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Newcomers’ Week gets people hooked on hunting

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliances’ annual Newcomers Week (18th – 25th October) has come to a close with a number of people now hooked on hunting! Hunts throughout the country saw huge turnouts at Newcomers’ Meets and events, with many being oversubscribed, resulting in hunts deciding to organise a second event/meet later in the season.   The…

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Welsh farmers, predator control and the Hunting Act

| Campaigns, Hunting

In the Countryside Alliance’s Winter magazine Nick Fenwick, Director of Policy at the Farmers Union of Wales, writes about “Welsh farmers, predator control and the Hunting Act.” In the piece, Nick recounts the history of the vital role played by gun packs in fox control in Wales, the impact of the Hunting Act and why…

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Wooler report vindicates our concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the arrival of the long-awaited report into the RSPCA’s prosecution strategy by Stephen Wooler, former CPS chief inspector. The report was commissioned in December 2013. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “Stephen Wooler’s report vindicates our position and accepts nearly every concern that we raised in relation…

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PMQ on hunting and the PM’s response

| Campaigns, Hunting

In today’s Prime Minister’s Questions Labour’s Angela Smith asked if the Prime Minister would quash the rumour that there could be an amendment to the Hunting Act. Mr Cameron responded by saying proposals have been made on a cross-party basis for an amendment to the Hunting Act. That is being considered. But, he explained, he…

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New basset pack holds its first opening meet

| Campaigns, Hunting

The inaugural Opening Meet of the Woolaston Bassets was held on Saturday 25th Oct, hosted at The Old Rectory, Woolaston, where the kennels are based. An incredible turnout – over 120 supporters local and others from Aldershot, Worcestershire and Devon enjoyed mulled wine and food, followed by the hunt being “opened” by its president Diana…

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Alliance hunting badge the subject of a question in Parliament

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance’s “Still here, still hunting” badge has this week been the subject of a Parliamentary question from anti-hunting Birmingham Hall Green MP, Roger Godsiff. Read on for Mr Godsiff’s question and the Goverment’s robust response which acknowledges hunting’s economic and social importance to rural communities. While a waste of Parliamentary time we are…

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RSPCA to prioritise ‘front-line work’

| Campaigns, Hunting

The RSPCA is shedding jobs and will be restructuring in a bid to save £4.5m a year, the charity’s chairman Mike Tomlinson has revealed in a statement to Third Sector magazine click here to read Mr Tomlinson is quoted as saying “things cannot carry on as they are” after the charity suffered a “£6.1m net…

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