13 May 1998
Former anti-hunt campaigner is CPRE director
FORMER anti-hunting campaigner Kate Parminter, 33, was yesterday appointed principal defender of the countryside.
Miss Parminter has been appointed director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE). She succeeds Fiona Reynolds, 40.
Parminter is currently head of press and public affairs at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). She acted as a spokesman for the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals, during the course of Mike Fosters anti-hunting Bill.
She said she believed hunting with dogs was cruel, and that foxes and deer should only be culled, when necessary, by shooting. She said she intended to follow the CPREs existing line of neutrality on the question of field sports, despite the fact it was previously her job to campaign for a ban on hunting.
The Countryside Alliance wished her well in her new role, but added that she had a lot of bridges to build with country people, who view her as an opponent to their traditional way of life.
- The Daily Telegraph 13/05/98 page 10