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Open season for animal rights?

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: On Tuesday the Government published an Animal Welfare Bill containing measures on increased sentences for the worst instances of animal abuse, and to enshrine animal sentience in law. The Secretary of State, Michael Gove, had already signalled his intention to address these two policy areas. The Alliance supports…

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Digital divide is still real in rural areas

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Digital divide is still real in rural areas: 17% of rural homes and businesses still can’t receive decent broadband and 82% can’t receive a 4G signal Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2017 Report released today (15 December 2017) states that 1.1m premises still don’t have access to decent broadband, meaning that 17% of rural homes and businesses…

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Angling clubs provide Christmas bonus for Fishing for Schools

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Our Fishing for Schools (F4S) initiative received two very generous donations from fishing clubs last week showing the growing importance within the fishing community of supporting the anglers of the future. F4S provides short angling courses at schools across the country, to aid the education of 12- to 18-year-olds who may not respond to traditional…

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Countryside Alliance supports new wildlife crime tool

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Raptor persecution maps for England and Wales have been published to enable the police to clearly see where the highest incidents are taking place and focus enforcement efforts in the areas that need it most. The maps produced by the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group (RPPDG) present the number of shootings, trappings, poisonings and nest…

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The Lobby: Securing the future

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Game meat marketing and the need to develop effective self-regulation are top of the future proofing agenda for the Campaign for Shooting in 2018. The Countryside Alliance Campaign for Shooting exists to protect your shooting, and all the benefits that flow from it. The Campaign for Shooting is most clearly visible when we are dealing with…

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Sheffield school pupils rewarded with a visit from Falconry for Schools

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Fifty children from a Sheffield school were rewarded for their good behaviour and hard work with a visit from Dusty the African spotted eagle owl and Oslo the Harris hawk from the Falconry for Schools programme.  The birds and handler Rhiannon Cowling were invited into school today (13 December) as part of a “golden card”…

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The Countryside Alliance guide to trail-hunting

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Q: What is trail-hunting and when does it take place? A: Trail-hunting involves laying of a scent across the country which a pack of hounds then searches for and follows using their noses. The season starts in the autumn and continues throughout the winter, with most packs finishing during March. Q: When did trail-hunting become…

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Countryside Alliance welcomes new animal welfare bill but questions its timing

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Today the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, published a draft bill to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years in England and Wales. The draft bill also sets out that the government “must have regard to the welfare needs of animals as sentient beings in formulating and implementing government…

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