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Stuart Farr takes a look at the new general licences

Stuart Farr turns ‘mythbuster’ to challenge the ongoing ramifications of changes to general licensing. As news reaches our shores that Australia’s beloved national symbol, the Koala, is now on the verge of being “functionally extinct”, one might be tempted to

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Treason and Plot

Remember, remember. The fifth of November marks the anniversary of the infamous gunpowder plot. The tale of sabotage is a cornerstone of British history; but not enough to deter the latest wave of demonstrators from their attempts to destroy another

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Harrier Boost On Moors

Hen Harriers and grouse shooting can co-exist – thats the message from the latest harrier breeding figures, which undermines antis’ claims that moors are a hotbed of illegal killing. Two years after the RSPB pulled out of supporting the six-point

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Badger culls to quadruple

A new DEFRA ruling will see a significant expansion in trial measures to control bovine tuberculosis

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UK will not ban lead, says insider

Insider sources have suggested that DEFRA is likely to rule in favour of lead shot and reject the Lead Ammunition Group’s calls for a phase-out of lead-based ammunition. No official response has been made to the LAG report, but the

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Oxford lead report “distorted”

The UK’s major shooting organisations have spoken out against a report published by the University of Oxford, which claims that 100,000 wetland birds are killed annually by lead poisoning and recommends a complete ban of all lead ammunition – with

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Government defends grouse shooting

The government has defended the environmental and economic benefits of driven grouse shooting. It responded to a petition started by Mark Avery to ban grouse shooting, which has garnered over 20,000 signatures via petition.parliament.uk. The government’s response has made clear that

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LAG letter confirms anti-lead conclusion

A letter from Lead Ammunition Group chairman John Swift to DEFRA secretary of state Liz Truss has confirmed the conclusion of the group’s final report – and provoked heavy criticism from leading shooting organisations. The letter, dated 3 June 2015,

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DEFRA stays silent on LAG controversy

The shooting industry has been left waiting to hear the verdict on the future of lead shot, after the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs resisted calls to publish the Lead Ammunition Group’s final report. The LAG, chaired

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‘Second report’ crushes LAG credibility

Ex-members of the LAG team up to deliver alternative report to DEFRA

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