FACTFILE... on hunting debate
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.”