Between 2020-21 hundreds of thousands of your tax money has gone to hunts and you probably have no idea about it.
So far we know of at least 8 councils that have given out money - Shropshire County Council who gave out £50,000, Powys County Council and Rutland Council who both handed out funding to the tune of £30,000, Babergh Council and North Dorset District Council who awarded £20,000, South Northamptonshire Council, Somerset West and Taunton District Council and the Isle of Wight Council also handed out £10,000 each.
Many of the hunts that have been given funding have a history of killing wildlife. The most notorious hunt being that of the Cottesmore Hunt who were handed over £30,000 by Rutland Council. In 2019 a dead fox was handed over to the police during a Cottesmore Hunt and in 2018 a pack of 10 Cottesmore Hunt hounds were killed in a car crash in Rutland. So the question is how and why taxpayer’s money has been given to hunts up and down the country.
COVID-19 GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
In April the Government launched its financial support for businesses during Covid-19. This meant that under Government rules any business that occupies a property and receives small business rate relief or rural rate relief is eligible for a small business grant.
The vast majority of hunts are classed as small businesses and so have been eligible for thousands of pounds of taxpayer money distributed by local authorities.
Following hundreds of Freedom Of Information requests sent out by Keep The Ban, we uncovered that over £180,000 has been awarded to hunts so far and it is highly likely that number is even higher.
The shocking discovery was picked up by The Mirror and various other news outlets and I recently spoke to BBC Radio 4 about the fact taxpayers money has been used to prop up the hunts.