Shooting and Conservation

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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Trapping Consultation

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The Countryside Alliance is asking all members and supporters involved in trapping to respond to a Defra consultation. The consultation is looking for views on the implementation of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS), which governs a wide range of trapping activities around the world but is particularly relevant to stoat trapping in…

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Countryside Alliance responds to Home Office Air Weapons Review

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The Countryside Alliance has responded to a Home Office air weapon review with a firm rejection of further restrictions to a popular and growing sport and useful asset in pest control.  The Home Office air weapon review asked questions on introducing further legislation, changing security and manufacturing requirements, and implementing additional restrictions to under-18s. The…

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Bird flu prevention zone extended to cover whole of England and Wales

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The Countryside Alliance is advising all members to remain vigilant regarding the signs of avian influenza after further outbreaks lead to a Prevention Zone being extended to cover whole of England and Wales. As of 25 January 2018 there are no additional security measures in place in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The implementation of a…

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Shooting thrives as others decline

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The numbers of those participating in Britain’s most popular sport, swimming, have fallen consistently for the last four years, and it is estimated that currently fewer than 2.5 million adults swim at least once a week. Football has suffered an even longer decline to a point where only 1.9 million adults play the game at…

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Cost and T&Cs for carrying firearms and ammunition on Airlines

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Opportunities to shoot abroad continue to grow annually. Last year saw over 15,000 European Firearms Passes granted allowing UK certificate holders to transport their firearms and ammunition throughout the EU. As a result of this increasing demand, the Countryside Alliance has provided the varying prices and terms and conditions of carrying firearms and ammunition with…

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Cultural shift among the rural community is driving raptor recovery

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes:  Any political campaign needs first motivation, then justification. The motivation of animal rights campaigns like those against hunting and shooting is a strange mixture of politics, ideology and moral judgment, which has little to do with the realities of animal welfare. That motivation has, however, always been strong…

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