Advice and Information for local residents, landowners and farmers
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What to Do If You Witness Illegal Hunting
If you witness illegal fox hunting, or believe that is taking place in your area, we recommend the following:
- Call the Police immediately and report it as a crime
- Contact North East Hunt Monitors, or outside of The North East your local Hunt Saboteur / Monitor group with any information you may have, no matter how small.
- Contact your local MP expressing your concerns that illegal activities taking place in his / her constituency.
- Record what is happening, or take pictures providing it is safe to do so, and always from a safe distance. Ensure that you are not trespassing on private land. Moreover, be especially cautious of the hunt seeing you or approaching you – they may become violent and/or attempt to steal your camera/phone – try to remain covert.
- If they are on land they should not be on for example land owned by The Local Council, Forestry commission, Woodland Trust or Railway Lines then report it to the relevant organisation, and let us know. See our Links page for contact details
- If they have been granted permission to hunt on private land then notify us, as the landowner is breaking the law.
- If you are not happy with the response from the police, contact your MP and encourage others in the constituency to do the same.
- Keep a written record of the time, date, location, what happened, the incident reference number, any witnesses and the names of The Police Station / Officers that the complaint was allocated to. Keep the recording secure, unedited and on the original memory card
- Report any wrongdoing to the police, not just signs of illegal hunting, but also offences such as public order offences, road traffic violations e.g. blocking roads and Hounds running amok on public roads, any abuse you suffer in particular threats, intimidation, racist or homophobic abuse.
Landowners & Farmers
10 reasons to keep the hunt of your land
- Hunting with Hounds, on foot and on horseback are a serious biosecurity risk. During a days hunting many farms and fields of livestock are crossed. Diseases can transmitted from herd to herd, farm to farm, livestock to livestock and can be carried long distances on the clothing and footwear of hunters and their followers, horses’ hooves, hounds and hunt vehicles
- Hunt horses and hounds terrify sheep and cows as the stampede through your farm in search of a fox. This can cause stress, miscarriage, injury and even death. The hunt does not care about your animals.
- Farm dogs, pets and children playing are at risk of being torn to pieces by hunt hounds. There are a number of cases where hounds have attacked and killed family pets.
- Hunts stampede over and damage crops
- They leave gates unlocked, break down and cause criminal damage to fences and gates etc.
- Hunters are unlikely to have adequate public liability insurance; leaving you vulnerable to expensive litigation should any accidents happen on your land. Hunting could cost you your home and your livelihood
- Foxes pose no risk to farmers. They are the farmers’ friend as they keep down the numbers of rabbits and rats etc. Moreover, killing one fox would result in even more foxes, as new ones would arrive and compete for the territory. So a fox actually keeps the fox number down.
- Hunting a wild mammal is illegal and you would be breaking the law.
- Hunting is cruelty. Animals are torn to pieces in the name of sport.
- Hunts are violent criminals who are often involved in other wildlife crime such as blocking up badger setts / badger baiting. You are leaving yourself vulnerable to visits from unsavoury characters throughout the day and night.
Are you affected by Hunt Trespass? Do you feel threatened and intimidated by the hunt or their supporters. You are not alone. We recommend the following:
- Contact the police and report any threats, intimidation, criminal damage etc
- Contact Hounds Off who will advise and support you to warn off your local hunt
- Contact us
- Consider erecting NO HUNTING signs around the perimeter of your land. This sends a clear message that they are not welcome. Hunts will usually lie and say that they have the landowners permission to be their. Signs will clearly show that they don't and they are more likely to move on.
Under The Hunting Act: Section 1.3 Assistance: Hunting: assistance clearly states that a person commits an offence if he knowingly permits land which belongs to him to be entered or used in the course of the commission of an offence under section 1 (Hunting a wild mammal with dogs).
If you allow them to hunt on your land you are committing a criminal offence. Hunts are not worth getting a criminal record for.
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