Moves to ban fox hunts from North Northamptonshire council land

Friday, November 26, 2021

The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed moves by councillors to ban fox hunts from North Northamptonshire Council land.

A motion is being tabled at the council meeting on Wednesday, December 1 by Councillor Alison Dalziel that “will not permit trail hunting, exempt hunting, or any form of hunt meets, on its land.”

Nick Weston, head of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Trail hunting was invented by hunts after the hunting ban but has now been exposed in a major court case for what it really is – a smokescreen to cover up the chasing and killing of foxes.

“It’s now time for councils and landowners to act and prevent hunts from accessing their land and we welcome this move by North Northamptonshire councillors.”

The council vote on trail hunting falls against the backdrop of the conviction of Mark Hankinson, the disgraced now former director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, who was convicted of encouraging or assisting others to break the Hunting Act 2004, under the Serious Crimes Act 2007. He was caught telling hunt masters how to use the excuse of so-called ‘trail’ hunting to get away with killing animals.

‘Trail’ hunting was described by Judge Tan Ikram, deputy chief magistrate of England and Wales, as a ‘sham’ and a ‘fiction’.

The licensing of trail hunting was ended for good recently by The National Trust, Natural Resources Wales and Malvern Hills Trust.

Other councils have banned trail hunting on their land recently including Peterborough City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, and West Cheshire Council have suspended it pending a vote on a ban.

There were ten reports of suspected illegal fox hunting in Northamptonshire during the 2019/2020 fox hunting season which runs from November until March every year.

Nick Weston added: “Public opinion – both in towns and the countryside – is in favour of ending the cruel and barbaric activities associated with fox hunting.

“Councillors now have a chance to protect local wildlife by voting in favour of this motion banning fox hunts from its land.”

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Notes to editors

See here to find out more about trail hunting.

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