Trail Hunting and the National Trust Vote


Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2021
In: Latest News
Written by: The Editor

If you are a member of the National Trust, please vote AGAINST the Member’s Resolution to ban trail hunting on Nation Trust Land at this year’s AGM. Unless you are attending the AGM in person, you MUST VOTE ONLINE BY FRIDAY 22nd OCTOBER. – Please read on to learn how to vote.

Details of the resolution itself, and how to vote can be found in the AGM pack which the NT has sent to members.

Voting can be done online, by post, in person at the AGM or by nominating the Chairman as your proxy (please note that you are only able to nominate the Chairman to vote on your behalf this year and are not able to nominate another named individual as in previous years).

Members are only eligible to vote on the resolution regarding the future of trail hunting if they joined the National Trust on or before 20th August 2021.

Remember to vote AGAINST the resolution.

HOW TO VOTE

The Countryside Alliance has also put together a useful guide on how to vote which can be found here.

Please note that your vote will only count if it is submitted by 23:59 on Friday, 22nd October 2021. 

1.  Click HERE to visit the National Trust’s voting page.

2.  When you are ready to vote, click the LOG IN button and then enter your first name, surname, National Trust membership number and your postcode.

3.  Click on the VOTE button next to the AGM Resolutions option

4.  If you wish to attend the AGM in person, please tick the box, enter your email address then click on “Next page” and then click on the “Submit” button.

5.  If you are unable to attend the AGM, tick the other box where it states “Appointment of proxy and instructions on voting on the resolutions”. This appoints the Chair to vote on your behalf. There is no option to appoint another named proxy this year so you either have to attend the AGM to vote in person or nominate the chairman to vote for you.

6. Select how you wish to vote on up to nine of the resolutions listed by ticking the appropriate boxes. PLEASE NOTE – the Chair will vote in accordance with any voting instructions shown as marked in the boxes to the right with a cross (X) but if you do not give any instructions, the Chair of the meeting will vote as he/she thinks fit, or may abstain.

WE RECOMMEND THAT THOSE WHO SUPPORT LAWFUL TRAIL HUNTING ACTIVITIES SHOULD INSTRUCT THE PROXY TO VOTE AGAINST THE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTION RELATING TO TRAIL HUNTING (NUMBER 3 IN THE LIST). Voting AGAINST the resolution means that you wish trail-hunting to continue on National Trust land.

7. Click the ‘Next Page’ button.

8. Review your choices, then click on the “Submit” button.

WRITE TO THE TRUST

In their AGM documentation, the Trustees have indicated that they are keen to “hear the views of the membership on this subject” so we are urging you to write to them by email to thesecretary@nationaltrust.org.uk or by post to The Secretary at The National Trust Head Office, Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2NA.

Whilst writing about your personal experience as a member of the National Trust, your views on lawful trail hunting activities and your position on the members resolution being voted upon at the AGM, you may wish to consider some of the following points:

Trail hunting, exempt hunting and hound exercise are lawful activities which comply with the Hunting Act and are conducted by over 200 registered packs of hounds;

  • In respect of the Trust’s strict trail hunting licensing policy, the Board of Trustees’ position on the resolution states that it is “satisfied with the implementation of the conditions” and “there is no evidence from our properties that trail hunts are any more damaging to conservation than other licenced outdoor pursuits”;
  • Just over 1% of the Trust’s membership elected to vote on this same issue in 2017, with over half of those voting to allow the continuation of trail hunting on National Trust land. This means that more than 99% per cent of the Trust’s members – which represent a huge cross section of our society – took a decision to allow trail hunting to continue, either by voting against the motion or not voting at all. This is in stark contrast to the unsubstantiated figures that the animal rights lobby use when claiming the majority of the public want to ban trail hunting;
  • Trail hunting and hound exercising are no different to any other legal activity like dog walking and therefore do not represent any greater danger to flora or fauna than those who regularly exercise their own pets on Trust land;
  • Thousands of local people support trail hunting meets, including those who are members of the National Trust;
  • The Trust should not be getting involved in political decisions by permitting a tiny proportion of their members to propose a resolution which can result in the banning of a lawful activity;
  • The Trust has fallen into the trap of reacting to the latest whims of  persistent pressure groups who use persuasive and emotive language in their campaigns;
  • The outcome of the resolution has the potential to go against the Trust’s very own mantra of “For everyone, for ever” by excluding those who actually support the work of the Trust.