Since the hunting of live animals was banned under the Labour government in 2005 there have been concerns that the Tories will attempt to overturn it. In recent weeks the police started an investigation into Trail Hunting which arose from an ITV expose on the practice in November 2020. On the programme a senior member of the Master of Hounds Association was recorded as saying that Trail Hunting was a good “smokescreen” for the actual chasing and killing of foxes. While the police investigation is underway The National Trust, Forestry Commission, Lake District National Park, The Church of England and United Utilities have suspended trail hunting on their lands.
More recently a number of local councils, including Cherwell District Council in Oxfordshire, West Cheshire & Chester, Peterborough and Nottinghamshire County Council have either banned or suspended licenses for Trail Hunting.
Closer to home, our own Cllr Rich Maw (Weaponness & Ramshill) is hoping to introduce a motion to ban Trail Hunting, Exempt hunting and Hound Exercise on Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) land. He wants to get your views as Labour Party members and local residents. You can contact him at Cllr.Rich.Maw@scarborough.gov.uk (and/or your ward Councillors) with your opinion on the matter. You can also find your local ward Councillor email address on the SBC website.