You may have seen in the last fortnight that the campaigns team has officially launched our action to urge the National Trust to ban ‘trail’ hunting on its land.

Most of you will know that hunts invented ‘trail’ hunting after the introduction of the Hunting Act 2004, 15 years ago, in which the hounds are supposed to follow pre-laid scents rather than real foxes.

But as we will be showing during the course of our campaign, if ‘trail’ hunting is real, then why are animals still being chased and killed by hunting hounds?

Our aim is simple: to help show the National Trust that ‘trail’ hunting is a sham, a cover for illegal hunting, that no trails are laid and the hunts are making a mockery of the Act. 

The National Trust is holding its annual meeting on October 31 and we’re backing a motion that’s being put forward by one of our supporters to urge the Trust to hold a members’ vote on whether to continue to license ‘trail’ hunting.

More than 200 of our own supporters who are also members of the Trust have signed to support it, and this week all those signatures were sent to the Trust for its consideration.

All we can do now is keep highlighting ‘trail’ hunting as a sham and wait to see if it is put on the agenda…but we are also asking for your help!

 Please help us spread our message by sharing our film to your friends and colleagues, either on social media or forwarding this email to them.

Also, please don’t cancel your National Trust membership. Only by having as many voices as possible can we seek to influence the trust into banning ‘trail’ hunting.

And, as our director of campaigns Chris Luffingham said recently, “The National Trust is a great organisation and the role it plays in preserving historic sites is second to none. However, one part of history it doesn’t need to preserve is fox hunting, even indirectly.”

You can watch our second video, which outlines the scale of hunt chaos on roads and railways.

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