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Jim Barrington: is the concept of managing wildlife acceptable?

Monday, 26 January 2015

Hunting with hounds has dominated news stories about animal welfare for decades, yet a more fundamental question about our wildlife is rarely asked. Consequently, this debate misses a crucial stage – one that requires an answer before we can move on to discuss hunting or indeed any of the other methods of control. In this instance it is a query aimed more at those opposed to hunting rather than those in favour of it. The question is this: Is the concept of managing wildlife acceptable?

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One vexatious Hunting Act prosecution is one too many

Friday, 23 January 2015

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: The sordid details of the case against Paul Whitehead and Ted Potter of the Lunesdale Hunt, which was thrown out on the first day of trial on Wednesday, serve to remind us exactly what a mess the Hunting Act is in. The long hours of League Against Cruel Sports 'covert surveillance' carried out by a strange mixture of hunt sabs and ex policemen. Police interviews with the defendants where the video did not work and no meaningful allegation was put to them. An extraordinary decision by the CPS to bring a prosecution, presumably under intense and improper pressure from LACS. The key LACS witness statement, which 'identified' the huntsman solely on the basis that he was 'close to the hounds', and at one point claimed a rock rolling down the mountain was a fox.

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Welsh tourism survey – from branding to broadband - please take part

Friday, 23 January 2015

The National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee has completed and presented its inquiry in to Tourism in Wales and has seen all 28 of its recommendations accepted by the Deputy Minister For Culture Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates. The Countryside Alliance was part of the evidence-collecting process and the importance of shooting and angling to the tourism economy in Wales was represented solely by the Countryside Alliance. To supplement the inquiry, Suzy Davies, AM for South West Wales (Shadow Minister for Welsh Language, Culture and Tourism for the Welsh Conservatives), has now launched an online survey. Supporters can take part to make the voice of rural enterprise heard. The survey can be found here 

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Contribute to our #betterbroadband map

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched its #betterbroadband map and urges supporters to take part. We all want #betterbroadband whether we are based in the city or the countryside, so help us improve connectivity by tweeting your broadband download speed, which you can get here, along with your postcode and supplier to our #betterbroadband map. You can add your broadband speed to the map in a number of ways, the easiest of which is to tweet your download speed, postcode and supplier using #betterbroadband letting your followers know you have posted on the Countryside Alliance #betterbroadband map. Please remember to put a # before your postcode.

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Buy your "Still here, still hunting"badge

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

We have launched a new bespoke metal badge to mark ten years since the enforcement of the Hunting Act  This badge is a celebration of hunting and signifies the strength of this great tradition that will hopefully continue to thrive for many more years to come. The tenth anniversary of enforcement is 18th February so please buy one and wear it with pride on the day.

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50% off Christmas cards and calendars in our online sale

We are delighted to announce the launch of our annual 50% off Winter Sale. All remaining cards and calendars have had 50% knocked off while stocks last. There is also free P&P this year, so no matter how full you stuff your saddlebags, you won't pay a penny in postage. Click here to shop.

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Opportunity to work at the Countryside Alliance as a Political Intern

The Countryside Alliance is looking for a Political Intern to join its campaigns team until 1st June 2015. Read on for more information and application details.

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Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

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Food Labelling

Food Labelling

Campaigning for mandatory country of origin meat labelling
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Game to eat

Game to eat

Promoting the great taste of game
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