The Hunting Act 2004 came into force at midnight on 17th February 2005. Our relentless campaigning has guaranteed that the Hunting Act is now widely acknowledged to be bad law. It is no accident that many political commentators, Chief Constables, senior civil servants and a majority of the public have taken this view. The Countryside Alliance has worked tirelessly to expose the law for what it is: hard to interpret and enforce, illiberal, bad for animal welfare and a waste of police resources. Thanks to our determined efforts when working with hunts that have been targeted, there have been only a handful of successful convictions. However, it cannot be right that a large section of law-abiding citizens continue to live in constant fear of malicious prosecutions.
In 2010 one hunt received 47 visits from animal rights activists armed with video cameras, aiming for prosecution. It is a terrible and vivid illustration of why things cannot ‘be left as they are’. Our campaigning has ensured that hunting remains firmly on the political agenda and the Coalition Agreement includes a commitment to a free vote in this Parliament. We need to remain vigilant in future and spot every opportunity to move our cause forward.
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
An Introduction to Fox Hunting is a 16-page document, designed to introduce the younger generation to hunting with hounds - and it is available now. Specifically focused at targeting the secondary school age range, the booklet covers a wide variety of topics including some facts about the fox as a species, a guide to a day’s hunting, some important hunting terms and a word search.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Another week, another spurious prosecution from the RSPCA, another long trial scheduled at great cost to the tax payer and then, surprise, surprise it all collapses. On Tuesday the RSPCA abandoned a high profile Hunting Act prosecution against the Avon Vale hunt on the first day of a scheduled seven-day trial. The charity had spent £50,000 bringing the private prosecution to Chippenham Magistrates Court, but the RSPCA backed down at the last moment dropping what District Judge Simon Cooper described as "not a strong case".Read more
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
The RSPCA has abandoned a high profile Hunting Act prosecution against the Avon Vale hunt on the first day of a scheduled seven-day trial.
Thursday, 2 May 2013
The Gloucestershire Festival of Polo, hosted by the re-nowned Beaufort Polo Club over the 15th and 16th June, is a weekend certainly not to be missed. Impressive world-class polo, teamed with fantastic entertainment and a tented shopping village, it is guaranteed to be an exciting and sociable fun day for the whole family. On Saturday 15th June the impressive Audi England team will take on the talented team from South Africa, supported by Metropolitan, in the first of a three part Audi International Polo Series.Read more
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
The Countryside Alliance has asked the government to limit the information available to be searched on the national databases of micro chipped dogs, to avoid it being used by dog thieves. Under new dangerous dogs legislation, from April 2016 all dogs in the UK need to be micro chipped and their owners’ details recorded.Read more
Friday, 12 April 2013
The RSPCA has dropped a private prosecution of two supporters of the Cheshire Forest hunt in the latest in a series of embarrassing cases involving hunts.
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: This week brought more good news from the courts when the Hunting Act prosecution against the joint-master and huntsman of the Weston and Banwell Harriers, George Milton, was thrown out by Magistrates in Taunton. They ruled not just that George Milton was not guilty, but that he had "no case to answer" and that no jury could reasonably convict him having heard the prosecution evidence.Read more
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Countryside Alliance Animal Welfare Consultant Jim Barrington has blogged about animal rights and the Grand National, observing that "A sensible and balanced debate is the last thing many in the animal rights world want – it’s one of the major differences between animal welfare and animal rights. Yet, when every issue is reduced to a ‘ban or no ban’ option, it usually doesn’t reflect reality or prove to be helpful."Read more