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Fox hunting has been banned in the UK since 2004 [Image: Getty].

I don’t understand this.

If the National Trust has announced that scent-based hunting will be banned on its land, why is it urging members to oppose a proposal for the same thing?

Is there something going on that we’re not being told?

In any event, why is the National Trust, as an organisation, taking a view on this? Shouldn’t it be a matter for the members?

The National Trust has urged its members to oppose a proposal to ban a form of “trail” fox hunting on its grounds.

Supported by the League Against Cruel Sports and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the members’ resolution would stop anyone using the organisation’s land to facilitate trail fox hunting – even if it was only used to exercise the hounds.

The charity has suggested that its four million members reject the proposal at its October annual general meeting, because its first priority should be “to protect conservation and access on our land”.

Although fox hunting was banned in 2004, there are still almost 200 packs participating in “trail hunting”, which sees the scent of a fox artificially laid for hounds to chase.

It is thought around a third of these take place on National Trust land, although it recently announced that scent-based hunting would also be banned.

Mr Fiennes branded them a “sham”.

Read more: National Trust prompts fury after telling members to oppose hunting ban


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