Vote The Hunts Off The National Trust!

Vote The Hunts Off The National Trust!

Guest blogger – National Dis-Trust.

Over time, The National Trust have carved for themselves a reputation of covering the arses of
bloodsport fanatics i.e. those who continue to hunt with hounds despite The Hunting Act 2004. It’s
not really certain why they do this; it’s actually illegal for them to knowingly host these hunts, which
they do by issuing so-called ‘trail hunt’ licenses, with ‘trail hunting’, of course, being the go to false
alibi for most of these particular criminal hunters. Unfortunately, the licenses are perhaps the most
useless documents ever created – not only do the hunts ignore them completely, The National Trust itself acts as if they, along with its own ‘trail hunt’ policy, don’t exist (the licenses might as well
be fictional; The Trust is asked almost daily on Facebook about the details of the 50 hunts it
licenses, including how they think ‘trail hunting’ actually works, and it does not appear to know). As
an example, have a look for yourself at the contrast between The Trust pretending to pay attention
to the reports of ‘those who wish to monitor hunts activities’ and the sheer amount of field reports
compiled by The League Against Cruel Sports (n =4,000+) in which nothing even resembling ‘trail hunting’ was witnessed, along with The Trust’s refusal to accept any support in monitoring hunts from The League. If anyone from The National Trust wants to try & explain why thousands upon
thousands of reports from hunt monitors & saboteurs are ignored when you claim that you actually cross-reference them with what hunts are saying (i.e. the folk who clearly have a vested interest in lying to you) then feel free to give it a go… just pop a message to nationaldistrust@riseup.net

Dame Helen Ghosh, The Trust’s current Director-General, is overseeing the current policy. At a talk she gave earlier this year, she appeared to know that approximately 50 hunts are given licenses by
The Trust but when anyone in The Trust is asked specifically which hunts, they are met with
stonewall responses. No central register of hunts exists, they say (apparently), even though Dame
Helen clearly has one. It’s not even something that anti-hunt activists alone might regularly ask to help their work; two of the hunts that the Trust licenses for ‘trail hunting’ (The Cury Hunt & The Mendip Farmer’s Hunt) have this year had their out ofcontrol fox-hounds maul pet dogs, and,  in the case of The Cury Hunt, members of the public as well. The Trust have a responsibility according to S11 of their ‘trail hunt’ licenses to publicise which hunts they license when asked, which would clearly benefit the wellbeing & safety of members of the public who have no wish to encounter large groups of bloodsport fanatics or have their pet dogs attacked whilst simply going for a walk. It would also help those who have no wish to see protected wildlife end up being eviscerated for sport (this should include The National Trust, in theory, who recently pledged to do more for wildlife)…alas, they do no such thing.
‘…would you say that the NT is one of Europe’s leading nature conservation organisations? Have you heard anyone other than the NT itself describing the NT in that way?’  – Mark Avery, 09/01/2012

It’s interesting that the talk that Dame Helen gave in March was focused on the subject of how The National Trust responds to societal change. Bloodsports are one clear area that The Trust ignores when discussing this subject, and it’s not good enough that they simply reiterate their tiresome & unwavering belief in the discredited alibi of ‘trail hunting’ when asked about it. Opposition to fox
hunting & hare hunting, both of which The Trust allows (i.e. The Minehead Harriers & their worthless code of conduct who use The Trust’s land in Somerset) has been growing year on year according to the independent polling conducted on ‘Attitudes To Hunting’ by Ipsos MORI. The Trust need to recognise this; The Conservative Party didn’t, and it cost them dearly at the most recent General Election.
Fortunately, there is some chance that The National Trust can redeem part of its reputation; simply kick the hunts off, and stop issuing these absurd licenses. This idea hasn’t come from The Trust itself, but its membership, who recognise that The Trust can do some positive work but that the wanton destruction of wild animals for the sake of a few sadists undermines this. These members have submitted a resolution to this effect; it will be voted on at The Trust’s AGM, and we need every compassionate member of The Trust to support it. The members who submitted the resolution can support you through the voting process if you contact them at trailhuntlies@protonmail.com

6 Comments

  1. The National Trust, CANNOT be trusted.
    I have been blocked from their Facebook site for posting the following, about the fact that they allow killers of wildlife on their land.
    I was given no warning or reason, even though I never used foul or abusive language, but obviously the truth hurts!
    So rather than address the issue, they block anyone who disagrees.
    They don’t want me to spread the TRUTH.
    Their action smacks of COMPLICITY and GUILT, but they’ve done me a favour, as people (I post to the public at every opportunity) will see their action for what it is, and I will continue to inform people of their bias towards hunts, and their indifference to our wildlife being killed.
    Apologies in advance for the long post.
    Public opinion is gathering pace, and people are seeing them for what they are, hence their recent TV advert to muster new and unsuspecting members, and air time on TV at every opportunity about their homes/gardens, to promote themselves in a better light.
    “To all unsuspecting people, visitors, members, public –
    You need to be aware that foxes (and other wildlife) are illegally and barbarically tormented and ripped apart, on Trust land under the GUISE of “trail” hunting.
    The National Trust are aware and condone it, by the issuing of licences, and allowing hunts access. They hide behind the same template stock response.
    They state they “protect and care for nature”, but this is obviously selective, and if you are a fox, a deer, a badger, a hare, etc, etc, you don’t stand a chance.
    The National Trust has blood on their hands.
    Why do they issue licences to hunts to allow these barbaric, murderous gangs of sadists, free access, on land they should be looking after on the Nation’s behalf?
    The arrogance, from the likes of the Atherstone hunt, the disrespect for wildlife and the blatant disregard for the fox-hunting ban, disgusts any sane, normal, human being.
    They hide behind “trail” hunting, as a PRETENCE, as a way to flout the ban.
    The ban has been blatantly ignored since it was introduced, and hunts continue to trample the countryside, spilling dangerously onto roads, endangering hounds’ lives, and peoples’ lives, “accidentally” running into people’s gardens, (even a hospice grounds recently) to terrorise foxes, until the hounds RIP them to pieces, under the guise of “trail” hunting.
    A recent horrific attack on an elderly couple and their pet dog on a beach, in Cornwall, on National Trust land. Another of a cat with its face ripped open.
    Now, an outbreak of Bovine TB where hounds have had to be destroyed, (and the strangely, very audible silence from Defra, and no signs of any action to investigate!)
    Dressed in silly costumes with their slaves/servants (terrier men) on quad bikes, with shovels to block badger setts or to dig foxes out, with terriers in boxes ready to flush foxes out, or to throw bred/captive foxes to the pack.
    National Trust – the onus is on YOU, and it is YOUR responsibility to monitor and check, every time a hunt goes on Trust land, as you have issued the licences. It is also no good doing spot checks, or relying on evidence gleaned from a third party. Someone needs to be with the hunt the entire time, to ensure they are doing things legally. I do not believe that happens. Unfortunately though, even if someone was given that task, I don’t believe it would be someone impartial, as the National Trust, cannot be trusted.
    The National Trust is condoning this. The trustees must all be cut from the same cloth, with friends in high places, so will continue to turn a blind eye, and justify that the licences they issue are for “trail” hunts, and therefore legal.
    It should be your business to know where these so called “trails” are laid, as you should also be concerned about the habitat of wildlife, ie birds that nest in the bushes and undergrowth, that the horses, quad bikes and hounds trample across.
    You obviously care more for bricks and mortar, than the cruel suffering of our wildlife.
    You can keep hiding behind this charade if you like, but people are intelligent enough to see through it. You DO condone it, if you didn’t you would BAN it completely. It is YOUR responsibility to monitor and control what happens on Trust land. If, as you say, you do not have the manpower to monitor, then you should not be allowing hunts on the land. It is NOT down to a third party.
    Shame on you!
    Only when you STOP hunts on Trust land will you be taken seriously.
    The power of social media is having a huge effect, and more and more people are being made aware of these barbaric monsters, on Trust land.
    Hunt supporters argue that fox-hunting is a tradition, but just because something has been carried out in the past, does NOT give it validation for continuing into the future, and definitely NOT in the 21st century. If the argument is that it’s to control the fox population, why then are they actually breeding foxes?!?!
    All good, compassionate people, everywhere, will carry on the momentum to spread awareness, and stop this ban from being repealed, which is something this Government wants to do, even though the majority of the population, some 84%, (and therefore likely, the majority of your membership!!) find fox-hunting ABHORRENT.
    ALL hunting should be ABOLISHED.
    Already, your membership is decreasing. So many people who were unaware, are now voting with their consciences, and their purses, and have decided not to join, have cancelled, or will not be renewing their membership.
    Hopefully fewer people will bequeath their entire estates to you.
    Perhaps you will only act when your coffers are depleted.
    How long have you been copying and pasting the same repetitive garbage, which incidentally, never answers individual concerns raised?
    Your silence in answering all our justified concerns, speaks volumes, when the simple answer should be that you will BAN ALL hunts from Trust land.
    Doesn’t get any simpler than that!!
    You are therefore complicit in the murder of foxes (and other wildlife), on land entrusted to you to look after, on behalf of us, the Nation!!
    Also therefore the likely disingenuous use of donations/funds given to you by unsuspecting people who would be appalled to know your real stance on hunting.

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil,
    is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

    And there are more good people out there than there are bad, and WE have had enough!!”

    http://morethanjustbadgers.net/2017/07/10/time-for-the-national-trust-to-end-the-trail-hunt-lies/

  2. The National Trust, CANNOT be trusted.
    I have been blocked from their Facebook site for posting the following, about the fact that they allow killers of wildlife on their land.
    I was given no warning or reason, even though I never used foul or abusive language, but obviously the truth hurts!
    So rather than address the issue, they block anyone who disagrees.
    They don’t want me to spread the TRUTH.
    Their action smacks of COMPLICITY and GUILT, but they’ve done me a favour, as people (I post to the public at every opportunity) will see their action for what it is, and I will continue to inform people of their bias towards hunts, and their indifference to our wildlife being killed.
    Apologies in advance for the long post.
    Public opinion is gathering pace, and people are seeing them for what they are, hence their recent TV advert to muster new and unsuspecting members, and air time on TV at every opportunity about their homes/gardens, to promote themselves in a better light.
    “To all unsuspecting people, visitors, members, public –
    You need to be aware that foxes (and other wildlife) are illegally and barbarically tormented and ripped apart, on Trust land under the GUISE of “trail” hunting.
    The National Trust are aware and condone it, by the issuing of licences, and allowing hunts access. They hide behind the same template stock response.
    They state they “protect and care for nature”, but this is obviously selective, and if you are a fox, a deer, a badger, a hare, etc, etc, you don’t stand a chance.
    The National Trust has blood on their hands.
    Why do they issue licences to hunts to allow these barbaric, murderous gangs of sadists, free access, on land they should be looking after on the Nation’s behalf?
    The arrogance, from the likes of the Atherstone hunt, the disrespect for wildlife and the blatant disregard for the fox-hunting ban, disgusts any sane, normal, human being.
    They hide behind “trail” hunting, as a PRETENCE, as a way to flout the ban.
    The ban has been blatantly ignored since it was introduced, and hunts continue to trample the countryside, spilling dangerously onto roads, endangering hounds’ lives, and peoples’ lives, “accidentally” running into people’s gardens, (even a hospice grounds recently) to terrorise foxes, until the hounds RIP them to pieces, under the guise of “trail” hunting.
    A recent horrific attack on an elderly couple and their pet dog on a beach, in Cornwall, on National Trust land. Another of a cat with its face ripped open.
    Now, an outbreak of Bovine TB where hounds have had to be destroyed, (and the strangely, very audible silence from Defra, and no signs of any action to investigate!)
    Dressed in silly costumes with their slaves/servants (terrier men) on quad bikes, with shovels to block badger setts or to dig foxes out, with terriers in boxes ready to flush foxes out, or to throw bred/captive foxes to the pack.
    National Trust – the onus is on YOU, and it is YOUR responsibility to monitor and check, every time a hunt goes on Trust land, as you have issued the licences. It is also no good doing spot checks, or relying on evidence gleaned from a third party. Someone needs to be with the hunt the entire time, to ensure they are doing things legally. I do not believe that happens. Unfortunately though, even if someone was given that task, I don’t believe it would be someone impartial, as the National Trust, cannot be trusted.
    The National Trust is condoning this. The trustees must all be cut from the same cloth, with friends in high places, so will continue to turn a blind eye, and justify that the licences they issue are for “trail” hunts, and therefore legal.
    It should be your business to know where these so called “trails” are laid, as you should also be concerned about the habitat of wildlife, ie birds that nest in the bushes and undergrowth, that the horses, quad bikes and hounds trample across.
    You obviously care more for bricks and mortar, than the cruel suffering of our wildlife.
    You can keep hiding behind this charade if you like, but people are intelligent enough to see through it. You DO condone it, if you didn’t you would BAN it completely. It is YOUR responsibility to monitor and control what happens on Trust land. If, as you say, you do not have the manpower to monitor, then you should not be allowing hunts on the land. It is NOT down to a third party.
    Shame on you!
    Only when you STOP hunts on Trust land will you be taken seriously.
    The power of social media is having a huge effect, and more and more people are being made aware of these barbaric monsters, on Trust land.
    Hunt supporters argue that fox-hunting is a tradition, but just because something has been carried out in the past, does NOT give it validation for continuing into the future, and definitely NOT in the 21st century. If the argument is that it’s to control the fox population, why then are they actually breeding foxes?!?!
    All good, compassionate people, everywhere, will carry on the momentum to spread awareness, and stop this ban from being repealed, which is something this Government wants to do, even though the majority of the population, some 84%, (and therefore likely, the majority of your membership!!) find fox-hunting ABHORRENT.
    ALL hunting should be ABOLISHED.
    Already, your membership is decreasing. So many people who were unaware, are now voting with their consciences, and their purses, and have decided not to join, have cancelled, or will not be renewing their membership.
    Hopefully fewer people will bequeath their entire estates to you.
    Perhaps you will only act when your coffers are depleted.
    How long have you been copying and pasting the same repetitive garbage, which incidentally, never answers individual concerns raised?
    Your silence in answering all our justified concerns, speaks volumes, when the simple answer should be that you will BAN ALL hunts from Trust land.
    Doesn’t get any simpler than that!!
    You are therefore complicit in the murder of foxes (and other wildlife), on land entrusted to you to look after, on behalf of us, the Nation!!
    Also therefore the likely disingenuous use of donations/funds given to you by unsuspecting people who would be appalled to know your real stance on hunting.

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil,
    is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

    And there are more good people out there than there are bad, and WE have had enough!!”

  3. I am a member of the National Trust and I am appalled that they support fox hunting on their/our land. If their policy does not change in the very near future I will cease to be a member. Everyone who cares about the dreadful hunting and devastation of our natural environment and animals should withdraw from this organisation.

  4. I am a member of the National Trust and I am appalled that they are supporting such savage pursuits as fox hunting on their/our land. If they do not change their policies in the very near future I will withdraw from the organisation and give my support elsewhere. Everyone who has a stake in the National Trust should withhold any monies and support until their barbaric policy is reversed.

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