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CA Events listing

Keep an eye on for our constantly updated regional and national events listing. The listing includes race days, country shows, hound shows and social events across the country. If you have an event you would like listed please email it to:

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CA calls for talks after Fire and Rescue cuts put animals at risk

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Countryside Alliance has raised concerns with Welsh Government over the recent decision by North Wales Fire and Rescue Services to opt out of emergency calls to large animals.
Calling for an urgent meeting with Ministers, the Alliance has sought to begin discussions to find a balance in services so that the welfare of large animals, particularly, is not compromised. The North Wales Fire & Rescue Service has taken this decision as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

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Take part in the Welsh tourism survey

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainability Committee has completed and presented its inquiry in to Tourism in Wales and has seen all 28 of its recommendations accepted by the Deputy Minister For Culture Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates. The Countryside Alliance was part of the evidence-collecting process and the importance of shooting and angling to the tourism economy in Wales was represented solely by the Countryside Alliance. To supplement the inquiry, Suzy Davies, AM for South West Wales (Shadow Minister for Welsh Language, Culture and Tourism for the Welsh Conservatives), has now launched an online survey. Supporters can take part to make the voice of rural enterprise heard. The survey can be found here 

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Dog Breeding Regulations (Wales) Bill are finally off the leash

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Countryside Alliance Director for Wales Rachel Evans writes: It has taken almost seven years, three consultations and four Government Ministers to finally bring forward the Breeding of Dogs Regulations (Wales) Bill. The Countryside Alliance has been actively involved in the process every step of the way and took the lead on involving other rural organisations to speak up for the working dog. Whilst there is no clear-cut exemption for working dogs, the Alliance has without a doubt achieved recognition for them from Assembly Members and policy writers, highlighting the way that working dogs are kept and worked, and the importance of hounds to be kept as pack animals with their living accommodation and housekeeping to remain in the format that will allow this. It is perfectly acceptable for gundogs and terriers to be happily housed in outdoor kennels, but we needed to demonstrate this to those not familiar with the working dog.

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Countryside Alliance membership approved for AWNW

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Countryside Alliance (Wales) has now been approved as a member of the Animal Welfare Network Wales, joining other organisations such as Redwings, RSPCA Wales and the Dog’s Trust. The network was set up in order to pool organisations to work collectively to improve animal welfare in Wales. Other organisations who vigorously opposed the CA’s membership, such as Protect Our Wild Animals and the League against Cruel Sports, it seems are no longer members.

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Dragon's Tale - January 2015

Monday, 26 January 2015

Dragon's Tale e-news from the Countryside Alliance in Wales, including dog-breeding regulations, a tourism survey for you to fill in and our new #betterbroadband campaign. 

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Assembly Members enjoy a taste of delicious Welsh Game

Monday, 27 October 2014

Assembly Members from all parties showed their support for fabulous Welsh Game at a special event held at the Pierhead Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 22 October.
The event held by the Countryside Alliance’s Game-to-Eat campaign was hosted by S4C chef Dudley Newbury (pictured), who demonstrated how quick and easy it is to cook game and how easily adapted game is to modern day recipes. On the menu was red pheasant curry followed by the classic duck a l’orange.

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All change at the Senedd – Cabinet re-shuffle

Thursday, 4 September 2014

First Minister Carwyn Jones has set out his team that will lead him in to the next election in 2016. We see a change for our interests as John Griffiths AM leaves the cabinet to make way for Carl Sergeant who’s portfolio will be Natural Resources, Rebecca Evans has Food and Farming and Ken Skates takes on culture, sport and tourism. Meanwhile we eagerly await the breeding of dog’s legislation which we are told, is “imminent”.

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Girl power and an AM make for an explosive National Shooting Week in Wales

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Last week was National Shooting Week and a large numbers of events took place across Wales to introduce this great sport to new people.
Crynant Shooting Ground in the Neath Valley hosted seven ladies on 28 May as part of National Shooting Week.
The ladies (pictured), who are all members of the Banwen Miners hunt, thoroughly enjoyed their evening despite the majority of them having never shot before.

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Barney explains the importance of the SACC

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes:  In mid-May the Welsh Government announced that its plans to develop access to the Welsh countryside and outdoor recreation are open to further discussion. Considering plans for legislation had been due to come forward last December, this is a great coup for Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru (SACC), the coalition or rural organisations set up as a result of the work of our Director for Wales, Rachel Evans. The group has its origins in making the case for anglers and riparian owners in the access for all and "right to paddle" debate involving canoeists. The fact that we are keeping the discussion open before any legislative decisions are made is a testament to the coherent and compelling case being put forward.

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