April 08

News Archive 08

British Deer Society online auction

19.05.08 – The BDS Summer internet Auction is now on, with over 120 lots including private stalking, shooting and fishing, much of it unobtainable elsewhere. There are many other lots including sailing, sporting goods, antlers and mini-breaks. To view the lots follow this link »

DJ Litt in administration

12.05.08 – Newport gun dealer DJ Litt Ltd has gone into administration, leaving customers and suppliers across the country fearful of losing guns and cash. Speculation is rife that the company owes around £20 million.

Richard Hawes and Robin Allen of Deloitte were appointed joint administrators on Thursday 8 May and are seeking a buyer for the business. Treetops Shooting Ground, as an asset of Litts, is also up for sale. Richard said “The company is insolvent. We’ve been brought in to get control of the situation and deal with any claims that are outstanding.

“At the moment we’ve closed the doors for a full stock take so we can know what we’ve got. There are a lot of claims and it’s very complicated. We ask everyone who has an outstanding query to be patient as we’ve had 100s of calls, and every call needs to be looked into.”

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Litts had claimed on its website to be "by far the UK's largest sporting gun retailer. Our product range exceeds 2000 lines including the UK's largest stock of Browning and Perazzi rifles and shotguns. We are also the largest Beretta stockist in the UK... one in eight cartridges used in the UK is sold by Litt's."

Any customer or supplier of Litts who is owed money or goods should call the hotline on 0787 666 4035. Customers who have ordered a GMK gun through Litts are advised to contact GMK Ltd on 01489 579 999.

Alliance: green budget 'no comfort for the countryside' 12.03.08 – The Countryside Alliance has challenged the Chancellor on his plans to raise taxes on fuel in November, saying “this measure won’t be any fairer in November – we need a clear tax policy that does not discriminate against road users in rural communities”. Alliance boss Simon Hart commented: “Hiking already high taxes will have an adverse effect on rural communities who have poor public transport services and therefore rely heavily on private car use... Rural people are not after special favours, but they deserve a level playing field."


Shooters reassured over poultry register 07.03.08 – Defra minister Lord Rooker has said that he will be advising the secretary of state that the GB Poultry Register should be used only to help fight disease. Defra created the register in 2005 in its fight against bird flu with assurances that information would only be used for this sole purpose. But last November it issued a consultation on potential changes of “use of personal data held on the GB Poultry Register” including making it available to HM Revenue & Customs and to “facilitate mail shots from commercial companies”, raising serious concerns for shooters who have provided Defra with information for the register. The government has yet to publish its response to the consultation. More details here »Scottish Parliament will not ban snares 20.02.08 – The Scottish Environment minister Mike Russell has announced that the government will not ban animal snares. He told the Scottish Parliament that snares were vital to the control of animals such as foxes as part of Scotland’s £240 million shooting industry. In the face of strong opposition from animal welfare groups, he referred to British Veterinary Association statement that “in some circumstances, snaring might be the least inhumane method where control is necessary”. More details here »


Countryside Alliance 'more inspiring' than Blair24.01.08 – The Countryside Alliance has been declared the most "inspiring political personality" of the last ten years in the Channel 4 News political awards – beating other shortlisted candidates including Tony Blair and Ken Livingstone. More details here »Vote for Countryside Alliance in C4 poll

The Countryside Alliance has been short-listed for the 'Political Personality of the Decade' award at the Channel 4 Political Awards, to be held towards the end of January. The initial list was compiled from nominations from the general public, and Channel 4 executives compiled the shortlist, which comprises:

Tony BlairAlex SalmondKen LivingstonMartin McGuinness and Dr Ian PaisleyThe Countryside AllianceThe Iraq War March Coalition

Countryside Alliance boss Simon Hart says "This is a prestigious award and we are in interesting company! If we do well, then our campaigning effectiveness, especially in the context of repeal of the Hunting Act, will be greatly enhanced. If you think countryside interests should come out on top of those listed above, then please use your vote."

The competition is decided by public vote, details of which can be found here »

Bird flu strikes in Dorset

10.01.08 – Defra has confirmed today that three wild mute swans have been found with the H5N1 strain of bird flu at Abbotsbury Swannery, a sanctuary located nine miles from Weymouth, Dorset.A Wild Bird Control Area (3km) and Monitoring Area (10km) have been established around the premises. The shooting of birds has been banned in the 3km and 10km zones while an investigation is carried out. Deer stalking and the shooting of mammals for pest control purposes can continue.

For more info and updates, see the BASC website »

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