Calls for fundraising company to stop hosting online auctions for fox hunts

The League Against Cruel Sports is calling on the fundraising company Jumblebee to stop fox hunts from hosting online auctions.

Campaigners at the League, one of the UK’s leading animal welfare charities, have established that 18 fox hunts have held online auctions on Jumblebee’s website, raising more than £120,000.

A separate auction for the International Hounds Show last year raised £83,000 for hunts around the world and the Masters of Foxhounds Association, meaning these online auctions have helped fox hunts pocket more than £200,000. Jumblebee profits by taking five per cent of the total proceeds from these auctions.

It follows a recent expose in which senior members of the hunt lobby are caught on camera seemingly admitting that trail hunting is a smokescreen for the chasing and killing of foxes – something the League has been saying for more than a decade.

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns, at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Polling shows the vast majority of the British public are opposed to fox hunting and would be shocked to learn that hunts are being allowed to use Jumblebee to raise large amounts of money to fund their barbaric blood sport.

“It’s time for Jumblebee to stop allowing fox hunts to raise money on its online auction site. The recent revelations from the hunts themselves about trail hunting seemingly being a smokescreen for the chasing and killing of animals should be a clear sign of where the thousands of pounds raised for hunts is really going.”

Despite fox hunting being banned in 2005 and national lockdowns, the League Against Cruel Sports received more than 300 reports of suspected illegal hunting during 2020/21 – 11 of these reports were of hunts that have held auctions on the Jumblebee website. Fox hunting is currently suspended due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

The League also commissioned polling from Survation in February 2020 which showed that 67 per cent of the public would think more positively of a company that promised not to allow, promote or support ‘blood sports’ such as hunting, shooting, or animal fighting.

Chris Luffingham, added:

“It’s time for businesses to disassociate themselves from fox hunts and animal cruelty – a decision that would be popular with their customers.

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 Notes to Editors

Link to ITV News at Ten expose

The 11 hunts which were witnessed being involved in suspected illegal hunting are:

Cattistock Hunt

Cumberland Farmers Foxhounds

Derwent Hunt

Eggesford Hunt

Fitzwilliam (Milton) Hunt

Hursley Hambledon Hunt

Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt

Sinnington Hunt

The Berkeley Hunt

The Vine & Craven Hunt

Worcestershire Hunt

Survation polling February 2020:

If a company promised not to allow, promote or support ‘blood sports’ such as hunting, shooting or animal fighting, would this make you view them more positively or more negatively?

 

Much more positively:                34%

Somewhat more positively:        33%

My view would not change:        25%

Somewhat more negatively:       2%

Much more negatively:               3%

Don’t know:                               2%

 

Survation conducted an online survey of 1,012 people aged 18+ living in Great Britain, 26th – 27th February 2020. Data tables are available here.

For more information or interview requests please contact the League Against Cruel Sports Press Office on 01483 524250 (24hrs) or email pressoffice@league.org.uk

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