State of Nature report & a divergence of opinion

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Countryside Alliance Head of Shooting Campaigns Liam Stokes writes: The State of Nature report has been published, and it would appear to be grim reading. In the coming days we will go through the report and the supporting documents to see what conclusions the working countryside can draw from the analysis, but our immediate reaction…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes pragmatic IUCN Motion on the continued use of lead ammunition

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) decision to reject a ban on lead ammunition for Olympic shooting along with a number of further restrictions. Instead members at the 2016 World Conservation Congress, of which the UK is one, voted to ‘promote, where feasible, the phasing out of lead…

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Grouse shooting debate and countering animal rights polemic

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: As we have seen over the last 18 months some things in politics are entirely unpredictable, but that does not mean that other things are not. One of the absolutely predictable aspects of political life is that animal rights activists will campaign for things to be banned, and…

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Countryside Alliance statement on Grouse Shooting debate

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“Yesterday afternoon (6 September) the Petitions Committee considered a petition calling for driven grouse shooting to be banned, which has been electronically signed by over 100,000 people. This is the threshold required for a petition to be considered for a debate, which almost always leads to a debate being scheduled.”   “As expected the Committee…

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Labour leadership candidates’ views on rural issues

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The Countryside Alliance wrote to both Labour leadership candidates asking their views on some key rural issues to help rural Labour members decide which candidate best speaks for them. We have received the below responses from Jeremy Corbyn MP and Owen Smith MP and thank them both for their input.     1. Do you support the…

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CA grouse shooting film

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With the grouse shooting season underway it’s a good moment to enjoy again the short film our Game to Eat chef Lee Maycock made for us in 2012 with the help of moor owner Mark Hancock, ‘keeper Chris Harsley and Amanda Anderson of the Moorland Association. The film covers conservation, moor burning and, vitally, the…

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CA welcomes Welsh Government decision on the preservation of Greenland White-fronted Geese

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Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, has announced that the existing year-round voluntary moratorium on shooting Greenland White-fronted Geese will remain and has committed to funding research in to the conservation needs of this iconic bird. The Countryside Alliance has been lobbying for the status quo to remain since the first…

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Shooting a popular and important activity in National Parks

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  A recent Campaign for National Parks survey has highlighted the strength of support towards shooting as a recreational activity within the UK’s most beautiful countryside, coming in as the third favourite activity in a list of 23. The Campaign launched a multi-choice survey earlier this year asking the public to name their favourite activities within…

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