A poll conducted by Survation on behalf of Keep The Ban reveals that 76% of those surveyed think ‘conducting hunting activities in residential areas should be illegal’. 12% of respondents said they believed hunting activities in residential areas should be legal with the remaining 12% stating they didn’t know. The question was posed in relation to the Mini’s Law campaign backed by Keep The Ban in which campaigners are calling for the introduction of the Public and Animal Safety Bill 2021. It follows the incident involving Mini the cat who was killed by out of control hounds from the Western Hunt in Cornwall.

The results demonstrate a clear majority in favour of legislation against hunting activities conducted in residential areas and it is unsurprising considering the numerous incidents involving hunts in recent times. Our ‘Hunting Havoc’ report logged all of the incidents dating from the beginning of the most recent hunting season (October 1st 2020) to the 4th January where the hunting season was postponed. This report revealed how there had been an incident involving hunts terrorising domestic animals or livestock on average every two weeks. This is shocking not only considering the number of incidents in such a short space of time but considering it is highly likely that there are more incidents not reported. It is also worth mentioning that the most recent hunting season took place under unprecedented circumstances and that the number of hunting days would have been considerably lower than in 2019/20.

Full details of the 2021 Survation survey:

The question posed to the 1,041 residents aged 18+ living in theUK was as follows:

“A March 2021 report by Keep The Ban found that every two weeksthere is a reported incident involving hunting hounds and domestic animals /livestock. In a recent incident, a cat was killed. In a statement, the huntingorganisation described this type of incident as "incredibly rare"while also stating they would be "reviewing their procedures to preventany recurrence.” Campaigners are calling for a change in the law to make itillegal for hunting activities to be conducted in a residential area or in anyother public place.

Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

The survey was conducted via online interview. Invitations tocomplete the survey were sent out to members of the panel. Different responserates from different demographic groups were taken into account.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban