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.
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.Read more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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).
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.
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.
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The Countryside Alliance is hoping to run a fundraising event at Stratford Racecourse on this date. More information to follow.