Hunting Act repeal good for countryside
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.