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Jeremy Hunt offers chance to lift fox hunting ban

As the Tory leadership race hots up, contender Jeremy Hunt has offered MPs a free vote on living the ban on fox hunting in England and Wales if he becomes the next prime minister. Despite declining to say whether he

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Rural voters want change from next Prime Minister

A major survey of rural voters on the Conservative Party leadership contest has revealed deep frustration in rural areas. Over 3,000 people took part in the online survey between 7-17 June. This has been the only national survey of rural opinion on

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All the winners from the 2019 Countryside Alliance Awards

All the winners at the Countryside Alliance Awards 2019 The 2019 Countryside Alliance Awards, or the Rural Oscars as they are also known, are now in the books. Countryside Alliance said: “Over 17,000 of nominations have be submitted and the

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Petitions, politics and public pressure

The next big threat to field sports might not be rising costs or Draconian laws, but online petitions, says editor-in-chief Peter Carr If you haven’t seen it already, a rather disturbing news story has surfaced on the Countryside Alliance website.

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Everything you need to know about the general licence issues

In the wake of the news three of the general licenses in England, which permit the taking of pest bird species including pigeons, crows and magpies, was revoked last Thursday, here is everything you need to know about general licenses

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Final .50 cal ban attempt fails

The second sitting of the Lords report stage for the Offensive Weapons Bill appeared to put paid to plans to prohibit .50 calibre rifles for the final time. Labour’s Home Affairs spokesperson, Lord Kennedy, tabled an amendment that would restore

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Welsh setback for shooting

Shooting organisations have been dealt a blow in the battle to restore shooting on Welsh public land. BASC, the NGO and the Countryside Alliance were trying to mount a judicial review against the ban – but a judge has refused

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Politicians pledge to fix firearms licensing

Processes and costs for granting or renewing a firearms certificate could finally be standardised across the UK, after the government said it would publish a draft of statutory firearms licensing guidance this summer. In a House of Lords debate on

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More licensing pressure for government

Members of the House of Lords opted not to proceed with an amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill that would restore a ban on high-energy rifles (mostly those of .50 calibre), which had previously been removed from the text of

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Chances and challenges in 2019

Leading policy-makers in the field sports world are warning that 2019 could be a tough year for shooters, with the ever- existent threat of further legal restrictions compounded by Brexit

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