Since 2017 Keep The Ban has drawn attention to the National Trust and their allowance of so-called ‘trail hunts’ to use their land.
These ‘trail hunts’ claim to follow an artificial scent as opposed to chasing live mammals – however, ‘trail hunting’ is nothing but a smokescreen for the illegal hunting of wildlife, and in reality is nothing but a trail of lies.
END THE LIES
A report from 2018-19 hunting season -
conducted by National Distrust
A report from 2018-19 hunting season, conducted by National Distrust highlighted that reckless and out of control hunts continue to wreak havoc across the countryside, terrorising and killing not only wildlife but domestic animals too. This same report, conducted of 44 randomly selected hunts ordinarily licenced by the National Trust, found that a third had convictions for assault upon monitors and that 70% of these hunts had members arrested for wildlife crime relating to activities carried out under so-called ‘trail hunts’.
The report is a damning reflection to the hunt groups and further fuel for the need to impose a permanent ban for trail hunting on National Trust land.
Evidence in the report also showcases the following illegal activity:
Until 2020 the National Trust has allowed ‘trail hunts’ to use their land. These licences are currently suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation into the leaked hunting office webinars.
We are calling for these suspensions to be made permanent and for hunting to be banned on all National Trust land indefinitely.
The lie that is ‘trail hunting’ has been well and truly exposed and now is the time to press the National Trust to ban all hunting on their land. The National Trust website states:
Our places provide homes for lots of different types of wildlife. We're working to ensure that these special places and their residents stay protected.
It’s time that they upheld with value statement.
If you are a National Trust member, please sign our pledge and join our fight to end hunting on trust land.