The Countryside Alliance fought a long and successful campaign to expose the damage the Act would do to the rural economy, traditions and local communities without any evidence to justify it on grounds of animal welfare.
Our campaign has guaranteed that although the Hunting Act came into force on 17th February 2005 it is now widely acknowledged to be bad law. It is no accident that the law has been exposed for what it is: bad for the rural economy, bad for rural communities, bad for animal welfare and a waste of police resources.
Thanks to our determined efforts working with hunts the vast majority have managed to adapt to the legislation whilst continuing 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.
There have been only a handful of successful convictions under the Hunting Act involving hunts. Over 97% of convictions under the Act relate to casual hunting or ‘poaching’. However, it cannot be right that a large section of law-abiding citizens continue to be targeted by animal rights groups and forced live in fear of malicious prosecution. The Countryside Alliance continues to oppose the Hunting Act and promote legal hunting for all the benefits to individuals, the environment and the rural economy that it brings.
Monday, 7 July 2014
Newcomers Week - 18th - 25th October. The Countryside Alliance’s annual Newcomers Week has this year been scheduled for Saturday 18th – Saturday 25th October. The aim is to encourage as many Newcomers to go hunting as possible throughout this week and whether you organise a meet or an event of some sort please do let us know so that we can promote it on our website. We often get many people asking what hunts in their area are doing so do let us know what you are planning so that we can pass the information onto them.Read more
Friday, 4 July 2014
On 4th July 2014 Daily Telegraph commentator Michael Henderson wrote: "The RSPCA is chasing the wrong quarry." Writing as the latest Hunting Act prosecution statistics were released, Mr Henderson explained that "Many people who enjoy hunting are not, to be frank, the kind with whom I would willingly break bread. But you don’t have to be the worst sort of woolly-back to know that police officers cannot enforce a law outlawing hunting without fear or favour, or that bad laws, drawn up for narrow doctrinal reasons, should not be on the statute book." He went on to write: "Well done, RSPCA! You have assembled an army of snoopers to observe folk in red coats doing things you dislike, and have found six rotters who have broken the law. Worth every penny......Those pennies are now drying up." Read the piece in full here. Read our piece on Hunting Act prosecution and conviction stats here.
Thursday, 3 July 2014
Following a question by former minister for farming Jim Fitzpatrick on 26 June the Ministry of Justice has released figures that show 110 people were charged under the Hunting Act in 2013 and 56 were found guilty.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
The RSPCA is shedding jobs and will be restructuring in a bid to save £4.5m a year, the charity’s chairman Mike Tomlinson has revealed in a statement to Third Sector magazine click here to read
Monday, 16 June 2014
The Countryside Alliance is writing to the Attorney General Dominic Grieve about the prosecution of three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds after Avon and Somerset CPS informed the defendants’ solicitor that it would consult the League Against Cruel Sports before deciding whether to continue with the case.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
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.
Monday, 9 June 2014
A new booklet entitled ‘Hounds and Hound Showing’ has been produced to accompany the hound shows that run throughout the summer months. It is a helpful guide for the public who are interested in learning some more about the different types of hounds and what the judges are looking for during the showing process. The document includes illustrations of foxhound and beagle conformation as well as an explanation of the different hound types. This document was handed out at the South of England Show and proved very popular with the general public and hunts alike. The Countryside Alliance will be present at all of the major hound shows throughout the country this summer and if you are interested in further copies for your event please contact Henrietta Rutgers on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 840 9236 Download the guide here. In addition, many thanks to the Hunting Office for the following dates and details of hound shows in 2014.Read more
Monday, 12 May 2014
Newcomers to hunting can find out all about it with a new leaflet from the Countryside Alliance. The pocket-sized document is aimed at adults and children alike and answers typical questions about going hunting for the first time, such as queries about etiquette and turnout - download it here.Read more
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington has blogged this week, asking "Why does the Labour Party listen to the LACS?" As the League turns 90, Jim recounts the political history of Labour and the League, writing: "While it’s clear that there are Labour supporters who see the anti-hunting campaign by their party as divisive and possibly costly in terms of rural votes, many do not see it that way and cling to simplistic class war-type views. It’s only when detailed questions on the validity of the Hunting Act and the party’s position in defending it are raised that the cracks show and the hypocrisy becomes apparent." Read Jim's blog in full here