It’s a sad day for British wildlife as the National Trust has voting against the motion for a ban on hunting activity. Despite the evidence that ‘trail hunting’ is nothing but a cover for illegal animal persecution, the National Trust will continue to license hunting on its land.
In the result out this afternoon, the number of people voting against the motion to ban Trail hunting was 30,985. Those for the motion was 30,686. This means that the motion failed by 299 votes. It is worth noting that the National Trust was given discretionary votes by some members, meaning that those votes were used by the National Trust to vote against the motion. Without those discretionary votes, the number of people who voted for the motion was actually greater than those who voted against. So the decision was swung against the motion by the National Trust board.
While it is disappointing that the National Trust will persist in allowing ‘trail hunting’ on its land, there is a silver lining: the extensive media debate has finally brought the false-alibi of ‘trail hunting’ into the spotlight and shifted the framing of the hunting debate forever.
At the beginning of the year we would never have dreamt that journalists would be calling our press-office to learn the difference between drag hunting and ‘trail hunting’, why the former is a legitimate alternative to pursuing a live animal and the latter is not. This is a significant development in the media’s portrayal and the public’s greater understanding of hunting, and is a step forward in gaining support for strengthening of the Hunting Act.
This campaign would be not have been possible without those who care passionately about ending hunting in the UK. The League has been campaigning hard, but we did not start this campaign. Credit must go to Helen Beynon who tabled the motion, and other campaigns groups such as National Dis-trust and Keeptheban who have been supporting Helen along-side the League.
But most importantly I would like to thank you, League Against Cruel Sports supporters. Once again you have risen to the occasion and done all you can to support this campaign, whether you are a National Trust member who voted, a concerned citizen who protested outside Trust properties or just shared our materials on social media. You continue to prove that the League is more than just staff, it is all of us working together.
The campaign is not over. This issue cannot be voted on for another 3 years, so it is up to us further prove that the National Trust’s new ‘trail hunting’ regulations are not enough to stop illegal hunting and unnecessary animal suffering. We will continue to investigate those that break the law, and with your support hold them and the National Trust to account.
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