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Animal rights petitions shrink when subject to public scrutiny

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: The electronic petition has been a staple of animal rights campaigning for many years. Attempts to gather numbers of actual people to demonstrate against hunting or shooting have always ended in abject failure, so campaigners have sought to bypass real demonstrations of support and substitute cyber lists. The…

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Hunting and political mathematics

| Campaigns, Hunting

When Theresa May said after the 2017 election that there would not be a vote on the Hunting Act, she was simply accepting the mathematical reality. Since 2010 there has been a Conservative/ Lib Dem coalition, a Conservative Government with a wafer-thin majority of 12, and now a minority Conservative administration with just a few…

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Politics, principle and hunting in Scotland

| Hunting, Latest News, Our Blog

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Yesterday Tim Allan and Shaun Anderson, huntsman and whipper-in of the Buccleuch Hunt were cleared of charges brought under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act . The allegations which led to their prosecution were made by paid animal rights activists and have a lot more to do…

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Quantock Staghounds huntsman cleared of hunting illegally

| Campaigns, Hunting

Quantocks Staghounds huntsman, Richard Down, was acquitted of a Hunting Act charge at Taunton Magistrates Court yesterday (Tuesday 13 November. Richard Down, 54, was accused of hunting a red deer with dogs, on January 20, on the Quantocks Hills. Judge David Taylor found Mr Down not guilty saying the evidence presented by the Crown Prosecution…

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The Cheltenham Countryside Day silent auction is open now online

| Campaigns, Events and Competitions, Fundraising, Hunting, Latest News, Membership, Membership News, Our Blog, Press Release, Upcoming Events

Some amazing lots are on offer in the silent auction at the Cheltenham Countryside day – which forms the opening day of the November Meeting at the world-famous Cheltenham Racecourse (16 November). Countryside Day is a firm favourite in the sporting calendar, with a full card of National Hunt racing, complemented by hawks and hounds,…

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Newcomers’ week emphasises a large and growing appetite for all forms of legal hunting

| Campaigns, Hunting, Latest News, Press Release

The Countryside Alliances’ annual Hunting Newcomers Week (15th – 21th October) has seen another large number of people experience hunting for the first time. The aim of Hunting Newcomers’ Week is to introduce as many new faces to the hunting field as possible and encourage them to have an enjoyable day seeing different country while…

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National Trust Council election candidates 2018

| Campaigns, Hunting

We have had a significant number of enquiries from Countryside Alliance members who are also members of the National Trust, about the forthcoming Council Elections. National Trust Members are currently being sent their voting papers prior to the AGM at 10.30am on Saturday 20th October 2018 at STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway,…

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