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The Cottesmore Hunt Ban – Sign Of Things To Come?


You may have missed the news in the Leicester Mercury and Stamford Mercury but recently The Cottesmore Hunt, who take pride in being one of England’s ‘Premier Hunts’, were voted down in their request to have their Boxing Day Hunt at Cutts Close which belongs to Oakham Town Council. You can see Councillor Martin Brookes‘ video of the Cottesmore debate here (the minutes have not been uploaded to the Council website yet); 7 Councillors voted against the Hunt for various reasons with 2 voting for. Any small victory against fox hunting is a step forward as The Green Party strongly oppose all blood-sports (see Policy AR422).

There is no doubt that The Cottesmore Hunt remain an organisation devoted to attacking wildlife despite their claims to the contrary and despite the Hunting Act 2004 prohibiting such acts. In September this year one of their employees was convicted by the League Against Cruel Sports for filling in a badger sett contrary to the Protection Of Badgers Act 1992. The only reasonable explanation for this is that they were actively pursuing foxes and wished to prevent their escape underground. Prior to that a League Against Cruel Sports investigation into ‘Hunts & Artificial Earths‘ published in October 2011 linked The Cottesmore Hunt to the deliberate breeding and encouraging of foxes. Again, the only reasonable explanation is that 6 years after the Hunting Act came into play they were still actively pursuing foxes. Interestingly, The Burns Inquiry 2000 states artificial earths are used to encourage foxes & that this is inconsistent with the stated aim of controlling fox numbers (see P150, point 9.27).

So the Cottesmore Hunt decision is to be welcomed. Charnwood Green Party quite rightly state this is being celebrated by Leicestershire & Rutland’s animal rights community and the League Against Cruel Sports hope this encourages other councils to stand against illegal hunts. On that note, there’s so much more to be done to stamp this out of Leicestershire; here’s three simple things you can do to support & expand on this decision:

i) Sign the petition that Leicester Animal Rights & Northants Hunt Saboteurs started to help make sure the Cottesmore Hunt ban stands up to the pressure of the bloodsport community:

ii) Sign up to a demonstration* outside Oakham Town Council offices on December 9th as they may be raising the issue again:

iii) Sign the petition asking Leicestershire County Council to implement a similar policy regarding The Atherstone Hunt with this petition:

  • – This event is only visible to members of the Leicester Animal Rights Facebook group. Please note it may be cancelled if Oakham Town Council don’t include the item on their meeting agenda.

5 comments on “The Cottesmore Hunt Ban – Sign Of Things To Come?

  1. Jill
    December 1, 2015

    The Atherstone are ugly, violent thugs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • orientalis
      December 1, 2015

      Not sure how relevant their appearance is, but yes they are an aggressive group of people!


  2. marta Falco
    December 1, 2015

    I am really pleased to see the Hunts Boxing Day Meet disallowed from its usual place. the majority of people in this country do not like fox hunting and find it cruel and the Hunt’s behavior arrogant and dangerous when hounds so often get out of control and get on to roads. THE HUNTS NEED TO REALISE THAT THEIR DAYS ARE NUMBERED.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Lynda Hart
    December 1, 2015

    Good they are a bunch of arrogant cruel bastards and it’s about time they was stopped completely


  4. orientalis
    September 21, 2016

    Check out the current petition regarding The Cottesmore Hunt & keep an eye on the updates:


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