Campaigns

Country of origin labelling needs to be extended

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance is delighted that Environment Secretary Liz Truss believes the future is bright for British food and farming. In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday (7 January) Ms Truss announced that Defra analysis shows “the economy of rural Britain, powered by food and farming, could be as productive as towns within…

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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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Bunnies, potatoes and food education

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: A humble bunny hit the headlines this week when bestselling author Jeanette Winterson posted a photo on social media (pictured left) of a dead rabbit with the caption “Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit.” The tweet saw plenty of support for Ms Winterson’s actions, and…

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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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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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