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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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Find out what your hunt is doing for Hunting Newcomers Week

Monday, 13 October 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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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 the 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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E-campaign - ask your MP to support the Private Members' Bill on fly-grazing

Tuesday, 7 October 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 will have its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Friday 24th October, and we urge you to use the below e-campaign to write to your MP before then, asking them to support this Bill and help solve an 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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National Trust Council Elections - 8 November 2014

Saturday, 4 October 2014

The National Trust AGM will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 8 November at STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon. There are 24 people standing for seven vacancies on the Trust council. National Trust members can vote for up to seven candidates. Whilst it is up to Countryside Alliance members, who are also members of the National Trust, how they use their vote, we very much hope they will read the candidates’ CVs carefully and vote for rural minded people. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Alliance’s political team on 020 7840 9260.

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10 years worth of UK & Ireland Champs will compete

Rural Oscars' 10th anniversary Champion of Champions scheme

Thursday, 17 July 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 in 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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