The Lobby: Securing the future

| Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Shooting

Game meat marketing and the need to develop effective self-regulation are top of the future proofing agenda for the Campaign for Shooting in 2018. The Countryside Alliance Campaign for Shooting exists to protect your shooting, and all the benefits that flow from it. The Campaign for Shooting is most clearly visible when we are dealing with…

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The Countryside Alliance guide to trail-hunting

| Hunting

Q: What is trail-hunting and when does it take place? A: Trail-hunting involves laying of a scent across the country which a pack of hounds then searches for and follows using their noses. The season starts in the autumn and continues throughout the winter, with most packs finishing during March. Q: When did trail-hunting become…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes new animal welfare bill but questions its timing

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Press Release

Today the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, published a draft bill to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years in England and Wales. The draft bill also sets out that the government “must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government…

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Meet the regional finalists for the 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards

| Campaigns, Countryside Alliance Awards, Latest News, Press Release

The finalists in the 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have been announced, with businesses from across the country going head to head for a regional title and a shot at national glory. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses….

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Making the most of game

| Campaigns, Game to Eat, Shooting

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Last Wednesday our Wales Director, Rachel Evans, organised a wonderful Game-to-eat event at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff Bay. Assembly Members and invited guests were not only able to try Welsh game, but to see it prepared and cooked. Rabbit, venison, duck, pheasants and partridges went from fur…

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MSP misguided in hunt ban campaign

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News, Press Release

Green MSP, Alison Johnstone, has stated that she intends to bring forward a member’s bill at Holyrood that would impose a total ban on hunting. Jamie Stewart, Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance said: “Ms Johnstone seems to have wholly misunderstood both the current legislation and the review carried out by Lord Bonomy on behalf…

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Labour MP visits Ilkley Moor

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting

This past Friday (17th November 2017) the Countryside Alliance arranged for John Grogan MP to visit Ilkley Moor and meet the current tenants and gamekeepers. llkley Moor is the last remaining council-owned moor on which grouse shooting and all its associated management continues, and in early 2018 the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (BDMC)…

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The Pheasant Cup – Voting now open

| Game to Eat, Latest News

Great British Game Week is about celebrating all that is great about wild game and promoting it to those who might not have tried it before. For that reason, and in the spirit of the Week (20th-26th November), the Countryside Alliance is very excited to be holding an in-house pheasant cooking competition, The Pheasant Cup. Countryside…

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