Stella McCartney makes bold statement as she voices sadness that trail hunting still exists 1

Stella McCartney makes bold statement as she voices sadness that trail hunting still exists

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‘Keep the ban’: Stella McCartney voices sadness that trail hunting still exists in the UK after traditional Boxing Day hunts took place across the nation

  • The fashion designer, 50, took to Instagram on Monday to make clear her stance on the events after Boxing Day hunts took place in the UK
  • Keep The Ban describes trail hunts as ‘a smokescreen by hunts across the UK to cover up their barbaric activities and continue to illegally hunt wild foxes’
  • Fox hunting became illegal in the UK in 2004 and Stella has committed to never using real fur in her designs since the launch of her fashion label in 2001 
  • Stella called on people to ‘be part of a moral movement to make a better mankind’ 


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Stella McCartney has voiced her sadness that trail hunting still exists in the UK as a number of Boxing Day hunts took place across the nation on Sunday.

The fashion designer, 50, took to Instagram on Monday to make clear her stance on the events, which are described by campaigners Keep The Ban as ‘a smokescreen by hunts across the UK to cover up their barbaric activities and continue to illegally hunt wild foxes’.

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Trail hunting involves people on foot or horseback following a scent along a pre-determined route with hounds or beagles. It effectively replicates a traditional hunt but without a fox being chased, injured or killed.

Posing with a picture of a fox on her shoulder, Stella wrote on the social networking site: ‘I am so disappointed that the Boxing Day hunt still exists. Sign @keenthebanuk’s petition to ban all trail hunting and save innocent foxes.

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Speaking out: Stella McCartney, 50, has voiced her sadness that trail hunting still exists in the UK as a number of Boxing Day hunts took place across the nation on Sunday

Speaking out: Stella McCartney, 50, has voiced her sadness that trail hunting still exists in the UK as a number of Boxing Day hunts took place across the nation on Sunday

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‘Be part of a moral movement to make a better mankind. We can live at one with nature in 2022 if we want it. x Stella #KeepTheBan #TrailOfLies.’

Fox hunting became illegal in the UK in 2004 and Stella has committed to never using real fur as part of her clothing designs since the launch of her fashion label in 2001.

On Stella’s brand’s website, a statement reads: ‘Fur is cruel, barbaric and unnecessary, with 85% of the industry’s skins coming from animals living by the thousands in intensive-confinement factory farms, usually in very poor conditions. 

Bold: The designer made clear her stance on the events, which are described by campaigners Keep The Ban as 'a smokescreen by hunts across the UK to cover up their barbaric activities'

Bold: The designer made clear her stance on the events, which are described by campaigners Keep The Ban as ‘a smokescreen by hunts across the UK to cover up their barbaric activities’

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‘It is also unsustainable and requires toxic chemicals for preservation and dyeing that can be extremely harmful for the environment and workers.’

Stella, who is the daughter of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda, encouraged her 6.7million Instagram followers to sign Keep The Ban’s petition against trail hunts, which had 110,389 signatures at the time of writing.

A statement on Keep The Ban’s website from founder Rob Pownall reads: ‘Every year hunts across the country take to the streets to glorify their sick and sordid pastime, using horses and hounds to present a cuddly and romanticised image to the public. 

Standing strong: Fox hunting became illegal in the UK in 2004 and Stella has committed to never using real fur as part of her clothing designs since the launch of her fashion label in 2001

Standing strong: Fox hunting became illegal in the UK in 2004 and Stella has committed to never using real fur as part of her clothing designs since the launch of her fashion label in 2001

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‘This is a stark reminder of the “trail hunt” lies. It is about time major landowners, councils and decision makers stood up for wildlife and end the facilitation of sordid activities carried out by gangs of wildlife abusers.’

Last year, Stella sent 10 of her models down the runway in animal costumes at her autumn/winter 2020 show in Paris.

The fashionista did so in a bid to highlight that animal skins and furs appear on most catwalks at shows.

Statement: Last year, Stella sent models down the runway in animal costumes at her autumn/winter 2020 show in Paris to highlight that animal skins and furs appear at shows

Statement: Last year, Stella sent models down the runway in animal costumes at her autumn/winter 2020 show in Paris to highlight that animal skins and furs appear at shows

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She said in a statement at the time: ‘What we try to do here at Stella is to sugarcoat a powerful, meaningful message in a little bit of humour and fun, to make our point in a palatable and digestible way so that people listen.

‘These animals are the ingredients of everyone else’s fashion shows. We are the only luxury fashion house in the world that isn’t killing animals on the runway. I wanted to make that point, but in a joyous way.’

Her beliefs: Stalla said: 'These animals are the ingredients of everyone else’s fashion shows. We are the only luxury fashion house in the world that isn’t killing animals on the runway'

Her beliefs: Stalla said: ‘These animals are the ingredients of everyone else’s fashion shows. We are the only luxury fashion house in the world that isn’t killing animals on the runway’

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