Tag: covid19

Covid-19 restrictions: Johnson is unsure but for hunts it’s ‘business as usual’

As was widely reported in the media yesterday, Boris Johnson seemed unsure just what the law on restrictions to halt the spread of Covid-19 actually says. A law that his own government implemented. We’ve already attempted to analyse the restrictions brought in earlier this month, and how it might impact fox hunting – which is already illegal under the Hunting Act 2004 which bans the hunting of mammals with hounds of course. While Johnson seems unsure what on earth is going on, fox hunts have had no such doubts. As the evidence on social media proves, their attitude is that laws, like paying taxes if you’re a wealthy businessman, are made for the little people. Here’s just a small part of the evidence collected from a quick look on social media (with thanks to the sabs and monioirs who spend so much time in the field to document this).

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Petition: Hunts and shoots should not be exempt from 6 person rule + Covid-19 restrictions

“Today it was announced that hunts and shoots will be exempt from the new 6 person rule. It still remains unclear whether this also means ‘trail hunts’ (fox hunts) are also exempt. ‘Trail hunting’ (fox hunting) is not on the approved list of ‘team sports’ and the restrictions on the outdoor activity of horse riding are very clear, any hunt that takes place with more than six people will be against the law. However, it would seem that hunts up and down the country will not allow the new law to prevent them from continuing ‘Autumn hunting’. According to a statement released by the Hunting Office, it is claimed that ‘Autumn Hunting is an organised outdoor activity and Hunts are operating within Covid-secure Guidelines.” Petition ‘Hunts and shoots should not be exempt from 6 person rule + Covid-19 restrictions’

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Fox Hunting lobbyists seeking way round new Covid law

New Covid-19 restrictions come into force in England, Scotland, and Wales this Monday as the number of infections rise sharply. These measures (commonly referred to as the ‘Rule of Six’) are posted on the gov.uk website. The so-called Countryside Alliance immediately announced they would be ‘reviewing the latest government guidance’ – we’re not lawyers but even we can understand that what the government announced is not ‘guidance’ but legal restrictions. The line that “this limit will be enforceable in law” should have given that away but perhaps they need it explaining again. This is NOT ‘guidance’ it is the law…

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