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BBC Online: Did fox hunting disappear?

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Tuesday 10th February the BBC website published a feature to mark ten years since the Hunting Act came into force in England and Wales. The piece, entitled “Did fox hunting disappear?” quotes the Alliance, Gerald Sumner of the Kimblewick Hunt and Professor Gary Marvin, as well as the opposition who, incredibly, maintain that the…

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Middleton Hunt Master and Huntsman Tom Holt not guilty

| Campaigns, Hunting

Middleton Hunt Master and Huntsman Tom Holt has been found not guilty of a Hunting Act offence after a trial at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court. Employees of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) had covertly filmed Mr Holt on 19th February near Malton in North Yorkshire and made allegations of illegal hunting. The Crown Prosecution Service brought…

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Countryfile on the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Sunday 15th February the BBC’s Countryfile programme was in Gloucestershire. The show looked at the Hunting Act 10 years on and spoke to Henry Berkeley, Master of the Berkeley Hunt, Capt Farquhar, Master of the Beaufort Foxhounds and the Huntsman Tony Holdsworth. Presenter Tom Heap also spoke to Michael Stephenson of the League Against…

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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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Ministry of Defence clarifies position on hunting

| Campaigns, Hunting

The Ministry of Defence has this week issued a clarification, which reads: “In response to representations, MOD has today (3rd March) clarified that its existing policy allows all categories of exempt hunting under the Hunting Act 2004 to be carried out on the defence estate. The 2004 Act bans hunting wild animals with dogs but…

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“Cameron …….in pledge to lift the hunting ban”

| Campaigns, Hunting

On Friday 6th March the Western Morning News reported on a piece by the Prime Minister which features in our forthcoming spring magazine. The PM writes: “The Hunting Act has done nothing for animal welfare. A Conservative Government will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government…

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