Hunt­ing Act re­peal good for coun­try­side

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The Coun­try­side Al­liance says pub­lic sup­port for fox hunt­ing is greater than you may think and a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity could see its re­turn

Shoot­ers have been en­cour­aged to sup­port a re­peal of the hunt­ing ban af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May pledged to give MPs a free vote on the is­sue.

Mrs May de­scribed views on the di­vi­sive topic as “a sit­u­a­tion on which in­di­vid­u­als will have one view or the other, ei­ther pro or against” and said that she has al­ways been in favour of fox hunt­ing.

A Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment in this month’s Gen­eral Elec­tion would po­ten­tially al­low

Mrs May to re­lax the ban.

It could be a dif­fer­ent story fol­low­ing the Gen­eral Elec­tion, how­ever. Fig­ures cir­cu­lated widely in the press sug­gest that 84 per cent of the pub­lic want fox hunt­ing to re­main il­le­gal, with League Against Cruel Sports CEO Ed­uardo quot­ing them when he claimed that the new push for a re­peal “smacks of a small mi­nor­ity with a cruel hobby wield­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ately large in­flu­ence over the peo­ple in charge.”

But the Coun­try­side Al­liance has shot down these claims of wide­spread pub­lic sup­port for the ban. Its po­lit­i­cal head James Legge high­lighted a

2014 ORB sur­vey in which more than 1,500 peo­ple were asked which three is­sues would most af­fect their vote at the Gen­eral Elec­tion and just four men­tioned hunt­ing.

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