Wednesday, 23 April 2014
A story has appeared in today's Guardian entitled "David Cameron blasted over shotgun licence fees veto". The story reports: "Home Office Minister Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, said he has been frustrated by the decision to block plans to raise the cost of gun licences, forcing police services to find more than £17m from their operational budgets to subsidise them." Read on for the Alliance's response.Read more
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Countryside Alliance regional development executive for the north of England Geri Buckley will represent England at the Commonwealth Games.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Natural England’s Consultation on General and Class Licences closes on 19th May. The consultation seeks views on a number of proposals and topics relating to those licenses and any changes made as a result could come into effect on 1st January 2015. A number of proposals would benefit the sensible control of pest species, but there are also many that would not – such as removing the jackdaw, jay and collared dove from General Licenses, and the need to have taken "reasonable steps and appropriate steps, such as scaring" before shooting pigeons. A copy of the Country Alliance’s response to Natural England’s consultation is available here . All those with an interest in the sound management of our countryside are urged to respond to the consultation. The closing date is 19th May. Even if you cannot respond in full please email Natural England and express your support for our submission. Email Natural England at email@example.com. Read more on our views here.
Monday, 14 April 2014
10th and 11th May - The 2014 Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot. The cost per team of 4 will remain at £320. This is an exceptional event which offers challenging "high birds in May" clay shooting. There will also be a number of trade stands at the event (see below) offering visitors a chance to support local Northumbrian businesses. For more details about the clay shoot, contact Stuart Maughan on 07501 460017 or download an entry form here.Read more
Friday, 4 April 2014
In December 2013 the RSPCA announced a review of its prosecutions policy, to be led by Stephen Wooler, a former Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. It was announced that Mr Wooler would spend four months examining how and why prosecutions are taken. His findings will most likely be published in the middle of 2014. The Countryside Alliance met with Mr Wooler and gave him the below submission which makes clear our view that investigation and prosecution are two separate issues and prosecution should not be the first step. Jamie Foster, the solicitor advocate who acts for hunts, has written an article on the review (click here to view) which appears in our Spring 2014 magazine. We will keep you updated on Mr Wooler's findings in due course.Read more
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
The Annual General Meeting of the Countryside Alliance will take place on Tuesday 10 June at 12pm at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, London, SE1 8UJ. The Annual Report and Accounts are contained as part of the mailing of the Spring magazine which has been circulated to members and contains a ballot paper. All paid-up members of the Countryside Alliance are welcome to attend the meeting. Although there will be no Board Election this year, members are being asked to vote on a resolution to enable the Countryside Alliance to apply to the Charity Commission to become a charity. This is explained in greater detail by Executive Chairman Sir Barney White-Spunner in the Annual Report - click here to read the report. Members can vote online here.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
You are invited to sign an e-petition which has recently been launched and which states: "We the undersigned respectfully petition the Government to amend the Firearms Acts to allow the ownership and use of .22 calibre Rimfire pistols for competitive sporting purposes in England, Wales and Scotland." The epetition's wording goes on to "ask that the sport of target pistol shooting be once more permitted under the existing Section 1 Licencing scheme, thus allowing a much loved and all inclusive sporting discipline to flourish once more." Read more and sign the petition here.