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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

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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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BHS and Defra's ragwort research - take part today

Friday, 25 July 2014

The British Horse Society is working with Defra on new research into ragwort and horses and would be grateful for input. This issue affects equestrians from all parts of the community, so it’s vital to get the word out as far and wide as possible. Take part in the survey here or read on for a Q&A.

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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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Good luck, Commonwealth shooters!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Commonwealth Games are now underway in Glasgow following a spectacular opening ceremony yesterday. The shooting competitions begin at the Barry Buddon Centre on Friday 24th July with a packed day including the Women's Skeet gold and bronze medal competitions. The schedule is here. Good luck to all home nations athletes, including Countryside Alliance staff member and Team England member Geri Buckley and double trap world champion Tim Kneale, representing the Isle of Man, who have both been sharing their thoughts with us in the lead up to the Games. Check the shooting page of our website for more, and for updates on results.
 

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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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