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18th September 2012

Hounds Off Progress Report no. 1

Since September 2011, hundreds of acres of land are known to have been made out of bounds to bloodsports, affecting dozens of Hunts nationwide. In reality the figure could be much higher because we have no system for monitoring Warning Off emails and letters sent by individuals. Hounds Off encourages autonomous action. We deliberately make no demands regarding feedback or membership.

Following 26 complaints regarding Hunt trespass during the season 2011/12, Hounds Off offered practical advice and support in warning Hunts off land in twelve different counties, including:

  • 170 acres lost to North Ledbury Hunt after alpacas were attacked by hounds.
  • East Studdal, near Dover, forbidden to West Street Tickham Hunt following a hunt invasion and fox killing in the village.
  • At least seven Dorset properties banned to Portman Hunt in weekend of action, 22/23 October.
  • Securing hunt-free zone status for a Yorkshire property where the family cat was killed in December following trespass by Staintondale Hunt.
  • 15 Kentish acres forbidden to Ashford Valley Hunt including woodland inhabited by foxes.
  • Over 300 acres in Somerset and Dorset confirmed as Hunt-free, affecting at least two foxhunts there.
  • Confirming the hunt-free status a 227 acre woodland Nature Reserve in Dorset following hunt trespass in November.

Hounds Off is supported by individuals and organisations from across the campaigning and political spectrum.

Hounds Off encourages the creation of hunt-free sanctuaries to stop the illegal hunting of wild animals with dogs in Britain via engagement with our website, www.houndsoff.co.uk . By following the simple process explained there, involving Warning Off notices being sent to the hunters, Hounds Off is spearheading a campaign which invites everyone to join in regardless of who you are or where you live.

Please visit our website. Take action. Tell your family and friends to do the same. Support the Hunting Ban. Support Hounds Off. Be part of the people’s campaign against bloodsports.

Posted by Joe Hashman

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  • Wendé Anne Maunder says:
    Posted September 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    WOW!! That’s an excellent record, Hounds Off. Well done – excellently well done. Consider this to be a pat on the back (or a hug if you prefer!). I’d celebrate these achievements personally with you, by treating you to a glass of your favourite tipple and toasting you in mine, if that were possible. Bless you!

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  • Emily says:
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    What a fab result!
    And what bravery to stand and be counted, for the protection of our wildlife and the peace of our domestic animals, huge big juicy well done xxxxx

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  • Daphne Ricketts says:
    Posted September 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Something to smile about thanks to you all keeping up the pressure.Well done.

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  • Keith Lenaghan says:
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Thanks guys, great work.

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