Questions to… the Countryside Alliance
WHY SHOULD I BE INTERESTED IN THE COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE?
The Countryside Alliance ‘works for everyone who loves the countryside and the rural way of life’, however they are frequently accused as existing purely to protect he proliferation of fox-hunting. In this interview I seek to understand why rural communities feel they need a representative body to protect and support their way of life and the gulf in character between country and town. I also ask whether the high level of animal welfare in this country is have a negative effect on the economics of our farming industry and the CA sponsored plans to better educate children about rural issues.
Finally, with the Tories promising to reverse the Fox Hunting Act 2005 I sought to understand the effect the ban has had and assess the argument that says that ‘the act was nothing about animal welfare, it was all about class warfare’.