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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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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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Appointment of Liz Truss as environment secretary

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Commenting on the announcement of Liz Truss as Secretary of State for the Environment, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Barney White-Spunner, said: “Owen Paterson has worked extremely hard as Secretary of State and has always had the interests of the countryside and rural communities clearly at heart, but the Alliance remains concerned that no…

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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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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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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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