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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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The Spectator: State schools are discovering huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’

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The Spectator’s Camilla Swift has written about outdoor education, observing “Traditionally, private schools have led the way in teaching youngsters about the ways of the countryside. Many state schools, however, are now following their example.” Camilla goes on to write about our own Fishing 4 Schools project, quoting its Director, Charles Jardine. Also mentioned is the…

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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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The continued issues with Coastal Access

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Walking the North Northumberland coast during a week’s holiday earlier this month I was reminded of a dreadful couple of hours in a Defra meeting room nearly 10 years ago. The Countryside Alliance had been called in to Natural England’s ‘Coastal Access working group’ or something similar where we were lectured about ‘Ministerial visions’, coastal…

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The hunting season to come

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As horses are being hardened up having spent the summer at grass and the yellow of the stubble fields provide a perfect place to exercise, the anticipation of the start of Autumn Hunting season is palpable. The purpose of Autumn Hunting is to educate young hounds and indeed horses and whilst the keyboard warriors are…

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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 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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