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“Chaotic” Scottish airguns licensing continues to confuse

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Despite an overwhelming opposition to this needless legislation the Scottish Government continues to plough on with their draconian policy of licensing airguns causing confusion at every step. The Scottish Government’s recently launched campaign to raise awareness of the new Air Weapons Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2016, alongside Police Scotland’s amnesty of airguns, have led to an…

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Victoria Pendleton rides to victory at Countryside Alliance Newmarket race day

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Olympic cycling’s golden girl, Victoria Pendleton returned to the saddle today (23 June) to claim first place in the Countryside Alliance’s charity race at Newmarket.  Victoria, who raced to fifth place in the Foxhunters at Cheltenham earlier this year as part of Betfair’s Switching Saddles Challenge, had not been back on a racecourse until today…

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League Against Cruel Sports censured again by Charity Commission for fox hunting lies

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The Charity Commission has intervened and contacted the trustees of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) after a complaint that the animal rights charity had claimed on its website that “Hunting is not a form of wildlife management or fox control”. This statement is in direct contradiction to the findings of the Government Inquiry into…

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Gravesend pupils flourish on angling course

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Fishing 4 Schools instructor Warren White writes: “Yesterday we were at Monk Lakes on the last session of Thamesview school’s angling course. Most of these pupils are novice anglers but have progressed steadily and were all yesterday awarded with the Cast Awards. Once again it is a situation that these young people often struggle at school…

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Take part in new Land-based business survey

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Scottish Land & Estates has launched a survey to better understand the ‘nature of land-based business’ in 2016. The management of land and the things we get from land is increasingly in the spotlight.  The pressure to deliver multiple outcomes from land management such as food and fibre production, natural flood management, better water quality, improved…

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SCA: “we must work together to tackle raptor persecution”

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The Scottish Countryside Alliance has called into question an RSPB statement that those responsible for the latest case of raptor persecution in the Highlands could be associated with sporting interests, and calls for unity in working to eradicate raptor persecution. Director Scotland Jamie Stewart said: “As active members of Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Scotland, we…

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Calls for reasonable air weapons fees “have fallen on deaf ears”

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Calls for a reasonable and logical fees system to the new air weapons licensing system have fallen on deaf ears as the Scottish Government has this week released the publication of the Air Weapons Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2016. The Regulations, that are due to come into force on July 1st, are a mockery to those…

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Kent PCC’s swift action over firearms licensing congratulated

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The Countryside Alliance has congratulated Kent PCC Matthew Scott on swift action over firearms licensing. Newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Matthew Scott (pictured left), has announced a £39,000 of new funding to address the backlog in firearms licensing that built up under his predecessor, Ann Barnes. Research undertaken by the Countryside Alliance…

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