15 reasons why land owners should ban trail hunting on their land
There are lots of reasons why landowners should not give permission for hunts to use their land.
As you are probably now aware, hunts have recently come under the spotlight after two internal webinars videos from the hunting office where leaked.
These videos exposed the lies that hunts have been deceitfully stating for many years, high ranking hunt officials admitting that trail hunting is used as a fake smokescreen to hide the intent of illegal hunting.
Police are currently investigating these hunting office webinars.
Many major land owners across the country have now decided to ban “Trail Hunting” on their land as they do not want to be associated with illegal hunting under the guise name of Trail Hunting.
Councils must also consider their relationships they may have with hunts for various reasons.
It is illegal to knowingly allow the use of your land for illegal hunting.
Other points to consider :-
1. Hunts are not covered by insurance when illegally hunting.
When landowners allow hunts onto their land, they automatically assume that the hunts are covered by their own insurance. Hunts that engage in illegal activities are not covered by insurance.
To avoid being held personally liable, many hunts have now registered themselves as a company. This has given hunts more freedom to take risks without the hunt masters or members being held personally liable i.e this transfers responsibility onto the company.
Many hunts are run as and are therefore subject to exactly the same Health and Safety legislation as other businesses. This includes the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974, Section 3.
However, as a condition of membership, many hunts have made it compulsory for members to sign a disclaimer form to waiver liability, although it is highly unlikely a hunt member would sue their own hunt. So hunts tend to get away with any accidents involving members caused through safety neglect.
Their Public Liability insurance cover would also be questionable if they were engaged in illegal hunting.
2. The public would be outraged to find out their council had enabled illegal hunting to take place by giving land use permission.
85% of the public are against cruel brutal hunting and would be horrified to find out council money had been spent on supporting hunts or enabling illegal hunting to take place.
3. The council (Landowner) could find themselves being prosecuted for allowing such activity to take place, knowing trail hunting is just a cover name for illegal hunting.
It is illegal to knowingly allow the use of your land for illegal hunting. Now that hunts have exposed themselves as liars and openly admitted using smokescreens to disguise their real intent of hunting, landowners are now fully aware of the illegal activities hunts engage in.
4. Hunts cause chaos on roads with hounds running uncontrolled in front of vehicles.
Hunts regularly allow their hounds to roam freely ahead of the hunt, this is a tactic used by the hunts to avoid being seen to encourage their hounds to chase a wild animal.
This reckless uncontrolled management of their hounds allows hounds to wander onto busy main roads putting motorists lives at risk.
The Road Traffic Act 1988 requires hunts to have “proper control of their hounds”, it is also condition that each dog used in the hunt are kept under sufficiently close control.
Many hunts are run as and are therefore subject to exactly the same Health and Safety legislation as other businesses. This includes the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974, Section 3 of which states:
In practice, this means that UK businesses
5. Hounds are not kept on leads and often roam into public places becoming a public nuisance.A pack of uncontrolled hounds become public pests when allowed to roam without being on leads.
6. Hunts do not clean up after their hounds foul in public places.
7. Many hounds die on roads and railway lines because hunts are unable to control their hounds.
This reckless behaviour put the public and motorists in danger.
8. Hounds are trained to chase and kill, attacks on domestic pets are common.
9. Hunts gather in large crowds which may breach covid-19 regulations.
Hunts have continued to operate for most of the pandemic with no regards to the health & safety of others, meeting in large gatherings with no masks or social distancing. One rule for them and another for everyone else.
10. Hunt Violence
Hunts will go to extreme lengths to prevent themselves being caught on camera engaging in illegal hunting. Their violent tactics range from intimidation – ramming cars off the road.
Below is just a small sample showing how violent hunts can be.
11. Livestock worrying.
Hounds are trained to chase and kill, they will often chase any animal they come across including livestock. Hunts recklessly allow them to roam freely ahead out of sight with no control. Often the damage is already done before the Hunt riders catch up.
12. Damage to flora and fauna by hunts, horses, hounds and followers.
Large gatherings of horses, hounds, and their followers, pose a threat to the environment, flora and fauna, churning up land, disturbing delicate eco systems and wildlife.
13. Illegally blocking of badger setts
It is normal practice for hunts to illegally block badger setts before the days hunting to prevent hunted foxes going to ground.
14. Spread of bTB across the countryside by hunts going from farm to farm.
Hunts and their hounds roam all over the countryside going from farm to farm and are a major biosecurity risk.
An independent investigation and commissioned report into a bovine TB outbreak of hunting hounds at the Kimblewick Hunt kennels has raised alarms about the role hunts have in spreading disease and has confirmed that hunts are a major biosecurity risk to the countryside, farms and wild animals.
The first set of figures released by the hunt claimed that 25 hounds had tested positive for bTB and had to be euthanised, but the investigation revealled that, in fact, 97 dogs had tested positive for the disease.
The first infected hound was discovered in 2016, but still they kept on hunting trying to keep it out of the press before finally being forced to admit the outbreak.
TB OUTBREAKS DOUBLED NEAR INFECTED HUNT KENNELS
Government figures have shown that the number of TB outbreaks in or near one of Britain’s biggest hunts, which covers countryside from Hampshire to Hertfordshire, doubled in four months after the disease was first detected in its hounds last year. Thirty-five outbreaks of bovine TB were recorded in and around the Kimblewick Hunt area.
15. Welfare of the horse and hounds.
The hunted quarry are not the only victims of hunting. The activity of hunting often brings it in direct conflict with the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Hunts often subject their horses and hounds to unnecessary injury risk, suffering and danger.
Where nearly all other equestrian events would cancel their days activities if ground conditions were poor, ie flooded, waterlogged, boggy, icy, deep going etc to prevent injury to their horses, hunts unfortunately will carry on regardless of the risks in all conditions.
Hunts fail to carry out risk assessments of the fences, ground conditions and the route they take, this is because they simply do not know where the hounds may run i.e for miles in any direction.
- It is common for hunters to jump fences with hidden dangers, barbwire, protruding objects, nails etc. Hunt fences which are a high risk and a danger to the horse.
- Hounds are often caught up in barbwire, allowed to run on busy main roads and railway lines. Hounds in poor condition are also common.
- Terriermens dogs are used to fight wild animals below ground and suffer horrific injuries.
Hunt Horses : Are forced to jump barbwire, horrific unsafe ditches, banks and hedges, and spend a lot of their time being made to gallop up busy main roads.
Hunt Hounds : Some hunts care for their hounds well, many don’t. On hunting days hounds get caught up in fences and suffer horrendous injuries. If these hounds are deemed unfit to keep up with the pack they will be shot.
Terrier Dogs : These dogs are used by hunts (Terriermen) to flush out any foxes gone to ground. They send their dogs down holes to dog fight with a fox below ground. This results in horrific injuries to both the hunted animal and terrier dog. This cruel brutal practice is actually still legal in the UK as the government refuse to ban it.
Animal Welfare Act 2006 states :
Unnecessary suffering : A person commits an offence if he
- Trail hunting have no risk assessment checks carried out on the ground conditions.
- Trail hunting has no rules regarding the safety checks of fences.
- Trail hunting has no rules regarding the welfare of the horse.
- Trail hunting has no rules regarding the standard of riding.
- Trail hunting is not monitored or regulated in any way.
Link : How Hunts Treat their Horses
Link : Hunting Fatalities
Hundreds of prosecutions have taken place for illegal hunting. Hunts have proven time and time again they are unwilling to stay within the law and create devious fake smokescreens to cover their true intent.
It is clear any landowners seriously need to reconsider giving hunts any permission to use their land and ensure all other laws and regulations also apply to hunts.
Supporting hunting is a toxic cause for any Council who rely on public votes.
Hunts are a public nuisance and liability.
It is important that Councils are held responsible for any unlawful hunting action which occurs on council owned land resulting from permission granted to Trail Hunts.
If you feel strongly regarding this, please feel free to use our template letter to send to your local council to help ban trail hunting.
Link : Template letter to Councils
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