What’s next for the Somerset campaign?

At last week’s local elections, the people of Somerset elected 110 councillors to the forthcoming Somerset Council. They chose to elect new political leadership for the county.

What does that mean for Somerset?

With a newly elected set of policy makers in place, and a new council with more powers on the horizon, there has never been a better opportunity to win a victory for wildlife in the heartlands of hunting.

In the run up to the local election we were busy building a new League Against Cruel Sports supporter group for Somerset, made up of like minded people who want to end hunting.

The new supporter group has been helping us to speak to the people of Somerset in Taunton and Bridgwater. The message we heard loud and clear is this is a county that has had enough of illegal hunting.

Locals were shocked to hear that stags, foxes, hare, and mink are still hunted in the beautiful countryside of the Westcountry. Like us, they want it stopped and want the cruelty to end.

What next?

Fuelled by the positive reaction from residents, we have been busy planning the next stage of the campaign to strike a blow for animals in one of the country’s hunting hotspots.

The League Against Cruel Sports and Action Against Fox Hunting will be gathering outside County Hall in Taunton on Friday 27 May – with placards, banners, and the League fox – to launch our petition calling for a ban on hunting on Somerset Council land. Please join us if you can.

The new petition will give Somerset residents a chance to raise their voices for animals and tell their new council that enough is enough.

To keep the campaign momentum up, League campaigners will be out locally, gathering signatures to end hunting on Somerset Council land.

As well as speaking to people on the streets, we will be sharing stories from those whose lives have been blighted by the hunts. We will show people what the hunts really get up to.

To compliment the campaign further, we will be working with local politicians behind the scenes to build support for the ban.

Some of our brilliant supporters have already emailed their county councillors and found them supportive. If you have a spare ten minutes, why not send yours an email today.

There are many other ways you can help end this barbaric ‘sport’. If you don’t follow the League on your social media, now is the time to start.

By sharing our posts about hunting in Somerset, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you will help us reach more people who will stand up for animals as you do.

If you want to be part of bringing major change to Somerset, email John Petrie, our regional campaigns manager, at johnpetrie@league.org.uk.

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