The UK's National Trust has come under fire from The League Against Cruel Sports [LACS] after comparing trail hunting to mountain biking.
The Trust claimed ‘there is no evidence to suggest trail hunts are any more or less damaging to conservation than pursuits like mountain biking’.
But LACS says comparing the two activities is 'absurd and desperate' - and has highlighted the environmental damage caused by hunts in a report.
The League's new report explains the conservation impacts of hunting, which include habitat disturbance, environmental disturbance, as well as the disturbance of protected species, such as badgers.
"Comparing mountain biking to hunting is nothing short of absurd and a bit desperate," said LACS CEO Philippa King.
"Unlike hunts, mountain bikers tend not to block badger setts, or urinate and defecate all over National Trust land. More importantly, they don’t chase and kill foxes, stags and hares as part of their sport."
LACS's report looks into the damage trail hunting imposes on conservation and environment.
The report argues that 'large numbers of horses, people, dogs and vehicles like quadbikes haring across large areas for several months' will cause habitat damage.
LACS has also identified the four main activities that have negative conservation implications, which include the use of animal-based artificial scent, 'exempt hunting', and illegal hunting.
Diana is a London-based writer dedicated to bringing you the latest updates in ethical consumerism and plant-based nutrition. She is a recent media graduate with extensive journalistic experience, and writes in hopes of changing the narrative. You can follow Diana on Instagram and Twitter @dianalupica
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.
Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our weekly newsletter and this website. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.