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Hunting

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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"Cameron refuses to dodge the difficult rural issues, in pledge to lift the hunting ban"

Friday, 6 March 2015

On Friday 6th March the Western Morning News reported on a piece by the Prime Minister which features in our forthcoming spring magazine. The PM writes: “The Hunting Act has done nothing for animal welfare. A Conservative Government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government Bill in government time.” Read the Western Morning News' article, "Cameron refuses to dodge the difficult rural issues, in pledge to lift the hunting ban" here.

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Ministry of Defence clarifies position on hunting

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The Ministry of Defence has this week issued a clarification, which reads: "In response to representations, MOD has today (3rd March) clarified that its existing policy allows all categories of exempt hunting under the Hunting Act 2004 to be carried out on the defence estate. The 2004 Act bans hunting wild animals with dogs but does provide a number of exemptions, referred to as exempt hunting, for a variety of purposes." Read more here.

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Lobby your parliamentary candidates - do they support repeal of the Hunting Act?

Monday, 2 March 2015

The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: "Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto and ask you whether you are supportive of the Alliance's manifesto and its campaigns." Please let us know the feedback you get from your candidates - contact james-legge@countryside-alliance.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto, which includes a section on wildlife management, here.

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10 - 13 March - Cheltenham Festival

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The 2015 Cheltenham Festival will be held from Tuesday 10th until Friday 13th March. 
10th March is Champion Day - more here. 11th March is Ladies Day - more here. 12th March is St Patrick's Thursday - more here. 13th March is Gold Cup Day - more here. Follow the Festival on Twitter @CheltenhamNews and use the hashtage #CheltenhamFestival

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On the tenth anniversary of the Hunting Act - buy your "Still here, still hunting"badge

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

We have launched a new bespoke metal badge to mark ten years since the enforcement of the Hunting Act  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. The tenth anniversary of enforcement is 18th February so please buy one and wear it with pride on the day.

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Patrick Martin's final season as Huntsman to the Bicester

Monday, 3 November 2014

Patrick Martin has decided to hang up his boots as Professional Huntsman of the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase after 23 great seasons (1992-2015): according to the latest MFHA records he is the sixth longest serving huntsman currently hunting hounds. He is pictured here at his final Opening Meet as Huntsman. A testimonial fund has been set up for Patrick - read on for more.

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What to do if you or your business is targeted by anti-hunt activists

Thursday, 13 March 2014

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.

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Jim Barrington's film: "Foxhunting: cruel sport or natural chase?"

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Jim Barrington, our animal welfare consultant, presents a film on hunting which should be prescribed viewing for those on both side of the argument.. The film, entitled "Foxhunting: cruel sport or natural chase," sees Jim present the case for hunting in a calm, factual manner, beginning by observing that despite the Hunting Act "this is an issue that has not been resolved".

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Thank you for helping us try to unmask the hunt saboteurs

Friday, 20 February 2015

Thank-you to the thousands of you who took the time to sign up to our recent e-campaign on unmasking hunt saboteurs. We have now closed the e-campaign, which was a huge success. We will continue to communicate with Police & Crime Commissioners on this important subject, hoping to simplify the current rules. We would ask you to forward any correspondence you receive from your Police & Crime Commissioner, Chief Constable or Member of Parliament, to us at news@countryside-alliance.org. We will of course keep you posted on developments.

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Jim Barrington blogs on Labour's new animal welfare pledge

Friday, 20 February 2015

Our animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington was busy on 18th February, taking part in dozens of broadcast interviews about the 10th anniversary of the enforcement of the Hunting Act. Jim's calm and logical approach to animal welfare is always worth listening to or, in the case of this new blog post, reading. In "A curate's egg from Labour" Jim examines the Labour Party's newly launched pledge on animal welfare, finding a few things to like but others, like defending the Hunting Act, to dislike. Jim writes: "this document concentrates more on attacking activities Labour thinks are unpopular with the public. It’s clearly more about attracting votes than improving animal welfare." Read the full post here.

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