When asked about the petition the Kent Wildlife Trust said that it “had to remain neutral”.
Chief executive John Bennett said: “We recognise the level of concern reflected in the scale of the response to this petition.
“In order to work with the widest possible community we remain neutral on the personal positions of our 30,000 members, 1,056 volunteers and trustees with regards to hunting, fishing and field sports.
“We don’t allow hunting on our nature reserves where we have control of the shooting rights.
“Wildlife Trusts like ourselves do raise concerns and challenge aspects of field sports and hunting where they have a damaging impact on the conservation of the county’s populations of wild animals and plants.
“Mike Bax’s commitment to the trust over 30 years has proved invaluable in helping us to nurture these relations, which over the last five years has seen us manage and advise on nearly 31,000 acres of land across Kent for the benefit of wildlife and the public.”