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Liam Stokes in The Spectator

| Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Shooting

Countryside Alliance Head of Shooting Liam Stokes wrote a piece for The Spectator’s Coffee House blog in which he challenges a Welsh Assembly Member’s assertion that “facts are a matter of opinion” when it comes to e-petitions. Liam writes that while e-petitions are not in themselves a worry, “problems arise when petitions are not started…

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Fly fishing and a common purpose

| Fishing, Fishing for Schools, Latest News

Fishing 4 Schools Director and fly fishing legend Charles Jardine recently hosted one of the successful bids from last year’s New York Auction with his good friend Robert Denman on Robert’s section of the Elk River in Colorado. This “lot” will be repeated in this years’s NYC auction and is a fitting reminder of the…

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Charity race win for Grand National jockey Ryan Mania crowns highly successful Aintree Countryside Day

| Foundation, Fundraising, Hunting, Latest News

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania emerged victorious on his return to the saddle after two years’ retirement, to claim the ribbons in the Countryside Alliance charity race at Aintree on Sunday 23rd October. Ryan, 27, who is now master huntsman of the Berwickshire hunt, raced over a mile and a half of the hallowed…

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VAWM AGM

| Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News

The thirteenth Annual General Meeting of the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management (VAWM) took place this week in the impressive setting of Duns Castle in Berwickshire. The day started early out with the Berwickshire Hunt in almost perfect weather, more than justifying the long journey north for many VAWM members. Last year VAWM produced a…

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Countryside Alliance and Moorland Association make case for grouse moor management at Parliamentary evidence session

| Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

Today, 18th October, the Countryside Alliance and the Moorland Association gave evidence at a Parliamentary inquiry into grouse shooting and grouse moor management. MPs on the Petitions Committee and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee heard from experts to give evidence on grouse shooting before they debate a petition in Parliament’s secondary chamber, Westminster Hall,…

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Head of Shooting talks to BBC Radio York about the benefits that grouse shooting brings to North York Moors

| Game to Eat, Latest News, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation

Head of Shooting at the Countryside Alliance, Liam Stokes, was interviewed last week by BBC Radio York’s Gareth Barlow about the investment and employment benefits that grouse shooting brings to the North York Moors. To listen to the interview, please follow link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p049d80q (interview takes place between: 33:30-38:30 mins). The interview took place ahead of this…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes new social media guidelines aimed at tackling online abuse

| Hunting, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliance have welcomed new guidelines published by the Crown Prosecution Service earlier this week aimed at tackling online abuse.  On Monday, 10th October, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, published new guidelines aimed at tackling online abuse, harassment and intimidation via social media. The new social media guidelines for prosecutors make clear…

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Cracking down on animal rights harassment

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: As some of you are all too aware there are a small number of people operating under the banner of ‘animal rights’ who believe that almost any action is justifiable in pursuit of their ends. I have never been able to understand how anyone could conclude that grave…

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