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Countryside Alliance call for an end to RSPCA privatised prosecutions

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The Countryside Alliance has welcomed plans to increase the maximum sentence for animal abuse, but has repeated calls to the RSPCA to end the continuing anomaly of privatised criminal prosecution of animal welfare legislation. The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, announced that the Government intends to bring forward legislation to increase the maximum sentence for serious…

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Media coverage of trail-hunting on National Trust land

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The National Trust AGM will take place at the STEAM Museum in Swindon on Saturday, 21st October. In the lead up to the meeting the Countryside Alliance has been engaging with members of the National Trust to encourage them to oppose the members’ resolution to ban trail-hunting on National Trust land. Our view on this…

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Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story

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Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, Jamie Stewart writes: Celebrated author Mark Twain is attributed the saying “never let the truth stand in the way of a good story, unless you can’t think of anything better.” Not so celebrated journalist Peter Swindon seems to have taken inspiration from the latter part of the quote, or…

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Government recognises the value of shooting for curlew conservation

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Latest News, Shooting, Uncategorised

Environment Minister, Dr Therese Coffey MP, has recognised the benefits of grouse moor management for the curlew, the species of greatest conservation concern in the UK, and has given a commitment to include predator control in conservation projects which Defra funds. Speaking in a Westminster Hall Debate in Parliament on the lowland curlew, the Minister…

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New firearms licensing medical procedure fails again after extraordinary letter from Local Medical Committee

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The Lincolnshire Local Medical Committee have backed down over a misleading letter, but the Countryside Alliance is raising concerns over future firearms licensing developments in the county. A member in Lincolnshire told the Alliance that they had received a letter from their GP asking them to pay £90 for the initial medical check that is…

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National Infrastructure Commission calls for “substantial investment” in digital infrastructure

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the publication of the interim National Infrastructure Assessment today (13 October) and the spotlight it shines on our digital connectivity. This is the first Assessment published by the National Infrastructure Commission, which was established in 2015 to provide independent advice to Government on long-term infrastructure priorities. The Assessment recognises the importance…

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Ending RSPCA privatised prosecutions

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Last week the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, announced that the Government intends to bring forward legislation to increase the maximum sentence for serious acts of animal abuse from 6 months to 5 years. The number of cases that might attract such a sentence are small, but there are…

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The Voice of the Countryside podcast – episode 3

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The third episode of the Voice of the Countryside is now available to listen to online. This episode will be a little different to our usual podcasts as presenters Liam Stokes and Rachel Smedley will introduce a full recording of our Brexit Breakfast event with the Defra Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Michael Gove…

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CA discuss seasonal workers and shooting with Immigration Minister

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, and Political Relations Manager, James Somerville-Meikle, met the Immigration Minister, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, on Wednesday (11 October) to discuss the importance of seasonal workers from the EU to the rural economy. UK farmers and producers employ approximately 80,000 seasonal workers every year, the vast majority of these people…

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