The Hunting Act and the Archers

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Countryside Alliance Head of Media Charlotte Cooper writes: It’s interesting to mark the increased presence of the South Borsetshire hunt in the story lines of The Archers. For those of you who do not listen, The Archers is the Radio 4 soap set in the fictional village of Ambridge and the Countryside Alliance has remarked…

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Dropped hunting case – staghunters awarded full costs

| Campaigns, Hunting

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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Warwickshire ride raises £1500 for Forage Aid

| Campaigns, Hunting

Congratulations to the Warwickshire Hunt whose supporters have raised over £1500 for flood-hit Somerset farmers via a charity ride. Organiser Ian McConnel reports: Nearly 30 riders joined us for the circuit from Brailes to Sutton, Stourton, Whichford, Traitors Ford and back. Due to considerable generosity we have, so far, nearly over £1,500 – and more has…

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Prep school pupils earn their hunting colours

| Campaigns, Hunting

Eight keen young hunt followers received their school colours for hunting – smart Countryside Alliance ties – at a special event at the Ledbury hunt kennels on Friday. Pupils from the Elms School near Malvern can elect to hunt with the Ledbury as part of their games lessons and classics teacher Sarah Austen takes a…

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Jim Barrington blogs on the public’s view of hunting

| Campaigns, Hunting

In “Is the public really so anti-hunting?” our animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington writes about his ongoing round of debates at school and colleges and finds that attitudes are more open minded than our opponents would have us believe. Jim writes: “The fact is, most people are reasonable and when a sensible case for wildlife…

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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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