Campaigns



Re-establishment of Hunting Intergroup in European Parliament

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance is pleased to note that hunting, shooting and conservation will continue to be important topics in Europe with the re-establishment of the “Hunting Intergroup” in the European Parliament. The Parliamentary Intergroup on Biodiversity, Hunting and Countryside is a group of MEPs from across the political spectrum who have an interest in the…

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Secretary of State honours CAA Champions at Parliament

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The 10th annual Countryside Alliance Awards, aka The Rural Oscars, were held at Parliament on Wednesday 4th February, with Champion of Champions plaques being presented by the Environment Secretary Liz Truss MP to businesses in Suffolk, Shropshire, Dorset, Co Kildare and Berwickshire.  The Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have celebrated their tenth anniversary…

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Jim Barrington blogs “It’s good to talk”

| Campaigns, Hunting

Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington is never a man to shy away from a hunting debate as he explains in his latest blog “It’s good to talk.” Jim begins his commentary: It’s not very often I find myself agreeing with the League Against Cruel Sports on the subject of hunting with hounds. So when…

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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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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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Wooler report vindicates our concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the arrival of the long-awaited report into the RSPCA’s prosecution strategy by Stephen Wooler, former CPS chief inspector. The report was commissioned in December 2013. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “Stephen Wooler’s report vindicates our position and accepts nearly every concern that we raised in relation…

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The results of the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Our colleagues at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) write: “Despite it being the wettest winter since records began in 1910 more than 500 farmers, managing nearly half-million acres of UK farmland, rose to the challenge of counting their farmland birds during the second week in February in the first Big Farmland Bird Count. …

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Working in coalition to combat fly grazing

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance has joined forces with several other major rural and animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, the NFU and World Horse Welfare, to launch a landmark report into the horrors of fly-grazing ahead of a parliamentary committee discussion on the issue.  The six major charities and country’s largest rural organisations have released the report on…

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