Hunt Protocol Agreed with the Ulster Farmers Union

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been developed by Countryside Alliance Ireland and The Northern Ireland Masters of Hounds Association, in conjunction with the Ulster Farmers’ Union.  The main purpose of the Memorandum is to inform and advise on best practice and protocol for those engaged in hunting with hounds on agricultural land and to encourage compliance. 

The MOU sets out the basis on which Countryside Alliance Ireland, The Northern Ireland Masters of Hounds Association and the Ulster Farmers Union will co-operate for the good of country sports and the rural way of life in Northern Ireland.

Lyall Plant, Chief Executive Countryside Alliance Ireland said: “I believe that such co-operation is essential in light of the many threats currently facing Northern Ireland’s countryside, which must be addressed constructively and collaboratively by all like-minded people and organisations.

This memorandum re-affirms Countryside Alliance Ireland’s endeavours for the benefit of the wider countryside and combines them with The Northern Ireland Masters of Hounds Association’s responsibilities for hunting and the Ulster Farmers Union’s responsibility to landowners”.

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