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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 19, 2018 Lilian Hamburguer
Apr 19, 2018 Yvonne Lees Please end this cruelty to animals forever
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 Tanya Salof this is disgusting !!!!!!!!!!
Apr 19, 2018 Mahima Midha
Apr 19, 2018 rey mora
Apr 19, 2018 jo wilson
Apr 19, 2018 Lene-Beate Forøy
Apr 19, 2018 Paula Cano
Apr 19, 2018 Elena Persello
Apr 19, 2018 christine DEFRANOUX
Apr 19, 2018 Michelle Zamora
Apr 19, 2018 david stanley
Apr 19, 2018 Holly Davis
Apr 19, 2018 Leslie A. Johnson
Apr 19, 2018 Giustina Damiano
Apr 19, 2018 Suzanne Zimmer
Apr 19, 2018 John Hansen
Apr 19, 2018 Silvia Torralba
Apr 19, 2018 michele olsen
Apr 19, 2018 Jobi Kennedy
Apr 19, 2018 Gina Pantier
Apr 19, 2018 Sevda Karagedik
Apr 19, 2018 Aisling Collum
Apr 19, 2018 Lily Wong
Apr 19, 2018 Mattie Essemaeker
Apr 19, 2018 Annie Krochmalny
Apr 19, 2018 Karin Baddely
Apr 19, 2018 Evgeniya Vyatchanina
Apr 19, 2018 raphael balboni
Apr 19, 2018 Brooke Corbett
Apr 19, 2018 Mark Robbins
Apr 19, 2018 Melinda Robbins
Apr 19, 2018 Mara Löhr
Apr 19, 2018 carol king
Apr 19, 2018 Nicoletta Buttignon
Apr 19, 2018 Marie-Luise Strewe
Apr 19, 2018 Michael Foster
Apr 19, 2018 Michele Murphy
Apr 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2018 Lauren Abrahamson
Apr 18, 2018 Catherine Hyett
Apr 18, 2018 Jennifer Rivas
Apr 18, 2018 Shannon Gipple
Apr 18, 2018 Lisa F Crawford
Apr 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2018 Stephanie Sperry
Apr 18, 2018 Joseph Wenzel
Apr 18, 2018 Linda Arnold
Apr 18, 2018 Jeannie Morton Please stop this

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