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Welsh Rural Oscar winners revealed

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The Countryside Alliance Awards (aka “Rural Oscars”) were presented to the cream of Welsh rural enterprise at The Senedd, on Tuesday 9 February. The Awards are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses. The Welsh champions were presented with red plaques at the prestigious Cardiff…

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Questions in Parliament on the hunting issue

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This week hunting was mentioned in Parliamen as Shadow Defra Minister asked the Environment Secretary “if she will make it her policy to establish a commission to examine the issue of hunting foxes with dogs before bringing forward proposals for a vote in the House on that issue.” In response, Defra Minister Rory Stewart said: “The Government…

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Flooding – key information

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Parts of the U.K. continue to be affected by the worst flooding on record. Forage Aid is the charity that supports farmers whose livestock has been affected by an extreme weather by providing forage and/or bedding to those in need. Information on how to give, and receive, support can be found here: http://www.forageaid.org.uk. The Environment Agency’s…

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Schoolboy creates poacher app to boost fight against wildlife crime

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TEENAGER Aaron Christiansen has created an app for reporting poaching as part of Project Poacher, a new national campaign to combat wildlife crime. The 15-year-old’s app, created in his spare time, makes it easy to use a mobile phone to report to the police suspicious activities that might be linked to poaching. The app can…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes new code of practice on fox control to improve animal welfare in Wales

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The Countryside Alliance is pleased to welcome the Welsh Government’s code of best practice on the use of snares for fox control. The Alliance has worked closely with Welsh Government officials and other stakeholders on both sides of the argument, for and against the use of snares to ensure the new code is workable and effective…

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The campaign for hunting is far from over

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  Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Tomorrow the Government was due to introduce amendments to the Hunting Act under a free vote, which would have represented a significant improvement. The amendments would have removed the arbitrary two dog limit in exempt hunting, making it legal to flush and shoot foxes using packs of…

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This week’s hunting vote

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Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington has blogged on this week’s vote, writing: This week will see an important vote in the House of Commons on the future of the Hunting Act; the consequences are equally important for the fox, farmers and other land managers. This is not repeal of the Hunting Act and the…

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The popularity of shooting continues to grow

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  A recent parlimentary written question tabled by Jim Shannon MP has revealed that shooting’s popularity is continually growing. The question tabled was ‘how many shotguns and firearms permit holders there were in each of the last five years?’ The answer was provided in the form of a table (below), submitted by the Minister in…

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New book addresses wildlife management concerns

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The Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management (VAWM) commissioned a new book, The Facts of Rural Life, to address a number of concerns it has on the management of wildlife in the countryside. The book is now available for £10 and addresses concerns such as:  • the loss, or potential loss, of many vulnerable species; • the…

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