Campaigns



Countryfile on the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Sunday 15th February the BBC’s Countryfile programme was in Gloucestershire. The show looked at the Hunting Act 10 years on and spoke to Henry Berkeley, Master of the Berkeley Hunt, Capt Farquhar, Master of the Beaufort Foxhounds and the Huntsman Tony Holdsworth. Presenter Tom Heap also spoke to Michael Stephenson of the League Against…

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Proposed Airgun Licensing in Scotland – what will it mean for you?

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill MSP, last week announced an Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill to licence the 500,000 air weapons he estimates are used in Scotland. Scottish Countryside Alliance director Jamie Stewart has said: “The Scottish Countryside Alliance has lobbied hard on this point. We do not believe lower-powered air rifles need to be…

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A guide to using the Rootmetrics app

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

We all pay the same to run our mobile phones, regardless of where we live. But rural businesses and individuals tell us they have a far poorer service. Now we are searching for proof to ensure people living in the countryside are not forgotten by mobile phone companies and benefit from the Government’s £150m mobile…

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The Spectator: “Ten years after the ban, why are there still hunt saboteurs?”

| Campaigns, Hunting

Spectator journalist Camilla Swift has spoken to our animal welfare consultant, Jim Barrington, about the hunting debate and wildlife management. In “Ten years after the ban, why are there still hunt saboteurs?” Camilla writes “It’s clearly not about animal welfare. But then it never was”.  Jim’s journey from Director of the League Against Cruel Sports…

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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

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…

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Labour plans to raise gun licence fees

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Supporters of shooting will be interested to read the below exchange which took place in an Opposition Day debate on Future Government Spending. The debate took place in the House of Commons on Wednesday 4th March and a factor was Labour’s plan to raise £17m through increasing gun licence fees, with Shadow Chief Secretary to the…

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