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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.

 

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The Masters of the Oakley invite you to a ride from Kennels, 19th October

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

19th October - The Masters of the Oakley Hunt extend an invite to those keen to come on  a ride with hounds from the Kennels at Melchbourne in Bedfordshire - read on for more information.

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Forest Fox Rox Ball - tickets still available, and auction lots up for grabs

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Forest Fox Rox Ball will be held on 30th August 2014 at Folds Farm & Stud, Fordingbridge. Tickets are £40pp including a a champagne & canape reception followed by a two course dinner. This will be a fun filled evening with lots of dancing and an auction to raise vital funds for the Countryside Alliance and cancer charities. Read on for the auction lots, on which you can bid now. For tickets, bids and all enquries, please email Victoria victoriacutts@btinternet.com

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Saboteur charged with assault and harassment of hunt employee

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

An anti-fox hunting activist, who targets the Flint and Denbigh hunt has been charged with aggravated trespass, assault and harassment of a hunt employee. She has also been given a restraining order, forbidding her from contacting the man.
The charges relate to an incident on 28 January and footage that Rhyl-based Judi Hewitt took and posted onto YouTube of the hunt’s countryman Rob Smith using a terrier to flush a fox from underground to a waiting gun, in accordance with the Hunting Act. She can be heard screaming and trying to stop Mr Smith from doing his job. She is also alleged to have made threats against Mr Smith on social media.

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Hunting Newcomers Week 18-25 October

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

CALLING ALL HUNTS! With the harvest underway and many hunts starting mounted hound exercise, it will not be long before Autumn Hunting and Opening Meets are upon us. This is a timely reminder that we will be running our annual Newcomers Week from the 18th - 25th October and therefore we are encouraging as many hunts as possible to organise a meet and/or event during that week, specifically tailored for those people that are new to hunting.

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Jim Barrington, Bill Oddie & Mark Avery in hunting panel debate at Royal Society

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington will join Bill Oddie, Mark Avery and the GWCT's Andrew Gilruth in a panel discussion "Hunting and its impact on conservation" at the Royal Society in London on 2 September 2014, 7pm. Chris Packham will chair the event, which is being organised by the World Land Trust as part of its "Controversial Conservation 2014 with Chris Packham" series. Read on for more and for ticket information.

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Thanks to the Four Burrow for £10,000 donation

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A massive thanks to the Four Burrow Hunt for this cheque for £10,531 - that's 50% of the proceeds of the Cornwall Auction of Promises. The cheque was presented to Barney White-Spunner at the Puppy Show on Sunday 27th July. An incredible amount and very much appreciated. Thanks to everyone who donated to and bid in the auction and all the best to the Four Burrow for the season.

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Times comment: "Hunting foxes is better than snaring or poisoning them"

Monday, 18 August 2014

On Saturday 16th August 2014 The Times published a comment piece by Ross Clark entitled: "Hunting foxes is better than snaring or poisoning them." Mr Clark opened with: "Cameron is looking weak. He has promised a free vote before" and then detailed measures he felt Cameron had got right for the "landed interest", including Single Farm Payment and the Marine and Coastal Access Act. He wrote  "As you may have gathered from the above I am not a huge fan of the landed interest......But the issue of hunting is different. There never has been convincing evidence that foxes suffer abnormally from being hunted, at least no more than do the animals they themselves hunt. The ban did nothing to alleviate the real forms of cruelty towards foxes: the snaring, the poisoning and the trapping. What it did do is show up its own absurdity: does it really make the slightest difference to a fox whether he is pursued by two dogs or three?" Mr Clark ended by observing that a free vote on the Hunting Act woudl be a "piece of red meat that, if I were prime minister, I would think it well worth throwing to a once-loyal band of supporters." Read in full here (subscription).

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Seavington hunting weekend a great success

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

On the 9th and 10th August the Seavington Hunt held a novice hunting weekend for newcomers to hunting and those wanting to learn a bit more about it.
A total of 15 riders took part, bringing their own horses and staying overnight to participate in the two day course. 12 of the 15 participants have never hunted before and nor have their horses so it was a learning curve for all concerned.

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Jim Barrington blogs "It's good to talk"

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Countryside Alliance animal welfare consultant Jim Barrington is never a man to shy away from a hunting debate as he explains in his latest blog "It's good to talk." Jim begins his commentary: It’s not very often I find myself agreeing with the League Against Cruel Sports on the subject of hunting with hounds. So when a press release stated, “We believe those who want to use animals for cruel sports should be prepared to debate why in public” I can certainly go along with the spirit of that comment, even if we disagree on what may constitute a cruel sport....." Read the blog in full here.

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25th May 2015 - Alliance fundraiser at Stratford upon Avon Racecourse

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Countryside Alliance is hoping to run a fundraising event at Stratford Racecourse on this date. More information to follow.

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