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Game Chef of the Year 2014 is crowned

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

Congratulations to Tom Van Zeller, of Van Zeller Restaurants in Harrogate,, who was this week crowned Game Chef of the Year in a prestigious competition which concluded a four month search for the UK’s best game chef. Daniel Bland of The Wheatsheaf Inn, Doddington and Jonathan Cook of Greywall’s Hotel in Edinburgh were both runners up…

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FACE: EC aims at wrong target

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

FACE press release: Instead of focusing on illegal activities with firearms and making full use of existing EU rules on legal firearms, the European Commission plans a full review of these rules. The Commission argues that this change is needed since “legally owned weapons in the EU continue to feed the illegal market” and attempts…

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Firearms licensing – don’t delay

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

If you shoot with a shotgun, stalk with a rifle or just control pests, your firearm and shotgun certificates are fundamental to your sport. The Alliance works closely with police forces up and down the country to ensure that your certificate renewal is processed promptly, properly and fairly and most licensing departments do their very…

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Natural England’s consultation on General & Class Licences

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the opportunity to comment on the General & Class licences consultation launched this week by Natural England. However, we have grave concerns regarding some of the proposals contained within the consultation and the adverse impact this would have for farmers, gamekeepers and others undertaking essential pest control and wildlife management.  While…

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Ensuring the continued use of Asulam

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

This story first appeared on this website in February 2013 and gains further relevance by the granting of Emergency Authorisation in mid-May 2014 to ensure Asulam’s use for the year: The Countryside Alliance has welcomed The Chemicals Regulation Directorate’s announcement this week that Emergency Authorisation for the continued use of Asulam for bracken control in…

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Firearms licensing – fees are back in the news

| Campaigns, Shooting and Conservation

A story has appeared in today’s Guardian entitled “David Cameron blasted over shotgun licence fees veto”. The story reports: “Home Office Minister Norman Baker, who has responsibilities for shotgun certificates, said he has been frustrated by the decision to block plans to raise the cost of gun licences, forcing police services to find more than £17m from their…

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