Representatives from the international hunting community met for a conference in the Republic of Ireland last week and signed the historic Charter of the International Union of Hunting with Hounds which included the declaration that "This Union...actively opposes those who seek to attack the interests of hunting with hounds."
The Charter sets down common beliefs relating to animal welfare, wildlife management, stewardship, culture, hounds, the right to choose and, finally, unity and solidarity. Commitment to animal welfare and hunting's cultural heritage are key, as is the belief that "the animal rights' agenda threatens successful wildlife management throughout the world".
Countryside Alliance Deputy Chief Executive John Gardiner, a signatory of the Charter, commented: "The Countryside Alliance is committed to the repeal of the Hunting Act in the UK and to have this level of international support for hunting is a huge boost to our campaign. The Charter is an historic document that paves the way for future generations and I am extremely proud of the part the Charter will play in hunting's history and its future."
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