Talking Point: Ministers to consider relaxing hunting ban
MINSTERS are considering relaxing the hunting ban – allowing a full pack of hounds to help kill foxes in England and Wales.
The Telegraph reports that a cross-party alliance of MPs are proposing to scrap the law banning farmers from using more than two dogs to flush out foxes and shoot them.
The plans are expected to produce another lively debate surrounding the controversial law – introduced in 2004 by Tony Blair’s Labour Government.
At the time of the ban it was suggested the law was introduced as a class issue rather than to protect animal welfare.
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Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to be put under pressure to scrap the controversial law – following an increase of fox attacks on sheep.
The proposals have already been slammed by the League Against Cruel Sports.
Chief Executive Joe Duckworth said: “This is nothing but an attempt at repeal by the back door.
"This call for a return to the ways and means of hunting pre-ban comes from hunting interests, is for hunting interests – and is supported by clear pro-hunting MPs.
“We will be writing to Owen Paterson in order to understand the conversations which already seem to have taken place on subject – and with a clear offer to join them.”
The Coalition Agreement between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats stated a commitment to giving MPs a free vote on repealing the act.
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