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“Shoo don’t shoot” proposals given the bullet

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed Natural England’s decisions, announced today, that the “shoo, don’t shoot” proposals to restrict pigeon shooting, consulted on earlier this year, will not proceed. The open consultation on proposed changes to the General Licences ended in May this year. The suggestion in the consultation was that anyone using the licence should…

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Staghunters awarded full costs

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A District Judge in Yeovil yesterday awarded full costs to three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (DSSH) who had charges brought against them based on allegations made by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). The Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against DSSH’s huntsman Donald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood…

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Britain’s birds of prey are a real success story

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Populations of the majority of the UK’s birds of prey are now at their highest ever levels, the Countryside Alliance’s report “Birds of prey of the UK and their population trends” shows. This boom is due to a number of factors, which include the prohibition of organochlorine pesticides such as DDT, the restriction of certain…

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Learn about hound showing with our new booklet

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Hounds and Hound Showing, a new booklet from the Countryside Alliance, has been produced to accompany the hound shows that run throughout the summer months. It is a helpful guide for members of the public who are interested in learning about the different types of hounds and what the judges are looking for during the…

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Plans to increase powers for the Scottish SPCA are flawed, says SCA

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Granting increased investigatory powers to the Scottish SPCA would create a conflict between its campaigning and prosecution roles that could damage public confidence in wildlife crimes investigations, the Crown Office and Procurators Fiscals Service (COPFS) has said. This view is shared by the Police Service of Scotland and the Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA).  In response…

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Another bumper year for shooting in the North West

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The shooting industry is celebrating another great year as the 2014/15 shooting season comes to an end this weekend. The last day of the season is the beaters’ day on many shoots, when those people who have worked throughout the season take their turn with a gun. Research undertaken in 2014 shows that shooting is…

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New masters ready to take up the reins

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More than 50 new masters of foxhounds attended a special course held by the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) on Saturday 17 May at Stratford. Eighty-four new masters will take up the reins with packs across the countryside this autumn, plus six who are returning to masterships after a break. The day covered essential topics,…

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