Stag Hunting (New Forest)

Petition – in the House of Commons at 9:34 am on 5th June 1992.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham , Southampton, Itchen 9:34 am, 5th June 1992

I should like to present a petition which calls for a ban on stag hunting in the New forest. The petition has been signed by 36,563 people. They believe that seeking pleasure through the pursuit, terrorising, exhausting and killing of New forest deer is barbaric and unacceptable and should be outlawed immediately.

The petition reads: To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled. The Humble Petition of Citizens of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sheweth:

  1. (1) That Fallow Buck are chased to exhaustion and death purely for pleasure within the New Forest;
  2. (2) This causes unnecessary suffering to the buck.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House will take all such measures as lie within their power to make illegal the hunting of Fallow Buck with hounds. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray etc.

To lie upon the Table.