Don’t fund anti-hunt thugs, boycott LUSH

| Campaigns, Hunting

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: The cosmetics company LUSH has become a high street staple selling soap and smelly stuff from 105 shops across the UK and Ireland, as well as online. It is keen to promote its ‘ethical’ and campaigning image and, whilst the majority of its policies and the campaigns…

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Charlie Pye-Smith’s new website

| Campaigns, Hunting

Charlie Pye-Smith, author of “Rural Rites: hunting and the politics of prejudice” has launched a new website, which you can visit here http://charliepyesmith.com/books/. The book provides detailed analysis of the history of the 2004 Hunting Act, the issues underlying it and the situation created by its enactment. “This book has an application which goes so much…

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Wildlife debate at the Conservative Party Conference

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance held its fringe on wildlife management at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday 29th September. 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…

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Questions should be asked following the Weston & Banwell result

| Campaigns, Hunting

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: In the last two or three years anti-hunting groups have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on ‘investigating’ the activity of hunts. They have employed a strange mixture of retired police officers, hunt sabs and private investigators who stalk the countryside with sophisticated surveillance equipment. The sole…

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Alliance lawyer Jamie Foster on his work and beliefs

| Campaigns, Hunting

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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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

| 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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Telegraph reports: RSPCA risks losing power to prosecute

| Campaigns, Hunting

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!

| Campaigns, Hunting

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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