The Festival of Hunting – Georgie Archer’s account

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Georgie Archer, Young Countryside Writer competition winner and enthusiastic young subscriber to the Golden Valley, was invited by us to be our roving reporter at the Festival of Hunting. Here is Georgie’s account of her day: After an early start and a very long but exciting journey; my mum, my sister (Maddie) and I arrived to…

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Re-establishment of Hunting Intergroup in European Parliament

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The Countryside Alliance is pleased to note that hunting, shooting and conservation will continue to be important topics in Europe with the re-establishment of the “Hunting Intergroup” in the European Parliament. The Parliamentary Intergroup on Biodiversity, Hunting and Countryside is a group of MEPs from across the political spectrum who have an interest in the…

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Telegraph reports: RSPCA risks losing power to prosecute

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On Saturday 1st February the Daily Telegraph published a story entitled “RSPCA risks losing power to prosecute: Independent reviewer considers stripping charity of its right to prosecute following string of controversial court cases”. The story centres on the ongoing review by former HM chief inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Stephen Wooler, who, the Telegraph reports, “was…

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Hunting & farming on the curriculum – yes please!

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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…

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Re-establishment of Hunting Intergroup in European Parliament

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance is pleased to note that hunting, shooting and conservation will continue to be important topics in Europe with the re-establishment of the “Hunting Intergroup” in the European Parliament. The Parliamentary Intergroup on Biodiversity, Hunting and Countryside is a group of MEPs from across the political spectrum who have an interest in the…

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Jim Barrington blogs “It’s good to talk”

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Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington is never a man to shy away from a hunting debate as he explains in his latest blog “It’s good to talk.” Jim begins his commentary: It’s not very often I find myself agreeing with the League Against Cruel Sports on the subject of hunting with hounds. So when…

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Alliance lawyer Jamie Foster on his work and beliefs

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On Monday 22 December the Western Morning News published an interview with Jamie Foster, the Solicitor Advocate who represents Hunts on Hunting Act charges. Jamie talked about his work and beliefs, the power of social media and how his childhood as the son of a doctor in remote Newfoundland shaped his views. Read the piece…

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Wooler report vindicates our concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

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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…

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