Thursday, 12 December 2013
This week the RSPCA had an advertisement banned by the Advertising Standards Association for its "inaccurate and alarmist" advert asking "vaccinate or exterminate?" in relation to the badger cull trials. Countryside Alliance Animal Welfare Consultant Jim Barrington has blogged on this story, observing that "It doesn’t reflect well on the RSPCA, especially after the negative publicity the organisation has received throughout 2013, but it is an indication of how certain charities appear to be acting as if they can ignore the rules under which they operate. That may all be about to change." Read Jim's thoughts here.Read more
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: It’s interesting how social media and its use of pseudonyms liberates people to write shocking comments they would never say to their victim face-to-face. Facebook is the perfect vehicle for such vitriol, with unpleasant “groups” proliferating. One highly offensive anti-hunting site that has come to the Countryside Alliance’s attention is ScumWatch, a Facebook group where the public posts pictures of people engaged in country pursuits and encourage personal comments. And some of these comments have been exceedingly offensive.Read more
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
The Countryside Alliance welcomes the second report on the Lobbying Bill, published today (10 December) and urges the Government to act on its message.
Monday, 9 December 2013
Rob Gibson MSP, convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, believes that the Scotland's growing deer numbers are damaging vital environmental work such as the restoration of native tree species. The Holyrood committee is to consider bringing the 60 deer management groups (DMGs) set up voluntarily over the past 30 years under parliamentary control amid accusations they only act in their own interests, trying to restrict the shooting of deer to sport only.Read more
Friday, 6 December 2013
The Countryside Alliance Awards are hotting up now that regional finalists have been revealed. Please read on for information about the businesses local to you who have made the cut this year. Across four categories and nine regions our judges have a huge task ahead of them as the judging phase gets underway. Please support our finalists - we have village shops, farm shops, butchers, publicans, restaurateurs and much more in the mix this year and every single person involved is working hard to promote rural life, produce and skills. These Awards give a voice and a platform to rural enterprise and we are delighted to run them.Read more
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Once again Lingfield Park racecourse will be hosting a Countryside Raceday, this year on Sunday 22nd December, so to get your Christmas festivities started and enjoy a great day out at the races join the Countryside Alliance in supporting the Countryside Raceday 2013. There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family, with meet the hounds, Santa on horseback, free childrens' entertainment. Plus the Hunter’s Challenge Charity Race with riders from hunts across the south east competing once again for the honour of winning this fantastic charity race. Read on to find out who is riding and to sponsor their efforts.Read more
Thursday, 28 November 2013
The 2013 Countryside Alliance Christmas Cards are available now. The collection features six seasonal countryside scenes including the pictured card entitled "sparring pheasants". The Alliance's 2014 calendar is also available and includes the work of such noted countryside photographers as Jake Boyd, Jake Eastham, John Eccles, Kay Thompson and Sarah Farnsworth. Click here to browse and buy from our card collection and click here to buy the 2014 calendar.