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Common sense on tail docking in Scotland

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: When lobbyists and politicians seem to be constantly proposing new regulations and restrictions it sometimes comes as a surprise when politics delivers the opposite. This week, however, the Scottish Government passed very sensible amendments to the ban on tail shortening to allow exemptions for specific breeds of working dog….

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The election results and the countryside

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: There is a theory that says the first polls of an election are the best indicator of the final result, and that all the noise and effort of the campaign make next to no difference. You will not hear many people promoting that theory this week. Today’s election…

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Jim Barrington on Conservative Home: Why advocates of the Hunting Act are running scared of repeal

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Jim Barrington is a former Executive Director of the League Against Cruel Sports. He is now an animal welfare consultant to Countryside Alliance, Council of Hunting Associations and the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group. He has written for Conservative Home on the hunting issue, beginning: “The sight of John Prescott, with his leader Jeremy…

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Brian May isn’t rocking the hunting vote

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Yesterday the Conservative manifesto was published and, as Theresa May had promised, it contained a commitment to “a free vote, on a government bill in government time, to give parliament the opportunity to decide the future of the Hunting Act”. Labour and the Liberal Democrats have also published their manifestos this week and you can…

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The Hunting Act must go

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Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Yesterday Theresa May confirmed that a commitment to a vote on repealing the Hunting Act would remain in the Conservative manifesto for the General Election. When asked about the issue she replied: “As it happens, personally, I’ve always been in favour of fox hunting and we maintain our commitment –…

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