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Tell the Minister of the Department for Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs to ban hound hunts in the U.K. and to close all loopholes to the law. The hunts are reckless and dangerous for both animals and local residents. The brutal killing of an animal is not entertainment or sport!

Every year there are countless "accidents" that occur during hound hunts. A pack of hounds, ranging in numbers from 40-60 dogs, are released to chase a single fox. Once the hounds are on the scent of the fox, it is nearly impossible to call them off. While the hunters see the chase as a form of entertainment, wild animals are being brutally torn apart after being caught by the hounds. [1]

Although fox hunting has been banned in England and Wales since 2004, many hunters still illegally partake. The hunters use a loophole by calling these hound hunts "trail hunting," with the hounds following a scent trail, even though foxes are still being chased and killed. Still, the hunt doesn't usually stick to a particular trail.

Foxes aren't the only casualties; hound hunts often lead to the destruction of other vegetation and wildlife. Just this year, the animal sanctuary Celia Hammond Animal Trust — home to 130 rescue animals in varying stages of health — was victim to a hunt. A pack of hounds invaded and ran through the sanctuary, scaring the animals, and sending many fleeing into the woods. Many animals remained missing after the hounds attacked, with staff and volunteers fearing the missing animals had been killed. [2]

The list of victims goes beyond plants and animals. People who live in areas where hunts take place often feel trapped, as they are subjected to threats from hunters if they speak out against the hunts. Many residents attest that these hunts can have a large influence on their lives, and they feel they must accept these hunting practices to avoid such threats and intimidation. [3]

Help put an end to the cruel practices of hound hunting. Sign now and call for an explicit ban of hunting with hounds. Demand that the 2004 Hunting Act is updated with stronger restrictions that are appropriately enforced.

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To the Minister of the Department for Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs,

The blood sport of hound hunting needs to come to an end across the United Kingdom, and all legal loopholes need to be closed! Innocent animals do not deserve to be chased and then torn apart in the name of sport.

Animal torture is neither sport nor entertainment. Despite the ban of fox hunting in 2004, it continues to persist, as hunters have found ways to circumvent the law. Both the hunters and hounds are raising havoc and fear when they take part in these hunts, and they're leaving destruction in their wake. Vegetation and wildlife are often ravaged after these hunts occur.

Hunters have been known to threaten and intimidate people who oppose the illegal hunts, and this needs to stop. The 2004 Hunting Act must be updated with stronger restrictions that are sufficiently enforced.

Everyone needs to abide by the law, and those who disobey must face the appropriate penalties and prosecution.

Your swift action to these unlawful acts is greatly appreciated.


Petition Signatures

May 24, 2018 Anna Plumides
May 23, 2018 shane smith
May 23, 2018 JoAnne Pitcher End animal cruelty/abuse worldwide and punish the abusers with big fines and long jail terms.
May 23, 2018 Jennifer Helvey
May 23, 2018 Brittany Auernig
May 23, 2018 Melinda C
May 23, 2018 Leigh Sakla
May 23, 2018 Hilary Macleod This needs to end NOW!!!!!
May 23, 2018 k kern
May 23, 2018 Daniella Macor
May 23, 2018 Mariano Riccucci
May 23, 2018 Marisol Ackerman
May 23, 2018 Rodney Kolar
May 23, 2018 Dana Cramblett
May 23, 2018 Linda Scott Old barbaric custom must be stopped, cruelty to animals
May 23, 2018 marita hanse
May 23, 2018 Saba Mirel
May 23, 2018 Elyse Sternberg
May 23, 2018 margie singleton
May 22, 2018 Terri Karpstein
May 22, 2018 Monica Cheney
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May 22, 2018 annah jetha
May 22, 2018 Deb Ecker
May 22, 2018 Lauren Madican
May 22, 2018 Annamaria Rizzo
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Bettie Jo Basinger
May 21, 2018 randy Sallan
May 21, 2018 Gemma Blythe
May 21, 2018 Gabriela Medina
May 21, 2018 Michela Tognoni
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May 21, 2018 SANJAY MISTRY
May 21, 2018 Gina Gagen
May 21, 2018 Jude Gorgopa
May 21, 2018 Barbara Adler
May 21, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
May 21, 2018 Susan Borghese
May 21, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
May 21, 2018 sarah weisberg
May 20, 2018 Joanne Doherty
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 Renee Carbary
May 20, 2018 Gina Benedetti
May 20, 2018 Melisa Yusufova
May 20, 2018 Sari La Rue
May 20, 2018 Sugar Bouche
May 20, 2018 Gloria Donn
May 20, 2018 Cynthia Martin

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