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The future of the RSPCA

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Four years ago, when we faced the prospect of an extended battle with the RSPCA with more than a little trepidation, the current state of the Society would have been unthinkable. This week the Charity Commission announced that it had instructed the charity to carry out an independent…

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Wales doesn’t want further rights to roam

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Polling carried out for the Countryside Alliance shows that 52% of people asked feel there is “about the right amount” of access land in Wales and a further 5% thought that there is too much. Last summer, the Labour-run Welsh government launched a consultation on increasing access to the outdoors for responsible recreation. The results…

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National Wildlife Crime Unit gains reprieve

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Good news this week, as reported by Farmers Guardian’s FG Insight website: “The Government has announced new funding ensuring the future of the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), which had been under threat from closure due to spending constraints. “In a Parliamentary statement on Tuesday, Defra Minister Rory Stewart said Defra and Home Office Ministers had…

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OFCOM proposals could close digital divide between town and country, says Alliance

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The initial findings of the OFCOM digital review, which has been published today (25 February), could signal positive change for mobile phone reception and broadband speeds in rural communities, says the Countryside Alliance. The Alliance has long campaigned for better broadband and mobile coverage in rural areas and believes we need a competitive market that…

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Firearms Directive meeting held at European Parliament

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The European Parliament has, this week (23rd March), held its first exchange of views on the proposed amendments of the Firearms Directive. A number of proposals were discussed that would see restrictions on the licensed use of firearms by reducing the ability for under-18s to shoot, standard medical tests and the banning of certain self-loading rifles….

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The CA at the Welsh Party Conferences

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Party conference season is underway in Wales and the Countryside Alliance has already hosted fringe events at the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Welsh Labour conferences on sustainable access to land and water. Assembly Members, candidates and stakeholders discussed whether more public access is needed in Wales or whether the Welsh Government should make better use…

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Scottish Government tail docking consultation opens

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The Scottish Government is asking to hear your views on permitting tail docking for working spaniels and Hunt Point Retrievers, which was subject to a total ban in 2007 without the working dogs exemption that exists elsewhere in the UK. The consultation runs until 3rd May and the Countryside Alliance urges anyone with knowledge of…

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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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Policing and Crime Bill must not be a missed opportunity, says Countryside Alliance

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Part 6 of the new Policing and Crime Bill, introduced today 10 February, which focuses on a number of vital firearms issues. The new provisions will clarify those areas of the law identified in a recent report by the Law Commission . Positive developments in the bill include definitions of…

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