National Trust accused of backtracking over trail hunting on its land

Trust says it overturned its decision to publish hunt routes to avoid confrontation between followers and protesters

The National Trust has been accused of backtracking on a promise to publish the routes used in controversial trail hunts held on its lands after the charity said it did not want to encourage a climate of confrontation between followers and protesters.

A motion to prohibit trust land from being used for trail hunting was narrowly defeated at the charity’s AGM last month. Trail hunts involve hounds and riders follow a pre-laid scent path but many regard it as a means of circumventing the 2004 Hunting Act.

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