Shooting and Conservation

Welsh Labour shoots itself in foot

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Unsurprisingly, if regrettably, the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) board this week bowed to the pressure from its political masters in the Labour Government in Cardiff and agreed to implement a ban on game shooting. I wrote in the summer about the extraordinary intervention of the Welsh Minister for…

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Shadow Defra secretary plagiarises convicted animal rights extremist to attack grouse shooting

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Shadow Defra Secretary of State, Sue Hayman, has either asked a convicted animal rights extremist to draft an article on grouse shooting, or has directly copied statements from his website. Ms Hayman published an article on the Labour List website on 13th August which included sections showing remarkable similarity to articles published by convicted animal…

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Keeping the 12th Glorious

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: The sun is about to rise over a brand-new shooting season, one that is tinged with uncertainty. Reports of low grouse numbers abound across the country, the Welsh Government has announced their antipathy to game shooting, and concerns mount over the spreading influence of anti-shooting ideologies. Yet this…

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Government recognises controlled heather burning

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COUNTRYSIDE ORGANISATIONS WELCOME MINISTERIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF MOORLAND MANAGEMENT’S ROLE IN HELPING PREVENT WILDFIRES    The Countryside Alliance, Moorland Association, BASC and National Gamekeepers’ Organisation today (Thursday 12th July) welcomed the Government’s recognition of the role of controlled heather burning in responsible moorland management to minimise the risk of uncontrollable wildfires. In response to a written…

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The way forward for shooting

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: On Monday evening the shooting world gathered to launch the British Game Alliance, a new body which will act as the official marketing board for the UK game industry and run a ‘British Game’ assurance scheme to ensure our game meets the highest standards. The growth of shooting…

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Countryside Alliance statement on death threat made to SNH Chairman over cull decision

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The Countryside Alliance has released a statement on the back of an article in today’s Times [04/05/2018] which states that the Scottish Natural Heritage Chairman, Mike Cantlay, has received a death threat and abusive letters following the decision to allow a trial cull of ravens in a project designed to boost numbers of declining waders. The…

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Government must listen to shooters before acting on firearm licensing

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: I wrote last year about our concerns over the implementation of new medical checks and markers for those of us who own guns. In the intervening period the situation has only got worse. We have reported on cases where GPs attempted to blackmail firearms licence applicants by threatening…

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