14 May 1998
Anti-hunt CPRE director criticised
THE appointment of Kate Parminter as the new director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) is heavily criticised in The Daily Telegraphs leader column.
It says it seems extraordinary for an organisation whose purpose is to protect the countryside from urban encroachment to appoint someone with such apparently urban values to its top job.
Parminter moves from head of press and public affairs at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCAs). She acted as a spokesman for the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals during the course of Mike Fosters anti-hunting Bill.
The newspaper says farmers and field sports enthusiasts will have mixed feelings. It says Parminters enthusiasm for the RSPCAs Freedom Food initiative implied their farming methods were somehow inhumane.
Lord Marlesford is to step down as chairman of the CPRE. His successor will not be named until next month, says the Financial Times
- Former anti-hunt campaigner is CPRE director, FWi, yesterday (13 May) — Click here
- The Daily Telegraph 14/05/98 page 27 (Leader)
- Financial Times 14/05/98 page 25 (People on the Move)