Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Hunting Act Has Worked - Now Let's Strengthen It; the League against Cruel Sports' JOE DUCKWORTH Says the Hunting Act Is One of This Country's Proudest Achievements and Should Be Defended

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Hunting Act Has Worked - Now Let's Strengthen It; the League against Cruel Sports' JOE DUCKWORTH Says the Hunting Act Is One of This Country's Proudest Achievements and Should Be Defended

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Byline: JOE DUCKWORTH

COULD attitudes to fox hunting be the deciding factor on which way the polls go on May 7? It's a particularly pertinent question in this part of the country, where so many hunts operate.

When the Hunting Act was given Royal Assent in 2004, it was a landmark moment for animal welfare. After 80 years of tireless campaigning, the legislation finally made it illegal to hunt a wild mammal with a pack of dogs, one of the worst acts of cruelty allowed to take place in our countryside.

The Act drew a clear line in the sand as to what is and what isn't acceptable behaviour in a civilised society.

More than ten years on, people's views have not changed. The general public, both rural and urban, and the majority of MPs, still think hunting a fox, deer, or hare for sport is unacceptable. It's neither class, nor political persuasion that makes people support the ban - it's simply a concern for the welfare of animals. The fact is that 80% of people do not want fox hunting made legal again. (IPSOS MORI, 2014). And there's very little difference in their views whether they live in the countryside (78%) or a town (81%).

Furthermore, 86% think stag hunting should remain illegal and even more - 88% - are against hare hunting and coursing. These strong convictions are likely to be reflected in the voting choices people make at the forthcoming General Election.

Despite this, there still remains a small minority who want to return to a time when chasing and ripping apart wild animals for fun was legal.

Some of these individuals carry on hunting regardless of the law and others hope that the Act will be repealed by a new government.

The pro-hunt movement's tactics are to try to keep unscientific myths alive to justify their own brutality. But time after time, the hard research proves them wrong.

Hunting is not an efficient method of population control - as soon as one fox is killed, another will move in on its territory.

And it is not natural for any species to be chased by 40 dogs while surrounded by shouting, horn blowing hunters.

Since the Hunting Act came into force it has quickly established itself as the most successful piece of wild animal welfare legislation, with the highest number and rate of convictions since 2005. …

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