National Trust victory for the League


74% of the public think the Trust should help police enforce the law

An ongoing dispute between the League Against Cruel Sports and the National Trust has finally been resolved ahead of the Trust’s Annual General Meeting being held later today.

Members of the League had put forward a resolution calling on the Trust to publish times and dates of sporting activities including licensed hunting on its properties to allow for more transparency and to enable better enforcement of the Hunting Act. But whatever the outcome of today’s vote, an agreement has been reached whereby this information will be made available to the League, although it will not be published online by the Trust itself.

If Trust members vote for the resolution and it is passed the Trust will move into line with other major landowning organisations which allow licensed hunting on their land. The Forestry Commission and the Ministry of Defence both readily make this information available to the League.

Results of a YouGov opinion poll, commissioned by the League, found that 74% of the public think the National Trust should cooperate fully with the police in their attempts to enforce the law with regard to sporting activities on their land such as hunting.

League Chief Executive Douglas Batchelor said: “It has taken a huge amount of effort to get the National Trust to cooperate with us on this issue. The Trust has nothing to gain by withholding information but by doing so they fuel suspicion that hunts are not complying with the law”.

The full polling results can be downloaded from the League’s website.


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