Tag: fox hunting

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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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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Guest Post: Forestry England and Fox Hunting #3 | DEFRA’s Petition Response

“On 10th September, Defra responded to my petition calling for an end to fox & hare hunting on public land, doing so on behalf of Forestry England . The War on Wildlife Project has already posted about this and I have a few thoughts of my own to share as well. Firstly, in defending so-called ‘trail hunting’, Defra expects us to believe it actually exists when in reality it is a farce. The examples I referred to in the petition itself were of hunts tearing foxes apart, hounds rampaging through residential areas and more. Why does Defra think these incidents happen with such regularity if hunting organisations were genuinely trying to avoid harming wildlife? Secondly, the Kimblewick Hunt ban receives a mention. Defra holds this up as an example of Forestry England taking action, but it only shows the opposite to be true.” Guest post by Jack Riggall

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Mendip Farmers Hunt – hound killed on busy road

Warning – distressing image in this post:
Wiltshire Hunt Saboteurs yesterday witnessed a hunting hound used by the Mendip Farmers Hunt – whose website proclaims “We love to see visitors and children and we hunt Wednesday and Saturday in the season” – killed on the busy A39. Apart from the absurdity of even being able to state openly that they ‘hunt twice a week in the season’ (‘hunt’ not ‘trail’ or ‘drag’ hunt, and how is there even a season for this disgusting hobby?), apart from the chilling notion of involving children in bloodsports, how – all right-minded people will be asking – if hounds were following a laid-down scent as they were supposed to be, how could they have ended up on a main road dodging cars?

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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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Guest Post | Forestry England & Fox Hunting #2 – the Chair’s Endorsement of Bloodsport Lobbyists

This second entry is just a brief outline of something that I think should be highlighted. Throughout the last hunting season, Forestry England gave out 34 ‘trail’ hunting licences. It didn’t really seem to matter what hunts did [with the exception of the Kimblewick Hunt], as hunters were at various times convicted and investigated with no apparent impact on how Forestry England considered licence applications. Part way through the season, the Forestry Commission appointed a new Chair, Sir William Worsley. The Commissioner’s Register of Interests were later published and amongst other things, the new Chairman is a member of the Countryside Alliance, the pro-bloodsports lobby group.

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