Campaigners on Cambridge’s streets call for an end to fox hunting on National Trust land

Volunteers and staff from the leading national animal welfare charity, including one in a fox costume, gathered outside the Cambridge Guildhall to urge the public to take action and sign up to its National Trust campaign.

Nick Weston, head of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “It is evident that tragically fox hunting is still taking place despite the ban, so we are calling on the National Trust to stop licensing ‘trail’ hunts on its land once and for all.

“The overwhelming majority of the public oppose fox hunting and it’s time to consign this barbaric activity to the history books for good.”

The National Trust to its credit suspended the licensing of trail hunting after this, but it’s now time to have the ban made permanent.

The National Trust is expected to hold its AGM in October when there will be a vote in which members will get the chance to call for a permanent ban on the licensing of trail hunting.

The day of action in Cambridge marked the launch of a series of League actions taking place across the country this summer.

Nick Weston added: “Today we had a successful day meeting the public in Cambridge and explaining how sadly, the National Trust has been licensing trail or fox hunting.

“It was lovely to meet so many people who shared our concerns about the brutal blood sport of fox hunting and signed up to join our campaign to end the licensing of trail hunting on National Trust land.”


Notes to editors

Enclosed is a link to our web page on the realities of what trail hunting really is.

Social distancing, masks and hand sanitisers were used at all times and staff took a Covid-19 lateral flow test in advance of the day of campaigning.

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