Letter: Hunting: our last true sport

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Sir: Your leading article of 11 July misrepresents the National Trust's position on hunting. The National Trust has not banned hunting in general. The National Trust's council decided not to renew licences to hunt deer on its land in the West Country, having received clear-cut scientific evidence that deer suffer far less when culled by shooting than they do when hunted with hounds. Hunting of all kinds on National Trust land is regulated by a system of licences which must be renewed annually. The Trust will continue to issue licences to hunt animals other than deer.

CHARLES NUNNELEY

Chairman

The National Trust

London SW1

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