Newspapers have reported that:
‘ The National Trust has urged members to reject a proposed ban on trail hunting on its land, and in advice to members published recently suggests trail hunting is no worse than mountain biking’.
In response to this, Conservatives Against Fox Hunting- Blue Fox Patron Sir Roger Gale MP comments:
‘I am wholly supportive of the proposed ban on fox hunting on National Trust land. To compare the hunting of wild animals with dogs to mountain biking is crass beyond belief
and demonstrates how out of touch with pubic opinion the management is . The majority of the Trust’s visitors, I believe, find fox Hunting as archaic and abhorrent a pastime as does the majority of the British public.’
Sir Roger joins Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Chris Packham, Ben Fogle and Dr Brian May who have all spoken out against trail hunting on National Trust land.
Lorraine Platt, Blue Fox Co Founder said:
‘Comparing mountain biking to hunting is most bizarre. Let’s have common sense here.
Mountain biking cannot be seriously compared with Hunts which are comprised of packs of dogs, large numbers of people on horseback and quadbikes chasing across National Trust land!’
National Trust members have contacted Blue Fox on their concerns on trail hunting on National Trust land. They say they wholeheartedly support a ban on trail hunting on National Trust land’.
Members will now have the opportunity to vote on a members resolution to ban trail hunting on National Trust land at the AGM in mid October
A group of National Trust members, have submitted a motion which will be voted on at the Trust’s AGM . If passed, the motion will prevent hunts from legally accessing large amounts of land across England and Wales.
National Trust members, can use their vote to ban the licensing of all hunting on Trust land. The arrangements for voting on each year’s AGM are described in the voting forms which are sent to members before the AGM.
See the findings on trail hunting by the International Fund for Animal Welfare ‘Trail of Lies’
The League Against Cruel Sports ‘
new report released in September 2017 ‘ The Conservation Problems of Hunting with Dogs during the Hunting Ban in England and
Wales’, looks into the conservation impacts of hunting including; habitat disturbance, environmental disturbance and disturbance
of protected species including badgers https://www.league.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=e7f4d27e-36a0-45b5-93a1-10014614ec2f