National Trust defeats move to ban trail hunting on its land

Board accused of bowing to hunting lobby after it uses proxy votes to sway result in its favour

The National Trust was accused of succumbing to pressure from the hunting lobby after a motion to ban trail hunting on the organisation’s land was narrowly defeated at its annual conference on Saturday, sparking warnings that some members would cancel their subscriptions in disgust.

Members, including the explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, had backed the motion as a means of prohibiting trail hunting – in which hounds and riders follow a scent path laid earlier – which has long been regarded by animal rights campaigners and others as a means of circumventing the 2004 hunting ban.

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