Glastonbury Festival has claimed it is not pro-hunting and that it was totally unaware that the notoriously violent Mendip Farmers Hunt had been using the festival as a means of fundraising. They have since stated the following;
“It has been brought to our attention that a group of these stewards represented a local hunt.
“We can confirm that this group will not be stewarding at Glastonbury in the future, and that we have fully vetted our list of stewarding groups to ensure that there are no other hunting organisations represented on it.”
The news comes following the release of minutes from a Mendip Farmers Hunt meeting in which the hunt stated that one of the reasons for their “poor financial state” was the loss of income from providing stewards when the festival was ultimately cancelled in 2020. The information was recently leaked by the organisation Innocent Badger that tirelessly campaigns against the badger cull.
[Image: Mendip Hunt Sabs – September 2020]
Many campaigners are sceptical as to whether or not the festival was previously aware of the hunt using the festival to raise much-needed funds due to the well known political views of Michael Eavis. He has previously been outspoken against anti badger cull campaigner Brian May, arguing that “He’s a danger to farming,” and “He doesn’t care about the badgers – he doesn’t know anything about it at all.”
The decision taken by the festival to ensure the hunt will no longer be able to use the event to fund raise comes as another major blow to the already struggling hunt supported by the Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.