Alliance membership reaches new heights

  • Countryside Alliance membership has reached 100,000 following the success of the Liberty and Livelihood March in September

    Membership of the Countryside Alliance has passed 100,000, more than double the number of RSPCA members, and is at an all time high following the successful Liberty and Livelihood March.

    The 100,000th member to join the Alliance was 19-year-old Rachel Thomas from Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, who lives on her uncle’s farm since her parents emigrated to farm in Canada.

    Currently a student at Bridgend’s Pencoed College, a further education college for Agriculture, Horticulture and Environmental Studies, Rachel hopes to go on touniversity to study for a rural or equine degree.

    She hunts regularly with Llangeinor Foxhounds and was one of the 407,791 people who marched for Liberty and Livelihood on 22nd September.

    Richard Burge, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, was thrilled to hear the news of the membership surge:

    “I think that this shows how we are attracting people to the Alliance, not just because of our ongoing campaign for hunting, but also because they see how much we are doing to help the whole of the countryside.”

    “Our message to the government has been consistent – forget about a ban on hunting and concentrate on the real rural issues like the crisis in agriculture, low wages, under-funded services and a lack of affordable housing.”

    For more information on joining the Countryside Alliance click here to visit their website or (tel: 0207 840 9220)

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