National Trust bans trail hunting on its land amid illegal foxhunt concerns

National Trust bans trail hunting on its land amid illegal foxhunt concerns

The National Trust has banned trail hunting on its land, almost a year after temporarily suspending such activity amid concern from critics that the practice serves as a smokescreen for illegal foxhunting. In a landslide vote at its annual meeting in October, the trust – one of the UK’s largest landowners – voted overwhelmingly to ask the trustees to ban this form of hunting, which was devised after the Hunting Act banned the hunting of foxes with dogs. In trail hunting, a “trail layer” goes out ahead of the hunt, dragging a rag coated in an animal scent. Huntsmen cast the hounds to this scent, and follow it to the end of the trail. Critics argue that it is routinely used as a cover for old-fashioned illegal hunting. It comes …
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