It’s now a fortnight since the National Trust’s membership voted overwhelmingly to ban trail hunting from Trust land yet the Trust’s response has been to say the vote has provided a useful basis for discussion but was only advisory and they’ll announce their own decision “later in the year”.

It is to be hoped that everyone recognises that both the response and the delay are in defiance of the democratic will. It is hardly a mystery what is now being planned: a very much-delayed, very low profile statement saying that Trail Hunting will still be allowed but with stricter safeguards.

The delay cannot be justified and stricter safeguards will be pure window dressing. As has been illustrated in a video recently viewed by millions of people, if someone wishes to be cruel, whether to a fox or a horse, there is no way it can be prevented by “safeguards”.


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