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Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 122887, tabled on 30 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to prevent trail hunting being used as a cover for fox hunting on public land.

Answered on

3 December 2020

The Hunting Act 2004 makes it an offence to hunt a wild mammal with dogs except where it is carried out in accordance with the exemptions in the Act. The full details of the Hunting Act 2004 exemptions are available online at:

Whether to permit trail hunting is an operational matter for individual landowners.

Those found guilty under the Act are subject to the full force of the law.

This Government will not amend the Hunting Act.

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