National Trust – H&H style

Horse & Hound are – predictably – attempting to throw scorn on the massive success we’ve scored in our National Trust campaign.

In a story appearing on their website today, H&H claim that the National Trust have ‘refuted’ our claims that we have got what we wanted, despite losing the vote in the resolution (about which, more below). Well, technically the Trust are right to say that they haven’t agreed to give the League whatever information it requests, because the new licence states that the information must be provided by the hunt to any member of the public.

Here’s Clause 22 of the new licence:

“…to produce forthwith in response to a request by a member of the public details of the dates on which the licensee intends to exercise the rights and details of the land.”

We think that’s pretty clear, and we will be pursuing requests under this clause with vigour over the coming months and, where we find evidence of illegal hunting on NT land – as we have already this season, with a file passed to the police – we will push for the licence to be revoked immediately.

On the subject of the number of votes, it’s worth remembering that less than 1% of the Trust’s membership actually bothered to vote, and we lost by around 500 votes. The chairman had roughly 600 casting votes which he assigned against the resolution. It was hardly decisive!

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