Campaigns

Paul Brannen MEP writes for us on CAP

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Paul Brannen MP writes: During the hearing of the then Commissioner-designate for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan on 2nd October 2014 I asked him whether he planned to commit European Union (EU) to ensuring that agricultural practices relevant to soil protection are observed throughout the EU and whether he would propose any new measures…

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Alliance welcomes Elliott Review recommendations

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Elliott Review, commissioned after the horsemeat scandal, which will institute a Food Crime Unit to increase consumer confidence in food. We are interested to see how the recommendations work in practice and are using our own Rural Manifesto, to be launched before…

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We look to the future of the RSPCA

| Campaigns, Hunting

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: In the 14 months since the RSPCA’s extraordinary prosecution of the Heythrop Hunt it has rarely been out of the headlines. The Alliance took the lead in raising concerns about the methods and motivations for its prosecutions, but many others have followed. Last week we met Stephen Wooler…

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Newcomers’ Week gets people hooked on hunting

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliances’ annual Newcomers Week (18th – 25th October) has come to a close with a number of people now hooked on hunting! Hunts throughout the country saw huge turnouts at Newcomers’ Meets and events, with many being oversubscribed, resulting in hunts deciding to organise a second event/meet later in the season.   The…

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The Pig Pledge

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Pig Pledge campaign is a call to collective action whose purpose is twofold: to raise awareness about the impact of animal factories and to make people aware that they can vote for real farming over factory farming every time they buy a pork product.Take the “Pig Pledge” today, opting either to go meat free…

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Welsh farmers, predator control and the Hunting Act

| Campaigns, Hunting

In the Countryside Alliance’s Winter magazine Nick Fenwick, Director of Policy at the Farmers Union of Wales, writes about “Welsh farmers, predator control and the Hunting Act.” In the piece, Nick recounts the history of the vital role played by gun packs in fox control in Wales, the impact of the Hunting Act and why…

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Daily Mail: Why don’t YOU buy British minister!

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

On 8th January the Daily Mail reported on Environment Secretary’s speech to the Oxford Farming Conference, urging consumers to buy British. While a welcome sentiment all year round, the NFU and the Countryside Alliance have told Government to lead from the front on this issue, pointing to the woeful amount of British produce procured by…

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