Ranulph Fiennes leads charge against ‘despicable’ trail hunts, as 50 members endorse a motion to revoke all licences

All hunting with hounds on National Trust land could be banned in an unprecedented vote this autumn.

Trail or drag 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 ban. Now 50 trust members, including the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, have endorsed a motion that will be debated at the trust’s AGM in October which would revoke all licences allocated to hunts.

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