Campaigns



Charlie Pye-Smith on his love of the countryside

| Campaigns, Hunting

In our Autumn 2014 magazine author and journalist Charlie Pye-Smith writes the popular “My Countryside” column. Charlie’s love of the countryside comes from “a process of immersion” as a child and he muses that much of what children learn about nature and the countryside these days “…will come from television, tainted by the syrupy antthropomorphism…

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Barney explains why working to change the law on fly grazing is so important

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Many of you will be well aware of the burgeoning fly grazing problem in the countryside. World Horse Welfare estimates that around 7,000 horses have been abandoned, a clear animal welfare concern as well as a headache for the farmers and landowners left with the abandoned animals. The Countryside…

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Another not guilty verdict in Hunting Act case

| Campaigns, Hunting

Weston and Banwell Harriers huntsman George Milton and whipper-In Toby Lee have both been acquitted of charges of illegally hunting a fox in October 2012. The case before District Judge Davison at Taunton Magistrates court started on Monday 31st March and lasted for 4 days.   The case followed allegations by employees of the League Against…

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New Dog Control Powers and working dogs – our advice

| Campaigns, Hunting

New dog control powers should not pose a problem for responsible dog owners, including those who use dogs for work or sport – says the Countryside Alliance. Additional powers were granted to the police last month under the Anti-social, Crime and Policing Act 2014, designed to give them greater flexibility when dealing with irresponsible dog…

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Dropped hunting case – staghunters awarded full costs

| Campaigns, Hunting

A District Judge in Yeovil yesterday awarded full costs to three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (DSSH) who had charges brought against them based on allegations made by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). The Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against DSSH’s huntsmanDonald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood in November…

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