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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

Jul 19, 2018 Fernanda Galbes
Jul 18, 2018 Paula Navas
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Gabrielle Huang
Jul 18, 2018 Christ Ramirez
Jul 18, 2018 christine mcguire
Jul 18, 2018 Jesita Boonrak
Jul 18, 2018 Rose Madigan
Jul 18, 2018 Yessenia Cornejo
Jul 18, 2018 Amy Wrobel
Jul 18, 2018 Katie Tanner
Jul 18, 2018 Kayley Andersen
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName364030045293517 jmetetlastName544129952832750 jmeterComment9830
Jul 18, 2018 DEE BELL
Jul 18, 2018 Luann Hammami
Jul 18, 2018 helen harvey
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName119591902956560 jmetetlastName338682331824707 jmeterComment1354
Jul 18, 2018 jmeterFirstName612768439969656 jmetetlastName991657273221828 jmeterComment5809
Jul 18, 2018 monica richards
Jul 18, 2018 Anna Chase
Jul 18, 2018 Karolyn Hillstead
Jul 18, 2018 Alexandra Lohman
Jul 18, 2018 Kerri Montgomery
Jul 18, 2018 Vicki Wilson
Jul 18, 2018 Sandra Hazenberg
Jul 18, 2018 Linda Corcoran
Jul 18, 2018 Zoe Quinn
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Azara Moon
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 Melissa Ruttenberg
Jul 18, 2018 Luna Freya
Jul 18, 2018 Meagan Taylor
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2018 (Name not displayed) You're not hunting if you have to rely on a dog to find an innocent animal for you to kill or to bring an innocent dead animal to you! It is 2018, grow up and get a new hobby to make yourself feel tough.
Jul 18, 2018 Melinda Slusser
Jul 18, 2018 Sue King
Jul 18, 2018 Vera Nobre
Jul 18, 2018 Anna Hössjer
Jul 18, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jul 17, 2018 Liliana Florea
Jul 17, 2018 Viviane Gluckman Is there no other hobby?
Jul 17, 2018 jennifer garrido
Jul 17, 2018 Kristal Gerald
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Sterling
Jul 17, 2018 David Sickles
Jul 17, 2018 Amalia Lelo de Larrea
Jul 17, 2018 Stephanie Reyes
Jul 17, 2018 Elizabeth Mathews
Jul 17, 2018 Sara Gales

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