Trail hunting suspension on national park authority land will not be lifted

26th July 2022 THE suspension of trail hunting on land owned by the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) will not be lifted following the successful appeal of a prominent huntsman, it has been announced. It was amid the police probe that led to the conviction of Mark Hankinson last year that the authority introduced …

HUNTSMAN’S APPEAL RULING

20th July 2022 Press release 20 July 2022 For immediate release National animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports is urging the government to strengthen the Hunting Act in the face of a legal U-turn against one of hunting’s top people. Mark Hankinson, former director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, today had his …

Stag hunts ‘chased exhausted deer and shot one dead’

14th June 2022 Two stag hunts have been filmed chasing exhausted deer with hounds across the West Country before shooting one dead as it hid in undergrowth. Devon and Somerset are home to the UK’s only three remaining deer hunts – the Tiverton Staghounds, the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and the Quantock Staghounds. Investigators from …

Bid to close loopholes in Scotland’s law banning hunting with dogs

A Bill has been introduced which seeks to make the law clearer and close loopholes. 25th February 2022 Ministers have pledged to close the loopholes which have allowed the illegal hunting of animals with packs of dogs to continue in Scotland. A Bill has been introduced at the Scottish Parliament which would seek to make …

DAMNING VIDEO SHOWS DOZENS OF DEAD ‘GAME’ BIRDS BEING DUMPED BY WELSH SHOOT

Thursday, January 27, 2022 Damning video evidence has been obtained showing dozens of dead ‘game’ birds being dumped into a natural cavern on the Dyfi Falls shooting estate in mid-Wales. The footage was captured at the Welsh beauty spot in Powys by professional investigators from leading animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports, which …

Is time running out for hunting in the UK after a damaging year?

26th December 2021 By any measure, hunting has had a terrible year. The conviction of a leading huntsman, for giving a masterclass to those that run hunts on how to break the Hunting Act and trail hunt illegally, has weakened the sport while fuelling the anti-hunt movement. The reverberations are rippling through the countryside and …

Ministers urged to ban trail hunting ahead of Boxing Day hunt

26th December 2021 Ministers are being urged to ban trail hunting on public land ahead of this year’s traditional Boxing Day hunt, amid concern from critics that the practice is being used as a smokescreen for illegal foxhunting. In a landslide vote at the National Trust’s annual meeting in November, members voted overwhelming to ban …

Calls for the end of trail hunting on public land over ‘smokescreen’ fears

25th December 2021 Trail hunting must be ended on public land over concerns the practice is being used as a cover for illegal fox hunting, ministers have been told. Both Labour and the League Against Cruel Sports criticised the government for granting licences ahead of Boxing Day meets. Their calls came after a senior huntsman …