Until recently the Celia Hammond Animal Trust provided shelter for 130 rescued animals, many of which are sick or older and difficult to rehome. But that was before a pack of hounds invaded the animal sanctuary in pursuit of their quarry — causing animals at the sanctuary to flee into the woods in terror.
Many of the vulnerable cats remain missing. And animal welfare advocates fear that the missing animals may have been torn apart by the hounds or are suffering slow, painful deaths in the woods as a result of the attack.
This isn't the first time that a hound hunt has gone awry either. Last summer, a pack of hounds attacked a dog and his elderly guardians. In 2011, more than two dozen hounds attacked and killed Moppet, an 18 year-old deaf tabby cat. Hunters returned her remains to her family in a bag of dog food.
Hunting with hounds is a dangerous and cruel practice — and it must end. No animal should be chased to exhaustion and ripped to pieces by hounds for the amusement of hunt participants. Nor should pets and other innocent creatures be threatened by reckless hunts.
Care2 is calling on Defra to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to explicitly ban hunting with hounds, but we need your help. The more signatures we receive on this petition, the greater the chance that we can end these terrifying hound hunts once and for all.
Take a stand for compassion and an end to terrifying hound hunts. Please sign and share this petition to demonstrate the essential public support we'll need to convince Defra.