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Supporting Rural Communities and Businesses

The Scottish Countryside Alliance believes that all rural communities deserve vibrant local schools, busy community owned village halls, and new and growing business resources and services. We believe that Scotland’s communities can form a wealth of opportunity from the development of our vast natural resources and by fully exploiting the new opportunities that are emerging from the sustainable management of our environment, whether that is a growing forest estate or the expansion of local biomass energy generation from food or farm waste, create sustainable lifestyles for all ages within our rural landscape.

Supporting Shooting

Shooting does not face an outright ban – yet. However, we should never forget that shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love.

Supporting Hunting

The Scottish hunting community are rightly proud of their achievements. Having come through an all-encompassing campaign fighting to save the sport and in many cases livelihoods, they emerged from the fight on February 13, 2002, blooded but unbeaten. Ten years later, we must recognise and commend the resilience of hunting folk – the fact that we still have a form of fox hunting in Scotland is testament to the determination of the people involved.

Economics benefits to rural Scotland

There has long been a perception that angling for game and coarse fish is important to the Scottish economy. In August 2001 a report entitled Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, gave an in-depth economic analysis of the sector. reporting that angling is valuable to Scotland, and particularly to rural Scotland.

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Research shows hunting is irrelevant to Scottish voters

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

It is one of the great paradoxes of our age that as activists and the political classes become more and more obsessed with animal rights issues the public remains largely unmoved. Hunting, of course, remains the totemic issue but despite acres of press comment and social media posts our research, as well of that of others, consistently confirms that it is utterly irrelevant to the way people vote. This rejection of public priorities is fundamentally bad politics and nowhere is there a better example of that than in Scotland.

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The Hunt. A new Perspective

Monday, 1 January 2018

Crowds flock to market squares and village meets across Scotland on New Years day to demonstrate support for their local foxhound pack.
This annual spectacle is an opportunity for Scotland’s registered foxhound packs to thank all those who support them, from the farmers and landowners over whose land they operate, to their subscribers and the public, whose enthusiasm and support for mounted fox control shows no signs of waning.

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Aided and Abetted

Thursday, 2 November 2017

The RSPB aided and abetted by the BBC as they deploy the tactics of Animal Rights organisations in an attempt to mislead the public
The BBC allowed RSPBs Guy Shorrock to report figures taken from a collation of bird crime 'incidents' reported to RSPB as fact.

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HMICS launches online questionnaire about firearms licensing in Scotland

Friday, 20 October 2017

HMICS launches online questionnaire about firearms licensing in Scotland An online questionnaire has been launched by HMICS to allow members of the public who have applied in the last two years to Police Scotland for a firearm, shotgun or air weapon certificate to comment on the licensing process.

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National Trust Council election candidates

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Members of the National Trust have been invited to elect up to six candidates for the Council ahead of the AGM on 21st October.
The main responsibilities of the council are to appoint the Trust’s Chair and members of the Board of Trustees (the NT governing body) and to hold them to account.

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Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, Jamie Stewart writes: Celebrated author Mark Twain is attributed the saying “never let the truth stand in the way of a good story, unless you can’t think of anything better.” Not so celebrated journalist Peter Swindon seems to have taken inspiration from the latter part of the quote, or he has been completely duped by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS).

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Tail Shortening for Working Dogs

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) vote on the draft legislation to allow the tail shortening of Spaniel and HPR puppies that are likely to be used in connection with shooting.

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