The impact of hunting with dogs on people, animals and communities is easily encompassed by the term hunt havoc.
Hunt havoc is the behaviour by a hunting party whether in whole or in part, and/or their hunting hounds and supporters, which causes nuisance, distress, danger or damage to other people, their animals, or their property.
Between, 1 January 2018 and 23 March 2022 the League has been made aware of at least 310 reports of hunt havoc incidents involving at least 101 hunts. We believe this represents only a fraction of the true scale of the havoc hunts cause. Typically, a hunt will go hunting more than once a week, every week, during the hunting season.
The seven principal categories of hunt havoc are:
Hunt havoc takes place all across the country, but in some places it is far worse than others. Below are the top four counties in the UK for hunt havoc incidents: