Dropped hunting case – staghunters awarded full costs

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A District Judge in Yeovil yesterday awarded full costs to three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds (DSSH) who had charges brought against them based on allegations made by the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). The Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against DSSH’s huntsmanDonald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood in November…

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The enduring appeal of “Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man”

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In our Autumn 2014 magazine, as part of our Great War commemoration strand “The Countryside in War,” Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner explains the enduring appeal of Siegfried Sassoon’s classic work “Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man”. In his article Tim writes that Sassoon is “brilliant on the strange, but common, contradiction of loving both the…

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Our submission to the RSPCA prosecutions review.

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In December 2013 the RSPCA announced a review of its prosecutions policy, to be led by Stephen Wooler, a former Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. It was announced that Mr Wooler would spend four months examining how and why prosecutions are taken. His findings will most likely be published in the middle of…

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The greyhound fox – can you help?

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Ron Black writes: The evolution of the fox within Great Britain remains largely unresolved. One thing, however, is for certain and that it that there was a type known to huntsmen and hunt followers as “greyhound” foxes. Fewer in number than the little red rover we hold so dear today, the greyhounds were bigger and…

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Boxing Day 2014: Barney writes for the Telegraph

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On Boxing Day Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner wrote for the Telegraph on the mood ten years on from the Hunting Act, our continuing campaign to see it repealed, and the chance the ‘West Lothian’ question offers, taking Scottish MPs out of the equation when it comes to voting on legislation that will not…

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Don’t fund anti-hunt thugs, boycott LUSH

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Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: The cosmetics company LUSH has become a high street staple selling soap and smelly stuff from 105 shops across the UK and Ireland, as well as online. It is keen to promote its ‘ethical’ and campaigning image and, whilst the majority of its policies and the campaigns…

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Charlie Pye-Smith’s new website

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Charlie Pye-Smith, author of “Rural Rites: hunting and the politics of prejudice” has launched a new website, which you can visit here http://charliepyesmith.com/books/. The book provides detailed analysis of the history of the 2004 Hunting Act, the issues underlying it and the situation created by its enactment. “This book has an application which goes so much…

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Wildlife debate at the Conservative Party Conference

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The Countryside Alliance held its fringe on wildlife management at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday 29th September. The panel, chaired by Johnny Heald of polling company ORB International, included Lord de Mauley, Defra minister, Neil Parish MP, Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, former Environment Secretary the Rt Hon…

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Questions should be asked following the Weston & Banwell result

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Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: In the last two or three years anti-hunting groups have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on ‘investigating’ the activity of hunts. They have employed a strange mixture of retired police officers, hunt sabs and private investigators who stalk the countryside with sophisticated surveillance equipment. The sole…

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