On Monday National Trust members filmed the South Shropshire Hunt illegally hunting a fox and trespassing at Inwood, the Longmynd, Church Stretton, Shropshire which is owned by the National Trust.
The trespass and illegal hunting took place less than a week after the National Trust board ratified the membership vote to ban “trail hunting” that was taken at the recent AGM. One of the reasons cited for the ban was “a loss of trust and confidence in the MFHA, which governs trail hunting”.
On the same day there were also reports that the Western Hunt in Cornwall trespassed on National Trust land at Lanyon Quoit ancient heritage site.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:
“Hunts have been breaking the law since 2005 and surprise surprise they’re already defying the ban imposed by the National Trust. These criminal gangs clearly think they’re above the law and we hope the National Trust take serious action to ensure the ban is robustly enforced.
As we’ve said time and time again, the only way to ensure hunts don’t break the law is to see them disbanded and we expect, as they continue to lose country, that more and more hunts will fold.
We thank these National Trust members for highlighting the trespass by the South Shropshire Hunt and we encourage anyone who witnesses similar to get in touch.”