I am writing to you because the Hunting Act 2004, which was intended to put a stop to packs of dogs hunting fox, deer, hares and mink, is in urgent need of strengthening, to enable the authorities to clamp down on illegal hunting.
At present, hunts can escape prosecution – and nearly always do - by cynically claiming to be "trail hunting" and that their pursuit and killing of a hunted animal was “unintentional”. This nonsense is enabling hunts to carry on as if there were no ban at all.
85% of the British public support the ban, but hunters appear to believe they are above the law. 50,000 hunters signed a Declaration before the ban came into force stating they would defy it, and continue to hunt as before, thus displaying their total contempt for democracy.
Please support my call for a strengthening of the Hunting Act and encourage the Government to review the law with a view to making it easier to prosecute illegal hunting.
For further information please take a look at campaigntostrenthenthehunting act.com.