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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

Feb 23, 2018 Patricia Eaton
Feb 23, 2018 Myphon Hunt
Feb 23, 2018 Margaret McGullam
Feb 23, 2018 Christine Etapa
Feb 23, 2018 Diane Ward
Feb 23, 2018 Judy Germain
Feb 23, 2018 Marilyn Montgomery
Feb 23, 2018 isabelle VALLY
Feb 23, 2018 Sandra Forman
Feb 23, 2018 Audrey Simpson
Feb 23, 2018 Joshua Blackfoot
Feb 23, 2018 Frank Ziesenhenne
Feb 23, 2018 miriam Edwards Why not hunt the hunters.
Feb 23, 2018 Ginny Gursky
Feb 23, 2018 Janet Gattsek
Feb 23, 2018 Rachelle Harms This is a time worn tradition that needs to go the way of no electricity, rotary dial phones, telex and cave wall paintings. This practice is not civilized it's barbaric and at the very least wholly embarrassing and juvenile.
Feb 23, 2018 roberta thornton-howard
Feb 23, 2018 Kim Fox
Feb 23, 2018 Debbie Coggins
Feb 22, 2018 George Blahun Jr
Feb 22, 2018 Alice Savage
Feb 22, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 22, 2018 Nicholas Percival
Feb 22, 2018 Laurie Kehl
Feb 22, 2018 Richard Han
Feb 22, 2018 Rachael Pappano
Feb 22, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Feb 22, 2018 Fausta Dimascio
Feb 21, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Feb 21, 2018 patricia gregory
Feb 21, 2018 Catherine Williams
Feb 21, 2018 Jana Harker
Feb 21, 2018 Jeffrey Bains
Feb 21, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Feb 21, 2018 Denise Brown How outdated and ridiculous!
Feb 21, 2018 Sibrina Russell
Feb 21, 2018 irene riviere
Feb 21, 2018 susan Lane
Feb 21, 2018 Lydia Benade
Feb 21, 2018 Bernadette Stamm
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Feb 21, 2018 k kaz
Feb 21, 2018 dagmar grabsch
Feb 21, 2018 gillard claudine
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2018 Pamela Miguez
Feb 21, 2018 Kirstie Clay
Feb 21, 2018 Shirley Cooksley
Feb 20, 2018 CHUN KAU CHUI
Feb 20, 2018 JANICE CHUI

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