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.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Countryside Alliance Campaigns Director Tim Bonner has written for the Open Democracy website. In "Lies, damn lies and hunting polls" Tim observes that "Whether the public support or oppose the hunting ban seems to depend very much on which question is asked, and who's asking the question." Read the article in full here.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: "Yesterday the RSPCA dropped its last outstanding case involving a hunt when it discontinued a Hunting Act prosecution involving Will Bryer, Master and Huntsman of the Cattistock Hunt. There is no need to linger on the RSPCA's tortuous explanation for its U-turn other than to note that it should be no surprise to any prosecutor that it might have to prove its case.Read more
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
The RSPCA has today dropped its last prosecution of a hunt. Will Bryer, master and huntsman of the Cattistock hunt in Dorset had been charged with one offence of hunting a fox with dogs, alleged to have taken place on 2 December 2014. However, in advance of a hearing due to take place at Weymouth Magistrates Court on Friday (20 March) the RSPCA has written to Mr Bryer’s solicitor Jamie Foster, of Foster Griffin, stating it will not be pursuing the prosecution as there is no evidence on which they could legitimately continue.Read more
Monday, 16 March 2015
Countryside Alliance hunting correspondent, Georgie Archer, recounts the closing meet of her local pack, the Golden Valley Hunt (GVH): The 2014/15 hunting season had been good - I have managed to get out more than ever before and have been lucky enough to ride with friends in breathtakingly beautiful countryside, in some glorious (and some not so pleasant) weather. I even got to help with trail laying this year, which was a new and interesting experience. However, as usual, it has flown by, which meant that the closing meet was suddenly upon us. It was a season full of highs, lows and some brilliant days out, but, more importantly, it ends on a high.Read more
Monday, 2 March 2015
The Countryside Alliance has launched a new campaign asking rural voters to contact their Parliamentary candidates ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Take part here. This online e-lobby reads: "Congratulations on your selection. As a voter in your constituency I wanted to draw your attention to Countryside Alliance's General Election Manifesto and ask you whether you are supportive of the Alliance's manifesto and its campaigns." Please let us know the feedback you get from your candidates - contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download our General Election Manifesto, which includes a section on wildlife management, here.Read more
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
We have launched a new bespoke metal badge to mark ten years since the enforcement of the Hunting Act This badge is a celebration of hunting and signifies the strength of this great tradition that will hopefully continue to thrive for many more years to come. The tenth anniversary of enforcement is 18th February so please buy one and wear it with pride on the day.
Monday, 3 November 2014
Patrick Martin has decided to hang up his boots as Professional Huntsman of the Bicester Hunt with Whaddon Chase after 23 great seasons (1992-2015): according to the latest MFHA records he is the sixth longest serving huntsman currently hunting hounds. He is pictured here at his final Opening Meet as Huntsman. A testimonial fund has been set up for Patrick - read on for more.Read more
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Calling all photographers! Have you caught an amazing wildlife or rural image on camera? Why not submit it to our new competition where the winning image will appear as the front cover of our 2016 Calendar? We produce over 2000 calendars each year (pictured left is the cover of our 2010 calendar). They hang in homes across the UK, so this is a unique opportunity to let others enjoy your image.Read more
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: "As the weather warms up and the hunting season comes to an end, the future looks bright and hunting is in good heart. Certainly a glance at the media recently has reflected this. The tenth anniversary of the implementation of the Hunting Act across England and Wales saw a flurry of positive media coverage, and last week saw yet more coverage for hunting as we revealed an exclusive article by the Prime Minister, which was widely reported and which will appear in our Spring magazine (posted to members soon). In the article, David Cameron was unequivocal in his view: "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 Bill in government time."Read more
Thursday, 12 March 2015
Spectator journalist Camilla Swift has spoken to our animal welfare consultant, Jim Barrington, about the hunting debate and wildlife management. In "Ten years after the ban, why are there still hunt saboteurs?" Camilla writes "It’s clearly not about animal welfare. But then it never was".Read more