Over 10,000 people have signed this petition to Cornwall Council, asking councillors to consider how any decision will reflect on them. Started by Action Against Foxhunting Cornwall, the petition info says:
In the past few months we have seen local resident Carly Jose’s beloved 14 yr old rescue cat Mini killed by out of control hunting hounds. The family are traumatised and are themselves bravely campaigning to stop this happening again by banning foxhunts from public areas. Their petition Mini’s Law is government targeted for a change in legislation and has almost hit the 100,000 signatures needed to raise with them.
The petition is now being submitted but you can still sign as the more signatures, the more weight.
We say fox hunts as that is what they have conclusively been shown to be by the recent conviction of a leading figure Mark Hankinson from the Master of Foxhounds association. He was found guilty of encouraging hunts countrywide to dupe the public and police by covering up their real intent to carry on chasing and killing live quarry.
Cornwall Council must now show their duty of care to Cornwall residents by protecting them from such dangerous and illegal activity. Preserving what is left of our wildlife for the enjoyment of all and the stability of our ecosystems must also be a priority. Many large landowners around the country and other councils are taking this action.
Action against Foxhunting Cornwall note that in January 2019 Cornwall Council declared a Climate Emergency and pledged, amongst other commendable policies, to protect our wildlife for future generations. We would therefore request that the Council stand by this pledge and now ban all meets of Trail Hunts on public space. It is widely documented by many wildlife protection volunteers that these hunts do not and have no intention of abiding by the law and do still train the hounds to follow animal based scents.
They state it is an accident when wildlife is harmed but even in that circumstance without the documented law breaking we simply cannot afford to lose any, as per all species foxes are estimated as having a 40+% decline in numbers (BBS survey mammal statistics).
The Western Hunt for example clearly state on their website they find it thrilling to chase a fox and are working hard to repeal the ban to allow them to do this legally, their ex master Paul Oliver was found guilty of feeding live foxcubs to the hounds in Herefordshire. These facts led to a ban being implemented by St Ives council on this particular hunt parading at the annual feast.
If Cornwall Council are serious about their promises then they surely can do no other than immediately ban these people from promoting this activity or it will only be seen, by the estimated 85% majority of the public that rightly oppose this, as the actual condoning of and colluding in further wildlife destruction and crime.
Please see the link to the Cornwall Council declaration –