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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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Scottish fox hunting law can be improved with minor amendments

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Much has been made in the press of the Police Scotland response to the Scottish Government appointed review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. 
Police Scotland has confirmed that on occasion it has been unable to establish the high threshold of evidence required to prove and, ultimately, report cases to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. However what has not been reported is their further comment that the law is fit for purpose and significant improvements could be made to it without the need for considerable change to the legislation.

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Countryside Alliance and Moorland Association make case for grouse moor management

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

On the 18th October, the Countryside Alliance and the Moorland Association gave evidence at a Parliamentary inquiry into grouse shooting and grouse moor management.
MPs on the Petitions Committee and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee heard experts give evidence on grouse shooting before they debate a petition in Parliament’s secondary chamber, Westminster Hall, on the 31st October. The oral evidence session and debate are in response to a petition, launched by Dr Mark Avery, calling for driven grouse shooting to be banned. Due to the petition reaching over 100,000 signatures it has been allocated parliamentary time for a debate. However, due to a surge in support for a counter-petition supporting grouse shooting the debate will not now be on banning driven grouse shooting, but on grouse shooting in general.

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Scottish Countryside Alliance response to the Government’s announcement on tail docking

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) is pleased that legislation will be changed in Scotland to allow the docking of the tails of working spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies, on welfare grounds.
 SCA director Jamie Stewart said: “We welcome this decision and the releasing of the analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the proposal.
 “An overwhelming majority, ninety two percent (92%), of respondents to the consultation agreed that vets in Scotland should be allowed to dock the tails of spaniel and hunt point retriever puppies if they believe on the evidence presented to them that they are likely to be used for working in future and that the pain of docking is outweighed by the possible avoidance of more serious injuries in later life.  

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2017 Scottish Rural Awards launch at Holyrood

Friday, 9 September 2016

Nominations for the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards have officially launched at the Scottish Parliament.
Marking the opening of nominations at a reception at Holyrood yesterday (Thursday 8 September), Rachael Hamilton MSP, Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Tourism and Small Business, hailed the Scottish Rural Awards as a great boost to Scottish rural enterprise.
Addressing MSPs on their first week back in Parliament after the summer recess, Rachael Hamilton said: “I am honoured to be hosting tonight's Parliamentary reception on behalf of the Scottish Countryside Alliance and the Scottish Field to mark the launch of the Scottish Rural Awards 2017. It is with delight that we encourage the opportunity to acknowledge creative and innovative people, business, ideas and achievements.

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SCA joins call for information on missing Golden Eagles

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Media reports surrounding the disappearance of eight of Scotland’s majestic golden eagles have raised concerns of illegal activity, although these are unconfirmed. The Scottish Countryside Alliance, which represents shooting and conservation interests, will work with Police Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and other interested parties to stamp out any illegal persecution and is clear that finger pointing at the shooting community, based on no evidence, must be resisted.

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Environment Secretary sets out priorities

Thursday, 2 June 2016

A number of priorities to protect Scotland’s natural environment have been outlined by the Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.
Speaking in a Parliamentary debate, Ms Cunningham highlighted key actions she will take, including:
Review wildlife crime prevention Consult on a public register of controlling interests in land in early summer Establish more ambitious climate change targets Establish the Scottish Land Commission by 1 April, 2017

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Campaign raises awareness of air weapons licensing scheme

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the new air weapons legislation that aims to improve public safety and reduce gun crime in Scotland.  Anybody who wants to use or own an air weapon will be able to apply to Police Scotland for an air weapon certificate, or a permit in some circumstances, from 1 July 2016. This gives users six months to get a certificate before new rules tightening access to air weapons, introduced in the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, come into  effect from 31 December 2016.

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