MANY readers will be members or supporters of the National Trust and I am sure will share my distress that the charity is contemplating allowing the hunting of deer with dogs on its land.

According to press reports it is prepared to allow hunts to use dogs to flush out deer to be shot.

This is contrary to its existing policy of not allowing hunting of any sort on its lands.

It is not illegal, in certain circumstances, to shoot deer but is a criminal act to allow dogs to chase them.

The League Against Cruel Sports has credible evidence that hunts are still allowing dogs to pursue animals until they are exhausted.

Only when they are unable to run any further are they shot.

The hunts always claim that this is an accident because the dogs get a scent and cannot restrain themselves from chasing the deer.

At the trust AGM in November there will be a resolution calling for a continuation of the ban on hunts on trust land.

I am confident the majority of members will support it.

I would also urge people to to write to the trust expressing opposition to any change in the existing policy.

D Batchelor.

Chief executive.

League Against Cruel Sports.