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The Hunting Act – ten years of not working

| Campaigns, Hunting

Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes on the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act: As you are no doubt aware, today is the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act coming into force in England and Wales. The Countryside Alliance’s press office has been working at capacity in the past few weeks, dealing with media bids for…

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Countryside Alliance membership approved for AWNW

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance (Wales) has now been approved as a member of the Animal Welfare Network Wales, joining other organisations such as Redwings, RSPCA Wales, and the Dog’s Trust. The network was set up in order to pool organisations to work collectively to improve animal welfare in Wales. Other organisations who vigorously opposed the CA’s…

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Tedworth Huntsman knocked out by masked sabs

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Wednesday 28th January the Western Daily Press reported: “A West Country huntmaster was knocked unconscious in a vicious attack by masked hunt saboteurs armed with iron bars, the Western Daily Press can reveal. Police in Wiltshire are investigating the incident, which happened near the village of Everleigh, near Amesbury, at the end of a…

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Alliance lawyer Jamie Foster on his work and beliefs

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Monday 22 December the Western Morning News published an interview with Jamie Foster, the Solicitor Advocate who represents Hunts on Hunting Act charges. Jamie talked about his work and beliefs, the power of social media and how his childhood as the son of a doctor in remote Newfoundland shaped his views. Read the piece…

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The Festival of Hunting – Georgie Archer’s account

| Campaigns, Hunting

Georgie Archer, Young Countryside Writer competition winner and enthusiastic young subscriber to the Golden Valley, was invited by us to be our roving reporter at the Festival of Hunting. Here is Georgie’s account of her day: After an early start and a very long but exciting journey; my mum, my sister (Maddie) and I arrived to…

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Re-establishment of Hunting Intergroup in European Parliament

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance is pleased to note that hunting, shooting and conservation will continue to be important topics in Europe with the re-establishment of the “Hunting Intergroup” in the European Parliament. The Parliamentary Intergroup on Biodiversity, Hunting and Countryside is a group of MEPs from across the political spectrum who have an interest in the…

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Telegraph reports: RSPCA risks losing power to prosecute

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Saturday 1st February the Daily Telegraph published a story entitled “RSPCA risks losing power to prosecute: Independent reviewer considers stripping charity of its right to prosecute following string of controversial court cases”. The story centres on the ongoing review by former HM chief inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Stephen Wooler, who, the Telegraph reports, “was…

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