Fox hunting - Keep the Ban
Hunting with dogs was banned in 2005 in a 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 so called 'sport'.
Twelve years on, the Act is under threat as there are moves to repeal the Hunting Act 2004.
Trail hunting being used to bypass laws?
Trail hunting involves urine from animals such as foxes, deer and hare being used to lay a trail for hounds to follow. Some fear trail hunting is being used as a smokescreen to get around the law and continue traditional fox hunting, which would be a major concern.
This new 'sport' was adopted by hunts after the Hunting Act 2004 was passed. But despite the ban on traditional hunts, continuing to train hounds to follow such scents could lead to wild quarry animals such as foxes, deer and hare being disturbed, chased and killed if the hounds pick up the scent of a live animal on the trail. In addition, the hunts' dogs - as well as non-target animals - may also suffer from injury and stress.
We're opposed to any so-called 'sport' which causes suffering to animals. We believe that the use of the scent of dead animals is totally unnecessary as other alternatives exist, such as drag hunting, in which hounds follow an artificially laid scent not derived from animals. This doesn't pose a threat to wildlife if done correctly and in accordance with the law.
No place in modern Britain
We believe that chasing and killing live animals with dogs is barbaric, outdated and has no place in modern Britain.
The vast majority of the British public support the Hunting Act (typically 70 - 80 per cent) and the UK has some of the most progressive animal welfare laws in the world. This reflects the public consciousness of compassion towards animals.
A repeal of the Hunting Act would not only give a green light to resuming fox deer and mink hunting, hare hunting and coursing, it would also allow those who use terriers and lurchers to fight and kill foxes, deer, hares and mink.
The Hunting Act
150 years ago other cruel sports such as bear baiting, bull fighting and dog fighting were legal in Britain. No one would suggest now that those cruel sports be legalised again and we believe the same is true of hunting with packs of dogs - nobody has the right to be cruel to animals.
If you care about this issue and would like to take action, please raise this issue with your MP, urging them to defend the the Hunting Act now.
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