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Wooler report vindicates Countryside Alliance’s concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the arrival of the long-awaited report into the RSPCA’s prosecution strategy by Stephen Wooler, former CPS chief inspector. The report was commissioned in December 2013. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “Stephen Wooler’s report vindicates our position and accepts nearly every concern that we raised in relation…

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Much Wenlock girl to run half-marathon in memory of brother

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SHROPSHIRE girl Jess Jones, whose family farms in Brockton, Much Wenlock is tackling her first half-marathon on Sunday, in memory of her 18-year-old brother Hugh, who died in a farming accident in December 2011. Jess, 26, who currently lives in Rhossili on the Gower Penninsula in Wales with her fiance, will run the Cardiff half-marathon…

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Moorland management vital to this environmental asset, says Countryside Alliance

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Heather burning is an important tool of moorland management the Countryside Alliance has said, following a report that suggested the practice might contribute to global warming. The research from Leeds University, entitled the EMBER report (http://www.wateratleeds.org/ember/), suggested that heather burning on moorland, has negative impacts on peat hydrology, peat chemistry and physical properties, river water…

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Go wild for game this season!

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Eating game is cheap, it’s healthy, it benefits the countryside, and it is in season now. What’s not to like, asks the Countryside Alliance? The number one benefit of eating game is its healthiness. Research carried out by Leatherhead Food International1 shows how game compares very favourably with other red and white meats.  Venison is…

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London Wine Auction Dinner raises £185,000 for Countryside Alliance

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The Countryside Alliance’s London Wine Auction Dinner last night (8 October) at the Victoria and Albert Museum was another record-breaking event, raising around £185,000 for the Alliance. Three hundred guests tucked into a sumptuous meal, sponsored by Roxtons Field Sports, that included seared scallops, fillet of venison and a Fortnum & Mason cheese selection accompanied…

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‘Unjustified’ ACPO plans will alienate shooting community, says Countryside Alliance

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A campaign announced today by the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) asking people to report signs of radicalisation, extremism and vulnerability to terrorism among firearms licence holders has been described as “unjustified and ill-judged” by the Countryside Alliance. ACPO has also asked police forces to carry out random unannounced security checks on gun owners. …

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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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