Conservatives can't decide do they want fox hunting in UK or not
Junior minister Therese Coffey gave quiet confirmation of the Tories’ latest U-turn in response to a Parliamentary question from Labour MP Catherine West.
Coffey said, “The government’s manifesto includes a free vote on the Hunting Act 2004, but we are not planning to bring forward a free vote in this session.”
Following the Conservatives’ failure to secure a Parliamentary majority, a Downing Street spokesperson had admitted that the hunting vote was no longer a priority, but Therese Coffey’s statement means it will be at least two years before plans for a vote are even considered.
The controversial election pledge, announced by Theresa May whilst in Leeds on the campaign trail in May, caused a stir as poll results suggest that 84% of the public and the majority of Tory MPs support the hunting ban.
Commenting on the announcement on Tuesday morning, Eduardo Gonçalves, CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports said, “The reaction during the election showed that the public don’t want a government messing around with the Hunting Act when there are so many other important issues to worry about.
“But we’re aware that this is only a postponement of the attack on the Hunting Act, not a cancellation.
“We have no doubt that a vocal minority will continue in their attempts to weaken or repeal the ban – either openly or via the back door.
“We also know that illegal hunting is still taking place, as shown by the successful prosecution of hunting in Scotland last week.
“The horror of cub hunting, where the hunts literally train their hounds to kill foxes by setting them on surrounded fox cubs, will soon be starting again.”
“We know that 84% of the public don’t want fox hunting made legal again. Even more are opposed to deer hunting and hare hunting.
“he public don’t want animals to be hunted just because some people like doing it, so we need to stop talking about undermining important legislation and get on with the job of strengthening and enforcing it.” ■