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Christmas Office Closures 2021

As 2021 draws to a close it has been our pleasure to engage, help and support you our members and Countryside Alliance Ireland wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. Countryside Alliance Ireland will be closed for the Christmas holidays…

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New interim General Licenses and gulls are off the menu.

DEARA have now issued new interim General Licenses for taking pest birds in response to the legal challenge from Wild Justice. They are likley to remain in place until a full public consultation has taken place in early 2022 and the responces are considered. The new changes include the following.…

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MLAs vote against proposed ban on hunting with dogs

The proposed Bill to ban hunting with dogs in Northern Ireland has been defeated in the Stormont Assembly. The Private Members’ Bill, which was brought by Alliance MLA John Blair, will not now move to the committee stage. Countryside Alliance Ireland, which campaigned and lobbied against the bill, welcomed the…

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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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