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Stop Forestry England granting licenses for Fox & Hare hunts

Submitted by Robert Pownall on Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Published on Tuesday 6th October 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 6th April 2021

Current Signatures: 19,656
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Stop Forestry England granting licenses for Fox & Hare hunts

Petition Details

For the most recent hunting season, Forestry England gave hunting licences for 34 fox & hare “trail hunts”. Despite hunting wild mammals with dogs being illegal, two of the licensed/previously licensed trail hunts have been associated with convictions under the Hunting and Animal Welfare Acts.

Additional Information

Other licensed fox hunts have recently been in the press for alleged trespass, killing foxes, losing control of their dogs & for another criminal conviction. A saboteur was severely injured at a hunt in early September that ordinarily receives a licence from Forestry England.

It is only a matter of time before more convictions and more bans will have to be implemented. The answer is simple and effective – stop granting licences to hunts that are continuing to use the myth of ‘trail hunting’ to chase and kill wildlife.


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