BREAKING: Somerset County Council will NOT close roads for Boxing Day hunts

Mounted field riders with the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt gather in a town centre.

After more than 2000 letters protesting the planned closures of public roads to facilitate three Boxing Day hunt parades poured into their offices, Somerset County Council has today issued a statement apologising for ‘misunderstandings’ and confirmed to Protect the Wild that hunts will now be meeting on private roads.   As Protect the Wild reported […]

Somerset County Council using emergency powers to help hunt parades

Red fox standing in snow, looking at the camera.

Somerset County Council (SCC) will use powers meant for emergency roadworks to help Boxing Day hunt parades go ahead this year. The revelation broke on 14 December after Action Against Foxhunting (AAF) met with SCC’s highways officer. AAF told Protect the Wild that the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt, Cotley Harriers and Seavington Foxhounds will […]