The Countryside Alliance?s chair Kate Hoey MP has written to the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) following the revelation that the police association?s logo appeared apparently without authorisation on the website www.huntingact.org. The site is produced by the League Against Cruel Sports, the RSPCA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare and purports to include ?best practice? guidelines for prosecuting hunts.

In her letter to Sir Hugh Orde, the president of ACPO, Ms Hoey wrote: The impression is given that the activities of these NGOs are somehow sanctioned by the police. Indeed, my first impression when I originally saw the website was that it was a police site.

In his reply, Sir Hugh wrote: The example of the ACPO logo you have included in your correspondence has not been sanctioned by my communications staff and I thank you for drawing this to our attention.

It does appear that the site in question seeks to draw its readers? attention to the ACPO guidance, which of course they are entitled to do, however we will be approaching the organisation to challenge the use of our logo.

The rest of this article appears in the 21st December issue of Shooting Times.

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