- On 29 September 1993, Leicestershire
County Council voted to ban fox hunting when it was still legal and work with hunts willing to convert to drag hunts, supported by two anti-hunt petitions (one containing 4,500 signatures and one containing 73) in addition to 168 of 206 written messages to the Council in support of a full ban of fox hunting.
- This ban was overturned in 1995. Hunts in Leicestershire have since shown no intention of abandoning fox hunting despite the Hunting Act 2004, with hunt staff & supporters receiving numerous convictions for wildlife crime and assaulting those who try to stop them.
- Leicestershire County Council is now in a stronger position to stop access for so-called 'trail hunts', as fox hunts describe themselves.
- Nottinghamshire County Council banned 'trail hunting' at its full council meeting on 28th March 2019, demonstrating that this is a perfectly acceptable decision for a Council to make.
Some examples of hunt staff & supporters breaking the law within Leicestershire and subsequently being convicted for assault and wildlife crime can be seen here:
- Fernie Hunt supporter, convicted on 5th March 2019 for attacking an occupied vehicle on 24th November 2018 - https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/man-admits-frightening-hammer-attack-2625259
- Cottesmore Hunt employee, convicted under Protection of Badgers Act 1992 on 17th September 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEUMh1ZuH8w.
- Fernie Hunt employees, convicted under the Hunting Act 2004 and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, in January 2011: https://www.facebook.com/LeagueAgainstCruelSports/videos/1581175372407/
Started by: Jack Riggall
This ePetition ran from 31/03/2019 to 22/05/2019 and has now finished.
36 people signed this ePetition.