Ban Trail Hunting

Trail hunters claim that it is a sport but it is not. Sport is where opposing sides are in agreement to the sport which this isn't. The only other side is foxes who can be killed by the hounds who are supposed to be following a trail.

This petition closed on 19 Apr 2021 with 22,020 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Ban Trail Hunting

1. Ban Trail Hunting
14/10/2020 - Petitions

Found: Trail hunters claim that it is a sport but it is not. Sport is where opposing sides are in agreement

2. Renew the hunting act to prevent exploitation resulting in the death of animals
30/12/2020 - Petitions

Found: death of foxes, or people's pets. The hunting act was introduced in 2004, banning the hunting of wild

3. make it a legal requirement that all hunting dogs on a hunt should be muzzled.
10/01/2018 - Petitions

Found: Hounds are killing foxes on trail and drag hunts. Where they may follow a live fox scent or come across

4. Trail hunting should not be exempt from the no more than 6 people gathering.
11/09/2020 - Petitions

Found: Trail hunting is not a sport as they are claiming to be and should not be gathering in numbers over 6

5. HUNTING ON NATIONAL TRUST LAND
13/09/2017 - Early Day Motions

Found: illegal hunting continues to take place on National Trust land under the guise of trail hunting; notes

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Ban Trail Hunting

1. Wildlife Crime
20/03/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: Local monitors have witnessed at least six foxes being killed by hunts in my own county of Cheshire this - Speech Link
2: a vote during this Session of Parliament. The Hunting Act continues to be abused across the board. There - Speech Link

2. Trophy Hunting Imports
02/10/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: move,That this House has considered trophy hunting imports.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link
2: Friend aware that it is a widespread view on both sides of the House that there is something nauseating - Speech Link
3: 86% of people across the UK support a trophy hunting ban? It is not just this House that is united on - Speech Link

3. Fox Hunting
17/07/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: government’s manifesto includes a free vote on the Hunting Act 2004, but we are not planning to bring forward - Speech Link
2: seep through that Theresa May’s support for hunting with hounds was massively unpopular on the doorstep in - Speech Link
3: this Act? Does she share my concern that since the ban, the latest research by both the British Trust for - Speech Link

4. Trophy Hunting
15/05/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: move,That this House has considered trophy hunting.It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship - Speech Link
2: reckless, foolish individuals engaged in trophy hunting. Does he agree that a lot more needs to be done - Speech Link
3: remains. I will come to the point about trophy hunting soon.We are exhausting the planet, and we - Speech Link

5. Business of the House
14/07/2015 - Commons Chamber

1: than it would otherwise have been. The issue of hunting and the debate that might have taken place tomorrow - Speech Link
2: real reason the Government have withdrawn the hunting amendment that they would have lost the vote with - Speech Link
3: there are different opinions on this issue on both sides of the House. It was a manifesto commitment to offer - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Ban Trail Hunting
1. Hunting: Foxes
asked by: Zarah Sultana
02/03/2021
... what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to amend the Hunting Act 2004 to prohibit trail hunt organisers from (a) organising trail hunts in close proximity to areas of high density fox populations and (b) using animal-based scents to set trail hunts.

2. Foxes
asked by: Lord Hanningfield
22/05/2019
... including as a source of biofuel.

3. Foxes
asked by: Lord Hanningfield
20/05/2019
... in particular to water courses.

4. Foxes
asked by: Lord Hanningfield
24/04/2019
... on the disposal or sale of fox carcasses and skins.

5. Foxes
asked by: Neil Coyle
04/05/2018
... whether the Government plans to take steps to tackle urban fox population growth.

Latest Questions

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The Government should put a stop to this so-called sport.


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Government Response

The Hunting Act 2004 makes it an offence to hunt a wild mammal with dogs except under the exemptions in the Act. Those found guilty under the Act are subject to the full force of the law.


The Hunting Act 2004 makes it an offence to hunt a wild mammal with dogs except where it is carried out in accordance with the exemptions in the Act. The full details of the Hunting Act 2004 exemptions are available online at:
www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/37/schedule/1.

Those found guilty under the Act are subject to the full force of the law. Enforcement of the Hunting Act is an operational matter for the police.
This Government will not amend the Hunting Act.
If dogs used for trail hunting pick up and follow the scent of live foxes during a trail hunt, it is the responsibility of the hunt staff to control their hounds, and to stop the hounds as soon as they are made aware that the hounds are no longer following the trail that has been laid.

Failure to prevent dogs from chasing or killing a fox may be taken as intent to break the law. Anyone who believes that an offence has taken place should report the matter to the police, as the police deal with complaints of illegal hunting. Decisions on the arrest and prosecution of those taking part in illegal hunting activities are matters for the police and prosecuting authorities.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs