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Ministry of Defence clarifies position on hunting

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Ministry of Defence has this week issued a clarification, which reads: “In response to representations, MOD has today (3rd March) clarified that its existing policy allows all categories of exempt hunting under the Hunting Act 2004 to be carried out on the defence estate. The 2004 Act bans hunting wild animals with dogs but…

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“Cameron …….in pledge to lift the hunting ban”

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Friday 6th March the Western Morning News reported on a piece by the Prime Minister which features in our forthcoming spring magazine. The PM writes: “The Hunting Act has done nothing for animal welfare. A Conservative Government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government…

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The hunting season draws to a close

| Campaigns, Hunting

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: “As the weather warms up and the hunting season comes to an end, the future looks bright and hunting is in good heart. Certainly a glance at the media recently has reflected this. The tenth anniversary of the implementation of the Hunting Act across England and Wales saw…

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The Spectator: “Ten years after the ban, why are there still hunt saboteurs?”

| Campaigns, Hunting

Spectator journalist Camilla Swift has spoken to our animal welfare consultant, Jim Barrington, about the hunting debate and wildlife management. In “Ten years after the ban, why are there still hunt saboteurs?” Camilla writes “It’s clearly not about animal welfare. But then it never was”.  Jim’s journey from Director of the League Against Cruel Sports…

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Georgie Archer’s Golden Valley closing meet report

| Campaigns, Hunting

Countryside Alliance hunting correspondent, Georgie Archer, recounts the closing meet of her local pack, the Golden Valley Hunt (GVH): The 2014/15 hunting season had been good – I have managed to get out more than ever before and have been lucky enough to ride with friends in breathtakingly beautiful countryside, in some glorious (and some…

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The EU sets its sights on shooting

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: You may not know, nor think you care, who Cecilia Malmström is, but I am afraid she is about to become a part of your life if you hold a firearms licence. Ms Malmström is the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs and the issue of firearms licensing is firmly…

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The police and sharing shotgun licence information

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

A very interesting article was published on the Modern Gamekeeping website last week, based on our research into information sharing agreements between the police and other bodies, including the RSPCA (http://www.moderngamekeeping.com/viewpoint/sensitive-information/). We reproduce it below for your interest. Sensitive Information, Posted on January 13, 2014 by Nicola Turner. There are few things most Modern Gamekeeping readers value more…

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Code of Good Shooting Practice website

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Everyone who shoots will be aware of The Code of Good Shooting Practice, an accessible guide which is endorsed by leading sporting agents and game farmers, and organisations including the Countryside Alliance. The Code now has its own website, which you can access at www.codeofgoodshootingpractice.org.uk. Hard copies are available from the Countryside Alliance – email…

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