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Our CEO on face coverings, protestors and the law

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Wearing balaclavas or other face-coverings has long been a standard tactic of animal rights protestors and other extremists. There are only two reasons for wearing such items in the context of a ‘protest’: to intimidate and harass, and to hide identity with the intention of committing criminal offences…

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Red Grouse conservation in Ireland

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Shortly after the publication of the 2008 National Red Grouse Survey, which showed a continuing sharp decline in Irish red grouse with local extinctions across many lowland bogs and moorland habitats, the board of Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) established of the Irish Red Grouse Association. Six years on the Irish Red Grouse Association has become…

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Bonomy Review into hunting with dogs

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: On Monday, the Scottish Government published its review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 which deals with hunting with dogs in Scotland. The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) submitted evidence to Lord Bonomy’s review and SCA Director Jamie Stewart, helped facilitate meetings between the review team…

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Aintree Raceday a huge success

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Our second annual Raceday at Aintree was a great success last Sunday. I had the pleasure of speaking to an audience of 350 people at our sold out lunch and auction. I was under no illusions that they had come to hear me, but rather to see the…

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State of Nature report & a divergence of opinion

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Countryside Alliance Head of Shooting Campaigns Liam Stokes writes: The State of Nature report has been published, and it would appear to be grim reading. In the coming days we will go through the report and the supporting documents to see what conclusions the working countryside can draw from the analysis, but our immediate reaction…

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Alliance statement on the Natural England grant of Buzzard Licence

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“The Countryside Alliance has always supported the principle that a species should be managed according to its local population status and impact on economic and conservation activities, not according to public perception. Many species are already culled under a number of different licences. Shooting provides immense conservation, economic and social benefits, and in some places…

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Countryside Alliance asks Labour leadership candidates their priorities for rural Britain

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At this important time for the countryside, following the vote to leave the European Union, rural communities are looking for clear leadership and direction. As part of this Labour leadership campaign we have invited the Labour leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn MP and Owen Smith MP to set out their priorities for rural Britain.   Below…

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