The League ‘fox’ and campaigners in Stratford-upon-Avon call for an end to hunting on National Trust land

Volunteers and staff from the leading national animal welfare charity, including one in a fox costume, gathered on Sheep Street opposite Bancroft Gardens 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: “We got a great reception from the people of this lovely historic market town. The League ‘fox’ was very popular with the public, who were keen to be photographed with this lovely, fluffy character.

“We spoke with lots of local people from across Warwickshire, many of whom were National Trust members, and who enthusiastically signed up to our campaign calling on the National Trust to stop fox hunting on its land.”

The day of action in Stratford-upon-Avon is one of a series of League actions taking place across the country this summer ahead of the National Trust’s 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 National Trust to its credit paused the licensing of trail hunting after this, but it is now time to have the ban made permanent.


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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