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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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Lobby your parliamentary candidates today

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: “Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance’s General Election Manifesto and ask…

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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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Paul Brannen MEP writes for us on CAP

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Paul Brannen MP writes: During the hearing of the then Commissioner-designate for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan on 2nd October 2014 I asked him whether he planned to commit European Union (EU) to ensuring that agricultural practices relevant to soil protection are observed throughout the EU and whether he would propose any new measures…

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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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Telegraph reports: RSPCA risks losing power to prosecute

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Saturday 1st February the Daily Telegraph published a story entitled “RSPCA risks losing power to prosecute: Independent reviewer considers stripping charity of its right to prosecute following string of controversial court cases”. The story centres on the ongoing review by former HM chief inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Stephen Wooler, who, the Telegraph reports, “was…

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