Campaigns

“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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Explaining 4G rollout

| Campaigns, Mobile and Broadband

A lack of mobile signal and broadband in the countryside continues to be one of the biggest headaches for households and businesses alike. In a digital age, the need for mobile and broadband networks is just as important as the need for gas, electricity and water. We need to access more services online, including Government…

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Alliance welcomes Elliott Review recommendations

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Elliott Review, commissioned after the horsemeat scandal, which will institute a Food Crime Unit to increase consumer confidence in food. We are interested to see how the recommendations work in practice and are using our own Rural Manifesto, to be launched before…

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The Hunting Act and the Archers

| Campaigns, Hunting

Countryside Alliance Head of Media Charlotte Cooper writes: It’s interesting to mark the increased presence of the South Borsetshire hunt in the story lines of The Archers. For those of you who do not listen, The Archers is the Radio 4 soap set in the fictional village of Ambridge and the Countryside Alliance has remarked…

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Dropped hunting case – staghunters awarded full costs

| Campaigns, Hunting

A District Judge in Yeovil yesterday awarded full costs to three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (DSSH) who had charges brought against them based on allegations made by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). The Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against DSSH’s huntsmanDonald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood in November…

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