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  • Our work in EuropeThursday, 5 March 2015
    Our Exec Chairman has been in Brussels and reports back on news for the shooting community including on lead shot, the Birds Directive and the Firearms Directive.
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  • Rock the rural voteWednesday, 4 March 2015
    Take part in our e-lobby of parliamentary candidates ahead of May's General Election, asking for support for the Alliance's manifesto priorities from rural services to food & farming and wildlife management.
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  • Seeking clarification from LabourWednesday, 18 February 2015
    The Countryside Alliance's Adrian Blackmore has written to Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle MP asking for clarification on Labour's Animal Pledge
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Updating you on our work in Europe

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: I was in Brussels last week at a meeting of European fieldsports body, FACE, of which the Countryside Alliance is an active member. I am honoured to be FACE's UK Chairman and to represent British sporting interests at the highest level and I can feed back some interesting points from the meeting. I have some good news to report in that the move to reopen the Firearms Directive, being pushed by some as a means to reduce trafficking of illegal firearms, has drifted in the last couple of months.

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Ministry of Defence clarifies position on hunting

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Ministry of Defence has this week issued a clarification, which reads: "In response to representations, MOD has today (3rd March) clarified that its existing policy allows all categories of exempt hunting under the Hunting Act 2004 to be carried out on the defence estate. The 2004 Act bans hunting wild animals with dogs but does provide a number of exemptions, referred to as exempt hunting, for a variety of purposes." Read more here.

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Lobby your Parliamentary candidates now!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: "Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto and ask you whether you are supportive of the Alliance's manifesto and its campaigns." Please let us know the feedback you get from your candidates - contact election@countryside-alliance.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto here.

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Keeping dogs under control during lambing

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

During lambing, the Countryside Alliance reiterates support for Farmers Guardian's "Take the Lead" campaign, launched last year to educate the public about the impact of livestock worrying by dogs with the ultimate aim of reducing the growing number of attacks. Backed by leading farming and rural organisations, Take the Lead was set up in response to shocking new statistics which revealed the number of incidents has jumped by more than 50 per cent in the last three years. The message is clear: Keep your dog on a lead or it could kill livestock. 

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The great "Give a pound to Charles Jardine's Marathon" campaign

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Did you know Charles Jardine has 5,000 friends on Facebook and 2,000 followers on Twitter? Did you also know that Charles Jardine is running the London Marathon for Fishing 4 Schools? If everyone who knows Charles on Facebook and Twitter gives only £1, he will have raised a huge amount of money. And our lovely tax men will also add another 25% in gift aid. So what are you all waiting for?! Give a pound (the cost of a fly) and be part of this growing and amazing initiative. Text “TCAF15 £1” to 70070 or click here to donate through Charles' JustGiving page.

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Contribute to our #betterbroadband map

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched its #betterbroadband map and urges supporters to take part. We all want #betterbroadband whether we are based in the city or the countryside, so help us improve connectivity by tweeting your broadband download speed, which you can get here, along with your postcode and supplier to our #betterbroadband map. You can add your broadband speed to the map in a number of ways, the easiest of which is to tweet your download speed, postcode and supplier using #betterbroadband letting your followers know you have posted on the Countryside Alliance #betterbroadband map. Please remember to put a # before your postcode.

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Casting for Recovery's three 2015 retreats now open to applications

Friday, 20 February 2015

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, the medical charity which offers wellness retreats which combine counselling with fly fishing, invite ladies who have (or have had) breast cancer to apply to join a retreat this year. Retreats will be held at Mount Falcon, Co Mayo in May, Kimbridge on the Test in Hampshire in July and Forbes of Kingennie near Dundee in September. Attendance is subject to medical clearance and is decided via a ballot. Apply here. The Countryside Alliance is proud to be the founding financial supporter of this incredible charity which gives ladies who have been profoundly affected by cancer the chance to relax on retreat, make new friends and learn the skill of fly casting. It's a magical formula which has been working here in the UK and Ireland for eight years. See www.castingforrecovery.org.uk for more.

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