Target: Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Goal: Keep ban in place that makes it illegal for hunters to use packs of dogs to savagely butcher foxes.
Although foxhunting with dogs was banned ten years ago in the UK, hunting advocates are campaigning to make it legal again. If the ban is lifted, hunters will be able to use numerous dogs for the purpose of ripping foxes apart during a foxhunt.
Some groups insist the ban should be lifted, because foxhunting with dogs is part of their traditional way of life. On the contrary, a recent UK poll showed that 80 percent of people living in rural areas are against the sport being legal. Furthermore, lifting the ban makes no sense, because hunters are still allowed to use two dogs for the purpose of chasing foxes into holes, and are even allowed to use dogs for tracking fox urine scents before a hunt takes place.
In the past, it was legal to use 40 or more dogs during a fox hunt. Sadly, foxes had little chance of escaping. In fact, if a fox was unable to climb a tree for protection, it was usually brutally killed by several dogs at once.
Sign this petition and demand this ban be kept in place. Since hunters are still able to use two dogs to trap foxes in holes, and are able to use dogs to follow urine trails before a hunt takes place, they already have more than enough leniency when it comes to the law. They don’t need anymore, and foxes don’t deserve to meet their demise as a result of being attacked by a vicious pack of hungry dogs.
Dear Minister Letwin,
Using dogs to hunt foxes was banned in the UK ten years ago. However, on the tenth anniversary of this ban, hunters are hoping it will be lifted. If this happens, hunters will once again be able to use dogs to mutilate foxes while hunting.
A recent poll showed that 80 percent of people living in UK rural areas object to the sport being legal, entirely. In addition, since hunters are still allowed to use two dogs to chase a fox into a hole, and are able to use dogs for tracking urine scents before a hunt takes place, they already have leniency when it comes to the law.
It is unnecessary to use 40 or more dogs to hunt foxes, because two dogs are capable of doing the same job. Furthermore, allowing this to once again take place would be inhumane, as foxes are usually mauled by a large group of dogs when caught with no chance to escape.
The past ten years have further shown that lifting the ban has had little or no effect on fox hunters’ success. In addition, people have not lost jobs, excessive numbers of dogs have not been put to sleep, and areas have not become overly populated with foxes, despite fears that such a ban would set all of these things in motion. For these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to encourage lawmakers to keep the ban in place. If foxhunting is going to continue to be legal, foxes should at least have a fair chance to get away.
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