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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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Find out what your hunt is doing for Hunting Newcomers Week

Monday, 13 October 2014

With Autumn upon us maybe you are looking for new things to try with your horse to banish those end of summer blues, so why not give hunting a go? If you think it looks like fun and would like to try it then our Hunting Newcomers Week running from 18th - 25th October could be the perfect place for you to start. You do not need any special kit or clothes to take part and will be guided by an experienced hunt follower who will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

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Hunts gear up to welcome new members during Hunting Newcomers’ Week

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance’s annual Hunting Newcomers’ Week, which runs from 18-25 October, has great support from hunts around the country again this year. Click here for listing.
There has been an excellent take up this year with a good spread of hunts across the country, from the Dartmoor in the South West to the Berwickshire in the North, organising events during the designated week to attract new faces to the hunting field.

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Cheltenham Countryside Race Day - Friday 14th November. See you there?

Friday, 10 October 2014

The 27th annual Cheltenham Countryside Race Day, an iconic event in our year, will once again kick off the three day Open meeting. Cheltenham Countryside Race Day is the “start of term” for the National Hunt season and this year is in aid of the Countryside Alliance and the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal. Over the years the crowds have slowly risen and, as has often been said, the day now resembles the Festival in the ‘old days’. The country fair that is so much a part of the day will commence with the ever popular stallion parade between 11 and 11:30am. Gundog displays will take place in the paddock before racing, and the local hunt will parade on the course during the afternoon.

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National Trust Council Elections - 8 November 2014

Saturday, 4 October 2014

The National Trust AGM will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 8 November at STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon. There are 24 people standing for seven vacancies on the Trust council. National Trust members can vote for up to seven candidates. Whilst it is up to Countryside Alliance members, who are also members of the National Trust, how they use their vote, we very much hope they will read the candidates’ CVs carefully and vote for rural minded people. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Alliance’s political team on 020 7840 9260.

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The RSPCA spent £330,000+ prosecuting the Heythro

Wooler report vindicates our concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Countryside Alliance welcomes the arrival of the long-awaited report into the RSPCA’s prosecution strategy by Stephen Wooler, former CPS chief inspector. The report was commissioned in December 2013. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “Stephen Wooler’s report vindicates our position and accepts nearly every concern that we raised in relation to RSPCA prosecutions.

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Siegfried Sassoon served in the trenches

Tim Bonner explains the enduring appeal of "Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man"

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

In our Autumn 2014 magazine, as part of our Great War commemoration strand "The Countryside in War," Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner explains the enduring appeal of Siegfried Sassoon's classic work "Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man". In his article Tim writes that Sassoon is "brilliant on the strange, but common, contradiction of loving both the fox and the hunting of it..... it is perfectly possible to create a warm, even loving, portrayal of a way of life whilst also understanding its limitations and oddities." Click here to read the article.

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Our magazine's 'Countryside in War' series begins with horses in the Great War

Thursday, 18 September 2014

To commemorate the centenary of the Great War the Countryside Alliance's magazine will, over the next four years, include articles in a series entitled "The Countryside in War." First in this series is a piece on the horses used in the great war, the numbers, the logistics and the fears of the men who cared for them. Click here to read the piece, which begins with this quote from HM the King written in a letter to Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig: "It was a pleasure to me to find from the admirable condition of the horses and mules of the various units I inspected that the new Armies fully uphold our national reputation as good horse-masters." (NB in the print version received by members there is a printing error curtailing this article. This online version is correct.)

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Win a magnum of Pol Roger Champagne in our Tumblers' Club Competition

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

In conjunction with the new 2014/15 hunting season The Countryside Alliance, generously supported by Pol Roger Champagne are running a new competition. We would like you to send in your photographs (open to amateurs only) of the most humorous tumble that you manage to capture on camera this season, to celebrate the brave souls that go hunting and the trusty steeds that carry them.

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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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Cheltenham Countryside Day 14th November - prize draw winner

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Thanks to the hundreds of you who entered our draw to win tickets to the Countryside Day at the Open at Cheltenham on Friday 14th November. Congratulations to Pauline McCabe who has been drawn as the winner. Pauline wins tickets for herself and a guest to enjoy Countryside Day at The Open, thanks to Cheltenham Racecourse., including a a three course buffet lunch and afternoon tea. Congratulations to Pauline, have a wonderful day.

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