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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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New basset pack holds its first opening meet

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The inaugural Opening Meet of the Woolaston Bassets was held on Saturday 25th Oct, hosted at The Old Rectory, Woolaston, where the kennels are based.
An incredible turnout – over 120 supporters local and others from Aldershot, Worcestershire and Devon enjoyed mulled wine and food, followed by the hunt being “opened” by its president Diana Bown MBE, who had travelled from the Isle of Wight.

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Newcomers' Week gets people hooked on hunting

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Countryside Alliances’ annual Newcomers Week (18th – 25th October) has come to a close with a number of people now hooked on hunting! Hunts throughout the country saw huge turnouts at Newcomers’ Meets and events, with many being oversubscribed, resulting in hunts deciding to organise a second event/meet later in the season.

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Saboteur convicted of assault and harassment of hunt employee

Monday, 27 October 2014

On 26th October 2014 the Sunday Telegraph reported: "An anti-hunt campaigner has been found guilty of assaulting and harassing a hunt’s “terrier man” after he shot a fox.Llandudno Court heard Judith Hewitt, 67, of Rhyl, North Wales became “absolutely hysterical” and started hitting Robert Smith on the back after he legally killed the fox in his role as a licensed vermin control officer. Hewitt, who denied the charges, recorded the confrontation and posted an edited version on YouTube, adding disparaging comments.She then waged a campaign of harassment against Mr Smith, trespassing on land, obstructing him as he went about his work and posting offensive items on websites and social media. 

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The Quorn

Opening Meets 2014 - send us your photos

Friday, 24 October 2014

It's Opening Meet time and we ask that you send us your photos, stating where the meet took place and which pack's Opening Meet you were at. Pictured is the Opening Meet of the Quorn in 2009. Send your photos direct to our Facebook page or, if you are not on Facebook, to Photos will be used on our website, on social media and in our magazine. If children feature we will need parental permission for use.

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The Albrighton by Owen Webb

Ten years since the Hunting Act - hunting is in good heart

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: On 18th November it will be 10 years since the Hunting Act was passed. It came into force three months later. For hunting, and many others in the countryside, this was the lowest moment, but despite all the fears and the dire predictions hunting still thrives. How is it that an activity that was outlawed after an epic and bitter political campaign has survived? There are many reasons, but high amongst them is the determination of a community that rejects every charge made against it, and has never been shown to be doing anything wrong.

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Win a magnum of Pol Roger Champagne in our Tumblers' Club Competition

Thursday, 16 October 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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Cheltenham Countryside Race Day - Friday 14th November. See you there?

Friday, 10 October 2014

The 27th annual Cheltenham Countryside Race Day, an iconic event in our year, will once again kick off the three day Open meeting. Cheltenham Countryside Race Day is the “start of term” for the National Hunt season and this year is in aid of the Countryside Alliance and the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal. Over the years the crowds have slowly risen and, as has often been said, the day now resembles the Festival in the ‘old days’. The country fair that is so much a part of the day will commence with the ever popular stallion parade between 11 and 11:30am. Gundog displays will take place in the paddock before racing, and the local hunt will parade on the course during the afternoon.

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National Trust Council Elections - 8 November 2014

Saturday, 4 October 2014

The National Trust AGM will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 8 November at STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon. There are 24 people standing for seven vacancies on the Trust council. National Trust members can vote for up to seven candidates. Whilst it is up to Countryside Alliance members, who are also members of the National Trust, how they use their vote, we very much hope they will read the candidates’ CVs carefully and vote for rural minded people. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Alliance’s political team on 020 7840 9260.

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Find out what your hunt is doing for Hunting Newcomers Week

Monday, 13 October 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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Hunts gear up to welcome new members during Hunting Newcomers’ Week

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance’s annual Hunting Newcomers’ Week, which runs from 18-25 October, has great support from hunts around the country again this year. Click here for listing.
There has been an excellent take up this year with a good spread of hunts across the country, from the Dartmoor in the South West to the Berwickshire in the North, organising events during the designated week to attract new faces to the hunting field.

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