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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

Mar 21, 2018 Debbie Thorn
Mar 21, 2018 Stacey Smith
Mar 21, 2018 Ann Ammons
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Carin Brennan
Mar 21, 2018 Julia Adams
Mar 21, 2018 Randy Robinson
Mar 21, 2018 Kara Bakowski
Mar 21, 2018 Kris Wild
Mar 21, 2018 Kerry Ekleberry
Mar 21, 2018 Tracey Downing
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Tara Space
Mar 21, 2018 Anne Kerby
Mar 21, 2018 Deborah Ybarra Cruelty is that which you do not want to personally experience
Mar 21, 2018 M Lopez
Mar 21, 2018 Roxann Banks I thought this inhumane tradition.had stopped years ago. It certainly casts a shadow over the UK and their traditions. Disgusted.
Mar 21, 2018 Bettyjane Gibney
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Eva Curatolo
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Christine Cerutti
Mar 21, 2018 George+Kathleen Malone
Mar 21, 2018 Cecilia Arpoika
Mar 21, 2018 Cari Myers
Mar 21, 2018 Brenda Philipsen
Mar 21, 2018 Monica Petrucci
Mar 21, 2018 Jill Fry
Mar 21, 2018 Cynthia Yandow Not a sport, barbaric animal abuse, join the 21st century where we respect and protect wildlife!
Mar 21, 2018 Roxie Newberry
Mar 21, 2018 Wendy Ashford
Mar 21, 2018 LISA FIELDS
Mar 21, 2018 Kimberly Bohler
Mar 21, 2018 Kelly Tillman
Mar 21, 2018 Kristen Watson
Mar 21, 2018 Katherine Cole
Mar 21, 2018 Sandy Canepa
Mar 21, 2018 Kathleen Mckeel
Mar 21, 2018 Robin Howe
Mar 21, 2018 Antoinette Sevensma
Mar 21, 2018 Dona Doig
Mar 21, 2018 Mary Keating
Mar 21, 2018 Julie Strong
Mar 21, 2018 Pam Smyth
Mar 21, 2018 Karen Moore
Mar 21, 2018 Dureena White Please stop.
Mar 21, 2018 Madeleine van der Heyden
Mar 21, 2018 Jackie Muzio
Mar 21, 2018 Camille Benton
Mar 21, 2018 Salik Tirmizi

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