Outrage at MP’s fox hunt stance
DOZENS of readers have reacted in outrage after Macclesfield MP David Rutley defended his position on fox hunting.
The government postponed a vote to relax the 2004 Hunting Act to allow packs of dogs to hunt foxes after it became clear the SNP MPs would vote against the changes and swing the outcome.
Tory MP for Macclesfield, David Rutley, told the Express that if the vote had gone ahead, he would have voted in favour of the changes. But readers reacted in disbelief describing the sport as ‘outdated’ and ‘cruel’ and accusing Mr Rutley of toeing the party line.
Anna Rapotu, from Poynton, said: “I am disgusted by David Rutley’s response and think it makes no sense. He makes no attempt to back up his theory that the Hunting Act does little to protect wildlife.
“The fact that it is not enforced is the biggest problem with it.
“There can be no argument of it being used as pest control after the evidence found by hunt saboteurs of fox cubs being fed by huntsmen.
“It is an outdated and barbaric practice and all his constituents should be made aware of his views.”
Francine Fallon, from Macclesfield, said it was ‘appalling’.
She said: “I feel very angry that Mr Rutley sup- ports the repeal of the Hunting Act.
“I am not opposed to humane killing of wild animals, but strongly disagree with it taking place as a sport.”
Commenting on our Facebook page, Carole Barlow said: “It’s disgusting and bad taste, outdated and outmoded old fashioned blood lust.”
Jon Daly, also on Facebook, said: “He toes the party line no matter what. He’s obviously more bothered about his political career than he is about representing his constituents.”
But Mr Rutley defended his stance.
He said: “I appreciate that many people have sincerely held views about hunting and I respect their views. Having considered the matter carefully, I do not believe that animal welfare is best served by the Hunting Act.”
The 2004 Hunting Act was introduced after years of campaigning by animal rights groups and bans the hunting of wild animals with dogs. However it does allow the use of dogs to flush out an animal so it can be shot.
The Tories included a pledge to repeal the ban in their manifesto and Mr Rutley has been clear that he would back the repeal.
●● Whirley Primary School children with their Cheshire Cat themed garden
●● MP David Rutley