Strengthen the Hunting Act

Strengthen the Hunting Act

Despite the 2004 Hunting Act making it illegal to hunt wild mammals with hounds, the ban is continually flouted and ignored.

We receive reports every week of suspected illegal hunting and one only has to visit the Hunt Saboteurs website to understand the full scale of wildlife persecution.

That’s why we’re campaigning for the Hunting Act to be strengthened and our proposed amendments to be added to the existing legislation. This will ensure it is easier to obtain successful prosecutions and to deter hunts from breaking the law.

How can you help? 

Alongside sharing our campaigns you can also SIGN our ongoing petition which will be handed into Downing Street alongside our proposed amendments. You can also write to your MP by submitting our template letter. 

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You can find your MP by clicking here and entering your postcode.

Key Amendments – at a glance

  • Section 6 of the Act to be amended to add provision for a prison sentence of up to six months for illegal hunting.
  • A ‘reckless’ clause which will make it an offence for anyone to ’cause or permit’ one or more dogs to seek out, chase, injure or kill a wild mammal. 
  • Add power for forfeiture of all dogs belonging to a registered Hunt.
  • Restrict the number of dogs allowed to hunt to two in each case. 

Key Amendments – at a glance

  • Section 6 of the Act to be amended to add provision for a prison sentence of up to six months for illegal hunting.
  • A ‘reckless’ clause which will make it an offence for anyone to ’cause or permit’ one or more dogs to seek out, chase, injure or kill a wild mammal. 
  • Add power for forfeiture of all dogs belonging to a registered Hunt.
  • Restrict the number of dogs allowed to hunt to two in each case.