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Alliance lawyer Jamie Foster on his work and beliefs

Monday, 22 December 2014

On Monday 22 December the Western Morning News published an interview with Jamie Foster, the Solicitor Advocate who represents Hunts on Hunting Act charges. Jamie talks about his work and beliefs, the power of social media and how his childhood as the son of a doctor in remote Newfoundland shaped his views.

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Don't fund anti-hunt thugs, boycott LUSH

Friday, 12 December 2014

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: The cosmetics company LUSH has become a high street staple selling soap and smelly stuff from 105 shops across the UK and Ireland, as well as online. It is keen to promote its 'ethical' and campaigning image and, whilst the majority of its policies and the campaigns it supports are mainstream and harmless, dark secrets lurk in the background. From the point of view of Countryside Alliance members and supporters the most obvious of those is LUSH's support for the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) a nasty organisation with a violent history and equally unpleasant present. Thankfully the HSA's membership is tiny, and much diminished from its peak period of anarchy in the 80s and early 90s but that is no excuse for funding a campaign of harassment by violent and unpleasant extremists, which is exactly what LUSH does.

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Take part in Home Office firearms consultation

Thursday, 4 December 2014

ShootingUK reports: "Proposed increases to the cost of shotgun and firearm certificates for 2015 are being put to the public for consultation, the Home Office has announced. Suggested changes to firearms licence fees have been put forward by an all party working group that has been liaising with representatives of the shooting community and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The figures are based on the group’s analysis of the costs of administering the licensing system and include increasing the fee payable on the grant of a shotgun certificate from from £50 to £79.50, and on the grant of a firearm certificate from £50 to £88." Read more here. The Countryside Alliance encourages all interested parties to take part in this consultation, which closes on 29th December - the Home Office has published an online survey which is available here.

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Join our campaign - take action on broadband

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Countryside Alliance has teamed up with the technology company Actual Experience and its BbFix Project, which aims to improve the experience of using the internet for consumers all over the world. Supporters are asked to download the BbFix software which will identify problems with broadband and diagnose the cause of that problem, whether it's your service provider, the website being visited or a problem with your home or office, for example a poorly sited wifi router, thick walls or a problem with your computer. Download the software here. A diagnosis will be available within a few weeks. It is interesting to note that 100% of government broadband funding goes to improving local infrastructure, yet infrastructure only accounts for 30% of problems.

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Buy your "Still here, still hunting"badge

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

We have launched a new bespoke metal badge which signifies that ten years on from the enforcement of the Hunting Act, hunts have not folded and have adapted to find new ways to hunt within the confines of the current legislation. This badge is a celebration of hunting and signifies the strength of this great tradition that will hopefully continue to thrive for many more years to come.

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Win Pol Roger Champagne in our Tumblers' Club Competition

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

In conjunction with the new 2014/15 hunting season The Countryside Alliance, generously supported by Pol Roger Champagne are running a new competition. We would like you to send in your photographs (open to amateurs only) of the most humorous tumble that you manage to capture on camera this season, to celebrate the brave souls that go hunting and the trusty steeds that carry them.

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Frosty Morning by Annabel Pope

2014 Christmas card range and 2015 calendar now available

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Countryside Alliance's Christmas card collection for 2014 is onsale now. The nine designs by popular artists including Daniel Crane, Mary Ann Rogers feature wintry hunting, shooting, racing and wildlife scenes, including a hare by Annabel Pope in honour of the late Clarissa Dickson Wright. The cards are available from our marketplace priced between £4.99 and £6.99 and there are 10 cards per pack. Our 2015 calendar is also now available priced at £9.99. Click here to browse and buy.

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