The Countryside Alliance fought a long and successful campaign to expose the damage the Hunting Act 2004 would do to the rural economy, traditions and local communities without any evidence to justify it on grounds of animal welfare.
Our campaign has guaranteed that although the Hunting Act came into force on 17th February 2005 it is now widely acknowledged to be bad law. It is no accident that the law has been exposed for what it is: bad for the rural economy, bad for rural communities, bad for animal welfare and a waste of police resources.
Thanks to our determined efforts working with hunts the vast majority have managed to adapt to the legislation whilst continuing to offer a legal wildlife management service and retain the support necessary to sustain the infrastructure of hunting and the jobs that go with it.
There have been only a handful of successful convictions under the Hunting Act involving hunts. Over 97% of convictions under the Act relate to casual hunting or ‘poaching’. However, it cannot be right that a large section of law-abiding citizens continue to be targeted by animal rights groups and forced live in fear of malicious prosecution. The Countryside Alliance continues to oppose the Hunting Act and promote legal hunting for all the benefits to individuals, the environment and the rural economy that it brings.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Mrs Austen, teacher at The Elms School, Malvern, updates us on the school's hunting activities: We had a total of 52 different children aged from 6 -13 out hunting last season. We hunted on on 16 days with the Ledbury in groups and had three visiting days - the Heythrop, the Croome and West Warwickshire and the South Herefordshire. We had the whole gang out at our own Ledbury meet at the school. We have just had our own Puppy Show at the Ledbury kennels - a practice one for real one - and a barbecue at which 11 children were presented with their hunting colours - maroon CA ties, the Master's special award for the most helpful child this season - Finlay Davison - and 13 glass tumblers for this year's tumblers!Read more
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
The Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management (VAWM) commissioned a new book, The Facts of Rural Life, to address a number of concerns it has on the management of wildlife in the countryside. The book is now available for £10 and addresses concerns such as:Read more
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
The Countryside Alliance has launched a new e-lobby as part of its campaign for repeal of the Hunting Act 2004. Take part here and share widely. Members and supporters are encouraged to take part in the e-lobby, reminding Conservative MPs that a vote on repeal was a manifesto commitment while urging MPs of other parties to support repeal of this failed Act. The e-lobby can be found here.Read more
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner writes about Caffe Nero and the badger cull: The Caffe Nero debacle could prove to be an important watershed in the public perception of the animal rights movement and its bullying tactics. After threats of a boycott by a small (and in some cases unpleasant…) cell of extremists, the coffee chain announced it would no longer serve milk from farms within the badger cull trial areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset.Read more
Sunday, 1 March 2015
Even though anti-hunt activists are very small in number, if you are targeted it can be a frightening and unpleasant experience. With the explosion of social media such as Facebook and Twitter has come the rise of internet bullying and therefore this advice maybe useful for anyone experiencing such action.Read more
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Our bespoke metal badge was launched in February to mark ten years since the enforcement of the Hunting Act (18th February 2015.) This badge is a celebration of hunting and signifies the strength of this great tradition that will hopefully continue to thrive for many more years to come. You can buy your badge here, priced £5.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes about our campaign to unmask the animal rights extremists: In January this year Mike Lane, Master and Huntsman of the Tedworth Hunt in Wiltshire, was hospitalised by anti-hunt thugs who beat him with metal bars and chains. Despite massive publicity and a national outcry from far beyond the hunting community, nobody has been charged with this violent assault because his attackers were wearing face coverings.Read more
Monday, 15 June 2015
Readers of The Field will have seen a feature in the July issue about a new hunt country map, commissioned by the Countryside Alliance as a piece of sporting art by talented young artist George Butler. The poster is currently in production so please keep an eye on this website for details. The map will be on-sale on our stand at the CLA Game Fair at Harewood House nr Leeds in late July.
Thursday, 28 May 2015
Fieldsports Magazine is recruiting a new contributor to write about hunting. The magazine asks: Do you eat, sleep and breathe hunting? Would you like to write about hunting for the UK's finest country sports journal? Well, this is your chance to join Fieldsports Magazine's team of esteemed contributors. We are looking for a writer who can produce well informed, exciting and entertaining hunting articles for our discerning readership. Think you could be that person? Then get in touch with our editor, Marcus Janssen at firstname.lastname@example.org