The closest the Countryside Alliance get to admitting defeat

The Countryside Alliance published its ‘General Election Briefing Note’ yesterday and, whilst they’d never admit it, the fact that hunting is mentioned only once is clearly a measure of the defeat the Alliance is feeling on its campaign to have the Hunting Act repealed. In fact, hunting isn’t mentioned at all in the ‘Country Pursuits’ section of the Note!

Their smokescreen campaigns on rural housing, education and farming all appear above ‘Country Pursuits’, which reads as follows:

Country pursuits need support and encouragement to thrive so that people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to
participate in them. They should receive a fair and balanced hearing in Parliament and in public and it is vital that those
who choose to take part should be able to do so free from prejudice and discrimination [sic].

Key Facts
• More than four million people went fishing in 2008. The annual economic activity associated with fishing is as
much as £2.75 billion
• Two-thirds of the UK rural land area is managed for shooting
• Game shooting is worth £1.6 billion to the UK economy and supports the equivalent of 70,000 full-time jobs

The questionable use of the word ‘Facts’ together with an absence of any mention of hunting is laughable, especially given the huge amounts of money the CA has ploughed into their ‘Repeal’ campaign. Perhaps they’ve finally got to grips with the fact that the public don’t want repeal, and have decided to pipe down on the issue. Time will tell.

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