Soapbox Voices | Cheshire Monitors
Hunting with hounds – so hunting wild mammals including foxes, stags, otters, and hares, with dogs – was made illegal when the Hunting Act came info force in 2005. Which sadly doesn’t mean that hunting with hounds has gone away. There are still many active hunts who now claim to follow scent trails and only accidentally kill. But it also means that groups have formed to monitor these hunts, groups usually made up of volunteers who for example film hunts, report their crimes, and liaise with both the police – where possible – and members of the public who don’t want hunts on their land. Charlie Moores met up with Lesley, Neil, and Jack, members of the Cheshire Monitors, to discuss how the group started, their work monitoring the three main active hunts In Cheshire, their good relationship with – especially – two of Cheshire Police's wildlife crime officers, and their thoughts on the future of illegal hunting in the county.