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Hunts and shoots should not be exempt from 6 person rule + Covid-19 restrictions
This week it was announced that hunts and shoots will be exempt from the new 6 person rule. It still remains unclear whether this also means 'trail hunts' (fox hunts) are also exempt. 'Trail hunting' (fox hunting) is not on the approved list of 'team sports' and the restrictions on the outdoor activity of horse riding are very clear, any hunt that takes place with more than six people will be against the law. From September 14th onwards the law is being amended to bar almost all gatherings of more than six people, indoors and outdoors, in England. However, it would seem that hunts up and down the country will not allow the new law to prevent them from continuing 'Autumn hunting'. According to a statement released by the Hunting Office, it is claimed that 'Autumn Hunting is an organised outdoor activity and Hunts are operating within Covid-secure Guidelines. However, Government advice regarding horse riding is clear and states "You can ride a horse, providing that you are alone, with members of your own household or with no more than 5 other people from a different household." "Autumn Hunting" or indeed 'cubbing' as it is also known as in hunting circles involves hunts going out in the early hours, surrounding woodland, and setting hounds upon fox cubs in order to train them to kill prior to the main hunting season. The new COVID regulations requiring that no more than 6 people meet up in a public place should be applied to everyone equally and without discrimination. Nobody is above the law and we ask that the Government release a statement confirming that hunting is not exempt from the new guidelines before more lives are lost.
Strengthen the 2004 Hunting Act
At least 84% of the UK population are in favour of fox hunting being illegal and yet there were attempts to weaken the act. The Act needs strengthening to ensure people are discouraged from participating in illegal hunting and for those caught hunting, the penalty and arrest needs to be more severe. We would like to see section 6 of the Act to be amended to add provision for a prison sentence of up to six months for illegal hunting. Additionally there should be a 'reckless' clause which will make it an offence for anyone to 'cause or permit' one or more dogs to seek out, chase, injure or kill a wild mammal. The widespread flouting of the ban continues to this day and these measures along with several other reforms could ensure our wildlife is protected as it should be. For more details on necessary amendments to strengthen the 2004 hunting Act, please follow this link which features a Hunting Act Amendment Bill. http://campaigntostrengthenthehuntingact.com/powa-proposals-for-amendments-2.php