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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 20, 2018 Cynthia Martin
May 20, 2018 Irene Yoshida
May 20, 2018 Regina Reginas
May 20, 2018 valerie bowie
May 20, 2018 Kristie Prouse
May 19, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Henry Barzilay
May 19, 2018 Lauren Berger
May 19, 2018 Jenn Beachler
May 19, 2018 Mary Ingram
May 19, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 19, 2018 Sabrina Zilske
May 19, 2018 Jan Harvell
May 19, 2018 Melissa Callaghan
May 19, 2018 majella hunston
May 19, 2018 anthony mcguinness
May 18, 2018 Margaret Cramer
May 18, 2018 Barb Breese
May 18, 2018 Annette Hof
May 18, 2018 Margery Hughes
May 18, 2018 Gerard Traub
May 18, 2018 Yumi Takahashi
May 18, 2018 MYRIAM FABECK
May 18, 2018 Elizabeth Cumberbatch
May 18, 2018 Natalie Gray
May 18, 2018 Sally Allen
May 18, 2018 alan harper
May 18, 2018 Mary Fox
May 18, 2018 Linda Walker
May 18, 2018 Wendy Chrisman
May 18, 2018 Catherine Hameau
May 18, 2018 Tiffany Challis
May 18, 2018 Anne Prost
May 18, 2018 John Desiderio
May 18, 2018 Amy Howard
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 Theresa Meade
May 17, 2018 wana louise
May 17, 2018 Rod Sutton
May 17, 2018 Christine Miller This outdated form of animal abuse needs to come to an end. It is absolutely irresponsible and an embarrassment.
May 17, 2018 Ansena Drinkwater
May 17, 2018 Terri Robb
May 17, 2018 Steve Mac
May 16, 2018 Wendy Mercante
May 16, 2018 Valarie Haramis
May 16, 2018 peggy bryan
May 16, 2018 Jessica Minch
May 16, 2018 Susan Prince
May 16, 2018 Viktoriya Chukhnina it is brutality, its not sports or entertainment!!!! This must be stopped!!!
May 16, 2018 Charles Overton

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