Forestry England is responsible for managing and promoting the nation’s forests owned by the Government of the United Kingdom. However, what many people do not realise is that Forestry England gives permission for ‘trail hunts’ to use its land. For the most recent hunting season, Forestry England gave hunting licences for 48 days worth of fox & hare “trail hunts”. Despite hunting wild mammals with dogs being illegal, two of the licensed/previously licensed trail hunts have been associated with convictions under the Hunting and Animal Welfare Acts.
Other licensed fox hunts have recently been in the press for alleged trespass, killing foxes, losing control of their dogs & for another criminal conviction. A saboteur was severely injured at a hunt in early September that ordinarily receives a licence from Forestry England.
It is only a matter of time before more convictions and more bans will have to be implemented. The answer is simple and effective – stop granting licences to hunts that are continuing to use the myth of ‘trail hunting’ to chase and kill wildlife.
In October 2020 Keep The Ban launched a petition calling on Forestry England to stop granting licences for hunts.
So far over 30,000 people have backed the petition and we are on track to reach the 100,000 required to trigger a debate in Parliament.
You can sign the petition here – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/552017