The League Against Cruel Sports was disappointed to see a motion to ban ‘trail’ hunting on Cherwell District Council land defeated tonight.

The council motion was the third to be voted on since the launch of a police investigation into explosive comments by senior hunt officials during two training webinars.

In them they seem to admit that trail hunting is a “smokescreen” to cover up the chasing and killing of foxes.

Chris Luffingham, director of campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, said:

“I’d like to thank those councillors and their supporters who put so much energy into the campaign to ban trail hunting on council land in Cherwell. It is a travesty that other elected representatives in the council chamber refused to acknowledge the substance of the motion and the facts placed before them. Some councillors even advocated the hunting of foxes and showed just how out of touch they are with the situation.

“We’re confident that other councils across the country will look at the issue and take it a step further than Cherwell was able to do, banning trail hunting and denying hunts the land they need to carry on with their barbaric blood sport.”

Motions against trail hunting have recently been successfully passed at Peterborough City Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council.