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Barney White-Spunner had a meeting about ACPO

Downing Street meeting on ACPO issue - the way ahead

Friday, 24 October 2014

Barney White-Spunner, Executive Chair of the Countryside Alliance writes: We had a helpful and constructive meeting in Downing Street this morning to discuss the ACPO Firearms initiatives and their proposed Crimestoppers campaign. It was acknowledged that there are various issues that need to be addressed and the Countryside Alliance and ACPO agreed that we would work closely together to resolve them. Chief Constable Andy Marsh and I will be meeting again in the very near future after which we will be writing to the shooting community to explain the way forward, which looks to be sensible and positive.

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Approval of Control of Horses Bill is a great step forward for horse welfare

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the passing of the Control of Horses Bill at its second reading today (24 October) in the House of Commons, hailing it a great step forward for horse welfare and landowners’ rights.
The Bill, tabled by the Member of Parliament for York Outer Julian Sturdy, will now continue to Committee Stage, where it will be examined in detail by a panel of MPs.

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The Albrighton by Owen Webb

Ten years since the Hunting Act - hunting is in good heart

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: On 19th November it will be 10 years since the Hunting Act was passed. It came into force six months later. For hunting, and many others in the countryside, this was the lowest moment, but despite all the fears and the dire predictions hunting still thrives. How is it that an activity that was outlawed after an epic and bitter political campaign has survived? There are many reasons, but high amongst them is the determination of a community that rejects every charge made against it, and has never been shown to be doing anything wrong.

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10 years worth of UK & Ireland Champs will compete

Rural Oscars' 10th anniversary Champion of Champions scheme

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance awards, aka the Rural Oscars, turn ten this year, so to celebrate we are inviting former Champions to compete again, this time for the honour of being Champion of Champions. We want to celebrate our birthday with those who have helped make the Awards what they are and so an X Factor style public vote will open here at 9am on 1st November. Pictured are the butchers of SW Doughty in Kent, popular Champions in 2010. A Welsh Champion of Champions competition will also be run, with the vote also open throughout November. Click here to find out who is competing. 

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Tim Bonner: "no evidence" to justify ACPO campaign

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner writes: Our call to action against ACPO's unnecessary campaign to 'improve' firearms security has seen thousands of you email your MPs to ask them to pass your concerns on to the Home Secretary. Articles in the media have criticised this campaign - read Camilla Swift in the Spectator here and Shooting Times here. It is important to point out that no-one has any problems with unannounced checks on firearms licence holders based on intelligence or risk. That principle has been agreed by all shooting organisations and incorporated into the Home Office guidance.

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Ask your MP to oppose the ACPO firearms campaign

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) new campaign asking people to report signs of radicalisation, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism among firearms licence holders is unjustified and ill-judged. We have this afternoon launched an e-campaign encouraging people to write to their MP via our website asking them to challenge ACPO on their fear-mongering. If you join us in our views against this campaign that may encourage an untrusting and vindictive attitude from friends and neighbours, please click on the link below and show your support by calling on your MP to challenge ACPO’s campaign by writing to the Home Secretary on your behalf.

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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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