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  • 10 years on, still here, still huntingMonday, 17 November 2014
    Ten years ago (18 November) the Hunting Act 2004 was forced through Parliament and three months later, on 18 February 2005 it became law.
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  • RSPB illogical on hen harriersThursday, 13 November 2014
    In only supporting part of the Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan the RSPB has reinforced the view that it is motivated more by a dislike of grouse shooting than by a concern for hen harriers
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  • Rural Oscars - vote NOW!Thursday, 30 October 2014
    Voting is open in the 10th anniversary Rural Oscars Champion of Champions scheme until 30th Nov. Vote now at countrysideallianceawards.org.uk
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Still here, still hunting – 10 years on the hunting community is still fighting for repeal

Monday, 17 November 2014

Ten years ago (18 November) the Hunting Act 2004 was forced through Parliament and three months later, on 18 February 2005 it became law. Those opposed to hunting thought that would be the end, that the hunting community would give in and tail off to take up other, less contentious pastimes. But they had seriously underestimated those who live and work in the countryside.

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D&S Huntsman Donald Summersgill

Case against Devon and Somerset hunt members is dropped

Thursday, 13 November 2014

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that all charges against Devon and Somerset huntsman Donald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood have been dropped. The three faced a total of four charges relating to alleged incidents of hunting with dogs on 14 September and 24 October 2013. Avon and Somerset CPS had decided to bring charges based on unauthorised covert surveillance evidence supplied by employees of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). However, today (13 November) solicitors for the defendants learned, in an email from the CPS, that all charges against them had been dropped.

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“Illogical” RSPB motivated by “dislike of grouse shooting”

Thursday, 13 November 2014

In rejecting the full publication of the Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan, the RSPB has reinforced the view that it is motivated more by a dislike of grouse shooting than by a concern for hen harriers. The Countryside Alliance once again calls on Defra to publish the plan in full. The Countryside Alliance supports the Hen Harrier Joint Action Plan and has been campaigning for it to be published and implemented for many months now, in conjunction with other bodies including the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. However on its website today the RSPB has posted: “The RSPB is today urging Defra to publish the workable elements of the Hen Harrier Action Plan, which we believe could bring about the recovery of one of England’s most beleaguered birds of prey. However, we're also highlighting its rejection of one point of the six-point plan, known as brood management, as we believe that immediate removal of chicks from the wild and rearing them in aviaries is unacceptable and legally ambiguous.”

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New approach to ACPO firearms campaign

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Countryside Alliance have agreed a joint letter to all firearms licence holders clarifying the recent ACPO firearms security campaign as a result of concerns raised by thousands of Countryside Alliance supporters and licence holders. The ACPO campaign was launched on 13 October announcing spot checks on licensees and urging the public to use a dedicated Crimestoppers line to report signs of “radicalism, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism” among gun owners. The Alliance was concerned that the move went beyond the scope of changes to Home Office guidance which had been agreed by shooting organisations and therefore encouraged our members and supporters to lobby their MPs for clarification. Following a meeting between the Alliance, the Home Office and ACPO in Downing Street on 24 October a new approach was agreed.

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Patrick Martin begins his final season as Huntsman to the Bicester

Monday, 3 November 2014

Patrick Martin has decided to hang up his boots as Professional Huntsman of the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase after 23 great seasons (1992-2015): according to the latest MFHA records he is the sixth longest serving huntsman currently hunting hounds. He is pictured here at his final Opening Meet as Huntsman. A testimonial fund has been set up for Patrick - read on for more.

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Vote now in the Champion of Champions scheme

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the “Rural Oscars,” are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a special Champion of Champions scheme. Every UK Champion of the last ten years is being invited back to re-compete for Champion of Champions titles across four categories: Local Food; Village Shop/ Post Office; Traditional and Enterprise. An online vote is open online until 30th November  - click here to vote for UK-wide contenders and click here to vote for the Welsh competitors.

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New firearms guidance from the Home Office - our advice to certificate holders

Monday, 13 October 2014

Shotgun and firearm certificate holders have a legal responsibility to ensure that their guns are always kept securely, so as to prevent possession by unauthorised persons. The Countryside Alliance fully supports this responsibility, one which is taken very seriously by the overwhelming majority of shooters. From 15th October the police will be checking that guns are being securely stored, by way of unannounced visits to certificate holders. New Guidance from the Home Office has been published as follows:

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