Will The National Trust’s management soon see that supporting trail hunting when most people oppose it makes for awful PR? Maybe the release of this Countryside Alliance Christmas card will finally convince them :


Amusing, yes, but there’s a subliminal message which is very clear, given who is publishing it and sending it and receiving it at the height of the hunting season: foxes are carnivores and hence deserve to be hunted. No-one hunts without believing that foolish logic surely?

On the other hand, maybe nastiness needs no justification. It seems so this week, for in Britain the Tories have just voted that animals don’t have emotions or feelings and in Alaska they just made it legal for hunters to shoot hibernating bears.

The National Trust is a great organisation but it really ought to decide whether nastiness of any sort, including so-called “accidents” during trail hunting, should ever take place on its land.