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Voting update for the upcoming National Trust AGM

| Campaigns, Hunting

We are encouraging all members of the National Trust – whether members of the Countryside Alliance or not – to vote against the members’ resolution to ban trail-hunting on National Trust land before the closing date at 23:59 on 13th October. The Trust’s board has recommended to their members that they vote AGAINST this resolution too….

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Full guide to voting at the National Trust AGM

| Campaigns, Hunting

At the National Trust AGM on 21st October 2017 there will be a vote on a members’ resolution which proposes to ban trail-hunting on NT land. We are urging all members to vote AGAINST this resolution. Please find below details of how to vote – either in person at the AGM, or by proxy either online or…

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In memoriam: Sarah Holman, backbone of our Cheltenham Countryside Race Day

| Hunting, Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

Sarah Holman, the backbone of the Countryside Alliance’s Cheltenham Countryside Race Day for 30 years, sadly died in June. A memorial service will be held in Warwickshire on 15th September. The Telegraph published a fitting obituary to her achievements, and it begins: Sarah Holman, who has died aged 65, stood out among a dwindling number…

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Hypocrisy in the anti-hunting movement

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Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: Hypocrisy is not, of course, something we should be surprised about in the anti-hunting movement, but the current campaign against trail-hunting on National Trust land is a high water mark. You may remember that throughout the ridiculous debate about the hunting ban, those opposed to hunting from Ministerial…

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Jim Barrington on trail-hunting on National Trust land

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Countryside Alliance Animal Welfare consultant Jim Barrington writes: The vote at the forthcoming National Trust AGM to prevent the organisation from issuing licences permitting trail hunting on its land is reminiscent of previous actions taken by anti- hunting activists that go back to the 1990s. That last attempt concerned a motion put forward by the…

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Countryside Alliance condemn the changes to the National Trust’s trail-hunting policy

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Proposed changes to the National Trust’s trail-hunting policy appear to have been made as a “direct response to demands from the animal rights movement,” said Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance earlier today (Monday, 21 August). The changes include the advance publication of meet information on the Trust’s website and the banning of animal-based…

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The Duke of Beaufort

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It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the death of His Grace the Duke of Beaufort at the age of 89. Polly Portwin, Head of Hunting at the Countryside Alliance, paid tribute to the late Duke, saying: “The countryside has lost a true friend in the passing of His Grace, the…

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‘Do animals have feelings?’

| Hunting, Latest News

Animal Welfare consultant Jim Barrington writes: “Do animals have feelings? It’s a question fundamental to animal welfare and one most people, especially those who have any connection with animals, would probably regard as pointless, as the answer would be obvious. Yet in scientific terms it raises a number of interesting areas of uncertainty that have…

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