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Shooting groups unite to condemn law-breaking shoots

Countryside organisations have condemned inland shoots that are breaking the law by using lead shot for wildfowl, and have appealed to DEFRA to help identify and prosecute those responsible. Representatives from eight groups, including BASC and the Countryside Alliance, signed a letter to DEFRA secretary of state Elizabeth Truss MP. Some inland…

Warning by Scottish Land & Estates over Land Reform Bill

Mr Johnstone commented: “The Land Reform Bill, as it stands, will have far-reaching and detrimental consequences for land-based businesses across Scotland, which employ many thousands of people and make a major social, economic and environmental contribution to rural communities.” He also raised concerns about “any attempt to make the Bill even more…

Men deerstalking

Why land reform risks wiping out Scotland’s deer

Scotland’s Parliament has the devolved power to deal with land reform and land ownership, with the path to reform inevitable. But are the current proposals — which include the ending of tax relief for sporting estates and forced sales if owners block economic development — the best way forward for…

Labour promise to “reduce animal cruelty on shooting estates”

Labour promise to “reduce animal cruelty on shooting estates”

Party leader Ed Miliband said: “Our Labour values tell us that we have a moral duty to treat the animals we share our planet with in a humane and compassionate way. No other major political party has such a proven track record of decisive action for animals at home, on…

New Rural Business Awards launched

Rural marketing company Be Rural has launched a set of awards to celebrate excellence in rural enterprise. Nominations for the Rural Business Awards opened on 9 February and will close on 24 April. The awards, which are supported by the CLA and sponsored by Sturgess Motor Group, will be presented at…