director wrote an article for the Shooting Times which said the next target of campaigners against field sports is commercial big-bag game bird shooting... He introduced his article by saying he had once been a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Haringey, so clearly he would know if the legislation against hunting with hounds was about "class war", and he emphasised that it was not... Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter)

Irish Independent 11.9.07 FF are condoning 'cruel' coursing - The disciplinary measures enacted against certain coursing clubs for breaches of the Wildlife Act are to be welcomed.... I doubt very much that the sanctions imposed this season would ever have materialised if we had a Fianna Fail Minister for the Environment... Hare coursing continues thanks to a powerful lobby within the Fianna Fail party. The best known and possibly the most dedicated member of this group is Tanaiste Brian Cowen.... John Fitzgerald, Callan, Co. Kilkenny (letter)

Scotsman 11.9.07 Scotland's wildlife treasures facing extinction for 'sport' of the rich - It is not only golden eagles and other birds that are in danger of destruction in Scotland (your report, 3 September. Conservationists warn that the mountain hare could become extinct in Scotland in a decade unless action is taken to prevent their mass slaughter by foreign shooting parties.... I call upon The Scotsman, the SSPCA, and all committed conservationists and wildlife lovers to stand up for these beautiful creatures now. JUDY GIBBON, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh (letter)

Western Daily Press 11.9.07 SHOOTING DOESN'T INSTIL RESPECT - As far as I can see, all shooting teaches youngsters is how to become more desensitised to the suffering of another being. Killing animals is only one small step away from having no compassion for people... Judi Hewitt, Rhyl (letter)

BBC News Online 11.9.07 Woman jailed over tail dockings - A woman who used scissors to cut off the tails of eight puppies has been jailed for two months and banned from owning an animal for 10 years. Gillian Breden, of Grove Hill, Brighton, admitted eight counts of removing the tails with no genuine medical reason at an earlier hearing... (story)

Wiltshire Times 11.9.07 Countryside lost to developers By Laurie Allsopp - BARELY half of Wiltshire's countryside remains undisturbed by development, a study has concluded. The Campaign to Protect Rural England has published maps charting the spread of "noise and visual intrusion" from urban areas into the countryside since 1960.... And Delly Everard, director of the Countryside Alliance in the South West, said: "As desperate as people are to live and work in the area they come from, no-one wants to encourage widespread development across the countryside."... (story)

Belfast Telegraph 11.9.07 Why jockeys shouldn't have the whip hand - Horse racing is not the innocuous sport many people believe it to be. There are many aspects of the commercial racing industry that cause horses to suffer, one example being the use of the whip... For a free Horse Racing Awareness Pack, contact Animal Aid... S Scullion, Belfast (letter)

ORGAN TRANSPLANT RESEARCH MOVED TO USA
Times 11.9.07 Pioneering transplant research is 'driven away by red tape' - MARK HENDERSON, SCIENCE EDITOR - One of Britain’s leading scientists has been forced to move groundbreaking organ transplant research to the United States, after he was blocked by red tape from conducting a key experiment in this country. Restrictions on animal research have prevented a company set up by Lord Winston, the fertility specialist, from breeding pigs using a new genetic engineering technique that has the potential to produce “humanised” animal organs for transplant. Instead, the work will take place in Missouri... (story)
Guardian 11.9.07 Organ research being hindered by red tape, says professor - Ian Sample, science correspondent - British scientists involved in pioneering research to grow replacement organs in genetically modified farm animals have moved their work to the US, complaining they were being stifled by red tape. The research, led by Professor Robert Winston, the Imperial College-based fertility expert and Labour peer, stalled after government restrictions barred the work on genetically modified pigs... (story)
Independent 11.9.07 Winston blames red tape for move to US By Steve Connor, Science Editor - The fertility doctor and television celebrity Robert Winston is moving a key part of his research on organ transplants to America because of government red-tape that he says has ruined one of his experiments... (story)
BBC News Online 10.9.07 Red tape 'strangling UK science' By Rebecca Morelle - Red tape is hampering UK animal research, a leading scientist claims. Speaking at the BA Festival of Science, Lord Robert Winston said animal rights activists had forced the government to adopt an overly cautious position... (story)

Irish Examiner 11.9.07 How good is milk? - YOU report (August 28) how the ‘Milk is Good for You’ message is being trumpeted once again. However, milk is the commonest source of food allergy... Michael Job, Rossnagreana, Glengarriff, Co Cork (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 11.9.07 Brave campaign From Joan Court, Quaker Concern for Animals, Sturton Street, Cambridge - S FISHER states that "animal consumers are destroying the world they have created for themselves" ("Evils of meat", Letters, August 25). It is apparent that we are sleepwalking ourselves into global disaster as evident in the floods and famines in many parts of the world, creating terrible suffering.... (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 3.9.07 Steak's tastier From Peter Croft, College Fields, Woodhead Drive, Cambridge - S FISHER'S letter on the benefits of the vegetarian lifestyle (August 25) misses the vital point that chickpeas are nearly inedible and tofu is totally inedible whereas a good rump steak is both tasty and edible... Vegetarian food wobbles between the totally inedible and the mildly repulsive and no quantity of celebrity cookbooks will ever alter the fact... (letter)
Cambridge Evening News 25.8.07 Evils of meat - People want to eat animals. The farmers raise livestock to feed this desire. The livestock get foot and mouth; the pharmaceutical companies research a cure for foot and mouth. The livestock contract foot and mouth by contamination from the research labs of the pharmaceutical companies. When will people realise that eating animals is unethical and detrimental to our environment?... S Fisher, Upware (letter)

VIVA! VEGETARIAN LETTER
Western Morning News 11.9.07 VEGETARIAN BOOM - Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager, Viva! Bristol (letter)
Bath Chronicle 10.9.07 AT LAST WE ARE ALL GOING VEGGIE JUSTIN KERSWELL Campaigns manager Viva! Wilder Street Bristol (letter)
Lancashire Telegraph 10.9.07 Veggies helping to save the world - BRITAIN is going veggie - it's official! Percentage wise, there are more than twice as many vegetarians in the UK as there are in the whole of America. This month, as part of Viva!'s third annual Britain Goes Veggie Month,' local supporters are having stalls up and down the country, with everything you could ever want to know about going veggie or simply cutting down on your meat... JUSTIN KERSWELL, Viva! Wilder Street, Bristol. (letter)

10.9.07

Independent 10.9.07 Shooting season opens on Labour's huntsman By Henry Deedes - Not for the first time, a New Labour official finds himself at the mercy of the more passionate wing of the animal rights lobby. He is Martin Salter, the MP for Reading West and currently the party's vice-chairman (environment), who is under attack after agreeing to become a centenary patron for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.... (story)

Irish Independent 10.9.07 Investigation into mink's financial impact on farmers - A researcher at NUI Galway's Department of Zoology is assessing the economic impact of the American mink population on Ireland's fish and open-air poultry farmers. Conall Hawkins, a member of the department's Mammal Ecology Group, said that although a lot was known about the environmental impact of the mink on native species, there had been little research on the economic effect it was having on farmers, the levels of control being implemented and the effectiveness of such measures... (story)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 10.9.07 URGENT CALL TO BAN SEAL SHOOTING AS POPULATIONS DECLINE - Animal welfare groups have called for an immediate ban on shooting seals after surveys showed populations have almost halved in some areas of Scotland.... John Robins, of Animal Concern, said: "We are urging the Scottish and Westminster Governments to take a precautionary approach to this and immediately give seals in the UK proper protection from persecution... Groups including Advocates for Animals, Respect for Animals and Orkney Seal Rescue have added their names to a letter sent to Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead and Jonathan Shaw MP, parliamentary under-secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs... (story)

Daily Post 10.9.07 Protesters’ fury over circus in Wrexham by Hywel Trewyn, Daily Post - A PROTEST by animal rights protesters failed to stop the show going on at a traditional circus which continued to draw in the crowds. A picket was mounted in front of Bobby Roberts’ circus off Mold Road, Wrexham, which was based there between Wednesday and yesterday... Wrexham Animal Rights campaigner Steve Sharwood said many members of the public agreed not to visit the circus during their protest on Saturday in which they attempted to block cars from parking... But Moira Roberts, who runs the circus with her husband Bobby, claimed they had had a very successful week... “There were only five protesters and they didn’t turn anyone away because people will not be turned away,” Mrs Roberts said... (story)

Essex Echo 10.9.07 Boycott animal circuses - Martin Lacey of the Great British Circus says the public of Southend votes with its feet... The only real way to save these animals is to protect their natural habitat or support real conservation... Thankfully, most circuses in the UK do not use animals. We would encourage people to visit these instead. Lily Lashley, Southend Animal Aid, (Full address supplied) (letter)

Exeter Express & Echo 10.9.07 NATIVE PLANT NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN - Regarding the letter Containment of ragwort desirable, Points of view, September 6, of course ragwort is not only poisonous when it is dried.What is important is that animals, including horses, avoid it when it is growing and are therefore only likely to ingest it in a cut or dried state.... Considering that it must be ingested in large quantities over a prolonged period in order for fatal poisoning to occur, this points rather more to negligence on the owner's part... Catherine Dawson, Monks Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 4.9.07 OVER-REACTION TO RAGWORT GROWTH - I agree completely with Mrs Walker, Ragwort main food of moth caterpillar, Points of view, August 31.Farm animals will not eat ragwort unless it has been dried and mixed in with other feed, in which case they consume it accidentally…. Pulling this important foodstuff (not just to cinnabar moths but to a whole range of other insects) out wholescale is an extreme over-reaction and harmful to biodiversity.... Catherine Dawson, Monks Road, Exeter (letter)
Exeter Express & Echo 31.8.07 RAGWORT MAIN FOOD OF MOTH CATERPILLAR - I read the article about the dangers of ragwort to livestock in which it was suggested the best thing would be to eradicate it, Poisonous ragwort being weeded out on roadsides, Echo, August 22. I disagree.Ragwort is the main food source of the cinnabar moth caterpillar... Why do we humans feel the minute there is a problem with something we must destroy it, when in this case all that needs to be done is put up some fencing?... Mrs Walker, Blackthorn Crescent, Exeter (letter)

9.9.07

Sunday Telegraph 9.9.07 Eton schoolboy holds Chinese Olympic dream - David Eimer in Beijing - An Eton schoolboy is making an unprecedented attempt to become the first Chinese rider to take part in the three-day event competition at next year's Beijing Olympics... 17-year-old Alex Hua Tian is being hailed as the "One in 1.3 Billion"... Born in London to a Chinese father and an English mother, Alex started riding aged four while living in Beijing and later Hong Kong... "Riding is second nature to Alex," said his father, Hua Shan, in the Beijing office he has set up to run his son's affairs. "My wife was still riding when she was seven months pregnant with him, even though she could hardly get on the horse, so I always thought he would do something with horses. He's very keen on hunting. He's a typical country boy."... (story)

Scotland on Sunday 9.9.07 Deer cull plan to make a killing - JEREMY WATSON - IT IS one of Scotland's iconic images, a sign of supremacy in the wilderness. But the Monarch of the Glen's success has put it at risk of gun-toting tourists. In a controversial move that has infuriated the animal welfare lobby, a new wild deer strategy promotes a big increase in deer shooting in Scotland to generate extra tourism... A spokesman for the animal welfare charity Advocates for Animals said: "We welcome a review on our attitudes towards wild deer and our actions that affect them and their welfare..... "However, it is of concern that the document proposes significant promotion of deer stalking..." Tony Andrews, chief executive of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, said the move suggested the new Scottish Government had a greater understanding of the countryside than its predecessor... (story)

8.9.07

Southern Daily Echo 8.9.07 Romsey Show beats cattle and sheep ban with host of attractions - By Corey Stephenson - Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Romsey this weekend for the host of new attractions at the town's annual show. Fighting back against the ban on cattle and sheep displays as a result of this summer's foot and mouth outbreak, the traditional agriculture event is more action packed then ever before. Keeping traditional events such as horse displays, vintage tractors and hunting dog arenas, the Romsey Show 2007 will have a host of new flavours to keep families entertained... (story)

East Anglian Daily Times 8.9.07 Ex-butcher leaves £1m to animal charity - RUSSELL CLAYDON - AS a butcher, Nora Baldwin made her livelihood out of animals - but following her death, she wanted to pay them back.... The charities to benefit from her estate are: The Leonard Woolf Charitable Trust, National Animal Welfare Trust, Blue Cross, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, Humane Slaughter Association and Council of Justice to Animals, International League for the Protection of Horses, Dr Hawden Trust for Humane Research, NCDL, RSPCA, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Greenpeace Environmental Trust and Sue Ryder Foundation (story)

Limerick Post 8.9.07 Animal rights activist blasts bull fighting bets - A LOCAL animal rights activist has labelled Paddy Power’s new bullfighting bets as "grotesque”.... John Carmody from Dooradoyle, who is a member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), said that bull-fighting is "a very cruel and barbarous sport and the fact that Paddy Power is accepting bets indicates that the company condones the torture of defenceless animals”.... Aideen Yourell, from ICABS, said: "Visitors to the website are being given the opportunity to guess the total number of ears carved off the animals and given to matadors as gruesome trophies.... (story)

BBC News Online 8.9.07 Deer freed by wildlife rescuers - A deer that became caught in electric fencing has been released by wildlife rescuers in Sussex. Police called East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service after a walker saw the deer near Robertsbridge, spokesman Trevor Weeks said... (story)

7.9.07

IRISH COURSING LICENCES
Irish Independent 7.9.07 Gormley gives green light to the trapping of 7,000 hares - GREEN Environment Minister John Gormley last night controversially gave the green light for the trapping of 7,000 hares for coursing meetings. However, he refused a licence to one coursing club, Westmeath United in Co Westmeath, for a year for breaching a previous licence.... But the future of the country's only stag hunt, the Ward Union Hunt, is still in the balance.... (story)
Irish Independent 6.9.07 Gormley to issue hare tagging licences to coursing clubs - The Minister for the Environment John Gormley is to issue licences to the Irish Coursing Club for the capture and tagging of hares for the coming season... He has also announced that he is considering whether or not to grant a licence to the Ward Union Hunt.... (story)
Irish Independent 5.9.07 Gormley in bloody row over coursing and hunt licences - ENVIRONMENT Minister John Gormley is set to controversially approve coursing licences to allow the netting of hares -- even though he is likely to refuse a licence to Ireland's only stag hunt.... Aideen Yourell, Irish Campaign Against Blood Spots, said a licence to net hares would give around 75 coursing clubs the go-ahead to "cruelly snatch approximately 7,000 hares from their habitats in nets."... (story)
Irish Independent 1.9.07 Animal Rights Groups urge Gormley to refuse hare licence - Environment Minister John Gormley is coming under pressure to follow through with a pre-election promise to ban all blood sports. Lobby groups want the Green Party leader to refuse a license enabling coursing clubs to capture hares to use during hunts... (story)

Glasgow Herald 7.9.07 Snares are cruel and should be banned - Neil Macdonald is quite right that managers of shooting estates are likely to be largely responsible for the demise of mountain hares in Scotland.... No doubt many mountain hares will be caught and killed in snares. These traps are not only cruel but are indiscriminate and can catch non-target animals... Ross Minett, Campaigns Director, Advocates for Animals, 10 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh. (letter)
Glasgow Herald 6.9.07 Hare population is being slaughtered - Thank you for drawing attention to the "killing fields" of our Highland glens (Foreign hunters threaten survival of mountain hare, September 3). However, you cannot blame tourists for the possible extinction of mountain hares… The main reasons for the slaughter and disappearance of hares in our glens lie with the owners of grouse moors and shooting estates. Local populations of hares have been eradicated by the owners of a number of grouse moors because they carry a tick with a virus that can kill red grouse… Neil Macdonald, 192 Cedar Drive, Perth (letter)

IPSWICH LIVE EXPORT PROTEST
East Anglian Daily Times 7.9.07 Live exports fight 'will go on' - CAMPAIGNERS protesting against the renewal of live exports from a Suffolk port have pledged to continue their fight in the coming week.... Local campaigner Judy Massie said: “We're still going to carry on..." (story)
Suffolk Evening Star 7.9.07 OAP protests against live exports - A CAMPAIGNING pensioner is today urging fellow OAPs to join her in protesting against live animal exports from Ipswich. Retired teacher Helen Stollery is one of a group of peaceful campaigners who have vowed to fight against the controversial trade during the coming week…. Yesterday the 64-year-old could be seen holding a placard with fellow protestors from Ipswich Animal Rights by the entry to the West Bank terminal at Ipswich Port… (story)
BBC News Online 6.9.07 Live animal trade protest at port - Protesters have tried to blockade a major port in a bid to prevent the export of live calves to the Continent. Dozens of people carrying campaign placards were at the port of Ipswich in Suffolk as animal lorries arrived for overnight ferries on Wednesday…. Sue Drake, of Compassion in World Farming, said: "People in Ipswich would be horrified like they were years ago…" (story)
Suffolk Evening Star 6.9.07 Protest over animal exports - FURIOUS animal welfare campaigners turned out in protest as lorries carrying live exports destined for the continent arrived at a Suffolk port…. Sue Drake, from Southwold is a member of the Suffolk branch for Compassion in World Farming, said: “It's just dreadful…" Helen Stolley, a member of Ipswich Animal Welfare, said: “We are entirely against this business…" (story)
Essex Evening Gazette 6.9.07 North Essex: Animal export protest fails Activists failed to prevent live animals being exported through Ipswich docks last night… Val Oliver, 66, of Colchester, said: "It was terrible…." (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 6.9.07 Protest in Ipswich as livestock exported - CRAIG ROBINSON - FURIOUS animal welfare campaigners turned out in protest last night as lorries carrying live exports destined for the continent arrived at a Suffolk port... Sue Drake, who had come all the way from Southwold and is a member of the Suffolk branch for Compassion in World Farming, said… Helen Stolley, a member of Ipswich Animal Welfare, said… Roy Hugill, who was there with his wife Linda and his step-daughter, said: “If it continues then I think they will have another situation like Brightlingsea... (story)
East Anglian Daily Times 5.9.07 Anger at port's live animal exports - CRAIG ROBINSON - ANIMAL welfare campaigners are planning to protest outside a Suffolk port tonight after learning it will be shipping livestock to mainland Europe.... Local campaigner Judy Massie, from Colchester, said: “It's just totally unacceptable...." Writer Carla Lane, a passionate animal rights campaigner, also spoke to officials at Ipswich port owners ABP yesterday to try to persuade them not to allow the trade.... Ian Birchall, chairman of Kent Action against Live Exports (KALE), said most of the animals being exported were male calves... (story)

Southern Daily Echo 7.9.07 Activists may have put horses lives at risk By Duncan Eaton - MISGUIDED animal welfare activists could be responsible for threatening the lives of horses grazing in fields near a Hampshire stable. In what is believed to be random attacks the straps of five muzzles have been slashed while horses have been grazing in fields near a private livery yard at West End.... Without the protection of muzzles they are in danger of overfeeding on the lush green grass and running the risk of contracting the killer disease laminitis... (story)

6.9.07

TOUGHER PENALTIES FOR WILDLIFE CRIME
Berwickshire News 6.9.07 Wildlife criminals could face tougher sanctions By Sandy Brydon - NEW penalties for people who commit crimes against wildlife could include the removal of firearms licences and cutting of farm aid payments, it was announced last week. The measures are being considered as part of tougher approach by the Scottish Government on bird poisoners and other wildlife criminals… (story)
Glasgow Herald 31.8.07 Tougher penalties for wildlife crime - BRIAN DONNELLY - Countryside workers convicted of wildlife crime could lose their firearms licences and landowners could face financial sanctions under plans unveiled by the Scottish Environment Minister yesterday. Michael Russell said the measures would act as a deterrent because it would restrict employment opportunities for those guilty of such offences... (story)
Glasgow Herald 31.8.07 Punish the poisoners - The recent poisoning of a golden eagle in Peebles-shire served as a reminder of how baleful the impact of wildlife crime can be on Scotland's natural heritage.... According to the animal welfare lobby, persecution of birds of prey is most intense on land managed as grouse moor... The problem, which Mr Russell recognises, is that gamekeepers and land workers who commit wildlife crime are often following instructions and the person ultimately responsible can escape punishment. This could be tackled by licensing grouse moors and shooting estates. The licence could be revoked depending on the severity and frequency of acts of wildlife crime. It would be a severe sanction but, given the worsening trend in raptor persecution, it is perhaps warranted. (story)
Scotsman 31.8.07 Bird-poisoning landowners to be penalised - CRAIG BROWN - LANDOWNERS and farmers implicated in poisoning birds of prey face losing tens of thousands of pounds in state aid after the Scottish Executive pledged to step up its efforts to stamp out wildlife crime.... The Scottish Countryside Alliance welcomed the Scottish Executive's move, but said that cases should be tried in a criminal court: "If a bird of prey had been found poisoned on your ground and it had come from somewhere else, we would be facing a reduction in the SFP, which is basically your livelihood. The only grounds for that would be a guilty verdict in a criminal court. I just don't see this would wash. We'll have to get on to the Executive. There's potential for stitch-ups... or there's certainly the potential for those who would look to cause mischief to be able to do so."... (story)

York Press 6.9.07 Ban all snares - I WAS upset, but not surprised, to read about Holly the cat who was killed in a snare last week (Cat killed by illegal animal snare, The Press, August 29). Sadly, this is not an isolated case. We are regularly contacted by distressed pet owners whose animals have suffered in snares…. Cerys Roberts, Snaring campaigner, League Against Cruel Sports, Union Street, London. (story)

Independent 6.9.07 Julia Stephenson: The Green Goddess - Last Thursday found me squeezed into a tiny cage with animal welfare campaigner Meg Mathews and chanteuse Maria Daines… We were raising awareness for Primate Day on 1 September. Horrifically, monkeys and apes are still used in animal experiments despite doctors, scientists, researchers and 200 worldwide welfare groups supporting a ban… The campaigners Animal Defenders do a great job drawing attention to the plight of monkeys locked up in dreadful conditions. It's not a fashionable cause, and we'd prefer not to think about it, but we must… (story)

Sun 6.9.07 BBC's animal slaughter blasted By KATY HASTINGS - ANIMAL welfare campaigners have slammed the BBC for planning to slaughter baby animals in front of a live audience for a new programme. The Beeb plans to show the slaughter of baby lambs, piglets, goats and calves as part of the second series of Kill it, Cook it, Eat it…. Campaign group VIVA!, the Vegetarians International Voice for Animals, have condemned the series and called for production to be stopped. Justin Kerswell, from the group, said they backed a previous series of the show which broadcast undercover footage from within an abbatoir. But he condemned the showing of a sanitised version of the slaughter process… (story)

Suffolk Evening Star 6.9.07 No action over neglected dog - NO action will be taken against Suffolk police after a young dog went without food or water for six days while in its care, it has emerged. The Suffolk force was investigated by the RSPCA after “an administrative” error meant a stray border collie cross was caged behind its station in Bury St Edmunds without food or water for nearly a week…. Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, said: “I am not amazed but I am disappointed that the RSPCA decided not to prosecute the police…. (story)

Nottingham Evening Post 6.9.07 LETTERS: CHARITY COLLECTION - Compassion in World Farming would like to thank the people of Rushcliffe for raising £122.37 at our street collection on August 18, 2007… EMILY DURRANT Compassion in World Farming Godalming Surrey (story)

Preston Citizen 6.9.07 Circus is cruel and demeaning - I was very unhappy to see an advertisement for Mondao Circus in this weeks paper, Thursday August 30. All circus animals, whether wild or domesticated, suffer incredibly though the abusive and demeaning training methods often used…. Zoe Ettenfield, via email (story)

Cambrian News 6.9.07 Caring for animals in need is not an easy task - Madam, I am currently reading towards a BSc (Hons) in Zoology at the University of Aberystwyth. As a part of my final year dissertation - and particu-larly because I am passionate about animal welfare - I have been volunteering at Ty Ago-red Animal Sanctuary for the past year. I was therefore shocked and appalled to hear of the recent verbal attacks against the sanctuary…. Laura Draulans, Lampeter (letter in archive)
Cambrian News 30.8.07 Sanctuary was victim of smear campaign - TY AGORED animal sanctuary near Lampeter has been cleared of animal negligence by the RSPCA after being targeted by a ‘smear campaign’, according to one of its owners... The sanctuary was taken over by new owners Jeff Hyde and Gloria Cottingham early this year following fears that it faced closure after the retirement of Barbara Packham, who established the charity in the 1970s. Since the takeover there have been allegations of animal negligence from former volunteers of the sanc-tuary... (story)

Western Gazette 6.9.07 Concern over charity animals - MANY thanks to Mr B Blan of Poole for drawing attention to the plight of animals gifted to Third World countries…. Surely it is time for us to realise that human beings are not the only species on the planet which matter. And that, as Mr Blan quite rightly points out, there are many ways to relieve the suffering of our own kind without imposing it on others. Ariane MacLaren, Tor View Avenue, Glastonbury (story)

North Devon Journal 6.9.07 STOP BLUBBERING IT'S ONLY A WHALE - If you hear my cry from the Ocean deep,Will it stir your soul, does it make you weep?... o lose my song is to lose all hope,… Break up your harpoon and exploding shell… CHARLIE KEEBLE, Stoneyland, Newton Tracey. (letter)

Hawick News 6.9.07 Wilton Hill rabbits By Angus Macmillan - I was appalled to hear that there was a campaign against rabbits by residents in the Wilton Hill area of the town, and calls for them to be "treated like the vermin they are". But what are "vermin" other than wildlife that intolerant humans find annoying or a nuisance… (letter)

5.9.07

Gloucester Citizen 5.9.07 HOUNDS ABOUT THAT FOR A FOUR-LEGGED FAIR LINE-UP! - There will be dogs galore at this weekend's Frampton Country Fair.The 2007 Crufts supreme champion, Araki Fabulous Willy, will be joined by fellow winners the Prestbury Park Flyball Team and a mass parade of hounds at the annual event on Sunday... (story)

Western Daily Press 5.9.07 WHY HUMOUR LAW-BREAKERS? - It seems wrong to see an article featuring a man who is doing a sponsored cycle ride in aid of two stag-hunters convicted of illegal hunting... it is very wrong to humour anybody who supports law-breakers, and there is no justification for treating members of the hunting fraternity any differently to anyone else.... Gill Purser, Cheltenham (letter)

Times 5.9.07 Counting crows - Nick Forde may have a point on predator control (letter, Sept 4 ). Back in the 1950s the National Trust had a clause within shooting-tenant leases that allowed the control of sparrow hawks alongside crows and other vermin..... ROB YORKE, Brecon
While we support Sir Martin Doughty’s sentiments, it is a shame he resorted to quoting that old chestnut “the number of predators is dictated by the availability of prey, not the other way round” This claim, born in the 1960s, has proven to be wrong... DR STEPHEN TAPPER Director of Policy & Public Affairs The Game Conservancy Trust.
Nick Forde of the SongBird Survival Trust demands special protection for his favourite birds, regardless of what this means for all other bird and animal species. What kind of skewed conservation does he subscribe to?... KATE FOWLER-REEVES, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid (letters)
Times 4.9.07 Predators and prey - It is not just raptor numbers at plague proportions that are a problem (Comment, August 29; letters, Sept 1). Numbers of all other predators have also been rising. We believe that this could be threatening some prey species with extinction... NICK FORDE, Trustee, SongBird Survival (letter)
Times 1.9.07 We are the biggest threat to Britain’s wildlife - While condemning the poisoning of golden eagles, Magnus Linklater (Comment, Aug 29) says that other raptors have become a pest. Nature is full of predators, including ourselves.... A. M. BICKMORE, Gilston, Herts
Magnus Linklater is right to condemn the poisoning of protected birds of prey but wrong to suggest that organisations such as Natural England wish to protect raptors exclusively. We also fund recovery projects for chough, bittern, corncrake, stone curlew and cirl bunting.... SIR MARTIN DOUGHTY, Chair, Natural England
Those who blame raptors for songbird decline are like the fishermen who blame crashing fish stocks on seals: anything to avoid accepting responsibility for the truth that human activity is the cause of the problem. DR PAUL WEEKS, Leafield, Oxon (letters)
Times 29.8.07 All right, eagles shouldn’ t be poisoned. But . . . MAGNUS LINKLATER - Flying with eagles may never take the place of swimming with dolphins, but those breathtaking pictures of Sampson, the golden eagle, soaring on a high thermal above the Devon cliffs may just inspire an Icarus industry.... One of the reasons for their decline is persecution by humans. A less savoury photograph was issued the other day, of a dead eagle poisoned on a Scottish estate... Not surprisingly, perhaps, the police and conservation bodies have declared war against the bird-poisoners. There have been several high-profile raids on farmers and gamekeepers... No one condones the deliberate poisoning of a protected species, but these incidents have to be placed in the context of some other statistics, notably the massive escalation in the number of raptors – birds of prey – that has taken place in Britain over the past 20 years... The case for controlling or relocating these raptors may seem persuasive, but it has got nowhere. Far from accepting that they even represent a problem, the line from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, as well as government agencies such as English Nature and Scottish Natural Heritage, is that we need more of them, not fewer... (letter)

Guardian 5.9.07 Yes, golden eagles need protection, but so do racing pigeons - Conservationists and the government share the blame for this 'illegal war' on birds of prey, says Peter Bryant - Your article about golden eagles in Scotland (Hunt for the Scottish poisoners, August 27) highlighted the death of one of these birds and said police and conservationists believed it was the "victim of an intensifying and illegal war against birds of prey being fought by gamekeepers and landowners to protect commercially reared game birds".... The killing of these birds of prey should be condemned by all bird lovers, but conservationists and the government must share some of the blame for this "illegal war".... Because the raptor working group did not address the problems of gamekeepers, moorland farmers and pigeon fanciers, what we see is a proliferation of raptor numbers. Is it then any surprise then that some people take the law into their own hands?... (story)

Dundee Courier 5.9.07 Shot himself in the foot? - I refer to (Dr) Colin B. Shedden and his rather patronising reply to my observations... I won’t be sucked in by his economic spin either. Whenever wildlife and the lining of human pockets are at odds there’s only going to be one winner—and it ain’t wildlife.... I don’t need to learn any more about game shooting. It may be sporting enjoyment to some, but it’s still bestiality to me. You can keep it. Brian Macfarlane. Main Street, Carnock (letter)
Dundee Courier 4.9.07 No mention of suffering - Colin Shedden of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), attempts to paint a rosy picture of the ‘sport’ of shooting birds (yesterday’s Courier letters). However, he fails to mention this form of ‘entertainment’ is responsible for brutally maiming and killing countless thousands of animals..... Ross Minett, campaigns director, Advocates for Animals. 10 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh. (letter)
Dundee Courier 3.9.07 Shooting worth £240 million pa - Brian Macfarlane challenges readers to explain the apparent “anachronistic behaviour” of shooting... game birds and other wildlife; nothing of the hard work of gamekeepers who, throughout the year, manage these estates; and nothing of the important socio-economic contribution sporting shooting brings to rural Scotland. This is worth £240 million per annum, and maintains the equivalent of 12,000 full-time jobs.... (Dr) Colin B. Shedden, Director, BASC Scotland. Trochry,Dunkeld. (letter)
Dundee Courier 31.8.07 Not truly civilised - I couldn’t agree more with Louise Robertson’s comments on Commercial shooting (Letters, August 25). This sickening business which, euphemist-ically called sport, badly needs to be exposed.... Let’s be clear about this. This is no sport, this is bestiality of the worst kind. It’s not about competition, it isn’t a challenge, it’s not to supplement the food chain, it’s not even about the thrill of the hunt. It is purely down to bloodlust by humans who really should know better.... Brian Macfarlane. Bridge Cottage, Main Street, Carnock. (letter)
Dundee Courier 25.8.07 A bloody business - A fortnight into the shooting season and it has already been marred by the illegal poisoning of a red kite in Perthshire (reported August 23), and the persecution of a rare golden eagle in the Borders. One wonders how many more incidents like this we are going to be subjected to before the shooting season is over for another year?... Louise Robertson, Scotland Campaigner/ Press Officer League Against Cruel Sports. Rosyth (letter)

Oxford Mail 5.9.07 Hunters' excuses Michael Heavey raises the question of prosecution for hunt trespass on private property (Oxford Mail, August 31). Here are a few instances and the hunters' excuses. In 2006, hounds belonging to the Tynedale Hunt rampaged through gardens... The Tiverton Staghounds killed a magistrate's terrier on her property... Embarrassment? No, Mr Heavey, that is not a concept familiar to the hunts. BEA BRADLEY, Cuxham Road, Watlington (letter)
Oxford Mail 30.8.07 Hunt prosecutions - Sophie Wilkinson, of the RSPCA, appears to be knowledgeable about sentencing of people whose dogs attack other creatures or a person... I would be interested to know, perhaps via her organisation, whether fox huntsmen have ever been prosecuted when their hounds invade private property and destroy family pets... MICHAEL HEAVEY Oxford Road Old Marston Oxford (letter)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 5.9.07 The battle to wipe out the mink By Mel Fairhurst - The water vole, one of the country's most loveable native species made famous by Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows, is seriously under threat. But Bradford Council's wildlife team believes it has turned a corner in its fight against the mammal's arch enemy - the American mink. T&A Reporter Mel Fairhurst investigates… (story)

UTV 5.9.07 USPCA faces cruelty investigation - Cruelty prevention chiefs expressed outrage today after finding themselves under investigation for alleged animal abuse. Police want to question the Ulster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals` chief executive Stephen Philpott following a counter claim from the owner of a puppy farm it raided near Rosslea, Co Fermanagh. Officers are investigating allegations that animals were handed back severely underweight despite being in care for six months... (story)
BBC News Online 5.9.07 Animal cruelty probe into USPCA - The USPCA is to be investigated after a complaint of animal cruelty was made against them by the owner of a puppy farm whose premises were raided. A large number of animals were confiscated during the USPCA operation... (story)

Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 5.9.07 Breath-taking hypocrisy - JIL DOBSON wrote that vegetarianism is morally and ethically sound… most vegetarians eat dairy products such as milk, cheese, butter, yoghurt and so on. To produce the large quantities that are needed for this lifestyle choice it is necessary to remove young calves from their mothers before they are fully weaned and raise them on an artificial diet in pens… The hypocrisy of the veggie brigade is, at times, breath-taking. Peter Horsefield, Morecambe. (letter)
Lancaster & Morecambe Citizen 29.8.07 Healthy diet is no disorder - I AM writing in response to the letter from Greg Beaman of Carnforth published in the Citizen on August 22 - because it both angered and amazed me. The letter was about bull-fighting until the final sentence in which he described vegetarianism as an eating disorder. I became a vegetarian more than 25 years ago for ethical and health reasons and must say that a good vegetarian diet is not only healthy, it is ethically and morally sound…. Jil Dobson, Morecambe (letter)

Midweek Herald 5.9.07 Gulls battle to surviver - Regarding the gull/litter debate... I believe that the blame for gull-strewn litter lies firmly with us humans on at least two counts. We are a greedy and wasteful species, here in the western world, throwing away vast amounts of unwanted food.... Anita Urquhart, West Acres, Seaton (letter)

Midweek Herald 5.9.07 Humans are real pests - I AM in complete support of Ivan Marks' letter, published in the Herald on August 8. Seagulls are beautiful creatures, trying to scratch out a living - same as the rest of us in this mad, greedy world... A HEFFORD, Prestor, Sector Lane, Axminster (letter)

4.9.07

Western Morning News 4.9.07 PRO-HUNT MARCHERS WERE OUT OF ORDER - In his letter "Police have lost their way" (August 20) Colin Richey, of Tiverton, seems surprised that the Countryside Alliance marchers who tried to storm the House of Parliament were baton-charged by the police, while Islamic demonstrators have - according to Mr Richey - been left alone... I'm not keen on violence to anyone, but was secretly heartened to see Hooray Henrys getting their comeuppance. The Countryside Alliance mob acted criminally, breaching reasonable, time-honoured public order laws... Theo Hopkins, Lifton (letter)
Western Morning News 20.8.07 POLICE HAVE LOST THEIR WAY - Can somebody tell me what makes the British police force tick?... I can vividly remember seeing on TV baton-swinging police officers bashing pro-hunting demonstrators as they marched on Parliament against the Hunting Bill - but that was not the case recently when Muslim demonstrators swarmed outside the Old Bailey demanding the release of four extremists.... Colin Richey, Tiverton (letter)

Western Daily Press 4.9.07 I'M CONFUSED BY ATTITUDE TO DEER - Am I the only person who is confused by the claim that one can "love red deer" and yet undertake a cycle challenge to raise money for a hunt intent on chasing and killing these beautiful creatures for fun.... Louise Clark, League Against Cruel Sports (letter)

Argus 4.9.07 Animal instincts - I read Margaret Randall's letter about sparing a thought for animals (August 25). Animals always get my sympathy, no matter what - foot and mouth, BSE, hunting, Shambo the bull. We do treat animals abysmally and we, the human race, should be ashamed.... Dennis Dey, Manor Avenue, Hassocks (letter)

Cambridge Evening News 4.9.07 Police hunt the hunters - WITH the illegal hare coursing season set to begin Cambridgeshire police are launching the successful Operation Dornier for the fourth year running.... (story)

Western Morning News 4.9.07 MISGIVINGS OVER MEDICAL RESEARCH - So organ transplants are still a problem because of a donation problem although there are "only" 14.4 million people on the organ donor register - reported in the WMN on August 10.... Most medical research is done by people who are not medically qualified - a survey published in 1981 identified 10,805 medical researchers, of whom almost three-quarters were not medically qualified.... Louise Piddington, Plymouth (letter)

Lancashire Telegraph 4.9.07 Camels lead the circus into town By David Watkinson - A CIRCUS big top has been set up for the first time in an East Lancashire town. And bosses want Lancashire Telegraph readers to name two new camels that are a part of the show, which begins tonight in Great Harwood... Craig Redmond, of the Captive Animals' Protection Society CAPS, urged people to boycott the show. He said: "Zebras are still wild animals and are quite nervous. They would normally live in quite large herds so to have just three is wrong in itself."... (story)

ANIMAL AID TONY BENN LETTER
Mid Devon Gazette 4.9.07 SUPPORT FOR ANIMAL AID MUST CONTINUE - TONY BENN (above), Animal Aid patron, c/o The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge (letter)
Blackpool Gazette 20.8.07 Animal Aid tackles cruelty - TONY BENN, Animal Aid patron (letter)
Wharfedale Observer 16.8.07 Animal cruelty - Tony Benn - Animal Aid patron,C/o The Old Chapel, Bradford Street,Tonbridge,Kent. (letter)
Bath Chronicle 13.8.07 ANIMAL AID IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF STAMPING OUT CRUELTY - TONY BENN, Animal Aid patron (letter)
York Press 13.8.07 Ending cruelty - Tony Benn, Animal Aid patron, C/O The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (story)
Liverpool Daily Post 10.8.07 Campaign success - Tony Benn, Animal Aid patron (letter)
Ham & High 9.8.07 Tony Benn backs campaign against animal cruelty - Yours faithfully, Tony Benn Animal Aid patron (letter)
East London Advertiser 8.8.07 Why Animal Aid needs cash so badly - ANIMAL Aid's message, at a time when campaigns against animals cruelty have had some successes and some setbacks, is that all cruelty to animals needs to be stopped.... Yet it receives no state funding and relies on public generosity. Tony Benn, Patron, Animal Aid (story)

Western Morning News 4.9.07 GIRL, 9, HAS HORSE CONFISCATED - Police officers have been accused of breaking the law when they left a nine-year-old girl in tears by confiscating her injured pet horse. A legal campaigner says officers broke rules under the newly introduced Animal Welfare Act when they seized a mare named Holly from land near Ivybridge, South Devon, last month.... Campaigner Ann Dean said Holly had an eye infection, and she also had leg injuries. The owners went out, and when they came home, the police and an RSPCA inspector were there ready to take the horse, according to Mrs Dean.... "This was a well-loved horse which was getting treatment. The little girl has been in tears."... She said the Act instructs officers to obtain a vet's certificate before confiscating an animal - but claims the vet refused to sign because she did not believe the horse was being mistreated... (story)

Guardian 4.9.07 Can love ever bloom between veggies and carnivores? - Justine Hankins - Sir Paul McCartney is rumoured to be stepping out with Renee Zellweger now that the pair have been spotted enjoying a candlelit meal together. It's good to know that divorce difficulties haven't put Sir Paul off his food, but can he stomach Zellweger's appetites?... I've been a vegetarian for 25 years and have come to regard the consumption of animal flesh as an unpleasant habit, akin to picking your nose or speaking with your mouth full.... (story)

ANIMAL AID FOOT & MOUTH LETTER
Burton Mail 4.9.07 Non-animal diet best way to stop outbreaks - Kate Fowler-Reeves,Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, Kent (letter)
Isle of Man Examiner 21.8.07 FROM: KATE FOWLER-REEVES, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent. (story)
Chichester Observer 16.8.07 Whether a research lab, a drug company or Defra end up being nailed by the media or any subsequent enquiry for foot and mouth, this latest farmed animal disease outbreak should surprise no-one. It amounts to ‘business as usual’.... Kate Fowler-Reeves, head of campaigns, Animal Aid (letter)
Blackpool Citizen 10.8.07 Foot and Mouth: The Animals, not Farmers, are the Victims - Kate Fowler-Reeves Head of Campaigns Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Chorley Citizen 10.8.07 Foot and Mouth: The Animals, not Farmers, are the Victims - Kate Fowler-Reeves Head of Campaigns Animal Aid The Old Chapel Bradford Street Tonbridge Kent (letter)
Somerset Guardian 12.8.07 ADOPT A MEAT-FREE DIET TO STOP FARM ANIMAL DISEASE OUTBREAKS - KATE FOWLER-REEVES, Head of campaigns, Animal Aid (letter)
The Shields Gazette 9.8.07 Meat industry must learn - Kate Fowler-Reeves, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1AW (letter)
Yorkshire Post 7.8.07 From: Kate Fowler-Reeves, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid, Tonbridge. ONCE again, the search is on for the bad guys and the smoking gun evidence with regard to the new outbreak of foot- and-mouth.... (letter)
Scotsman 7.8.07 Exploitation of animals - KATE FOWLER-REEVES, Head of campaigns, Animal Aid Bradford Street, Tonbridge, Kent (story)
Halifax Courier 6.8.07 Foot and mouth: The animals are the victims - ONCE again, the search is on for the bad guys and the smoking gun evidence in regard to the new outbreak of foot and mouth. Whether a research lab, a drug company or Defra end up being nailed by the media or by any subsequent enquiry, this latest farmed animal disease outbreak should surprise no-one.... The remedy is not vaccines or public enquiries but for the public to abandon their addiction to meat and dairy products, and to adopt a non-animal diet. Kate Fowler-Reeves, Head of Campaigns, Animal Aid (letter)

Argus 4.9.07 Birds and bees - With reference to Sonya Mills' letter (August 14), I beg to differ. It is not herring gulls or any wildlife who are destroying the world, but man.... Anne Enefer, Danecourt Close, Bexhill (letter)

3.9.07

Sun 3.9.07 WHY did our Government spend more time debating a fox-hunting ban, which most of the public don’t give two hoots about, than they appear to have done over guns in the community? PIP JONES, Wareham, Dorset (letter)

Western Morning News 3.9.07 ALL HUMANS HAVE THE HUNTING GENE - Douglas Batchelor yet again castigates hunters for failing to address their motives... Worldwide hundreds of thousands of animals are killed every day for various reasons, but I imagine very few are killed for fun. In the case of the hunter, enjoyment is derived from the hunt and aspects of it, not in the possible kill at the end, which is quick and clean. In many instances the quarry gets away unscathed. When one sits down to a meal of one's favourite meat one enjoys the meal, not the fact that an animal was killed to supply it... W T Sweet, Helston (letter)

Western Daily Press 3.9.07 PET OWNERS CAN BE CRUEL, TOO - In reply to R Morris (Your Say, August 14), you really miss the point that fox-hunting is less cruel than the life of the average pet... The anti-hunt fraternity say that the hunt ban is there to stop what they think is cruel. Well, we know the amount of cruelty that goes on in the pet world so why don't they call for a ban on keeping pets? S Saunders, Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 13.8.07 IT IS CRUELTY ALL THE SAME - Does S Saunders (Your Say, July 31) really believe that pointing out other people's cruelty to animals makes what he believes in any better?Cruelty in any form, especially to dumb animals, is utterly deplorable. Hunting is cruel and unnecessary and exists only to satisfy a tiny minority of our society.The "inglorious" August 12 is another example… R M Morris Minehead, Somerset (letter)

Scotsman 3.9.07 Eagles at risk - Tony Andrews, (Letters, 30 August) claims it is highly unlikely that the criminal involved in the recent golden eagle poisoning was a gamekeeper... Sadly, the reality is quite the reverse. A large body of peer-reviewed science has proven that golden eagles breeding on grouse moors fair far worse than those on ground not maintained for shooting.... LOGAN D STEELE Bridgewater Avenue Auchterarder, Perthshire (letter)
Scotsman 31.8.07 Poisoning birds of prey - It would be interesting to learn what evidence Tony Andrews of the Scottish Countryside Alliance has for stating that it is "highly unlikely" the recent poisoning of a golden eagle was committed by a gamekeeper (Letters, 30 August). Gamekeepers are invariably found to be responsible for the limited number of poisoned birds of prey that are actually ever found... ROSS MINETT, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh (letter)
Scotsman 30.8.07 Unfair attack on gamekeepers, who have a role in conservation effort - In his report, "Hundreds more British species are placed on 'at risk' register" (28 August), Ian Johnston writes: "Perhaps surprisingly, the golden eagle is not mentioned despite there only being about 440 pairs in Scotland and the threat from poisoning by gamekeepers and other forms of persecution." The perpetrators of the recent golden eagle poisoning incident in Peeblesshire have yet to be found. It is highly unlikely this crime was committed by gamekeepers, or anyone connected with the estate where the eagles were nesting. These people had looked after the birds in secret for ten years.... TONY ANDREWS, Chief Executive, SCA West Mains Cottage, Ingliston, Edinburgh
The case of the poisoned eagle must not be allowed to fade away. Correspondence in The Scotsman has given us many of the facts, the pictures, the cause of death, the name of the poison and the retribution awaiting the culprit; but not the name of the anonymous shooting estate, as if one could not guess.... . The grouse shooting is in full swing and the customers have priority, in this case, over the law.... WILLIAM SPEIRS, Buccleuch Street, Innerleithen, Peeblesshire (letters)

Aberdeen Press & Journal 3.9.07 Your story headed "Tough talk on new sanctions against wildlife criminals" (the Press and Journal, August 31) portrayed gamekeepers as public enemy number one and sporting estates as number two. However, it is a fact that sporting estates have more wildlife than anywhere due to the creation of habitat for sporting species and keeping predator numbers in check, thus achieving a balance where all wildlife species can survive... Andy Ritchie, The Moorie, St Cyrus (letter)

Western Morning News 3.9.07 CASTLE TO HOST FALCONRY SHOW - A magnificent display of falconry is planned for Falmouth's Pendennis Castle.The two-day event is on next Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, from 11am - 5pm... (story)

Dundee Courier 3.9.07 Record crowds at countryside festival - SCOTLAND’S Countryside Festival, held at Glamis Castle over the weekend, has been declared a great success. An estimated 18,000 people flocked to the castle grounds on Saturday and Sunday... The weekend coincided with the launch of Scottish Food Fortnight at Glamis. Allied to the festival and Celtic concert, this proved a winning mix according to Tony Andrews, chief executive of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, an event partner.... (story)

SPEAK OXFORD DEMO
Oxford Times 3.9.07 700 on animal lab protest - PROTESTERS arrived from across the country and Europe to oppose Oxford University's animal rights laboratory at their latest rally... (story)
Oxford Mail 2.9.07 700 join animal lab protest - Protesters arrived from across the country and Europe to oppose Oxford University's animal rights laboratory at their latest rally.... (story)
Oxford Times 1.9.07 SPEAK holds Oxford demo - Animal rights campaigners are holding a march and rally in Oxford today.... (story)
Oxford Mail 31.8.07 Animal rights demonstration - Animal rights campaigners are holding a march and rally in Oxford tomorrow. Protesters from Speak are meeting at Oxpens Park from 12pm for its national demonstration to campaign against the animal testing laboratory at Oxford University.... (story)

PETA 21 BUM SALUTE
Cambridge Evening News 3.9.07 CAN'T BEAR IT! - Animal welfare activists bared almost all in a protest at the bearskin hats worn by Buckingham Palace Guards.Wearing little more than fake bearskin caps and Union flags painted on their backsides, 21 protesters performed a "21 bum salute" at Tower Bridge, London.... (story)
Channel 4 3.9.07 '21-bum salute' for black bears - Animal welfare activists bared almost all in a protest at the bearskin hats worn by Buckingham Palace Guards. Wearing little more than fake bearskin caps and Union flags painted on their backsides, 21 members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Europe (Peta) performed a "21-bum salute" at Tower Bridge, London.... (story)
Manchester Evening News 2.9.07 'Bum salute' bearskin protest - ANIMAL welfare activists today bared almost all in a protest at the bearskin hats worn by Buckingham Palace Guards. Wearing little more than fake bearskin caps and Union flags painted on their backsides, 21 members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Europe (Peta) performed a "21 bum salute" at Tower Bridge, London…. (story)

Argus 3.9.07 Man is more of a nuisance - I wonder if Tony Booker (Letters, August 27) could let us know which seaside towns are culling seagulls so we can prosecute them under the Countryside Act 1981.... Simon Boyd, Court Farm Road, Newhaven
I am sick to the back teeth of people's complaints about Brighton and Hove's seagulls.... M Lewis, Hallyburton Road, Hove (letters)

2.9.07

Sunday Telegraph 2.9.07 Animal testing protests have fizzled: lab boss By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter, Sunday Telegraph - Nervous banks and investors should renew their backing for a medical research laboratory now that a campaign against it by animal rights extremists is all but over, says its chief executive. Brian Cass, the head of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), said: "So much of the activity [from animal rights campaigners] has gone away - and a lot of the activists are behind bars." He called for "one final push" from the police to target and jail the small number of extremists still at large.... (story)

Independent on Sunday 2.9.07 Vegetarian star's name used to promote leather handbags By Susie Mesure - Chrissie Hynde, the lead singer of the Pretenders, is an ardent vegetarian whose commitment to animal rights has led to her arrest. So imagine her horror at learning that a luxury Italian fashion house had created a line of leather handbags in homage to her rock star status. A furious Hynde has threatened legal action against Hogan and urged fashionistas to boycott the company – part of Tod's, one of Italy's best known leather goods makers... (story)

1.9.07

VOTE OK FLOOD RELIEF
Western Daily Press 1.9.07 CYNICAL EXERCISE (AUGUST 28) - Without this story I would have had no idea that the hunts did such excellent flood-relief work, so my opinion of them has risen considerably... However, the hysterical outburst from the anti-hunting lobby has saddened me... The animal rights lobby has done its cause no favours here. Andrew Bath (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.8.07 CYNICAL EXERCISE - In the leaked Vote OK email ("To say we only helped out in the floods to promote hunting is a total slur", Western Daily Press, August 15), Charles Mann shows once again that hunting is the activity that dare not speak its name.... Chris Gale, Chippenham (letter)
Western Daily Press 25.8.07 Vote OK are hunt fanatics (August 18) Helen Weeks' letter is truly beneath contempt... All she can think of is to make cheap political points by hurling unwarranted insults at rescue workers. I am appalled. It is she who is the fanatic. Giles Bradshaw, Devon (letter)
Western Daily Press 22.8.07 DON'T MISS AN OPPORTUNITY (AUGUST 21) - I simply can't believe that Penny is suprised by this.In the real world exploitation of public perception for political gain is a way of life. For instance, the LACS, has over the years donated vast sums of money to the Labour Party. In return, the Labour Party committed to its anti-hunting campaign... Shaun Freke Gloucestershire (letter)
Western Daily Press 21.8.07 DON'T MISS AN OPPORTUNITY - I Refer to your article "To say we only helped out in the floods to promote hunting is a total slur"... As for the hunters' "fury", this will be fury at being found out, the rest being manufactured indignation designed to cover their embarrassment. Penny Little Oxfordshire (letter)
Western Daily Press 18.8.07 VOTE OK ARE HUNT FANATICS - I WAS not surprised to read in the article by Tristan Cork (Western Daily Press, August 15) that Vote OK members were trying to curry favour for their cause by helping to distribute bottled water to flood-stricken families.Vote OK is a political organisation made up of bloodsports enthusiasts dedicated to the overthrow of the present Labour Government in order that a David Cameron-led Conservative Government will make hunting legal again... Helen Weeks West Coker Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 16.8.07 FLOODS HELP SLUR (AUGUST 15) - People in Gloucester were just glad of any help we could get! These animal campaigners would have been just as welcome to come here and help give out water - but the fact is that they didn't... Richard, Gloucester (letter)
Western Daily Press 15.8.07 TO SAY WE ONLY HELPED OUT IN THE FLOODS TO PROMOTE HUNTING IS A TOTAL SLUR BY TRISTAN CORK T.CORK@BEPP.CO.UK - Hunt supporters have reacted furiously to a 'slur' that they only helped flood-stricken families in Gloucester to boost their campaign to repeal the ban on hunting.The aftermath of the flooding crisis in the city saw dozens of hunt supporters, mobilised by the West-based Vote OK organisation, help with the distribution of bottled water from the city's five supermarkets to families in need... The row was sparked when an email from Vote OK was leaked to leading West anti-hunt campaigners... Anti-hunt campaigners claimed this showed the hunts manned water hand-out points to boost their campaign. Leading anti and Gloucestershire resident Gill Purser said: "It shows that hunt supporters can't even look at a scene of human misery without manipulating the situation to promote hunting... (story)

Cambridge Evening News 1.9.07 Ways of cruelty From James Blandford - Histon Road, Cambridge - MR HALL, organiser of the Quy Country Fair, states: "It is about educating town people about country ways and the pleasures of country pursuits" (News, August 27). Are the people of Cambridge really so thick as not to know what country pursuits involve? Slaughtering thousands of semitame birds for fun. Campaigning to bring back the horrors of fox and stag hunting and hare coursing.... (letter)

Western Daily Press 1.9.07 NO GLAMOUR IN LEGAL GUN-HOLDING - With regard to Chris Gale's letter "Time to give up the gun" (Your Say, August 28), there are also many cases of drunk drivers killing people and these far outweigh gun crimes but we don't seem to hear that the car or alcohol is to be banned.Guns are not glamorised in the shooting community any more than golf clubs are in the clubhouse... S Saunders Somerset (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.8.07 TIME TO GIVE UP THE GUN - Kevin Byrne ("Totally separate shooting groups", Your Say, August 24) conveniently misses out the fact that there are many cases of atrocities being carried out by legally licensed gun owners, by people who were trained in their use. The report into the Hungerford massacre of 1987 demonstrated that Michael Ryan's collection of weapons was legally licensed... Chris Gale, Chippenham (letter)
Western Daily Press 24.8.07 TOTALLY SEPARATE SHOOTING GROUPS - Why on Earth would anybody assume that the shooting community is even remotely interested in crime?.... the shooting community - and there are about two million of us of many ages and backgrounds - is made up of people who legally own and use legal guns for the legal pursuits of hunting and targetry. Criminals, on the other hand, almost invariably use illegally held guns for illegal activities... Kevin Byrne, Address supplied (letter)

Western Daily Press 1.9.07 GAME BIRDS LAID TO WASTE - It's very sweet that Mr Mikkelson believes that all game birds which are shot are eaten and that they have a good quality of life, but perhaps he needs to remove his rose-tinted spectacles and look at the facts.Every year, between 20 and 35 million birds are intensively reared and released across Britain to be shot by paying guns.... Of those which are shot, very few actually make it on to the plate, with many birds being disposed of in large pits or left to die a lingering death after being injured rather than killed by an inexperienced shot... For the record, Mr Mikkelson, I am not a vegetarian. I have a very good idea of the real world and can't help wondering how you have such an impressive knowledge of obtaining an illegal gun? Louise Robertson League Against Cruel Sports Fife Scotland (letter)
Western Daily Press 28.8.07 SHOOTING AND THE REAL WORLD - I have never commented on any article before but the comments and lack of understand of the subject by Louise Robertson is beyond belief. Firstly, it has always been easier to get an illegal gun than a legal one, and secondly, with the current shootings, there will not be one person who committed some of these terrible crimes who will own a legal weapon or have a certificate... Alan Mikkelson, Wraxall (letter)

Times 1.9.07 Thank you for publicising the plight of the mountain hare (Wild Britain, Aug 28). It is persecuted on Scottish grouse-shooting estates because it allegedly transmits a tick-borne virus that kills grouse chicks... thankfully, eco-tourism is flourishing in Scotland... Surely this is preferable to manipulating the ecosystem to provide grouse to be shot for amusement. RODNEY HALE, Chairman, Hare Preservation Trust, Crediton, Devon (letter)

Irish Examiner 1.9.07 Red kite killer must be charged - THE shooting dead of a red kite in Co Wicklow proves some firearm owners operate via the motto, “If it flies, it dies.” Ireland’s live shooting community portray themselves as conservationists and caretakers of the countryside — but they fail to notice that it is them who are responsible for the massive amount of slaughter inflicted on Irish wildlife each year.... One hopes the relevant authorities will achieve a day in court for those responsible for this cowardly act. John Tierney Association of Hunt Saboteurs PO Box 4734 Dublin 1 (letter)

East Anglian Daily Times 1.9.07 Tributes paid to former huntswoman - RICHARD SMITH - A FORMER huntswoman who became a tireless campaigner for animal welfare has died aged 83. Jane Higgens, from Aldeburgh, was at the forefront of Ipswich Animal Rights for many years. In the 1990s, she was at the sharp end of protests to stop the export of live sheep through Brightlingsea... In more recent times she could have been spotted checking on the welfare of animals in East Anglia's livestock markets, protesting outside the animal experiment laboratories at Occold or manning stalls to raise money for “the cause”.... Moira Walshe, a member of Ipswich Animal Rights, said Miss Higgens was one of the “rocks” of the Ipswich group and she could be depended on for her steadfastness, down to earth approach, fairness and commitment.... (story)

South Wales Evening Post 1.9.07 ANIMAL CHARITY BOSS TELLS OF JOY OF HELPING OTHERS - Rspca chairwoman Sally Hyman says her work helping animals makes her feel like a child in a sweet shop. HELEN KEATES finds out why... (story)

Leicester Mercury 1.9.07 MAILBOX: THE ECO DIET - I smiled when I read the letter "Will eco-warriors turn vegetarian?" (Mercury Mailbox, August 28). Real eco-warriors are vegan and proud of it... VH Sheppard, Leicester. (letter)
Leicester Mercury 1.9.07 MERCURY MAILBOX: WILL ECO-WARRIORS TURN VEGETARIAN? - Now that it has been established that cows emit more gas than aeroplanes, are we to understand that the global warming brigade will all become vegetarians? B James, Leicester. (letter)

Daily Mail 1.9.07 Stella McCartney, militant vegan, joins forces with Adidas, company that profits from bloody slaughter of kangaroos - As bright lights illuminate Stella McCartney's models on the catwalk at London Fashion Week this month, a gunman in far away Australia will be dimming his own spotlight after a night of butchery... what has upset animal rights groups is her association with the sportswear giant Adidas, which, in its use of kangaroo skins for football boots, has been accused of fuelling "the largest wildlife slaughter in the world".... (story)