President Trump has at last derided the claim that trophy hunting is about conservation: ““will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.” In stark contrast, The National Trust persists in saying trail hunting is compatible with conservation. Suspiciously, they say it 4 times:

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  • “The Trust does license trail ‘hunts’ in some areas and at certain times of the year, where it is compatible with our aims of public access and conservation.”
  • “Our updated approach aims to further safeguard conservation and access by producing a clear, robust, and transparent set of conditions for licensing.”
  • “We believe the overwhelming majority of hunts act responsibly, and we hope our clear, robust, and transparent set of conditions will allow participants to enjoy this activity in compatibility with our conservation aims.
  • “We therefore always look to welcome people to our places and to host the broadest range of outdoor activities on our land. We believe this should include trail ‘hunting’, where it is consistent with our conservation aims and is legally pursued.”..

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How long can they hold out with their fake news? Another charity, The Woodland Trust, which is clearly not infiltrated by the hunting lobby, recently re-iterated it’s stance that no hunting of any sort is allowed on its land. It prompted the following comment which the National Trust would do well to note:

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Very impressed with the @WoodlandTrust and their recent stand against hunting on their land. So much so that my husband and I became members today!
What we saved by cancelling our @nationaltrust membership will go to a braver, more forward-thinking charity.”
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