Sep 222017
 
POLL: Should trail (fox) hunting on National Trust land be stopped?

The fractious politics of hunting was far from the minds of Julian Smith and Becky Whitehead during a pleasant afternoon exploring Leicestershire’s only National Trust house – a 118-year-old cottage nestled in countryside just out of earshot of the M1. Nevertheless their views were clear, before a landmark vote next month that could prohibit trust […]

Aug 312017
 
POLL: Should hunting with hounds be banned?

All hunting with hounds on National Trust land could be banned in an unprecedented vote this autumn. Trail hunting – in which hounds and riders follow a scent that was laid earlier – is still allowed on trust estates but has long been regarded by animal rights campaigners as a means of circumventing the hunting […]

Aug 122017
 
POLL: Should the MOTV trophy hunting channel be closed down?

My Outdoor TV (MOTV), an online channel that debuted last weekend in the United Kingdom and is already available in the United States, may sound like it celebrates nature and the great outdoors, but that is very far from the case. No, the programming on MOTV – which costs $9.99 a month and is being […]

Dec 022016
 
POLL: Should fox-hunting laws be strictly enforced?

By using independent monitors to witness the hunts will ensure they stick to laws aimed at protecting wild animals from the clutches of packs of hounds. Landowners allowing hunts on to their property should also face prosecution if the law is broken, suggests the study. Changes to the way Scotland’s fox hunting laws are enforced […]

Sep 282016
 
POLL: Should buzzards be killed to protect pheasants?

Tim Boxall points at a shape in the field bordering the seven-acre wooded pen where he keeps 1,500 pheasants. “Here you are,” he says. “Look! There’s one over here.” He bends down and prises the remains of a pheasant from the long grass. “That’s a buzzard kill, you can tell by the way it’s been […]

Sep 162016
 
POLL: Should there be a ban on driven grouse shooting?

MPs will debate whether to ban driven grouse shooting after a petition created by a leading conservationist passed the threshold of more than 100,000 signatures. Mark Avery, a campaigner and former head of the RSPB, launched the petition in March with backing from broadcasters Chris Packham and Bill Oddie, and the League Against Cruel Sports, […]

Aug 132016
 
POLL: Should the use of snares be banned in the UK?

There was a documentary released recently which looked at ‘balance’ in journalism and politics. It pointed out how the desire for balance can actually skew the real story – take climate change for example. The vast majority of scientists now believe that climate change is real. However, news stories about the subject are obliged to […]

Aug 032016
 
POLL: Should driven grouse-shooting be banned?

The season for red grouse-shooting is about to begin. But its driven form, where beaters flush birds towards the guns, is having a terrible impact on the environment and on other birdlife, to the cost of every nature-lover and taxpayer. Mark Avery, former conservation director of the RSPB, explains why this most unsporting sport should […]

Dec 272015
 
POLL: Should the ban on fox hunting be relaxed in the UK?

More than 300 hunts gathering for Boxing Day met on Saturday amid growing parliamentary opposition from Conservative MPs to repealing the ban on hunting foxes with packs of hounds. The traditional outings, expected to attract around 250,000 riders and supporters, are usually portrayed by the Countryside Alliance as a symbol of mass protest against the […]

Apr 122015
 
POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped?

Fiona Burrows is the kind of activist that hunters in Malta love to hate. The Nottingham 30-year-old has been threatened, cursed at, and pushed around while doing the job she says she lives for: stealthily filming the illegal hunting of protected migratory birds and reporting perpetrators to the police. Burrows takes precautions – she always […]

Jan 202014
 
POLL: Should the cull of badgers be allowed to continue in 2014?

This year will be pivotal for one of the most controversial policies involving animal welfare in recent times, when the government decides whether to proceed with extending the badger cull pilots, which began last summer in the areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset, to other parts of England. The effectiveness of the trials is currently being assessed […]

Jan 092014
 
POLL: Should the fox-hunting laws in the UK be relaxed?

A senior Liberal Democrat has called on the coalition to reconsider the fox-hunting law as it is being flouted with impunity and encourages young people in the countryside to think it is normal to break the law. Sir Nick Harvey, a former defence minister, described the fox-hunting law as “an ass” since it is routinely […]

Nov 272013
 
Collateral Damage

It’s well known that gamekeepers do their best to stop predators – like eagles, foxes, kites and others – from eating valuable game birds. Every grouse or pheasant is worth around £30-40 to an estate. But what is recently beginning to emerge is the extent to which gamekeepers in Scotland are persecuting mountain hares. There […]