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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

Aug 17, 2018 Laura Ricci
Aug 17, 2018 S B
Aug 17, 2018 Tina Mitchell
Aug 17, 2018 Michelle Hix
Aug 17, 2018 Jeanne Lyke
Aug 17, 2018 Evelyn Garcia
Aug 17, 2018 Tina Petrunka
Aug 17, 2018 Glenn Showalter
Aug 17, 2018 Debi Grat
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Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Jean Lutz
Aug 16, 2018 Deema Green
Aug 16, 2018 Joann Norris
Aug 16, 2018 Eileen Paramore
Aug 16, 2018 Danielle Johnson
Aug 16, 2018 Patty Agee A cruel "non sport" that needs to be stopped.
Aug 16, 2018 Catherine Hertfelder
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Paula Teixeira
Aug 16, 2018 shiping zhang
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Dianne O'Hara
Aug 16, 2018 Tammi Wells
Aug 15, 2018 Roslyn Castaneda
Aug 15, 2018 Shaina Needham
Aug 15, 2018 Donna Barcus
Aug 15, 2018 Donna Whiteman
Aug 15, 2018 Sabrina Renault
Aug 15, 2018 Nichole Canino Mellerke
Aug 15, 2018 Susan Stevens
Aug 15, 2018 Jola Schraub
Aug 15, 2018 Nicole Monforti
Aug 15, 2018 Chelsea Ferrens
Aug 14, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Aug 14, 2018 Akiko Sasauchi
Aug 14, 2018 Mustafa Giryan
Aug 14, 2018 Kelli Nance
Aug 14, 2018 Julie Bayes
Aug 14, 2018 Jan JONES
Aug 14, 2018 Roberta Overkamp
Aug 13, 2018 erica dewitt
Aug 13, 2018 Anne Wolfenbarger
Aug 13, 2018 Maureen McCoy
Aug 13, 2018 Charlotte Frampton
Aug 13, 2018 Sherri Midkiff
Aug 13, 2018 Alina Vij
Aug 13, 2018 Marilyn Harris
Aug 13, 2018 Theresa Dalmau
Aug 13, 2018 Elvira Antibo

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