Food and Farming


First step towards a national rural crime strategy

| Communities and Business, Food and Farming

This week North Yorkshire Police, who hold the NPCC national portfolio for Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs, held a rural stakeholder engagement event with the purpose to develop a national strategy for this important portfolio. Organisations including ourselves, the National Gamekeepers Organisation, British Horse Society and many more spent the day identifying and discussing what…

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The Rural Charter – the Countryside Alliance General Election Manifesto 2017

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Shooting

The Countryside Alliance has produced a manifesto for the countryside which highlights several key issues which truly matter to those who live and work in the countryside; from tackling rural crime and increasing the provision of affordable rural housing to ensuring universal access to high speed broadband and mobile phone signal. Download it here and use…

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Countryside Alliance backs salmon campaign

| Consultation and Lobbying, Fishing, Food and Farming, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance brings to your attention a campaign from Salmon & Trout Conservation UK (S&TC UK). The group is inviting consumers to help identify those supermarkets that are stocking salmon from farms which are failing to control deadly sea lice parasites. The S&TC reports: “The inexorable growth of the salmon farming industry in recent…

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Welsh taxpayers fund NRW reviews to appease animal rights activists

| Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Wales, Devolved Regions, Food and Farming, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

The Countryside Alliance has responded robustly to a Natural Resource Wales (NRW) consultation on the use of firearms on publicly-owned land, but having seen evidence that a similar review was undertaken as recently as 2013 the Alliance questions why this expensive process was deemed necessary. A Natural Resource Wales consultation was launched earlier this year,…

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Countryside Alliance launches Brexit policies

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Shooting

 The Countryside Alliance has launched a Brexit policy document (25th April 2017) setting out the issues that need to be addressed in order to sustain a living and working countryside outside of the EU. The Countryside Alliance did not campaign during the EU referendum but the decision to leave the EU will have an impact…

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Abusive social media user caught promoting animal cruelty on ‘Stop the Cull’ Facebook page reported to local police

| Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Press Release

A social media user caught promoting animal cruelty on the ‘Stop the Cull’ Facebook page has been reported to the police. The Stop the Cull page is strongly associated with convicted criminal Jay Tiernan. The social media user in question made the following comment on the ‘Stop the Cull’ Facebook page in response to a…

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Countryside Alliance at the Canterbury Farmers Club

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Latest News

Countryside Alliance Political Relations Manager, James Somerville-Meikle, travelled back to his home county of Kent to address the Canterbury Farmers Club on the importance of the snap General Election for rural communities. The talk, on Monday 24 April, was an opportunity to discuss the rural issues which will need to be debated during the election…

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Representing UK rural interests in Brussels

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Shooting

The Countryside Alliance’s Head of Political, James Legge, has been in Brussels this week as a representative of European fieldsports umbrella group FACE. James and FACE Secretary General Ludwig Willnegger attended meetings with various MEPs and other officials about how best to secure the interests of both UK and European fieldsports communities as the UK…

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5 rural policies we want to see at the heart of the next government’s agenda

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Our Blog, Shooting

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: When the Prime Minister called a General Election on Tuesday she revealed that she had made the final decision whilst walking with her husband in the glorious countryside of North Wales. Whilst her reasoning was largely related to delivering Brexit negotiations this will be a crucial election for…

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