Defra

Meet the new anti-meat, anti-shooting, pro-badger shadow Defra secretary

14 September 2015 17:22

It’s no surprise that Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet appointments have rattled a few cages – and the choice of Kerry…

If you want to save the British dairy industry, vote with your wallet

11 August 2015 18:38

So Morrisons have announced that – after long discussions with farmers’ unions over the price of milk – they will…

Equine squatters: the topic that united the Countryside Alliance and the RSPCA

27 May 2015 10:26

In September last year I wrote about horses being illegally grazed and abandoned, and the inability of landowners to do…

Peers demand PM lobbies President over haggis ban

15 January 2015 12:23

Patriotic peers have demanded that David Cameron raise the US haggis import ban with President Obama at the White House…

Could a Tory peer convince the USA to stomach imported haggis?

14 January 2015 18:19

Tomorrow, parliament will debate a topic of immense significance. Steerpike hears that Tory peer Lord McColl is planning on championing…

David Cameron shoots himself in the foot on the rural vote

14 October 2014 13:33

Police this week were granted the authority to carry out random, unannounced checks at the home of anyone who has…

The equine squatters that landowners have no power to evict

3 September 2014 14:10

Fly-grazing will be discussed for two hours in Parliament this afternoon. But what is it – and why should the government care?…

David Cameron’s decision to sack Owen Paterson will send rural voters flooding to Ukip

22 July 2014 16:41

During Owen Paterson’s vocal conversation with David Cameron in defence of his record as Environment Minister after learning he was…

Badgers are cute? Try telling that to a hedgehog – or a dairy farmer

8 July 2014 11:20

Badgers really are having their moment in the spotlight, aren’t they? Ever since the government decided that the bovine TB…

Piggies in the middle: why we need to have confidence in our food labelling systems

19 September 2013 13:49

Just 9 months after the horsemeat scandal revealed that products labelled as beef did, in fact, contain horsemeat, one might…

Is the RSPCA no longer an animal welfare charity?

7 August 2013 16:29

In January of this year, Melissa Kite wrote our cover story about how the RSPCA has morphed from being an…

Never accept meat from strangers

16 May 2013 10:00

Never accept meat from strangers. That seems to be the lesson of the horsemeat scandal – at least for the ex-commercial…

Is vaccination a workable alternative to a badger cull?

3 May 2013 10:37

Brian May dressed in a badger suit, singing a specially-composed ‘badger song’? That’s what we were promised on Wednesday morning,…

After the bute revelation, what’s the government doing to prevent another horsemeat scandal?

11 April 2013 16:47

When shadow Defra minister, Mary Creagh, first raised the possibility four months ago that the veterinary drug phenylbutazone – aka…

Horsemeat scandal: four key questions

17 February 2013 10:35

The ongoing horsemeat scandal has opened up a hugely complicated web stretching across the EU, highlighting the difficulty of tracing…

How could carcinogenic drugs have got into the food chain? Ask Defra

24 January 2013 17:28

Shadow Defra minister Mary Creagh told MPs today about her fears that a carcinogenic drug commonly used as an anti-inflammatory…

Horse meat in burgers might not be as harmless as you think

22 January 2013 12:30

This week’s discovery that some burgers sold in UK supermarkets contain up to 29 per cent horse meat was met…