The UK Government has revealed its cynical plans to deliver on its manifesto commitment to allow a free vote on whether to repeal the Hunting Act. A 90-minute debate and ‘free vote’ is due to take place in the House of Commons on Wednesday 15 July.
This is a tactical ‘amendment’ to the Hunting Act 2004, which could be in addition to the promised free vote. It would weaken the Act to such an extent that it would become extremely difficult to enforce on illegal hunting with dogs.
This amendment would be disastrous for our wildlife. It would allow those who engage in the cruel ‘sport’ of hunting, where wild animals are chased to the point of exhaustion, before being brought down and ripped apart by packs of dogs, with the opportunity to escape the consequences. In many respects it’s the first step at dismantling the Act and the protection it provides for wildlife.
We and more than 80 per cent of the British public disagree however; nobody has the right to be cruel to an animal in the name of ‘sport’, ‘pest control’ or otherwise.
While this amendment is being tabled under the guise of ‘pest control’ the real reason is clear, and in the Prime Minister’s own words “I have always been a strong supporter of country sports. It is my firm belief that people should have the freedom to hunt”.
To defend the hunting act visit : http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/hunting/takeaction
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