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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

Jun 18, 2018 Chantal Roy
Jun 18, 2018 Jenette Guntly Hunts are part of the past. Please demonstrate your evolution by ending this barbaric practice.
Jun 18, 2018 Nancy Lasater
Jun 18, 2018 Emilie Thion
Jun 18, 2018 Soňa Vokurková
Jun 18, 2018 Angela Wheeler
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) Stop , c'est actes , comportement sont complètement inhumain , honteux envers les animaux
Jun 18, 2018 Lynn C Horrible and barbaric! This must be stopped.
Jun 18, 2018 D mccoy
Jun 18, 2018 Sheila LeMaire
Jun 18, 2018 Carla de Brito
Jun 18, 2018 Jessica Friel
Jun 18, 2018 Valériane WELSCH
Jun 18, 2018 Fabrice HERMANN
Jun 18, 2018 Jonathan PIN
Jun 18, 2018 Danielle UNTERNEHR
Jun 18, 2018 Agnès WELSCH
Jun 18, 2018 Bruno SIMON
Jun 18, 2018 Jennifer HOST-SIMON
Jun 18, 2018 Christian KIEFFER
Jun 18, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 18, 2018 Vinessa Campbell
Jun 18, 2018 Helen Djerkallis
Jun 18, 2018 Anne PIZELLE
Jun 18, 2018 Kathleen Richards if these animals had a voice had a say, do u seriously think they would want any part of this? no! They are completely innocent. Put efforts into saving our planet not making anything suffer.. for pleasure. Please stop this
Jun 18, 2018 Kathleen McNally
Jun 18, 2018 Frederik van der Vyver
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 18, 2018 Meray Dedeci Stop
Jun 18, 2018 Aníta Einarsdóttir
Jun 18, 2018 Renate Kemedinger
Jun 18, 2018 Johann Kemedinger
Jun 18, 2018 Elisabeth Kemedinger
Jun 18, 2018 Helmuth Rupprechter
Jun 18, 2018 Renate Rupprechter
Jun 18, 2018 Glenn Upton
Jun 18, 2018 Pamela Plambeck
Jun 17, 2018 Susan Rapp
Jun 17, 2018 Joanne CREAMER
Jun 17, 2018 Mary Rogge
Jun 17, 2018 Leslie Low
Jun 17, 2018 Melissa Morris
Jun 17, 2018 Jennifer Evans
Jun 17, 2018 Nancy Collins
Jun 17, 2018 Judith Ann Wilkin
Jun 17, 2018 Janine Janvier
Jun 17, 2018 Dawn Misawic
Jun 17, 2018 Laura Kellermann
Jun 17, 2018 Beth O'Brien

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