MFHA - (Masters of Foxhounds Association)

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Online Stud Book

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The online studbook is available to members of the MFHA and others, from all countries, who are involved in the breeding of stud book foxhounds. Apply to the MFHA for access with this form.

Find a Hunt

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Find a pack of foxhounds in your area using our county by county database of hunts.

 

The Case for Repeal

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The Case for Repeal is the definitive argument for the scrapping of the Hunting Act. An updated version is available on the Countryside Alliance website.

 

Hunt Staff Benefit Society

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The Hunt Staff Benefit Society (HSBS) provides personal pension schemes specifically for hunt staff. Find out more about how to join the HSBS, or how to support the HSBS through various Fund Raising intiatives.

Boxing Day Meets 2014

              Support your local Hunt on Boxing Day

(Please note that Hunts not listed here will more than likely be meeting but have not let us know details - you can contact them directly for information through this link to our Find a Pack section).

Details of the Boxing Day Meets for 2014 can be found by clicking on one of the links below (updated Wednesday 17th December).  Hunts meet at 11 am unless otherwise stated.

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Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show 2014 Results (including Old English)

 

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Hunting Museum Relaunch

Warm praise for the newly refurbished Hunting Museum at foxhunting’s historic “capital”, Melton Mowbray, was expressed by Baroness Mallalieu when she performed its official re-launch on October 9th.

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Modern Foxhound Breeding

Foxhounds have changed over the years but their evolution has never been left to chance. They are carefully, and sometimes controversially, selected.  What kind of pack do you follow? by Martin Scott

Several types of hound are bred to hunt the fox in this country and around the world, though at the moment, sad to relate, they cannot serve their purpose here. Fashion has had a hand, to a degree, in the lines people have followed and this has not always been good for the hound itself. Fortunately, certain breeders have stuck to the type that suits them, their country and their hunt. This must be encouraged, not derided, especially when such hounds are needed as an outcross, for example with the Old English foxhound. In England only a handful of purebred Old English foxhound packs remain, and a similar number in Ireland. Likewise, in the United States and Canada the demise of the American foxhound and the English foxhound to make way for the crossbred and the Penn-Marydel-type, caused by the spread of the coyote, may create problems in the future, as the use of the two original types is reduced.

  Read the rest of this article on The Field website

Symposium on Wildlife Diseases and Conservation

vawm logoFollowing successful symposia in 2006, 2008 and 2010 a fourth Veterinary Association of Wildlife Management (VAWM) symposium is to be held at The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE on Thursday, 15th November, 2012
         
Topics will include:

The “Big society” and conservation
“One health” – integrating human, domestic animal and wildlife health
Life in the Wild – contrasting the life of wild and domestic animals
Disease threats from animal imports and pet travel
Bat disease surveillance
Cetacean strandings
Avian reintroductions and poisoning
 
A number of distinguished speakers have already been secured for what promises to be another influential and important meeting on wildlife diseases and conservation. Full programme and details will be published on the VAWM website

Hunting Act convictions

hunt buttonsThe Ministry of Justice has released new figures on Hunting Act convictions in England and Wales in response to a Parliamentary Question. In 2010 36 people were convicted of Hunting Act offences. None of those was employed by, or connected with, any hunt registered with the Masters of Foxhounds Association. Only one of those convictions relates to a hunt registered with the Council of Hunting Associations, of which the MFHA is a member.

Complete data from the Ministry of Justice from 2005 – 2010 shows that 181 people were convicted of Hunting Act offences. Just three of those people were connected to MFHA packs and three with other with registered CHA hunts. More than 97% of Hunting Act convictions did not involve hunts.

A Countryside Alliance press release on the conviction figures can be viewed here.

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