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The Countryside Alliance fought a long and successful campaign to expose the damage the Act 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.

 

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Win a magnum of Pol Roger Champagne in our Tumblers' Club Competition - new for the 2014/15 season!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

In conjunction with the new 2014/15 hunting season The Countryside Alliance, generously supported by Pol Roger Champagne are running a new competition. We would like you to send in your photographs (open to amateurs only) of the most humorous tumble that you manage to capture on camera this season, to celebrate the brave souls that go hunting and the trusty steeds that carry them.

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Countryside Alliance criticises CPS for "inexplicable" charges against huntsman

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the confirmation from the CPS today (10 September) that all charges relating to members of Cumbria’s Melbreak hunt have been dropped.
Huntsman Edward Liddle had been charged under the Hunting Act and Dangerous Dogs Act after witnesses alleged that illegal hunting took place in Buttermere, Cumbria on 9 March.
Countryside Alliance director of campaigns Tim Bonner said: “Mr Liddle and the Melbreak cooperated fully with the police inquiries from the start and there was never any evidence that Mr Liddle had been in breach of either act, therefore we were surprised when Cumbria Constabulary chose to pursue their inquiries. It was even more inexplicable when the CPS then chose to bring charges against Mr Liddle.

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Pre-hunting courses in Gloucestershire in September & October - book now

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Simon Lawrance MFH is offering pre-hunting courses at the Calmsden Cross Country Course at Ampney Down Farm on 28th September, 17th & 31st October, ahead of the 2014 season. Simon has been based in the Chipping Norton area of Oxfordshire for 25 years. He has produced and evented horses up to CCI 4 star level, having completed Badminton and Burghley on several occasions. He is a very well established name in Eventing and hunting circles. Simon has trained with Emile Faurie, Lars Sederholm, Yogi Breisner and Ginny Elliot, and is a member of the British Eventing Coach Programme. He has trained all levels of riders for many years, and is a British Eventing accredited UKCC level 3 (eventing specific) trainer, and under 18 Coach for the Central Region. Simon has been fieldmaster for the Heythrop Hunt since 2002, and Joint Master of Hounds since 2006. Read on for booking details.

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Find out what your hunt is doing for Hunting Newcomers Week

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

With Autumn upon us maybe you are looking for new things to try with your horse to banish those end of summer blues, so why not give hunting a go? If you think it looks like fun and would like to try it then our Hunting Newcomers Week running from 18th - 25th October could be the perfect place for you to start. You do not need any special kit or clothes to take part and will be guided by an experienced hunt follower who will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

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The how, what, when & what of hunting - download our guide

Monday, 8 September 2014

As part of our commitment to hunting and promoting its benefits, we have published a guide to a day in the hunting field which aims to de-mystify your day and help you enjoy it more. Questions such as "Can I still go hunting if I don't have a horse?" and "What should I wear?" are covered. 

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Jim Barrington blogs on "Controversial Conservation" debate at the Royal Society

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington has written a new blog following the World Land Trust debate at the Royal Society in London on Tuesday evening. Jim had been invited to speak but writes that, following a phone call from the organisers ahead of the event, "I felt that I was being told what I could and couldn’t say and I reluctantly withdrew from the event." Read Jim's blog as he explains what happened and publishes the speech he would have delivered.

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The Masters of the Oakley invite you to a ride from Kennels, 19th October

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

19th October - The Masters of the Oakley Hunt extend an invite to those keen to come on  a ride with hounds from the Kennels at Melchbourne in Bedfordshire - read on for more information.

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Saboteur charged with assault and harassment of hunt employee

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

An anti-fox hunting activist, who targets the Flint and Denbigh hunt has been charged with aggravated trespass, assault and harassment of a hunt employee. She has also been given a restraining order, forbidding her from contacting the man.
The charges relate to an incident on 28 January and footage that Rhyl-based Judi Hewitt took and posted onto YouTube of the hunt’s countryman Rob Smith using a terrier to flush a fox from underground to a waiting gun, in accordance with the Hunting Act. She can be heard screaming and trying to stop Mr Smith from doing his job. She is also alleged to have made threats against Mr Smith on social media.

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Hunting Newcomers Week 18-25 October

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

CALLING ALL HUNTS! With the harvest underway and many hunts starting mounted hound exercise, it will not be long before Autumn Hunting and Opening Meets are upon us. This is a timely reminder that we will be running our annual Newcomers Week from the 18th - 25th October and therefore we are encouraging as many hunts as possible to organise a meet and/or event during that week, specifically tailored for those people that are new to hunting.

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Thanks to the Four Burrow for £10,000 donation

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A massive thanks to the Four Burrow Hunt for this cheque for £10,531 - that's 50% of the proceeds of the Cornwall Auction of Promises. The cheque was presented to Barney White-Spunner at the Puppy Show on Sunday 27th July. An incredible amount and very much appreciated. Thanks to everyone who donated to and bid in the auction and all the best to the Four Burrow for the season.

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