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BBC perspective on the hunters’ Ratner moment

We blogged yesterday on the own goal scored by the Countryside Alliance on the Politics Show South West at the weekend.

Their PR disaster continues with a devastating blog post by Martyn Oates, presenter of the programme.

The irony is that the “period of silence” they expected from us in the run up to the election appears to be the strategy their hopeless PR team are employing themselves. Hilarious!

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Royal Corgis go veggie to avoid hunt ban

Her Majesty the Queen has reportedly insisted that her pet Corgis are moved onto a vegetarian diet to make them less likely to chase foxes which stray into the grounds of Buckingham Palace and other royal palaces.

The Hunting Act 2004 made it a criminal offence to hunt a fox with dogs for ‘sport’ and whilst some politicians are promising a return to hunting, Her Majesty is thought to be keen to reflect public opinion on the matter by ensuring her own dogs don’t fall foul of the law. Opinion polling for organisations such as the League Against Cruel Sports consistently shows that public opinion is strongly in favour of maintaining the hunting ban.

Renard Chasse, a spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports, welcomed the announcement, saying the Queen was leading the way as a responsible dog owner. “We have long said that if a member of the public allowed their pet dogs to rampage across the highway, people’s gardens, and farms, they would be prosecuted. But no-one challenges the hunts when their hounds rampage. It’s one law for them and one for the rest of us. We’re delighted to see the Queen leading from the front in this way.”

Buckingham Palace allegedly sought the advice of the Countryside Alliance on trail hunting, but they were unable to help.

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Wildlife crime officer wins international accolade

It was announced at the 15th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties in Doha, Qatar, last week, that National Wildlife Crime Unit investigator Andy McWilliam (formerly Wildlife Crime Officer with Merseyside Police) has won the Clark R. Bavin Award. For several years, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), a non-governmental organisation based in the United States, has presented awards to persons who have engaged in one or more exemplary law enforcement actions to protect species of wildlife listed in the Appendices of the Convention. The issuance of these awards has been undertaken in cooperation with the Species Survival Network, an international coalition of over eighty non-governmental organisations, including AWI. The awards, named after a former chief of the law enforcement division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have traditionally been presented by the Secretary-General of CITES during meetings of the Conference of the Parties.

Apart from his CITES work, Andy has worked tirelessly over the years to bring to justice people who have persecuted and abused birds and animals in the UK and this award is very richly deserved. Congratulations to Andy!

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League’s chair becomes QC

The Times reported on Friday that our chairman, barrister John Cooper, is to be appointed Queen’s Counsel later this month.

John is a fine barrister of many years experience, specialising in crime and human rights. He has also led prosecutions against defendants under the Hunting Act.

We are delighted for John and also for Gordon Nardell, another anti-hunting barrister who has done fine work for the League in the past.

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Parliamentary Briefing – February

Our monthly Parliamentary Briefing for February has been published. Topics include:
  • A new look for the League
  • Keep Cruelty History campaign
  • Debunking the hunters’ arguments
  • Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations
  • Majority of MLAs back a ban on snares
  • Scottish Parliament considers snaring petition
  • “Rock solid” support for Hunting Act as it reaches fifth anniversary

The Briefing is sent to all MPs, Peers, PPCs, AMs, MLAs and MSPs.

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Hunt condemned as three hounds killed in main road carnage

A Somerset hunt has been condemned as “grossly irresponsible” after three of their hounds were killed in a road traffic incident on the A303 near Tintinhull, north of Yeovil.

The Seavington Hunt had met at Ash, near Martock, Somerset on Saturday morning. Around midday, hounds belonging to the hunt ran across the trunk road, a busy route across the county.

Eye witnesses reported hearing a “dull thud” as the hounds were hit by vehicles, and that three hounds were killed.

A spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports said:

“That no-one was killed in this havoc is a miracle. The hunt are grossly irresponsible for allowing their hounds to go anywhere near a main road, especially if they were hunting a trail as they will undoubtedly claim. If they can’t control their hounds then they should stop going out until they learn that basic skill.”

The incident has been reported to Avon & Somerset Police who are investigating.

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League to launch major campaign against rabbit jumping

We’re only joking. But we’d certainly be interested in our supporter’s views on this story from yesterday’s Daily Telegraph. Make your views known by adding a comment!

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