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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 22, 2018 Gertruida Wessels
Jul 22, 2018 Emily Slike
Jul 22, 2018 Noelle Forbes Never okay to treat a living being this way. Despicable.
Jul 22, 2018 Megan Hubbard
Jul 22, 2018 Nataliya Henifin
Jul 22, 2018 Jeanice Torres
Jul 22, 2018 Shy Smith
Jul 22, 2018 Najai Dozier
Jul 22, 2018 Jennifer Kobran
Jul 22, 2018 Emma Brine
Jul 22, 2018 cindy bernard STOP this!!!!!!!
Jul 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 LAURA HOOVER
Jul 21, 2018 Stephanie Appleton
Jul 21, 2018 Danielle Smithers
Jul 21, 2018 DEBRA WILSON
Jul 21, 2018 Debbie Taylor
Jul 21, 2018 Vanessa Perales
Jul 21, 2018 Cecile Nurit
Jul 21, 2018 Barbara Mason
Jul 21, 2018 Cinka Andrassy
Jul 21, 2018 Catherine Ogburn
Jul 20, 2018 Cinzia Moore Try to hunt these ugly humans with the hounds,instead
Jul 20, 2018 CAROL WARNER
Jul 20, 2018 Wendy Simpson
Jul 20, 2018 Maria Guedes
Jul 20, 2018 Gabriela Baldaia
Jul 20, 2018 jmeterFirstName jmeterLastName jmeterComment
Jul 20, 2018 Sandra Pontes
Jul 20, 2018 Ilham Hall
Jul 20, 2018 Jasmina Georgovska
Jul 20, 2018 alida carletti
Jul 20, 2018 Renee Shipley
Jul 20, 2018 Sue Sargent
Jul 20, 2018 Daielle Santos
Jul 20, 2018 jole lheureux
Jul 20, 2018 kristin kane
Jul 19, 2018 Ausra Dwyer end once and forever this insane animal torture
Jul 19, 2018 Marie Pierre
Jul 19, 2018 Joan Jones What kind of people think that hunting is sport ? It's cruel and inhuman
Jul 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2018 susan sciulli
Jul 19, 2018 jmeterFirstName jmeterLastName jmeterComment
Jul 19, 2018 Vanessa Bäßler
Jul 19, 2018 Elvira Trebesius
Jul 19, 2018 Michelle van Vuuren
Jul 19, 2018 Barbara Lopucka
Jul 19, 2018 Sherri Maisuk The hunters who think this is a good idea should be willing to be hunted and ripped apart themselves.
Jul 19, 2018 Joanne Banks
Jul 19, 2018 Julie McGinnis

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