Court reaches verdict in Fitzwilliam Hunt case

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Two members of the Fitzwilliam Hunt have been standing trial at Peterborough Magistrates Court. They were each accused of one offence under the Hunting Act 2004 in connection with hunting activity on 1 January 2016. The judge found falconer John Mease not guilty of illegal hunting, and also found Mease not guilty of an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The…

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Two hunt prosecutions fail

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: This week has seen Hunting Act prosecutions involving two hunts fail. The huntsman of the Portman hunt was found not guilty at Poole Magistrates, and three members of the Grove and Rufford hunt successfully appealed convictions in Nottingham Crown Court. The detail of the cases is important, and…

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Tesco prefers pirates to foxhunters

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: There are plenty of examples of the idiocy that results from a toxic mixture of animal rights activism, social media and corporate communications, but this week’s report that Tesco has decided to remove a fox hunter fancy dress costume from its website is exceptional. Not because the ‘costume’…

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Half-term Hunting competition winner

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The winner of our half-term hunting photography competition has been chosen following a vote on social media for Countryside Alliance supporters to choose between two finalists. The images were selected from a large number of entries submitted during the recent half-term holidays and they both received great support, with the results changing over the course…

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Savills Countryside Alliance point-to-point defies the weather at Badbury Rings

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Thousands of punters turned out for the Savills Countryside Alliance Point-to-Point at Badbury Rings on Sunday (25 February), despite the cold weather. Fingers were crossed that the event would not have to be called off because of the hard frost, but by the first race, at noon, the ground had been deemed firm but fit…

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Savills Countryside Alliance Point-to-Point secretary Jane Stockdale wins our Goodson-Wickes Trophy

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The secretary of the Savills Countryside Alliance Point-to-Point, Jane Stockdale, is the latest recipient of the Countryside Alliance’s service award – The Goodson-Wickes Trophy. The attractive bronze award was handed over to Mrs Stockdale at the point-to-point at Badbury Rings, Dorset yesterday (25 February) by Countryside Alliance chief executive Tim Bonner, in recognition of 10…

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Countryside Alliance responds to anti-hunting protests at the National Trust

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Much has been made of the many demonstrations organised today (Sunday, 25th February) by anti-hunting activists campaigning against legal trail-hunting being permitted on National Trust land. With fewer than 400 protestors in total turning out, this represents less than 0.01% of the National Trust’s 5 million membership and demonstrates just how few people are causing…

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