Damage to environment caused by bloodsports

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Dear National Trust

Do you monitor environmental damage caused by allowing hunting and shooting on Trust land? What is your policy on snaring animals on Trust land? Is your policy to allow hunting and shooting on Trust land influenced by pro hunting Trust members or board Trustees?

Yours faithfully,
Patricia Betty

Enquiries, National Trust

Dear Patricia Betty

We recognise that hunting is an issue that polarises people's opinions and provokes strong reactions from them.

Our core concern is looking after special places so that they can be enjoyed by everyone for ever.

We recognise the importance of rural traditions as part of the spirit of many of the places we look after. Hunting with dogs was banned in 2004 and since then we have licensed the legal activity of following an artificial trail over our land where it is compatible with our aims of public access and conservation.

We expect our licence holders to comply fully with the law and the terms of our licence. Anyone who suspects them of breaking the law should contact the local police force as the proper investigating authority.

We will, and have, taken strong action against licence holders where the police and the legal process have found them guilty of breaking the law, or where our licence terms have been broken.

We are not aware of any proven reports of licence breaches, including either accidental or deliberate fox kills by the Melbreak Foxhounds, on National Trust land in recent years. We would take any such reports very seriously and encourage people to report incidents to the police in the first instance.

Kind regards
Keith Hunter
Supporter Services Centre
National Trust

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