CAI full statement to ITV News.

Having seen just how far Mr Blair’s public consultation has been promoted through paid advertising around the world, questions and concerns are already being raised by the public as to how the views of the people of Northern Ireland can be distinguished from the rest of the world. When challenged…

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NI’s largest farming organisation launches blistering attack on proposed bill to ban hunting with dogs

NI Assembly Member, John Blair, has been accused of misleading the public over his proposed private members bill (PMB) to ban hunting with dogs, after his claim to have strong support from farmers has been challenged by Northern Ireland’s largest farming union the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). In a hard-hitting…

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CAI respond to Private Members Bill to Ban Hunting of Wild Mammals with Dogs

Countryside Alliance Ireland has written to John Blair and the Northern Ireland Assembly Speaker, in response to the proposed Private Members Bill and surveymonkey public consultation process which we have published below for members to view. A copy of the letter to John Blair can be found here or by…

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John Blair clearly rattled by CAI e-lobby

Mr Blair has clearly been rattled by the country sports communities participation in CAIs e-lobby, so much so we are aware he emailed his MLA colleagues across Stormont claiming he only wants to “ban hunting with dogs for the kill”…. but is this the case? We can only presume John…

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Transporting equines from GB to NI

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has advised owners of equines to become familiar with new regulations for transporting live animals from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Following the end of the EU-UK transition period on 31 December 2020, under the requirements of the Northern Ireland Protocol,…

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Lead ammunition update and NI Protocol

Countryside Alliance Ireland understands that in the context of Brexit, it appears that the REACH Regulation continues to apply to Northern Ireland. This is because Art 5.4 of the ‘Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland’ included in the EU-UK agreement stipulates that the ‘provisions of Union law listed in Annex 2 to…

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Pet passport grace period has now been extended until July.

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots said: “After working with my officials over the past number of weeks to seek potential flexibilities, I can confirm that they will extend the current education phase to 1 July, to allow pet owners time to familiarise themselves with the new rules. “Routine checks will not…

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Challenge to Hunting with Dogs in Northern Ireland

On 26th December, the Alliance Party representative, Mr John Blair MLA signalled his intention to introduced a Private Member’s Bill with the aim to ban hunting of wild mammals with dogs in Northern Ireland. This is a misguided attack by the Alliance Party on Northern Ireland’s rural way of life.…

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Rough shooting, wildfowling and deer stalking can continue

Rough shooting, wildfowling and deer stalking allowed under daily exercise. CAI had received a large number of calls form members confused and seeking clarity on the matter. We had written to local MLAs and MPs on behalf of you our members calling for guidance on the matter and that country…

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Clarity needed for country sports during lockdown

CAI welcome and fully support last weeks announcement from the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs that he has once again permitted angling can continue and the angling estate remains open during this lockdown period. However there is still clarity needed in regard to other country sports following the new…

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