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The Times: "Stop pursuing hunts and cruelty cases, RSPCA told"

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

On Wednesday 1st October The Times ran a story with the headline: "Stop pursuing hunts and cruelty cases, RSPCA told". The article by Legal Editor Frances Gibb detailed the findings of the independent review carried out into the Society's prosecutions, and reported that the RSPCA "has evolved largely “outside the mainstream criminal justice system” and operates in an “unstructured and haphazard environment........ Stephen Wooler, the report’s author and a former CPS chief inspector, concludes that it should continue its “substantial and important role” in enforcing animal welfare legislation. Without change, it will be “vulnerable to those with a narrow agenda not founded on legitimate concern”, he warns." Read the piece in full here (subscription website)

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The RSPCA spent £330,000+ prosecuting the Heythro

Wooler report vindicates our concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the arrival of the long-awaited report into the RSPCA’s prosecution strategy by Stephen Wooler, former CPS chief inspector. The report was commissioned in December 2013. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “Stephen Wooler’s report vindicates our position and accepts nearly every concern that we raised in relation to RSPCA prosecutions.

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Elms School pupils at the Ledbury Hunt Kennels

Hunting & farming on the curriculum - yes please!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance's Autumn magazine, available now, carries a feature by Henrietta Rutgers looking at the exemplary rural education model in place at the Elms School near Malvern in Worcestershire. The school has a kitchen garden tended by pupils, hunting take place during the season with Countryside Alliance ties awarded as "colours", and many youngsters show farm animals to give them experience of husbandry and competition. Read the piece - "Hunting & farming on the curriculum - yes please!" here.

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Wildlife debate at the Conservative Party Conference

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance held its fringe on wildlife management at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday 29th Septemebr. The panel, chaired by Johnny Heald of polling company ORB International, included Lord de Mauley, Defra minister, Neil Parish MP, Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, former Environment Secretary the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP and our own Tim Bonner.

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2015 General Election Manifesto - download it here

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ahead of the May 2015 General Election the Countryside Alliance has launched its manifesto which it will use as a tool to communicate with all parties and candidates to put the countryside's case. The manifesto is presented under five headings: digital communications; food & farming; rural communities; rural services and wildlife management. Under each heading are facts, stats and changes we would like to see made. Download the manifesto here.

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Win tickets to Countryside Day at Cheltenham

Thursday, 25 September 2014

The iconic Countryside Day at Cheltenham will take place on Friday 14th November, kicking off the three day Open meeting. You have a chance to win tickets for you and a guest to enjoy Countryside Day at The Open, thanks to Cheltenham Racecourse. Enjoy a three course buffet lunch and afternoon tea while you watch the action from the track. Simply answer the below question to be entered into a draw:
Which horse won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase during the Countryside Day in 2013, which jockey was on board and who was the trainer?
Email your three-part answer to news@countryside-alliance.org by Thursday 2nd October at 12 noon. The winner will be contacted by email.

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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Natural England’s decisions, announced today, that the “shoo, don’t shoot” proposals to restrict pigeon shooting, consulted on earlier this year, will not proceed. The open consultation on proposed changes to the General Licences ended in May this year. The suggestion in the consultation was that anyone using the licence should be able to show that they had tried non-lethal methods of control such as scaring before resorting to the gun. The Countryside Alliance was active against this proposal when it was first proposed in 2005 and was similarly active and vocal this time.

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