The Countryside Alliance continues to campaign for the future of hunting with hounds. You can keep up to date with the work of the Campaign for Hunting by signing up for our newsletter here.

The inception of the Hunting Act 2004 on 18th February 2005 saw traditional foxhunting and other forms of hunting with hounds become restricted. The Countryside Alliance supports all forms of legal hunting however we will continue to oppose what we believe is ultimately a bad piece of legislation.

The objectives of the Campaign for Hunting are:

  • To support all forms of legal hunting with foxhounds, beagles, harriers and other types of hounds for the benefits it brings to individuals, the environment and the rural economy.
  • To promote high standards of hound and horse welfare as well as hunt conduct, both on and off the hunting field.
  • To liaise with the general public, hunts, politicians, institutional landowners, the police and the media to create a better understanding of how hunting with hounds fits into modern society.
  • To lobby MPs and other decision-makers to help prevent unjust changes to legislation which may affect the future of hunting with hounds or have an impact on our way of life.
  • To engage with councils and councillors to enable hunts to retain access to council-owned land whilst challenging motions which propose to enforce restrictions.
  • To create positive news stories which are circulated to local and national press, including broadcast media, whilst responding to hunting-related content and providing spokespersons who can comment and give interviews where appropriate. 
  • To help promote hunting to a wider audience by supporting hunts to engage with the public both face-to-face, and through the use of print and social media, plus other digital channels. 
  • To work alongside packs of hounds to ensure they continue to offer a legal wildlife management service and retain the support necessary to sustain the infrastructure of hunting and the jobs that go with it.
  • To continue to oppose the Hunting Act 2004 and exposes it for what it is: bad for the rural economy, bad for rural communities, bad for animal welfare and a waste of police resources.
  • To dispel misconceptions about foxhunting and combats mistruths spread about legal hunting activities.


Legal hunting activities under the Hunting Act might include:

Trail-hunting; Hound exercise; Using no more than two dogs to flush to a gun(s); Rabbit hunting; Hunting hares which have been shot; Flushing to birds of prey; Rescue of a wild mammal; Research and observation of the various quarry species.

If you have any questions relating to our Campaign for Hunting, please email [email protected] or like the Countryside Alliance Hunting page on Facebook. 


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