FACT­FILE... on hunt­ing de­bate

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

DE­SPITE the show of sup­port in Stil­ton, a national poll by an an­ti­hunt­ing group has shown that a vote to re­peal the ban should not be a top an­i­mal wel­fare pri­or­ity for the coali­tion Govern­ment.

In the new year the Govern­ment is ex­pected to al­low MPS a free vote on whether to bring for­ward leg­is­la­tion to re­peal the Hunt­ing Act, which made it il­le­gal to hunt wild an­i­mals us­ing dogs.

But a study con­ducted on be­half of the char­ity League Against Cruel Sports showed that peo­ple feel the Govern­ment should in­stead work to tackle ir­re­spon­si­ble own­ers of dan­ger­ous dogs. Of the 2,126 adults ques­tioned, 8 per cent said that a vote to re­peal the act was the least im­por­tant an­i­mal wel­fare pri­or­ity.

A third of peo­ple thought that tack­ling dan­ger­ous dog own­ers should be the top pri­or­ity, over the vote to re­peal, pro­mot­ing farm an­i­mal wel­fare and re­duc­ing test­ing on an­i­mals.

Joe Duck­worth, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Fox hunt­ing is a cruel blood sport that has thank­fully been made il­le­gal in this coun­try and there is ab­so­lutely no de­sire among the gen­eral pub­lic to bring it back.”

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