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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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Wales set for clamp down on puppy farming

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Countryside Alliance has secured separate standards for hounds kept in packs in Wales and a fairer deal for working dogs. New Breeding of Dogs regulations (Wales) set 14 standards that breeders are expected to comply with which will overhaul the way they are expected to work. The new Breeding of Dogs regulations (Wales) received the approval…

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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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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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Jim Barrington’s film: “Foxhunting: cruel sport or natural chase?”

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Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Jim Barrington, our animal welfare consultant, presents a film on hunting which should be prescribed viewing for those on both side of the argument.. The film, entitled “Foxhunting: cruel sport or natural chase,” sees Jim present the case for hunting in a calm, factual manner, beginning by observing that despite…

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Don’t fund anti-hunt thugs, boycott LUSH

| Campaigns, Hunting

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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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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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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Boxing Day 2014: Barney writes for the Telegraph

| Campaigns, Hunting

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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