Defection of councillor raises questions about “Conservative” anti-hunting group

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Surrey councillor Christine Elmer, one of the few Conservatives ever to be associated with the organisation Conservatives Against Fox Hunting (CAFH) has defected to the Liberal Democrats. News of the defection was published on the Surrey Liberal Democrats website: Top Tory councillor in Surrey defects to the Lib Dems The CAFH group is run by…

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

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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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The prize no one wants – hunting’s top tumble revealed!

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The winner and commendations in the Countryside Alliance Hunt Tumblers’ Club competition for the 2016-17 season, sponsored by Pol Roger, have been announced, with North Yorkshire’s Hurworth Hunt taking the dubious top honours. Out of hundreds of photos sent in from hunts across the UK and Ireland, photographer Amy Fair’s sequence of South Durham Hunt…

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Countryside Alliance campaign against online abuse and bullying in the countryside reaches over 1 million people

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The Countryside Alliance Thuderclap campaign focused on raising the awareness of online abuse and bullying of people in the countryside will reach approximately 1.2 million people. The campaign was established on Thursday 30th March and has run for two weeks. Thunderclap is a ‘crowd speaking’ platform that lets individuals rally together to spread a single…

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Dogs for Good success story

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The Countryside Alliance is proud to support the work of Dogs for Good, the charity that provides assistance dogs to support people in a variety of ways. As an organisation whose staff and members are dog lovers who live and work with dogs every day whether in the sporting field or on-farm, we are always keen…

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Stay safe on the hunting field with the QH Hunter

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A new hat, The QH Hunter, designed by the Quorn Hunt and Charles Owen, is bringing safety to the hunting field.  An article about the hat appears in the current Countryside Alliance magazine, and you can read that here 20-21 approved Quorn Hat An excerpt of the article explains the thinking behind the hat: Tradition…

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Review of hunting legislation in Scotland

| Devolved Regions, Hunting

  Lord Bonomy, who produced a review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act for the Scottish Government in late November 2016, appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Rural Affairs committee on Tuesday 28th March. The focus of questioning was on the recommendations made for greater monitoring and regulation, and changes to…

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Spring 2017 membership magazine now online

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The Countryside Alliance’s Spring 2017 magazine is now online. Below is the Editor’s welcome letter outlining the content: Download now 2017 is something of a numbers game. Fresh from celebrating 350 years of the Cottesmore Hunt (p44) we now move on to the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust’s silver anniversary (p36) which will  see a series of…

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Lorraine Platt finally reveals identity of Blue Fox financiers

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Lorraine Platt, Director of Conservatives Against Fox Hunting (CAFH) and the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation (CAWF) has finally revealed the identity of the animal rights organisations which have been donating thousands of pounds to her groups over the past few years. Ms Platt has twice refused to reveal the identity of the groups when asked by Times…

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“Our man-made countryside requires wildlife management”

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Countryside Alliance Animal Welfare Consultant Jim Barrington has written an essay for Conservative blog site Bright Blue in which he makes the case for wildlife management. In “Our man-made countryside requires wildlife management” Jim writes: “It’s no surprise that ‘Conservative’ groups have now been formed, all designed to create the impression that the views expressed…

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