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Jim Barrington blogs “It’s good to talk”

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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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Seavington hunting weekend a great success

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On the 9th and 10th August the Seavington Hunt held a novice hunting weekend for newcomers to hunting and those wanting to learn a bit more about it. A total of 15 riders took part, bringing their own horses and staying overnight to participate in the two day course. 12 of the 15 participants have…

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Charlie Pye-Smith on his love of the countryside

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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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The enduring appeal of “Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man”

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In our Autumn 2014 magazine, as part of our Great War commemoration strand “The Countryside in War,” Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner explains the enduring appeal of Siegfried Sassoon’s classic work “Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man”. In his article Tim writes that Sassoon is “brilliant on the strange, but common, contradiction of loving both the…

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Wildlife debate at the Conservative Party Conference

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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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Hunting & farming on the curriculum – yes please!

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The Countryside Alliance’s Autumn magazine, available now, carries a feature by Henrietta Rutgers looking at the exemplary rural education model in place at the Elms School near Malvern in Worcestershire. The school has a kitchen garden tended by pupils, hunting take place during the season with Countryside Alliance ties awarded as “colours”, and many youngsters…

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Wooler report vindicates our concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

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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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