Campaigns

Warwickshire ride raises £1500 for Forage Aid

| Campaigns, Hunting

Congratulations to the Warwickshire Hunt whose supporters have raised over £1500 for flood-hit Somerset farmers via a charity ride. Organiser Ian McConnel reports: Nearly 30 riders joined us for the circuit from Brailes to Sutton, Stourton, Whichford, Traitors Ford and back. Due to considerable generosity we have, so far, nearly over £1,500 – and more has…

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Prep school pupils earn their hunting colours

| Campaigns, Hunting

Eight keen young hunt followers received their school colours for hunting – smart Countryside Alliance ties – at a special event at the Ledbury hunt kennels on Friday. Pupils from the Elms School near Malvern can elect to hunt with the Ledbury as part of their games lessons and classics teacher Sarah Austen takes a…

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Jim Barrington blogs on the public’s view of hunting

| Campaigns, Hunting

In “Is the public really so anti-hunting?” our animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington writes about his ongoing round of debates at school and colleges and finds that attitudes are more open minded than our opponents would have us believe. Jim writes: “The fact is, most people are reasonable and when a sensible case for wildlife…

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Keep dogs under control during lambing

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

During lambing, the Countryside Alliance reiterates support for Farmers Guardian’s “Take the Lead” campaign, launched last year to educate the public about the impact of livestock worrying by dogs with the ultimate aim of reducing the growing number of attacks. Backed by leading farming and rural organisations, Take the Lead was set up in response…

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Alliance hunting badge the subject of a question in Parliament

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance’s “Still here, still hunting” badge has this week been the subject of a Parliamentary question from anti-hunting Birmingham Hall Green MP, Roger Godsiff. Read on for Mr Godsiff’s question and the Goverment’s robust response which acknowledges hunting’s economic and social importance to rural communities. While a waste of Parliamentary time we are…

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Congratulations to Sir Peter Kendall

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Congratulations to Peter Kendall, former President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), on receiving a Knighthood in the New Years Honours for services to agriculture in England and Wales. Read on for the NFU’s press release. The NFU’s press release reads: Former NFU President Peter Kendall has received a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours…

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Barney explains the worth of our Rural Oscars

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Yesterday saw rural businesses from as far afield as the Orkneys, County Antrim and Anglesey descend on London for one of the biggest rural events in the Parliamentary calendar – the Rural Oscars UK reception. Despite the tube strike the event brought over 250 people together on the sun-soaked terrace at the House of Lords…

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