Alliance pledges to keep fighting Hunting Act

THE DIVISIONAL Court has dismissed the applications for judicial review made by the Human Rights claimants challenging the Hunting Act.

But the Countryside Alliance has already said that it intends to appeal against the decision.

Allaince chairman John Jackson said: “The judges have accepted that there is interference with some of the claimants rights, and that the Hunting Act will have a substantial general adverse effect on the lives of many in the rural community.

“However, the Court, ignoring events in the Commons and the Lords, appears to have proceeded on the assumption that Parliament had a legitimate aim and has itself then speculated on what that may have been.

“Whether the Court is right to have proceeded in this way is plainly a controversial question. We have been granted leave to take this case to the Court of Appeal.”

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