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AXA | Insuring fox hunting

Fox hunts (and there are still hundreds operating across the UK despite the passing of the Hunting Act which banned the hunting of wild mammals with dogs almost twenty years ago) operate as businesses. Many (scandalously in our opinion) received grants to help them through lockdown – according to a report in The Independent in September last year, councils in England and Wales had by then already given hunts more than £160,000 of taxpayers’ money in grants intended to help businesses struggling during the pandemic – and those ‘businesses’ need to be insured. A recent series of posts by the campaign group Hunting Leaks has shown that insurance is being provided by AXA, a French-based multinational insurance group which reported gross revenues of €96.723 billion for 2020. Here in the UK Axa trades as Axa UK, with subsidiaries including Axa Insurance, Axa Wealth and Axa Health, and Swiftcover. We have no doubt at all that AXA and Swiftcover want to do the right thing. Many of us are offering to help them do exactly that. All they need to do is ask…

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Kimblewick | Police investigate claims of illegal fox hunting

A few days ago the notorious Kimblewick Hunt were filmed on cctv cameras killing a fox on a private estate. The footage – boosted by an interview with the property owners by ITV News reporter Rupert Evelyn – was taken from a number of angles and is unequivocal. The Hunt (of course) made the usual noises – sorry, out of control, nothing to do with us guv – though, as we noted two days ago, one of the huntsman involved seemed unconcerned, writing all about the joyful ride out on which the fox was killed for the hunting magazine Horse and Hound 9while leaving out the incriminating details of course). ITV News is today reporting that police are investigating the incident “under the Hunting Act (2004) and are appealing for information”. It is pretty bloody obvious from the video what happened here, and if the officers involved are fed up with hunts pissing them about by breaking both the Hunting Act and covid regulations you just never know. We’ll keep our fingers crossed anyway…

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Renfrewshire Council chiefs urged to reaffirm opposition to fox hunting

The fall out from the leaked Hunting Office webinars has crossed the border into Scotland, with a report in today’s Daily Record quoting Renfrewshire Council’s elected member Audrey Doig asking the local authority to “reaffirm its position that no fox hunting activities will be allowed to occur on any land or property owned or managed by Renfrewshire Council”. Fox hunting is of course illegal in Scotland. It was banned under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, but as the campaigning charity One Kind points out, “Before the ban in 2002 there were ten operational mounted fox hunts in Scotland. There are still ten today. According to the hunts themselves, they kill about 800 foxes every year.” One of those hunts is the notorious Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Foxhounds. The Glasgow Hunt Sabs regularly report the illegal activities of this hunt on their Facebook page. This includes a savage attack in October this year on a lone hunt monitor by hunt followers (covered in the Daily Record under the headline “Disabled man viciously battered by vile blood sport thugs after he protests at Scots fox hunt”).

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Fox Hunting banned (again)

We’ve been waiting for an official update on fox hunting. No, sadly, not the one we all hoped for (that the government is finally cracking down on the myth that is so-called ‘trail hunting’) but an admission that this time the Covid lockdown rules apply to rural hooligans on horseback as much as they do to the rest of us. And given that most hunts seem to function only with multiple riders, multiple ‘supporters’ following them about, and multiple terriermen to dig foxes out of badger setts, the ‘You can only go outside with one other person’ rule should have made it abundantly clear that hunting has to stop. The wonderful Hunt Sabs released a tweet with what seemed to be official advice from the so-called Hunting Office almost a week ago, and we’ve been checking their website every day since. And finally there it was. In writing…

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38 Degrees | Help struggling businesses – not fox hunting groups

“Shropshire County Council has given money that was intended to help businesses struggling because of COVID…to fox hunting groups. While shops on our high streets close their doors, aid that’s meant to help them weather the Covid-19 crisis has gone to fund cruel bloodsports instead. Animal welfare groups and some MPs are already kicking up a fuss. Now what’s needed is a massive outcry from the public – to show we don’t want public funds going to groups that are propping up this cruel practice. Will you sign the petition now?” 38 Degrees petition

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Fox hunting in Wales banned under new Covid restrictions

Fox hunting was banned in Wales (and in England and Scotland) by the passing of the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force the following year. Fox hunting has continued under the guise of so-called ‘trail hunting’, escaping the Rule of Six restriction that is intended to slow down community transmission of the coronavirus, but now even that loophole appears to have been closed as Wales prepares to enter a full ‘firebreak’ lockdown from 23rd October. hunting activities in Wales should cease after 6pm on Friday 23rd October, until Monday 9th November. (They should have ceased from 2005 but we’ll park that thought for a while…)

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Guest Post | Forestry England & Fox Hunting #5 – the United Pack in Shropshire

“In Shropshire, Forestry England has been licencing the United Pack. The United Pack are a hunt I’ve encountered on National Trust land when they had a ‘trail hunting’ licence for the site, but because myself and others documented the hunt’s terriermen on the site in December 2018, the licence was revoked. On top of their regular trespass across National Trust land, information requests have revealed that the United Pack regularly hunt across Forestry England’s land without permission too, often enough for the government department to threaten the use of solicitors and then write to the Master of Foxhounds Association [MFHA]…” Guest post by Jack Riggall

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Guest Post | Forestry England & Fox Hunting #4 – New Petition Against Licences Launched

“Very recently, my own petition calling for an end to ‘trail’ hunting licences being granted came to a close, with 11,949 signatures. I’m very glad to see that Robert Pownall from the anti-hunt campaign group Keep The Ban immediately took up the issue and launched another petition to end these licences. As I write this, the petition has been active for less than a week and has already gathered over 10,000 signatures, which means Defra will once again have to publish a written response to defend fox hunting on public land – very soon after having to do the same with my petition. I’m confident that Robert’s petition can gather over 100,000 signatures and I hope the fact that calls for Forestry England to stop giving out hunting licences aren’t slowing down shows the decision makers that this issue isn’t going away.” Guest post by Jack Riggall

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