Hypocrisy in the anti-hunting movement

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Hypocrisy is not, of course, something we should be surprised about in the anti-hunting movement, but the current campaign against trail-hunting on National Trust land is a high water mark. You may remember that throughout the ridiculous debate about the hunting ban, those opposed to hunting from Ministerial…

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Jim Barrington on trail-hunting on National Trust land

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Countryside Alliance Animal Welfare consultant Jim Barrington writes: The vote at the forthcoming National Trust AGM to prevent the organisation from issuing licences permitting trail hunting on its land is reminiscent of previous actions taken by anti- hunting activists that go back to the 1990s. That last attempt concerned a motion put forward by the…

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Countryside Alliance condemn the changes to the National Trust’s trail-hunting policy

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Proposed changes to the National Trust’s trail-hunting policy appear to have been made as a “direct response to demands from the animal rights movement,” said Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance earlier today (Monday, 21 August). The changes include the advance publication of meet information on the Trust’s website and the banning of animal-based…

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The Duke of Beaufort

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It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the death of His Grace the Duke of Beaufort at the age of 89. Polly Portwin, Head of Hunting at the Countryside Alliance, paid tribute to the late Duke, saying: “The countryside has lost a true friend in the passing of His Grace, the…

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‘Do animals have feelings?’

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Animal Welfare consultant Jim Barrington writes: “Do animals have feelings? It’s a question fundamental to animal welfare and one most people, especially those who have any connection with animals, would probably regard as pointless, as the answer would be obvious. Yet in scientific terms it raises a number of interesting areas of uncertainty that have…

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Hunting in Scotland – Jedforest trial

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29th June 2017: Jedforest Hunt Master and Huntsman Clive and Johnny Richardson have been found guilty of an offence under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 after an extended trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. Employees of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) had covertly filmed members of the Jedforest foxhounds on land surrounding…

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Defra Ministers – responsibilities and contact details

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Following the General Election, the team at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, led by Secretary of State Michael Gove, is as follows. We outline the Secretary of State and his team’s responsibilities and bring you the relevant email addresses (and Twitter handles). The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP Secretary of State • oversight…

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Remembering Clarissa at 70

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Fishing, Food and Farming, Hunting, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation, Uncategorised

Saturday 24th March would have been the 70th birthday of Clarissa Dickson Wright, one half of the popular cooking duo Two Fat Ladies (the other half being the late Jennifer Paterson) and dynamic, outspoken cook, rural champion and passionate defender of our way of life. Her untimely death in March 2015 meant she never saw…

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