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Blair gives presentation to AERA Commitee but can he tell the truth?

Blairs prejudice knows no bounds and from the outset of his presentation to the Agriculture Enterprise and Rural Affairs (AERA) Committee he made his own opinions clear, with his dislike for hunting and especially that of terrier work. His comments clearly show he will not accept the evidence and this…

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CAI respond to DOJ review of the number of firearms an RFD can hold

Outlined in our response to the Department of Justice survey, is that the number of firearms a dealer can hold should be dependent on the security arrangements of the dealer and their ability to store the firearms safely. Currently we only have two categories of Registered Firearms Dealer (RFDs) in Northern Ireland.…

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Fieldsports Training Ireland DSC1 course 5th February 2022

With no natural predators, the UK deer population is believed to be at its highest for 1,000 years and with an increasing population and range of wild deer throughout Ireland, deer management has never been more important. Deer are estimated to cause more than £8.8 million of damage annually to…

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All poultry and captive birds no matter how few must now be kept in secure housing

The Republic of Ireland (ROI) has confirmed Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in samples from a commercial housed turkey flock in County Monaghan. As a consequence disease control restriction zones have been put in place around the infected premises. In addition, authorities have announced the introduction of a housing…

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Avian Influenza: UK government implements bird flu prevention zone to stop the spread of diseas

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared across Great Britain from 5pm on 3 November 2021. The AIPZ means all bird keepers in Great Britain (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range…

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Avian Influenza Prevention Zone introduced in Northern Ireland

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) will be introduced in Northern Ireland (NI) from midnight on 17 November, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots, MLA, has confirmed. Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA The AIPZ places a legal requirement on all bird keepers in Northern Ireland to follow strict…

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Bill could criminalise every dog owner in Northern Ireland

A Bill seeking to ban hunting in Northern Ireland has been branded ‘breathtakingly stupid’ for including a clause which would criminalise owners whose dog chases for example a rabbit or squirrel. John Blair MLA of the Alliance Party, introduced his Hunting of Wild Mammals Bill into the Northern Ireland Assembly…

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Guntrader security breach

The Guntrader security breach on the 21st July saw the theft of over 100,000 user’s data, dating between 2016 and 17 July this year. The database contains names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, user geolocation data, and more including passwords. It is a severe breach of privacy not only for…

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Public urged to take all steps possible to prevent wildfires

Wildfires have the capability to devastate farmland, wildlife and protected habitats, as well as the lives of people living and working in rural communities. The risk at springtime is particularly prevalent as dead vegetation left over from the winter, higher temperatures and lower humidity levels can come together with deadly…

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Minister Poots confirms delay to pet travel checks

As restrictions continue to ease and we feel more confident to move around freely, people are starting to look to the summer and book travel across to Britain visiting family and friends or booking their next country sports trip or event. With that in mind CAI welcomes the announcement from…

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