Sign the Countryside Alliance’s online petition to register your vote against a ban

The Countryside Alliance plans to use the fact that Monday, 18 March is the anniversary of the Liberty and Livelihood March, postponed in 2001 due to FMD, to bring home to Parliament the strength of feeling that hunting instils in the countryside.

A dramatic gesture is planned in London, while many hunt kennels will open their doors to local media to give the public an insight into how hunting works.

Modern technology will also play a part, with supporters able to pledge their opposition to a ban on hunting online via the alliance’s website.

“This will effectively be a ‘virtual’ march,” explained Simon Hart, director of the Campaign for Hunting. “As well as pledges of support for our fight, it will be possible to post the sort of messages that would be shown on march placards and banners.

“This could include details of how a ban on hunting could affect you personally or simply refer to your hunt or sporting club. The petition should go on-line on Monday, 18 March and will remain live during the political process, so that when the issue comes back to Parliament, MPs can be made aware of the strength of opposition to a ban,”

An online petition could also help quantify international support for hunting in Britain – European supporters have attended rallies and marches in the past and a number of American hunts helped to raise funds and awareness of the campaign last spring.

Visit www.countryside-alliance.org to register your support fromMonday, 18 March.

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