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Congratulations, Commonwealth shooters!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Congratulations to the home nations medallists in shooting, including record-breaking Mick Gault on his 18th Commonwealth medal for England, a bronze in 10m air pistol, while it was double trap gold for Charlotte Kerwood and Steve Scott, also shooting for England. Matthew French took silver and Rachel Parish bronze in the same event. Drew Christie won Scotland's first medal as he picked up a silver in the men's skeet with England's Rory Warlow taking bronze in the same event. Newport shooter Elena Allen claimed silver in the women’s skeet for Wales. Great times for shooting sports in the UK!

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RSPCA reported to be dropping hunt prosecution policy

Sunday, 27 July 2014

On Sunday 27th July 2014 the Sunday Times front page carried a story headlined 'RSPCA to stop chasing hunts after backlash.' This story arose from the soon-to-be-published Wooler review into the Society's prosecutions policy which was launched last year and to which the Countryside Alliance contributed. The article quoted Alliance head of campaigns Tim Bonner who has long said, and told the review head Stephen Wooler, that the RSPCA cannot be a political campaigner yet maintain objectivity in prosecutions. Read the article on the Sunday Times website (which has a paywall) here. The Telegraph subsequently picked up on the story and quoted the RSPCA as saying the change would probably brought in "within months". Clive Aslet, Editor at Large of Country Life, then wrote about the issue in the Telegraph, saying that "years of hounding the innocent" are over.

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M&S decision to not stock grouse is illogical and misjudged

Friday, 25 July 2014

Marks & Spencer has announced that it shall not be stocking grouse this year, despite having been working until very recently with game processors and the Countryside Alliance to expand the number of stores offering grouse this season.
Countryside Alliance head of campaigns Tim Bonner said: “This is a bizarre decision by M&S, which seems to have bowed to minimal pressure from a vocal minority of anti-shooting activists. We are now in a ridiculous situation where grouse moors are being judged on standards of which they have no knowledge, with the result that M&S claims it is unable to achieve 3rd party accreditation for those moors.

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Barney explains why we must act on hen harriers

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: There are hundreds of thousands of hen harriers in the world. Hundreds of pairs breed in Scotland, dozens in Wales, but very few in England. There is nothing new about the lack of breeding hen harriers in England, they have been very rare for a hundred years or more. Nor is there any doubt about the original reason for their absence as they have never been popular either with gamekeepers or poultry farmers and, as a ground nesting species, are particularly vulnerable to persecution and predation.

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Shooting generates £2bn, boosts conservation and provides jobs

Monday, 7 July 2014

Shooting is worth £2 billion a year to the UK economy and provides significant conservation benefits according to the results of independent research released today (click here) by leading shooting and countryside organisations, including the Countryside Alliance.

The figures are outlined in a new report – The Value of Shooting – conducted by Cambridge-based Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC). It is the most comprehensive research into the economic, environmental and social contributions of shooting ever undertaken in the UK.

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National Rural Crime Network (NRCN)

Friday, 4 July 2014

The National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) has now been formally set up and has the support of 28 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs). It is being chaired by the PCC from North Yorkshire, Julie Mulligan, and the Vice-Chair is Tim Passmore, PCC for Suffolk. The constitution allows six PCCs on the executive committee and four non PCC representatives. The Countryside Alliance is sitting on the Executive Committee as one of the four non PCC representatives. Over the summer we will be compiling a list of rural crime priorities which will shape the work programme of the Network. Fly-grazing, heritage crime and general anti-social behaviour are on that list and we would welcome your suggestions too. Please email policy@countryside-alliance.org raising any issues you feel the National Rural Crime Network should be prioritising.

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The Festival of Hunting - Georgie Archer's account

Friday, 25 July 2014

Georgie Archer, Young Countryside Writer competition winner and enthusiastic young subscriber to the Golden Valley, was invited by us to be our roving reporter at the Festival of Hunting. Here is Georgie's account of her day: After an early start and a very long but exciting journey; my mum, my sister (Maddie) and I arrived to an already bustling showground with hound and horse showing already well under way. The traffic had been heavy on the way there, so we were a little later than we would have liked to have been. 

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