I was appalled to learn this week that the Tories intend to push ahead with a vote to repeal the ban on fox hunting.

Hunting with dogs was banned by Labour in 2005 in reaction to the strength of public feeling against the cruelty of wild animals being chased, often to the point of exhaustion, before being purposely set upon by packs of dogs, for ‘sport’.

Fox hunting is extremely cruel. When a fox is caught, it experiences a tortuous death, often enduring multiple bites and tears to its body. If it manages to escape, the stress of the chase can lead to heart failure or irreparable damage. If a fox escapes into a hole, they are forced to face terriers underground and experience injuries to the face, head and neck. Often, the fox cubs are targeted too in an attempt to train hunting dogs. Hunting seasons coincide with when female foxes have cubs in an underground den, meaning if she dies, they will face the same fate.

The Tory plans to amend or repeal the Hunting Act just serve to distract from the real issues affecting the country such as the impact of the referendum decision to leave the EU, on the economy, jobs and security. A Government that had the interests of the majority at heart would focus on these issues, on improving infrastructure and protecting public services.

Despite one failed attempt to repeal the ban under David Cameron, Theresa May and the Tories intend to push for a vote on repealing the ban.

Opinion polling has shown consistently that a majority of the British public support the fox hunting ban. 

You can be assured that I’ll do everything I can to ensure the Tories fail in their efforts to repeal the hunting ban.

Image with thanks to RSPCA.

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