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Animal rights petitions shrink when subject to public scrutiny

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: The electronic petition has been a staple of animal rights campaigning for many years. Attempts to gather numbers of actual people to demonstrate against hunting or shooting have always ended in abject failure, so campaigners have sought to bypass real demonstrations of support and substitute cyber lists. The…

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A Festive Feast – Christmas Mallard

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The Game Chef visits Berry Bros. & Rudd to celebrate the season with glorious game and perfect wine accompaniments   The dish eats well with all the usual Christmas accompaniments, and don’t neglect the sticky soft orange slices. Having lazed for hours under the duck, absorbing the slowly reducing juices, they are glorious! Serves 4…

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Rural groups take next step in legal bid to challenge shooting ban

| Campaigns, Latest News, Press Release

      THREE of the UK’s leading rural organisations have launched the next stage of their legal action against Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) ban on pheasant shooting on public land. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the Countryside Alliance (CA) and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) have issued proceedings seeking permission from…

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Anti-shooting petition collapses when signatures are open to scrutiny

| Campaigns, Countryside Alliance Wales, Latest News, Press Release

A petition calling for the licencing of game shoots which was lodged on the Assembly website was coldly received by Assembly Members, having only received 119 signatures and only 24 from within Wales. The Countryside Alliance has called for the Assembly to consider only petitions submitted in this fashion, because it guarantees transparency. In June…

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CA Celebrates Christmas in Parliament

| Campaigns, Latest News

The annual Countryside Alliance Christmas Reception took place in Parliament on Monday this week (10 December). Over 50 MPs and Peers joined the Countryside Alliance campaigns team for a reception in one of the House of Commons dining rooms. The event was an opportunity to update parliamentarians on current Countryside Alliance campaigns, including improvements to…

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Hunting and political mathematics

| Campaigns, Hunting

When Theresa May said after the 2017 election that there would not be a vote on the Hunting Act, she was simply accepting the mathematical reality. Since 2010 there has been a Conservative/ Lib Dem coalition, a Conservative Government with a wafer-thin majority of 12, and now a minority Conservative administration with just a few…

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Our letter to The Times

| Campaigns, Latest News

Following an article in The Times titled ‘RSPB fights officials over hen harriers’ (Friday 7th December 2018) we sent the following letter to the Times: Sir, Your article on the RSPB’s attempt to block brood management for hen harriers (RSPB fights officials over hen harriers) misrepresented the proposals. The brood management scheme is an exciting,…

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Politics, principle and hunting in Scotland

| Hunting, Latest News, Our Blog

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Yesterday Tim Allan and Shaun Anderson, huntsman and whipper-in of the Buccleuch Hunt were cleared of charges brought under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act . The allegations which led to their prosecution were made by paid animal rights activists and have a lot more to do…

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Looking back at six fabulous Casting for Recovery retreats in 2018

| Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland, Events and Competitions, Fishing Groups, Foundation, Latest News, Our Blog, Press Release

We have had a busy year at Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland (CfR) – holding six retreats, at venues old and new. This brings our total to 48 retreats delivered since we launched. We are extremely grateful to the fly-fishing and medical volunteers who take time to ensure that the ladies enjoy their weekend…

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