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Welcoming Defra’s commitment to rural proofing

| Campaigns, Communities and Business, Latest News

The Countryside Alliance welcomes Defra’s commitment to “rural proof” its policies, in its response to Lord Cameron Review on Rural Proofing which has been published today (17th December). Rural proofing involves government departments ensuring their policies take into account the specific issues faced by rural communities, that public services are accessible and appropriate for rural as…

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Law Commission firearms report is to be commended but further law reform is needed

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the Law Commission report released today (16 December), which proposes a number of reforms to existing firearms’ law – http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/firearms/ The report addresses the need for definitions of ‘lethality’, ‘component part’ and what constitutes an ‘antique firearm’. It also proposes amendments to address weaknesses in the existing law in relation to…

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Alliance supports Defra’s request for European wildlife regulations to not be revisited

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes Defra’s announcement today (16 December) that it does not wish to reopen the European Birds and Habitats Directives. Speaking at the Environment Council of the European Council today, environment minister Rory Stewart said that better implementation is needed for the European nature directives to work more efficiently, rather than new legislation….

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Gamekeeper and college lecturer Liam Stokes joins the Countryside Alliance as head of shooting

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release, Shooting and Conservation

  The Countryside Alliance is pleased to announce that its shooting team will be boosted next year by the addition of Liam Stokes, as head of shooting. As Britain’s largest rural campaigning organisation the Countryside Alliance ensures the  voice of its shooting members is heard in Westminster, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Brussels, on such issues as lead shot and firearms…

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Cumbria Flood Appeal

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We are all keen to support the efforts of the emergency services and volunteers who are working to help those affected by the recent floods in Cumbria. Here are various ways to donate to the Cumbria Flood Appeal – use the hashtag #CumbriaFloodAppeal on Twitter and please visit to donate: www.cumbriafoundation.org. To donate via text, please text 70070 with the…

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Fishing 4 Schools inspires youngsters in Kent

| Campaigns, Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance’s Fishing 4 Schools programme ran an inspiring session for pupils from Orchard School at Marshside Fishery near Canterbury on Friday 11th December. Local MP Julian Brazier was in attendance at the day which was run by fishing coach Kevin Durman and Fishing 4 Schools National Director Charles Jardine. Fishing 4 Schools is a…

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Tell Europe what you think about their firearms proposals

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Follow this link to provide feedback to the European Commission on its proposals for changing firearms law. In the boxes for completing your details, in the first box “Representing” choose “citizen” if you are writing as an individual, “company” if you represent a trade interest and “Non-governmental organisation” if you are responding for a club or…

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Times editorial criticises LACS for “usurping the role of the state”

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News, Uncategorized

On Monday 7th December The Times published an editorial comment entitled “Hue and Cry – Animal welfare charities should not waste their money on hunt prosecutions”. The newspaper commented: “Britain’s last outstanding hunt prosecution collapsed last week in a £100,000 sink of ignominy. Country sports enthusiasts are justifiably calling for at least seven related convictions…

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Last Hunting Act case collapses as LACS expert witness’s independence is questioned

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The last Hunting Act prosecution involving a registered hunt collapsed this morning, three days into a scheduled 10-day trial at Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court, when private prosecutors, the League Against Cruel Sports, withdrew all evidence. Yesterday (2 December) the court sought confirmation from absent LACS acting chief executive Rachel Newman, a qualified solicitor, that she…

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