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The purpose of all our surveys is to find the truth. This is why we conduct them on the streets, rather than online.  We want to talk to everybody, regardless of their views. The only way to achieve this is to be open and welcoming to all.

When speaking to a respondent, we will behave in a neural way, and not attempt to influence their answers. 

Some respondents will be pro blood sports, some will be anti, some will be neutral.

We will treat everyone with equal respect.

While we need to identify ourselves as AAF in order not to appear underhand, our identity must not be too obvious in our dress. Our hi vis vests are appropriate, but hunt sab t-shirts are not. 

Find out about our surveys by clicking on the links below.

Survey sheets are available from Pip at info@actionagainstfoxhunting.org

 

Conducting the Surveys

1. Volunteers must identify themselves as AAF by wearing AAF hi vis tabards.

2. Anti foxhunting material (leaflets etc) can be available, but should be low-key and kept to a minimum while the survey is conducted. This is to encourage everyone to take part, regardless of their views.

3. Volunteers should approach as many members of the public as possible. Do not wait for them to approach you. This ensures that we gather answers from random passers-by, as well as people who are interested in the subject anyway.

4. If someone refuses to take part, volunteers must not persist.

5. Volunteers must treat everyone equally.

6. Volunteers must be polite at all times.

7. Volunteers must record all responses accurately.

Collating the results

1. All completed sheets must show date and location.

2. Use new sheets for each new session. Do not use the same sheet for a new session.

3. Use Survey Totals sheets to record results.

Boxing Day and New Year’s Day totals
Rural Survey Totals 

and submit them to info@actionagainstfoxhunting.org

Boxing Day and New year’s Day Survey

The purpose of this survey is to find out if locals actually attend the Boxing Day or New Year’s Day meet in their town.

We have combined it with a) the general survey finding out the number of people who support/don’t support foxhunting and b) an awareness survey.

These are the questions:
1. Do you live in [town]?
2. Did you go to the Boxing Day or New Year’s Day meet?
3. Do you know hunts are still killing foxes?
4. Do you support foxhunting?

Rural Survey

The purpose of this survey is to find out whether people who live in a rural area support foxhunting.

What is a rural area?

“Rural” is defined as any population, housing, or territory NOT in an urban area“. The respondents can usually determine for themeslves whether they live in a rural area or not. Some towns (eg Frome) are “rural hub towns” and residents are considered rural. Towns with a small population (up to about 10 000) are also rural. It is important to ask the respondent for their postcode (if they are willing to give it) as that might banish doubt later. 

Advice for coordinators

Contact Pip for guidance on the specific area you plan to survey. Click here to see “Guidance for Dorchester”.

These are the questions:

1. Do you live in a rural area?

2. Do you support foxhunting?

3. Do you know hunts are still killing foxes?

4. Postcode

For question no 2, some people might be neutral. This response will be recorded as “neutral”.

Do you come from a rural, or semi-rural area?

Guidance

Respondents can usually judge for themselves whether they come from a rural area or not.

Respondents do not necessarily have to live in a rural area now to consider themselves as rural. If they have lived in a clearly rural area for a reasonable portion of their life, they count as rural.

What counts as rural?

  • Isolated dwelling
  • Hamlet
  • Village
  • Town with rural fringe

Small towns (under 10k population) are always rural (eg Sherborne, Dorset).

Bigger towns (over 10k population) can be either rural or urban. However, some of these towns are officially classified as “rural hub towns” 

Large towns and cities (over 30k population) are usually urban. However, if they have a rural fringe and the person lives in that rural fringe, then this also counts as rural.

DORCHESTER is a city. Population is around 20k and there are rural villages on its borders.

It is also classified as a “Rural hub town”

West Dorset is “mainly rural”

Definitions have been taken from:

Includes map of UK, with rural/urban areas marked.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1050170/10_Statistical_Digest_of_Rural_England_2021_December_edition.pdf

Local Authorities listed by name:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/591466/Local_Authority_Districts_ranked_by_rural_and_rural-related_populations_with_Rural_Urban_Classification.pdf

Rural Hub towns can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/591465/RUCLAD2011_User_Guide__January_2017_.pdf