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Temperary General Licenses extended

Following the full public consultation earlier this year for taking pest birds brought about by the legal challenge from Wild Justice. DEARA have now taken the decision to extend the interim General Licenses until October 2022 This decision to extend the current temporary General License CAI understand is to allow…

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Statement by Minister Noonan on Hunting Licences for Game and Open Seasons Order 2022

Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan, a self-declared “animal rights activist” has made the following statement in respect of a consultation to determine the future of open season orders. The Open Season for wild bird hunting will open on 1 September 2022. Considerable work has been undertaken by National…

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Fly-tipping ‘scourge of the countryside’ amid Council Strikes

The Countryside Alliance Ireland is concerned about the impact of excess rubbish generated as strike action at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Brough Council continues. This will have adverse effects on rural areas, which are likely to fall victim to fly-tippers as households have no means to dispose of their rubbish.…

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New campaign to help combat puppy smuggling

A new drive to help crack down on puppy smuggling has been launched by Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots, during a visit to the Stena Line Terminal at Belfast Harbour. It is part of the wider ’Paws for Thought” campaign which aims to disrupt the trafficking…

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Rural crime continues to fall in Northern Ireland

The cost of rural crime has continued to decrease in Northern Ireland following a sharp drop at the beginning of the pandemic. The 2022 Rural Crime Report revealed rural theft cost Northern Ireland an estimated £1.7m in 2021, down from £2.1m in 2021. The Northern Ireland reduction is greater than…

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Northern Ireland Police Service declares Firearms and Explosives Branch “critical incident”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has declared a “critical incident” due to protracted backlogs of applications within its firearms licensing department.   A critical incident is defined as “Any incident where the effectiveness of the police response is likely to have a significant impact on the confidence of the…

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ROI shooting organisations come together and challenge Minister James Brown TD

FIREARMS USERS REPRESENTATIVE GROUP (FURG) OPPOSE STRUCTURE AND MAKE-UP OF NEW FIREARMS EXPERT COMMITTEE    FURG Member Organisations consist of: National Association of Regional Game Councils, FACE Ireland (representing 14 fieldsports organisations), Irish Deer Society, Irish Deer Commission, Wild Deer Association of Ireland, Deer Alliance HCAP, Countryside Alliance (Ireland), Country…

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All the fun of the Game Fair

Thank you so much to everyone who joined, renewed or visited us even for a chat or just to say hello at the Game Fair over the weekend. It was once again our privilege to sponsor Gundog Rescue and Rehoming, to present Jonathan Buckley MLA with a CAI walking stick…

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NIEA launch consultation on General Licences to control pest birds following Wild Justice’s legal challenge

As you will be aware, just before Christmas 2021, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) unfortunately had to issue interim General Licences in response to the threat of legal action from Wild Justice. The subsequent public consultation has been launched today. We feel the Department made the right call and the…

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County Down Hounds Dog Show 2022

Following on from the success of last year dog show the County Down Hounds are pleased to announce they will be running their annual dog show on Saturday 18th June 2022.   Show classes include Terrier, Lurcher, Whippet, Strong Dog and Hound. There is something for all the family with…

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