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Survation Poll backs greater fox protection...

A poll conducted by Survation on behalf of Protect the Wild reveals that 63.6% of those surveyed think foxes should be given greater protection in the UK with 61.7% also agreeing that trail hunting should be permanently banned.

23.2% of respondents said that foxes should not be given greater protection while the same percentage also said that trail hunting should not be permanently banned.

The questions were posed by anti-hunting organisation Protect the Wild who are pushing for major landowners and councils to permanently ban so-called ‘trail hunts’ from using their land.

The results demonstrate a clear majority in favour of a permanent ban on ‘trail hunting’ with less than 1/4 of respondents believing it should not be permanently banned.

Question 3 also reveals how a strong majority believe foxes should be given greater protection in the UK and this is unsurprising considering the frequency of reports of illegal fox hunting taking place across the country.

 

Protect the Wild will continue to campaign and advocate for legislative change to ensure foxes (and all British wildlife) are given the protection they need. Please see our Proper Ban on Hunting page for more details and our petition to enforce a proper ban.

Trail hunting should be permanently suspended

Trail hunting should not be permanently suspended

Don’t know

A Trail of Lies...

– narrated by Chris Packham debuted on Boxing Day 2021 and can be viewed here

Full details of the 2021 Survation survey questions

The question posed to the 1,719 residents aged 18+ living in the UK was as follows:

Q2. Trail hunting is an activity which is said to replicate hunting a wild mammal with dogs.

Hunts say that they follow pre-laid scent trails instead of hunting live animals, while campaigners argue that live animals are still chased and killed and that trail hunting is a cover for illegal fox hunting. In 2020, several major landowners suspended trail hunting on their land while police investigate hunting groups who allegedly discussed using trail hunting as a ‘smokescreen’.

Which of the following statements best reflects your view?

  • Trail hunting should be permanently banned
  • Trail hunting should not be permanently banned

 

Q3. Which of the following statements best describes your view?

  • Foxes should be given greater protection in the UK
  • Foxes should not be given greater protection in the UK
  • Don’t know