National disgrace

A kill on NT land near Buscot. Old Berks Hunt in 2018.

JOIN BEFORE 12th AUGUST IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE.

VOTE BY POST OR IN PERSON – DON’T LEAVE A PROXY. LAST TIME THE CHAIR CAST THESE VOTES IN THE HUNTS’ FAVOUR. THE NT ALSO ATTEMPT TO GET THEIR PREFERRED OUTCOME BY ADVISING THE MEMBERSHIP WHICH WAY TO VOTE. NOT MUCH DEMOCRACY AT THE NT.

The National Trust have confirmed that they will be holding an AGM this year and that there will be a motion on trail hunting. Actually, rather than the oddity of a motion on a completely fictitious activity, the subject should be the awful and illegal reality – hunting with dogs (fox, hare and deer).

All are despicable activities, but fox hunting in particular, harms other wildlife (and domestic pets). Deer and hare are often pursued and killed – particularly early in the season when inexperienced hounds make up much of the pack.

But the main wildlife victims – apart from the foxes themselves of course, – are badgers. They are routinely persecuted by hunts – their setts being blocked to prevent foxes gaining sanctuary underground. They are either soft blocked with soil cut away from sett entrances or hard blocked with logs and slabs. Both can turn the badgers’ home into a tomb. They can suffocate or get stuck when trying to dig themselves out, particularly if the soil is wet. If a fox does enter a sett during a hunt, then the terrier men will dig into it in order to retrieve it (to shoot or hunt on), by use of a terrier and nets.

Sometimes chemicals are used right by entrances – the strong, artificial smell acting as a deterrent to a fox entering the sett. Occasionally, badgers will take residence in artificial earths (used for fox breeding and holding during hunts), and the hunts will then kill them. The ‘inconvenience’ badgers cause hunts, means that they are subject to many forms of persecution and of course, are targeted for this reason in the cull.

The NT have made it clear that the halt on granting licenses to hunts is only temporary – pending the webinar court case. These self-proclaimed protectors of nature, intend to continue with this barbarity despite the damning leaked Hunting Office webinar, which unequivocally exposed hunting as a criminal conspiracy and further confirmed the complete fallacy of trail hunting. We wonder what the Charity Commission makes of the NT being part of this criminality and deliberately lying to their members?

So – for the sake of all wildlife – vote to end hunting with dogs on NT land.

The NT exists to protect the precious artefacts of our past – not to perpetuate its shameful practices.

Now that NT Horton Court no longer license the local hunt, our nearest NT hunting ground is Buscot – just over the border into Oxfordshire. The regional licensing office is at Coleshill in Gloucestershire.

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