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Charlie the rescue dog becomes the rescuer.

In 2004 Sam and Wendy Willoughby started the charity Gundog Rescue and Rehoming (GDR&R) with the aim of finding homes for unwanted gundogs of various breeds. For older dogs this may mean retirement homes but for younger dogs, homes where they will be able to meet the needs of the…

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Buying a puppy Paws for Thought

If you are thinking about  getting a dog, #PawsforThought and give it some proper consideration. Things to consider: Do you really know where your dog is coming from? Can you be sure that the dog isn’t from an illegal breeder or been stolen If you decide to get a dog,…

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Forest Service NI shooting leases 2021

CAI have been informed that an area will be offered by Forest Service NI for rough shooting for a three year lease. map26_2019ShootingGlenshane Interested parties should contact Patrick Irvine on 028 9335 2727 or by email p.irvine@jamcclelland.com A completed management plan/proposal (enclosed) must be completed and returned to J A…

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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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