Protesting 'trail hunting' at the National Trust's AGM
On the 19th of October 2019 the National Trust held its Annual General Meeting (or AGM) in Swindon in the west of England. Delegates arriving at the venue were met by (polite) protestors asking the Trust to look again at a highly controversial decision made at their AGM in 2017. A motion proposed that year to ban the licencing of ‘trail hunting’ on National Trust land had been endorsed by 28,629 votes with 27,525 against, but had been defeated after the addition of 3,460 proxy votes cast by the Trust’s chair who had effectively ruled in favour of the hunts. Under the Trust’s rules, a similar motion can not be brought to the AGM again for three years (so in 2020), but what is ‘trail hunting’ and why does it matter if the National Trust supports it anyway? In the following podcast, campaigners and protestors (along with one anti-hunt and one pro-hunt National Trust delegate) talk about so-called 'trail hunting' and explain what is being done to put pressure on the Trust to stop issuing licences for it at its 2020 AGM.