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Melissa Kite in the Spectator: If the RSPCA can prosecute you, why shouldn't it take Freedom of Info

Thursday, 18 September 2014

In the Spectator in mid-September 2014 Melissa Kite wrote a piece entitled "If the RSPCA can prosecute you, why shouldn't it take Freedom of Information requests?" Melissa's piece began: "After a rush of blood to the head, I decided it might be a good idea to ask some awkward questions of the RSPCA. Oh no, I hear you cry. What fresh hell is this? Let me explain. I found out that the charity is pretty much closed to any kind of scrutiny. Unlike other powerful organisations, the police or government bodies, the RSPCA is immune to Freedom of Information requests." Read the piece in full here.

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Tim Bonner writes for our magazine on the hen harrier

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner has written a feature for our Autumn membership magazine in which he outlines the current situation relating to hen harriers. In "Aiding the skydancer's recovery" Tim explains "As long as the suspicion of raptor persecution hangs around grouse shooting it will beused by our opponents to negate all the positive contribution not just of grouse moor management, but of shooting as a whole. Grouse shooting comes second only to foxhunting as an ideal target for the animal rights movement with wealth, tweed and guns producing a useful stereotype to focus on." Read the piece in full here.

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67% of RSPB donors support translocation

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hen harrier numbers arouse great passions. The disagreement over potential recovery programmes has been so strong that despite decades of debate they have not been introduced and we are left with very few hen harriers on English Uplands.
We wondered what, beyond noisy campaigners like ourselves, was the opinion of ordinary people? So last week the opinion poll company TNS asked the public for their views. What did they think of translocation of harrier chicks? Would they support it if they knew it was being done on grouse moors? And, the key question, could they accept gamekeepers being involved?
Given how vocal some activists are against translocation we were very surprised by the results. Among RSPB donors - a good proxy for those who are passionate about birds - an overwhelming 67% supported translocation even when they knew it was being done on grouse moors by gamekeepers. Only 7% were opposed, with only a tiny 2% of them being strongly opposed.

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Win a magnum of Pol Roger Champagne in our Tumblers' Club Competition - new for the 2014/15 season!

Tuesday, 16 September 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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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Natural England’s decisions, announced today, that the “shoo, don’t shoot” proposals to restrict pigeon shooting, consulted on earlier this year, will not proceed. The open consultation on proposed changes to the General Licences ended in May this year. The suggestion in the consultation was that anyone using the licence should be able to show that they had tried non-lethal methods of control such as scaring before resorting to the gun. The Countryside Alliance was active against this proposal when it was first proposed in 2005 and was similarly active and vocal this time.

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Find out what your hunt is doing for Hunting Newcomers Week

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

With Autumn upon us maybe you are looking for new things to try with your horse to banish those end of summer blues, so why not give hunting a go? If you think it looks like fun and would like to try it then our Hunting Newcomers Week running from 18th - 25th October could be the perfect place for you to start. You do not need any special kit or clothes to take part and will be guided by an experienced hunt follower who will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

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E-campaign - ask your MP to support the Private Members' Bill on fly-grazing

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance is working in coalition with a range of animal welfare and rural organisations trying to get the law changed on fly-grazing. A Private Members' Bill is currently on its way through the House of Commons and we urge you to use the below e-campaign to write to your MP, asking them to support this Bill and help solve this ongoing animal welfare crisis. Fly-grazing is the illegal grazing of horses on public or private land, and an estimated 3,000 horses have been abandoned in this way across England and Wales. It brings with it misery for farmers and landowners who have to deal with the abandoned horses, and misery too for the horses who are out in all weathers with no veterinary care or feed.

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