On the trail of the Festival of Hunting

Leading animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports has condemned plans to push forward with the nationwide Festival of Hunting regardless of the conviction of a senior determine in the looking world for encouraging hunts to interrupt the legislation.

One of looking’s high bosses, Mark Hankinson, was convicted late final 12 months of deliberately encouraging or helping others to commit an offence below the Hunting Act 2004, as reported in The Ecologist.

The Festival of Hunting is about to happen in Peterborough subsequent month, however this week the charity was in the city calling on politicians to sentence the occasion.


Chris Luffingham, director of exterior affairs at the League Against Cruel Sports, stated: “It’s merely conceitedness on behalf of the hunts that they might go forward with a nationwide celebration of a so-called sport that has been discovered, in courtroom, to be a sham and a mirage for quaint unlawful looking.”

Hankinson was discovered responsible below the Serious Crimes Act 2007 of telling greater than 100 huntsmen tips on how to use the “smokescreen” of ‘trail’ looking to get away with looking actual animals.

Chris added: “Enough is sufficient. We are calling on politicians to sentence the squalid Festival of Hunting and to strengthen the Hunting Act and eventually cease the immense struggling of wildlife at the palms of these degenerate and barbaric hunts.”

The League’s occasion noticed the viewers and panelists slamming the Festival of Hunting and the brutal and legal world of fox looking. 


Dominic Dyer, coverage adviser at the Born Free Foundation, stated: “Foxhunting is an more and more politically poisonous exercise which needs to be consigned to the historical past books.

“Despite the failure of the UK Government to strengthen the Hunting Act, this can stay a key difficulty of concern for all candidates at the subsequent election.”

Kate Stephenson, an creator, wildlife blogger and conservationist, stated: “The thought of internet hosting this competition in Peterborough appears fully illogical and out of contact.

“Not least as a result of of the mixture of public opinion being so strongly in favour of strengthening the Hunting Act and the identified factor of trail looking being a smokescreen for criminality.”

A sequence of the nation’s largest landowners, together with the National Trust, have now banned trail looking on their land, with the Lake District National Park Authority being the most up-to-date physique to take this vital step.

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Brendan Montague is editor of The Ecologist. This article is predicated on a press launch from the League Against Cruel Sports. 

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