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Hunting

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.

 

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Take action - lobby your MP on the Hunting Act

Friday, 22 May 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.

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Simon Hart MP in The Spectator on animal rights as a failed electoral issue

Thursday, 14 May 2015

On Thursday 14th May Simon Hart MP, former Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, wrote a piece for The Spectator's Coffee House blog entitled: "Pandering to animal rights extremists will get MPs rejected, not elected. " In the article Simon wrote:" In 2015 Labour’s policy offer to the countryside was little more than a series of threats about everything from gun ownership to badger culling and extraordinarily the Liberal Democrats, despite having many sensible MPs in rural areas, also managed to exude indifference towards the countryside at a national level. As a Conservative MP I should probably stop now and leave both parties to stew in the mire they have created, but there is a bigger issue here about countryside ‘representation’. What these results tell us politicians (of all parties) is that the notion that we have to endorse the animal rights agenda to be successful has now been thoroughly tested, and completely failed." Read the article in full here.

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League Against Cruel Sports CEO Joe Duckworth steps down

Thursday, 14 May 2015

The League Against Cruel Sports have announced that Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of four years standing, has left the organisation and that Rachel Newman, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations for the League Against Cruel Sports is interim successor. The League announces that "Mr Duckworth has moved on to pursue more hands-on roles in animal welfare." We will keep you posted. 

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Campaign win on Welsh dog breeding guidance

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The Countryside Alliance has ensured the particular way working dogs are kept is recognised in new guidance for local authorities granting licences under new dog breeding regulations for Wales.
The Government document covers accommodation and environment, diet and nutrition, normal behaviour (which includes the socialisation of puppies) and health and welfare, and includes special mention of gundogs and hunt kennels.

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

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.

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Buy your "Still here, still hunting" 10th anniversary 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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The Horn & Hound Ball - horn blowing title goes to the Percy

Friday, 24 April 2015

On 28 April Horse & Hound reported: Top hornblower takes Horse & Hound Challenge Cup back to Northumberland. The article revealed that Robert McCarthy, Huntsman to the Percy Hunt based at Alnwick, Northumberland, won the horn blowing competition at the recent Horn & Hound Ball at Cheltenham Racecourse. The magazine reports: "Ten huntsmen, both professional and amateur, travelled from their different packs around the country to take part in the competition sponsored by Horse & Hound. Participants were judged by Nigel Peel — master and huntsman of the North Cotswold — and Capt Ian Farquhar MFH (Duke of Beaufort’s), on their ability to blow “gone away” and “going home”. Making their decisions from behind the stage — where they were not aware of the order of the competitors — they were unanimous in their decision of the winner." Read more here.

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Introducing the winner and runners-up in our Hunt Tumblers' Club competition

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Having received a huge number of photos for our Tumblers' Club competition supported by Pol Roger Champagne, the entries have been vigorously studied and a decision made. Judged by a panel of hunting supporters including The Field's Ali Henson and three-day eventer Harry Meade, plus representatives from Pol Roger and the Countryside Alliance, it was a tough decision and a very closely fought competition. Thank you to everyone who entered.  Congratulations to the winning photographer, Ella Meadows, and tumbler Sam Matthews, who will each receive a tankard and a magnum of Pol Roger champagne. Ella took this photo captioned “I would bend over backwards to continue hunting” on 14th December 2014 at a joint meet between the Weston and Banwell and the Taunton Vale Harriers.

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Remembering Clarissa

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Last week hundreds of friends of the late Clarissa Dickson Wright gathered at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, to celebrate and remember a life well lived. The service featured readings from several good friends, including farmers Peter Gott of Sillfield Farm in Cumbria and Jan McCourt of Northfield Farm in Rutland and local food champion Henrietta Green - Clarissa's love of food and fieldsports shone through. A particular high point occurred when the excellent St Bride's choir delivered, poker faced, an arrangement of "Rasputin", the song Clarissa had chosen on Desert Island Discs and danced to at her 60th birthday party. It was a service as fun and lively as Clarissa herself, and we will continue our work to ensure her legacy.

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Represent your hunt at Newmarket

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Newmarket Countryside Alliance Race Day will take place this year on Thursday 25th June on the stunning July Course. One of the main spectacles of the day is the Race for Repeal which is open to all Masters, Hunt Staff and subscribers to packs in the UK, giving an unique opportunity to represent your Hunt at Newmarket The race is run over eight furlongs and is the first race of the day, followed by lunch in the Moorstyle Marquee opposite the finishing post. If you would like to take part in the race, please could you contact William Burton at william-burton@countryside-alliance.org for further details of qualifications and the terms of riding. Please contact him by Tuesday 14th April.

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